Many vintage boutiques have a strict no-return policy, so carefully examine garments before buying. If possible, give them a once-over near a window, since natural light might reveal flaws that dimmer light won't. Look at items inside and out, checking linings, buttons and seams.
Jessica Alba donned a mint-condition print dress from The Way We Wore for a stop on her Silver Surfer press tour. "I wanted to infuse some vintage pieces into her wardrobe," stylist Daniel Caudill told us. "Because she can really pull them off."