Now that I have a daughter who might or might not be interested in vintage herself one day, I often wonder if I should buy cheap contemporary pieces for her and start a mini collection of future vintage she can have in twenty years time.

My own mum has held on to much of her wardrobe which contains some real gems that I treasure (and some really dodgy pieces: Eighties polar bear print knit jumper anyone?), like her Seventies saddle bag and Art Deco revival shirts.

Interestingly, a future vintage collection doesn’t have to consist of high-end designer pieces. Anything by Sixties and Seventies boutique brands such as Biba, the John Stephen shops or Bus Stop are highly collectible at the moment despite the fact that these are cheaply produced, off-the-peg clothes. Current highstreet fashion, particularly collaborations with designers, could hold a similar value in twenty, forty years time.


The current H&M collection with Coachella for example is suitably identifiable as 2015 with its 90s-does-the-60s vibe yet pieces like big floppy felt hats and lace dresses are timeless enough to also work in the 2030s. Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki is also set to return to Biba for the first time since the Seventies, in what will be a highly collectible collaboration.

General highstreet pieces that are either classic and timeless or very of their time are also a good investment. I like statement items like this interesting print bag from & Other Stories. It’s quirky, 80s-tastic and maybe just the thing the cool kids want to wear in twenty years time.



If you do have some money to spare, you could also invest in some designer pieces. There are plenty of online shops like that stock affordable second-hand designer fashion.


These Acne pistol boost for example are some of the most recognisable shoe designs of the last years and will be a guaranteed design classic of the future.

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