Thursday, March 13, 2014

~ Why I Wear Vintage ~

Quite some time ago I had read Charlotte of Tuppence Ha’penny’s post on “Why I Wear Vintage”. She said that she was “Inspired by a recent post on Already Pretty in which three guest contributors answered a few questions about their chosen wardrobe aesthetic, I decided to pose myself the same questions.”

So after our discussion on “Wearing Vintage ~ Real world vs Blog land" previously, I thought this series of questions would be a great way to explain why I choose to dress with a vintage style even if I do stand out a bit…

A fall color palette in red, navy and white | Lavender & Twill

What made you decide to dedicate your wardrobe to a single, defined aesthetic?

I guess I’ve been searching for the ‘right’ style for me for a long time.  I never really liked to dress like everyone else ~ I sort of followed the fashion pack but always insisted on putting my own twist into it.  As I got older I realized how vitally important it is for me to express my personality through the way I dress.  I am a very visual person and I love that my clothing finally reflects how I feel inside ~ artsy, feminine, and very individual!  ; )

Faux fur 1940s vintage style | Lavender & Twill

How long have you stuck to it?

I really only discovered the vintage aesthetic half way through 2010, so I’ve been dressing in a 1940s – 1950s style for close to four years now.  The more I do it, the more I love it.  This is something I can see lasting my whole life.

Reproduction jeans are a staple for a vintage mama's every day wardrobe | Lavender & Twill 

What do you love about it?

I think the biggest element that I love about wearing vintage is how feminine it feels.  I tend to think that nowadays designers are focused on creating clothes that look good on minus zero models, a sort of androgynous look that it neither designed for a feminine or masculine figure, but rather for a unrealistic, impossible figure that only exists in the world of high fashion.   

Compared to that, I tend to feel that even though vintage wear still had is ‘impossible’ figures in the high fashion ~ models with generous curves and tiny waists, the clothing itself was still designed with real women in mind.  You may not be able to look completely like a fashion model, but the clothes still look good on your “normal” figure. 

Because of this reason, I find that vintage feels like it was made for me, not just the impossible woman, and who doesn’t love clothes that feel perfectly suited to you?  Plus, vintage wear is so cute with all the little details that you just don’t find in mass produced fashions. Each piece of vintage is different, and no one has the same dress {unless it’s a reproduction}, so of course that appeals to my very independent streak. 

School marm style is a classic look | Lavender & Twill 

What’s frustrating?

Availability.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that there is a huge appreciation for the vintage look at the moment; vintage being on trend is a big bonus in fleshing out my wardrobe with some cheaper ready to wear items.  It’s helpful in that respect, but not so great when you are paying between $50-$100.00 for simple cotton day dresses.  And of course, the really nice stuff is going for $180 + these days! 

The high demand means that you have to really treasure the vintage pieces you own {which I already do} and treat them really carefully.  This can get quite wearisome when you have young children and need to be able to get dirty, clean the house, be rumpled, pulled on, snot nose wiped on, and etc. That is the hardest obstacle I face when dressing in my vintage clothes.  Sometimes I just can’t do the things I would like to in it, so sometimes I can’t dress the way I want to.

Short waisted cardigans are a great style staple | Lavender & Twill 

What would you say to someone considering a similar sartorial path?

Dress the way you want to, wear what makes you feel pretty.  I know there can be some hesitation and concern about others judging you on your clothes, or maybe feeling like you’ll draw too much attention to yourself, but really ~ if it makes you happy go for it!  The last thing you are going to do is wish that you had stayed at home and hid yourself away.  Your life is for your enjoyment, so step out and don’t look back.   ٩(⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)۶ ~ ♥

Twilly skirts are so fun | Lavender & Twill



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  1. This is such a great idea for a post. I think many of us touch or even fully answer some (or all) of these points over the course of our years as a vintage blogger, but certainly not always in one concise spot like this. It's a marvelous way to share more about your love of vintage with your readers and something that I may just have to post about myself sometime. Thank you for the inspiration (and linking to where you got the idea from - it's always fun to follow such trails).

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Any time, dear ~ I myself love catching up with 'slice of life' posts from my favorite bloggers, so I'd love to see your take on this topic. ♥

  2. When I saw the title of your post in my email I immediately perked up. I was curious to know your thoughts on wearing vintage. You didn't disappoint! I loved looking at your beautiful clothes and reading your views on this. I too am surrounded by tiny tots and am seriously thinking of buying or having made some old fashioned crisscross aprons. You know like the lady wore in the movie Sarah plain and tall? I think maybe those would help keep our lovely clothes from getting snot and spit up on them. And then when it's time to " step out" you would still be pretty and fresh. What do you think? I'm wondering where to purchase some? Any ideas? Merry from,

    1. Aprons are a marvelous invention! I love them for when I am cooking or cleaning ~ though I do not wear them all the time. I am thinking that shorter length, almost smock-like coverups would be useful as well... ♥

    2. Though I must say that I don't necessarily know where to buy these ~ I was thinking of sewing one up. :)

  3. great post!! I know what you mean about treasuring what vintage pieces you already have. Finding good items at fair prices is becoming a struggle in the UK too and sadly most 'vintage' faires sell more Kitsch than vintage but I guess its all part of the fun right?

    1. Ah, it does seem to be a common problem for all vintage lovers these days. Like you said, it can be part of the fun though! ♥



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