This article originally appeared on LearnVest.com.
Vintage fashion is inherently democratic.
Celebrity style icons like Chloe Sevigny, Nicole Kidman and Alexa Chung don’t get their inimitable style from mindlessly chasing every new trend—and neither should you plunk down serious change for the latest “it” bag when you could spend less money and sport an original piece.
Vintage is generally defined as anything that’s more than 25 years old, high-quality and illustrative of its era. In short, you’ll know it when you see it—and then you’ll fall in love with it.