It’s Environmentally Friendly:
In an age where many of us live a fast paced life style and give in to the trend of even faster fashion, it’s important to take a step back and look at how our shopping choices can affect our planet. In an article by Lucy Siegle for Huffington Post, Siegle claims, “If we think of a hierarchy of ethical ways of dressing, vintage should be near the top.”
For example, one third of all denim products are manufactured in Xintang, China. It takes approximately 1,600 gallons of water to make a single pair of denim jeans, as well as a huge array of seriously harmful chemicals, dyes, and processes. Due to this huge scale production of denim in Xintang, 80% of its water is polluted. So, by shopping vintage you are choosing not only to brighten up your wardrobe with some seriously sick threads - you are also choosing to support a more sustainable way of shopping.
An example of the level of water pollution in Xintang. (Photo from www.greenpeace.com)
Everything You Find Is Utterly Unique:
When buying vintage not only are you consciously deciding to rebel against the fast fashion industry, you are also sure to find some absolute treasures. From those gorgeous gold buttons to that stunning scalloped collar, it’s all in the details ladies! So when choosing to buy vintage you can rest assured that you will never walk into a room to find someone wearing the same thing as you are.
Quality Over Quantity:
“Vintage” is a term coined for clothing that is twenty to eighty years old, and for the most part, clothing during these eras were produced on a much smaller scale. These were times when clothing was made to last, a time where people spent much more on small amounts of clothing. Nowadays clothing is inexpensive to produce and rarely inexpensive to own, so when buying vintage a shopper has the chance to experience truly well constructed garments at non-luxury brand prices. The quality of vintage clothing is truly unmatched by todays contemporary brands.
Our style icons Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen rocking some gorgeous vintage pieces. (Photo from www.pinterest.com)
You’re Buying A Piece Of History:
One of the most exciting things about shopping vintage is often imagining the stories behind each unique piece you find. Unlike fast fashion brands where a garment is constructed, transported and shelved; vintage pieces have often seen life, good and bad, and manage to come out as beautiful as ever at the end of it. Whether it’s a varsity tee with a students nametag stitched into the neckline, or your mother claiming “I had so many of those shell jackets back in my day!” the stories are endless. Shopping vintage is buying history, art, and the stories of those who have come before us.
It Is A Completely Unique Shopping Experience:
If you’re already an experienced vintage shopper, you’ll know that shopping vintage is an experience unrivaled by any high street store. Whether it’s a vintage store, a flea market or an online seller- it’s all about the hunt! You never know what you’ll find when rummaging through rails and rails of stunning vintage pieces! And if you’re not particularly familiar with shopping vintage, we can say without hesitation that it is an extremely enjoyable experience full of fun and surprises.
Our gorgeous treasure trove in Galway.
You’re Often Supporting Small Businesses:
In such a trying economic environment, it’s time to consider where our hard earned cash is being spent. When you buy vintage not only are you getting an incomparable shopping experience, you are also more often than not supporting small business owners. It is hard to comprehend the blood, sweat and tears that go into creating a small business from the ground up, so why not support them, eh?
Nine Crows founders Emma Fraser & Dean McDaid (Photo from www.totallydublin.ie)
An Unparalleled Selection Of Stock:
Another amazing aspect to consider when buying vintage is the HUGE variety of stock that most vintage suppliers carry. Due to the diverse nature of most vintage stock, it is a shopping experience that can be enjoyable for any age. You are sure to find the perfect clobber for any occasion be it a festival, a wedding, after work drinks, or even a great gift for your granny!
Throwback to our mega cute 2016 festival look book.
The Vintage Community:
While this cannot be assumed of every vintage retailer, our experience has shown that the over all vibe and atmosphere of most vintage stores is relaxing, inviting and friendly. One of our favourite things about perusing vintage is the lovely people we meet along the way! Whether they’re professional retailers or a car boot salesman, you’re sure to be welcomed with a big friendly smile, followed by cute chats and excellent customer service.
A few members of the Nine Crows family.
Article by Kaitlyn Burke.
First up we have our unreal collection of printed pants. We love wearing some colourful pants at festival, they look fab while keeping you warm and dry. From funky leggings to floral print, we have everything you could want in our trousers section which you can shop here.
Our halter tops are an absolute festival essential! These little beauties are reworked from vintage fabric so each one is totally unique, perfect for avoiding awkwardly running into someone in the same outfit as you! Grab your fave one from our rework section here.
Tie Dye dreaminess! There is nothing cooler at a festival than a tie dye tee! Rock yours with some plain denim or go all out and wear it with some printed pants! We have loads of tie dye pieces on our site here but they're flying out so be fast gals!
You can't go to a festival without a pair of denim shorts! They go with every outfit imaginable and nothing looks cooler. We have the best collection of vintage denim shorts around, in every colour, style and length. Check them out here to find your perfect pair.
Fleeces are perfect for those cold festival nights when the temperature starts to drop but you want to keep partying. Cosy up in one of our fab vintage ones, they're available on the site here.
We're praying for some sunny weather for EP but chances are things are gonna get pretty chilly. That doesn't mean that your outfit can't still be slaying though, grab one of our hoodies so you can look cute and stay cosy. We have loads in stock here.
We have the cutest range of swimwear in stock at the minute and it seems like a shame to keep them purely for the beach! Rock your swimsuit as a bodysuit and tuck it into some denim shorts or a pair of printed pants. When you see how cute our swimsuits are (available here) you'll want one for every day of the weekend!
One of the most important bits of your festival outfit is your jacket! Realistically, you're gonna be rocking that jacket all weekend long because Stradbally isn't known to be one of the warmest places in the world. But with jackets as cute as the ones we have in stock at the minute, you won't want to take them off! Shop all our jackets here.
Bindi babe! We love rocking bindis at festivals and we have the most gorge range of bindis in stock here at Nine Crows. Add one of our cute bindis to any outfit to add a sparkly little touch. These are available in both the Dublin and Galway stores and also online here.
We might be biased but we think our Lennon sunglasses are some of the most stunning sunnies around! These are so perfect for a festival, from shielding your eyes from the sun (or rain) to hiding tired eyes after a night full of dancing, you need these babies in your bag for EP! Shop them here.
So you have all your clothes and accessories sorted, but you need somewhere to put them! Pick up one of our sick backpacks or cute little bumbags so you can make sure that your whole outfit is slaying. We have the most amazing range of bags on the site at the minute, check them out here.
For those of you going for a more rock chick look, try out our leather choker and our unreal new octagon sunnies! Match your glitter to one of our gorge bandana bikini's and you're good to go.
There's so many ways to wear our gorge silk scarves, go for a classic look and tie it around your neck, loop it through your belt or tie it in your hair and pair with one of our fab chokers and funky heart shaped sunglasses. Total festi-babe!
We're obsessed with the Wild Thoughts video here at Nine Crows and we get major festival vibes from RiRi's outfit in it. We think our bandanas, glasses and bamboo hoops are perfect for a Rihanna inspired festival look, just add some fishnet socks and cute henna tattoos for even more festival vibes!
We love the idea of mixing bindis and bikinis for a festival look. Add in some rainbow chokers and rose tinted glasses and you'll look as if you just stepped off the set of a 90s music video, which sounds like festi-goals to us.
How CUTE is this little pink scarf? We think it looks amazing tied around a classic pair of denim shorts for a gorge boho festival look. All you need is some sunnies and a statement piece of jewellery for the perfect festival outfit. Just don't forget your matching glitter!
Speaking of glitter, we have plenty here in store! Use our white glitter for a fab inner corner highlight, give yourself some blue glitter roots or maybe a pink glitter lip? Check out the pics below for some inspo.
Whatever look you're going for at Longitude this year, we have you sorted here at Nine Crows so pop into us either in Dublin at Temple Lane South, or in Galway at Cross Street to get all your last minute bits!
So after months and months of day dreaming of nothing but sunny festival days, festival season is finally JUST around the corner! We're so excited that we decided to share our top five festival trend picks with you guys and hopefully give you some inspiration for your own fab festiGAL outfits! We can't wait to boogie the nights away at our favourite festivals this Summer.
1. The Glam Festigal
If you're a gal that is all about GLAMOUR but still isn't afraid to rough it at a camping festival, then you seriously NEEEED these absolutely stunning outfits. Our reworked deep v blouses and deep v halters can be worn with literally ANYTHING so they are perfect for festival season! Nothing says festival glam like this uhhhmazing Louis Vuitton deep v halter top and D&G belt which are both available in our Temple Bar store! Can anyone say festiGLAM goals? You'll be sure to turn some heads if you wear these outfits at Electric Picnic or Forbidden Fruit this Summer.
2. The Boho Festigal
A trend that you are sure to see at every festival this Summer, the boho trend is here to stay! Nothing says BOHO BABE like some killer crochet, some delightful denim and our hot halters which are reworked right here in our Dublin offices! These pieces are crazily versatile, they can be worn with pretty much anything from shorts to skirts to jeans! Wear these beautiful boho outfits at Body & Soul or Longitude and you are sure to be absolute festiGOALS.
3. The Grunge Festigal
The grunge gal style will forever and always be such a key festival festival trend! We're loving these gorgeous grunge and equally effortless outfits. We have tonnes of band tee's, Levi's and fringed pieces online and in store - we swear by these when festival season comes around! Pair yours with your favourite pair of Levi's, or under your grungiest 90's dress to achieve ultimate GRUNGE GAL GOALS. Rock the trend at Castlepalooza or Indiependance and you're sure to look fab af while you frolic freely surrounded by beautiful festival vibes.
4. The Sporty Festigal
One of our all time favourite festival trends is the SPORTY festigal! You'll be so insanely cute and cosy rocking these sports pieces. You'll be able to dance your cute lil butts off all night long in these super cute and equally as comfy branded bits! We've got plenty of Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma and Asics online and in store to keep all you modern day Sporty Spices looking HOT AF all festival season long! Bop the night away at Life Festival or A.V.A Festival in these stunning sporty garms.
5. The Hippy Festigal
The hippy trend at festivals has become more and more popular in recent years, nothing says festiGAL quite like these fab 70's hippy inspired lace up pieces! Can we have a minute for these STUNNING lace up tie dye pants and for that gorgeous lace up blouse? You'll be sure to look HOT AS HELL in these beautiful bits. These are all available on our website! Be a babin' hippy beauty in these pieces at Body & Soul or Fuinneamh Festival this summer.
Blog by Kaitlyn Burke.