The thing I love the most about it, though, is how well many articles stood the test of time. It's a reminder of the days when many garments were sewn with thought and care; unlike our highly automated built-to-break present reality.
Sometimes, though, vintage can mean a way of thinking and it's not always a good thing.
I often hear people say "I was born in the wrong era"... well for me, I was born in the right era. An era when I can enjoy all fashions pre 1980's, and all the civil liberties that comes along with a more socially evolved one. Before the 1960's, I would be pelted with stones for even thinking about joining in matrimony with my husband-- interracial relationships were highly frowned upon.
Despite all the social barriers and fights for equality in the past (women and person of color alike), I still choose to dress as though I travel to the past to buy my clothing-- but with a touch of the present.
I own many items that would be considered antique/vintage; I love the charm of old items. Sadly, such as it is right now, they are all back in Canada (mostly).
Most of my books are vintage, some I actually have with me and already posted about.
Some of my clothing is vintage, and the ones I currently have with me are posted about here and here.
But I just love and cherish the music of the past:
(Blogger wouldn't post my favorite version by Tommy Flanagan,
so Benny carter will sub in-- not that it's any less good mind you)
I found Mrs. Kitty's challenge to be a most timely one; a dress that has been in my wardrobe for a few years has somehow made it with me to the South-- I recently unearthed it during some spring cleaning. This recent discovery, and the fact that I didn't know what to post about next, well... it certainly came to my aid.
I never had an opportunity to wear it since finding it those years ago at a thrift shop display.
It's not vintage, but it was obviously inspired by the empire waist detailing of the regency period.
I think the biggest reason for not wearing it is that I didn't feel slim enough to flatter the empire waist; I still feel that way, but perhaps a little less than before thanks to my increased physical activity.
In fact nothing about my outfit for you all today is vintage; all of it is just inspired by it, even my glasses.
But I hope that my contribution (and my blog) somehow reflects how much I adore history and all its braces, especially in fashion.
P.S. Have a look at my 1920's glam inspired outfit
What I am wearing:
- Dress: thrift
- Gloves: Claire's
- Necklace: Self-made