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Dangers of buying clothing from the 80s and before

post #1 of 15
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I have found an interesting looking bespoke jacket from 1988 on ebay that should fit me quite well. However, I have never purchased used suits or blazers online before and I am especially concerned given the jacket's age, what in particular should I be looking for in terms of possible issues with it?
post #2 of 15
Be careful you dont turn into James Spader, John Cusack, or Bijan.
post #3 of 15
No issues. If its a good jacket, good style, fits well then go for it. In 1985 I bought a silver worsted and silk sharkskin jacket in Afflecks palace in Manchester for 15 quid. The jacket was obviously made in the early sixties, very mod, slim lapels, three buttons. Its approximatelythe same age as me and still gets worn from time to time.
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Originally Posted by Nichflyte View Post
I have found an interesting looking bespoke jacket from 1988 on ebay that should fit me quite well. However, I have never purchased used suits or blazers online before and I am especially concerned given the jacket's age, what in particular should I be looking for in terms of possible issues with it?

The lapels are the main thing that can make a suit look dated, just make sure they're of a reasonable width and the gorge isn't too low. Certain fabrics can look kinda dated too, you'll just have to use your own eye to judge whether that's the case.

As long as it's been looked after there shouldn't necessarily be any problems with wear. As long as there are no holes or tears, which you would hope the seller would mention if there were, then there's no reason to believe there should be any issues in that respect.
post #5 of 15
Issues would be that the garment is bespoke and cut for a particular individual and his physique. You could run into odd balance issues or shoulder slope that were unique to the original owner and not compatible with you. You won't know what you have until you try it on.
post #6 of 15
I was 100% certain that this thread was going to be a story about finding cocaine in the hidden pocket in a thrift-store sport coat. I would be aware of this issue as well, just for future reference.
post #7 of 15
The danger to me, is not buying vintage clothes but buying them on ebay.

Anything item of clothing more than 10 years old would best be bought in person. You can check for damage (moth or otherwise), stench, and any undesirable traits that will not show up in the photos or ebay descriptions. This is on top of potential issues such as fit.
post #8 of 15
Biggest danger with 80s clothes would be finding some vintage, aged coke in one of the pockets. And that's only a "danger" to you if your life is predicated on being lame.
post #9 of 15
You've been warned...
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I was 100% certain that this thread was going to be a story about finding cocaine in the hidden pocket in a thrift-store sport coat. I would be aware of this issue as well, just for future reference.


But that was a bonus instead.

Is that " snortable " after almost 30 years ?
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You've been warned...

That greenish shirt has almost ideal drape.

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post #12 of 15
I bought a late 60's Kilgour tweed sportcoat on ebay a few months ago. I had the arms taken up at the shoulder and it fits very nicely. The measurements, except for the arm length was nearly exact for my best fitting jackets, so I thought it worth the gamble. I have only worn it at home as the season hasn't matched a tweed jacket, but I think it worked out well. I asked for a few additional photos, including the inside lining.
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I bought a late 60's Kilgour tweed sportcoat on ebay a few months ago. I had the arms taken up at the shoulder and it fits very nicely. The measurements, except for the arm length was nearly exact for my best fitting jackets, so I thought it worth the gamble. I have only worn it at home as the season hasn't matched a tweed jacket, but I think it worked out well. I asked for a few additional photos, including the inside lining.
I think I sold you that one. The interesting thing about it, date-wise, is that the label was faded so the make date could not be read. But the coat proportions were so well balanced that the coat did not belong to any particular time.
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The danger to me, is not buying vintage clothes but buying them on ebay. Anything item of clothing more than 10 years old would best be bought in person. You can check for damage (moth or otherwise), stench, and any undesirable traits that will not show up in the photos or ebay descriptions. This is on top of potential issues such as fit.
The issue is not the age of the item, the issue is the honesty and professionalism of the seller.
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I think I sold you that one. The interesting thing about it, date-wise, is that the label was faded so the make date could not be read. But the coat proportions were so well balanced that the coat did not belong to any particular time.
You did. And, I agree. The only thing that gave it a true date was that it was from Kilgour before they moved to their current location. They were still 33A Dover St. at the time. As long as you don't buy for fashion, well made jackets are timeless. On the particular jacket I bought from you, the lapel width, gorge, pockets, and other distinctive features are non-distinctive. They are classic. All that said, the key is to buy older garments based upon sizing and condition (the pictures are key if you can't see it in person) and regardless of maker, buy only those things that you think are your style or classic, not someone else's or time's quirks.
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You've been warned...

hey, i liked those guys.

the funny thing is, mike score (lead singer) was actually a former hairdresser.
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