Saturday, 14 May 2011

Vintage Vision: Part Two

Vintage Fashion Definition ~ "Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980s is considered vintage. Retro, short for retrospective, or "vintage style" usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction clothing is a newly-made but faithful copy of an older garment." Wikipedia

(Apologies for the squinty eyes and comedy boobs!)

~ Outfit Details ~

Vintage Crochet Top - Thrifted
Vintage Polka Dot Pleated Skirt - Thrifted
Two Tone Brogues - Primark
Vintage Tapestry Satchel - Thrifted
Tan Skinny Belt - Primark

Lately I’ve been thinking alot about just how and why vintage fashion has become so popular in recent years. I know that many designers have taken inspiration from previous eras, but that doesn't really explain the interest in actual vintage clothing. I know it's not because vintage garments are cheaper than high street copies as I've seen dresses sold for hundreds on eBay, in fact as soon as you add the word vintage to anything second-hand the price increases disproportionally. Having said that, armed with the right know how, you can find beautiful vintages pieces for little more than a few pounds.

I couldn't quite figure it out, so I did a little research, and it seems popular belief that although second hand clothing has always been available, of the old and newer variety, it wasn't until people in the public eye started to fashion outfits with vintage pieces that we stood up and took note. The likes of Kate Moss, Dita Von Teese and Sienna Miller opened our eyes to something more than just clothes, but a history, an appreciation of the past as well as the potential to help the environment by recycling our old clothing. Perhaps people simply got bored of all the regurgitated designs that are churned out every season and wanted the real thing.
I believe that many are attracted to vintage clothing because of the unique nature of each garment and the thrill of finding that one of a kind piece, especially if you don’t have to pay over the odds. I also find that vintage garments are much more well made since they were actually designed to be worn for years and years and even passed down to younger generations.

It even hasn't gone unnoticed that some fashion sub-cultures such as the punk, rockability and gothic trends have created their own style using vintages garments such as punk rock inspired t-shirts, full fifties skirts and lace-up bodice corsets.

I know why I love vintage fashion, firstly, because it enables me to be unique in a way, I know that no one else is wearing my outfit, I don't want to be another Topshop clone. I’m fascinated by the stylings of previous era's, particularly the fifties and sixties. I'm drawn to the detailing in the fabric, the pretty buttons, the embroidery, lace and crochet, as they say ‘they don’t make em like they used to’. I also think back then fashion was more suited to the curvier woman. Clothing was designed to suit the figures of women like Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot, with nipped in waists and full flowing skirts, and pretty blouses with fitted pencil skirts, not to mention the introduction of the mini skirt in the sixties.

It's not just the clothing though it's the whole style that fascinates me. The hairstyles; huge beehives and polished chignons and the make-up; bright red lipstick and thick black eyeliner flicks with perfectly polished cheekbones. Even the lifestyle was so much prettier, beautiful old-fashioned architecture, classically styled cars, pretty china tea sets and an abundance of bunting.

Overall, I think vintage clothing allows us to be creative with our own style, by mixing different looks from different decades, but with the reassurance that we already know it works.

What is your favourite thing about vintage fashion?



Vanilla - notes from my closet said...

I love the unique feeling to vintage clothing and I agree vintage clothing does fit curvy women (like myself) perfectly :) I think I have said this already... but I am SO glad you are back! I really LOVE your blog :)

Love, Vanilla

Vanilla - notes from my closet said...

P.s your hair is SO shiny! Very beautiful :)

Love, Vanilla

Jill said...

i adore this skirt.. it's lovely!

Mia said...

I really enjoyed reading this post. I agree with you about vintage clothes being better quality, and they almost always fit me a lot better than high street pieces. I'm definitely an hourglass shape and it seems that most vintage pieces were made for ladies with smaller waists and bigger hips like myself. I also love knowing I'm wearing something I won't spot anyone else in. I get most of my compliments about my vintage clothing which says a lot! x

Kirstin@CrimsonRosella said...

Awe you look adorable, loved reading this! Those shoes are so pretty!

CameronPoe2409 said...

The thing I like the most about vintage is that you are wearing somebody's history; that prom dress might have been somebody's wedding dress, that vintage coat might have been a coat that someone bought with their first payday...I've always loved vintage brooches, my mum gave me a brooch that she bought her mum with her first wages. I love the story just as much as the brooch. xx PS I love the picture and that skirt is fab! xx

Amy McMillan said...

Great post! I'm the same - I love vintage because you're wearing something completely individual, and like you said, it's also really exciting searching around for unique pieces!
Love your outfit. Especially the cute polka dot skirt.

Sarah said...

I love a lot of vintage pieces because they are one of a kind and because of the way they are made, especially evening gowns from the 40's- beautiful!

Lace n Coffee said...

To be honest for me it's not the fact that an item of clothing is vintage that I love it, it's the actual item. It doesn't matter to me what era it's from or whether it's second hand or not, it's how much I love the item of clothing.

KLEE said...

this was really interesting to read, i pretty much agree with everything you said - especially about it allowing us to be creative! and it's always a plus knowing you won't bump into anyone in the same dress. love the skirt on you, you look so so cute x

Jay said...

This is too cute! I love polka dots :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Trees said...

My favourite thing is that vintage allows you to wear something unique.

I don't know about the UK - but here in NZ -our "high street" shops churn out the same old boring items. It seems sometimes you can't tell the difference between stores, because they are all selling the same thing.

Also they sell stuff that is from poor quality fabrics, and they have been made in countries where people have been exploited. It doesn't leave me with a good feeling. Occassionally I will buy stuff from those stores - but not often.

Laura said...

I agree!!!! Vintage is the best it truly does enable one to be more creative and wear the weird and wacky(to some people =)
By the way I love your outfit, the texture of your top and the pleats and the spots. It all melds together so well.

Ash said...

you look beautiful in all these pics!! really loving the blue skirt!!

I aalways admire people who have a vintage style but I just cant seem to do it!!

Rebecca's Vintage Romance said...

Oh I love this post! My favourite thing about vintage/thrifted clothing is that it seems to be better quality and the fact not everyone has it. I like wearing something a little different & I love the history behind all thrifted clothes.
LOVE that polka dot skirt by the way, I've been looking for one like that for so long!
Rebecca x

The Teepot Genie said...

This is so lovely! Your style is so cute, I want your polka dot skirt! <3 x

Hayley said...

I agree that one of the reasons that vintage clothing has become so popular is because its so unlikely to see anyone else in a similar outfit. I'm not a fan of vintage myself because the main vintage-y shops near me are so over priced - just because something is old doesn't mean its worth more!

Rachel said...

that looks beautiful on you! x

Rosie said...

Loved reading this :) I love vintage fashion when you find that perfect garment. I especially love finding blouses in charity shops at the moment for a few pound when rubbish versions are selling in Topshop for £40?!
Nothing beats individuality either,

Rosie x

La Mode En Rose said...

cute outfit!

kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

Closet Fashionista said...

I love this outfit, the skirt is so great!
Sadly I don't have much vintage in my closet, but I do love that it is pretty much one of a kind now so no one can be just like you :D

Camilla said...

the varnish is orange fizz by Chanel, it's so gorgeous in real life too :)
love the skirt :)

x Camilla

Jessica said...

you look lovely!!!!! i love the shoes too.
anw, very nice writings i enjoyed reading it. i always adore vintage fashion, but it just doesn't suit me i guess? doesn't suit my body nor face or is it just my feeling. but besides that, i always adore people who could style in vintage and yes, unique. :)

Rachelous said...

Very true :) I remember 6 or 7 years ago when you'd see hardly anyone in shops like Beyond Retro and now they're always heaving! It's definitely due to celebs wearing vintage, or a mix of vintage and high street/designer. I particularly love finding dresses with a unique print, as even though Topshop and even Primark have sweet prints you will see them on so many people! xx

Eugénie Baby said...

Nice brogues!

Yasmine said...

Wauw, you look amazing and I'd die for your hair, hahaha!


Melanie said...

That skirt is a great find.. so pretty. I've stopped shopping vintage because I found that I'd just be greedy and snatch up beautiful/inexpensive pieces (even if they weren't really my style) and never wear them! Also, living in a trendy part of Brooklyn, all of our vintage shops are way over-priced. I do admire ladies who can put together great vintage outfits, though!

xx, Melanie

Becca. said...

midi skirts look great on you! you look so pretty too! and yes you need a dress like that they are awesome! :-)

thanks for the comment on my blog :)

Nadia Aboulhosn said...

ahh this outfit is perfect! the skirt with the belt and the oxfords!

Gabrielle said...

Love this pinup look on you!

Ginger Snap ♥ said...

Oh these photos are beautiful, that skirt is so cute it looks lovely on you. Thankyou for another lovelyy comment xx

GoldBlackMirror said...

Hi dear!!ohhh i really like this skirt!!i love polka dots!!kisses from Spain.

Lea said...

perfect outfit !

Shey said...

Oh wow you look absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about this outfit!

♥ Jana Marie ♥ said...

awww, what a lovely dress! :) love it.
and thank you for the comment.


Cecilia Warner said...

this outfit is amazing! i love your skirt especially and you have the cutest bangs ever!! you should follow me back if you like my blog as well {;

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Mo said...

Such a great post and the skirt is just perfect. looking fab. xx

Marella said...

You look amazing dear! looove your skirt!

Michelle Lee said...

perfect spring outfit :)
love the polka dots so cute

xStroutx said...

I just adore that skirt! You look beautiful :o)

I don't have as much vintage fashion as I'd like, but I do love the style, especially of the 50's variety, everything just seemed so womanly and voluptuous

Dilan Dilir said...

you look great :D

Michaela said...

I love your skirt! You're awesome :-)

Lovely blog!!

My blog
xoxo Michaela

Sophie - Country girl said...

i really like your outfit. I like buying vintage/ charity shop pieces as I know I'll be wearing something different and wont risk seeing someone else in my outfit. Great post, really enjoyed reading it :)

Hannah said...

As soon as I saw the polka dots, I knew I was going to like this outfit. And then I saw the shoes and fell in love. Jeez. It's great.

Vintage fashion? I think I like most the knowledge that I'm wearing something with a story. It's a classic piece with a great look that has survived the ages.

The Cat Hag said...

Awww you look so cute, love the polka dotted skirt and those adorable oxfords! :)

The Cat Hag

Sharon Elle said...

Thanks for visiting! Your blog is pretty awesome... the fashion, the writing, and you're gorgeous on top of all of it. Looking forward to more :)

Hermosa Makeup said...

Great blog! I am now following! Your style is amazing!!

Xoxo, Gloria

HoneyBunny said...

You look so so lovely! The skirt and shoes are amazing<3
I too am a fan of vintage fashion:)

AgataP said...

love your skirt and shoes!

wardrobeexperience said...

this outfit is so gorgeous. loooove it.

lizzie said...

Really interesting! The 'they don't make them like they used to' idea is probably where I'd place my bets, and theres something so sentimental about the idea that your clothing was loved by someone else first!!
Gorgeous skirt by the way

v a m p i r e said...

well said ,because of it has become a TREND , people tend to mistaken the real definition of Vintage

back then when i borrow mum's skirt from the late 70's or blouse during her younger years , friends mock fun of me for wearing my grandma's clothes

now since it has become a Trend , people often say OH I LOVE EVERYTHING VINTAGE , but bought their stuff from expensive labels , that is not vintage , that is what i call Vintage inspired.

i love to shop at 2nd hand stores , or just grab some of my mum's old dresses but sadly i hardly fit in hers because she was so thin when she was young

love this post a lot. really well written ♥

christie said...

You look just adorable! I love polks dots - such a classic vintage girly pattern!

xx christie

bonita said...

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I really enjoyed reading this post Victoria; I must say I completely agree. I love vintage because I am not a clone ~ I can wear something and know that it's different and maybe only one other person in world will have exactly the same item!

Plus, I am drawn to the recycling aspect ~ I think it's great to do what you can for the environment & I love to do my bit by buying vintage.

I also love that it is so pretty and feminine ~ something I really miss from a lot of street and high end fashion. I am not into looking "fierce" and I don't want to look like a boy. I just want to look like what I am ~ A woman. And a individual one at that. So thanks for writing this post; I loved it! I shall follow you now. :D

bonita of Depict This!
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hurricanekerrie said...

I love mixing and matching vintage with current pieces. The vintage items has a lot of personality and charm in them, and probably a lot of history, too.

Your polka dot skirt is darling!

Brookelyn said...

I love that skirt, it's adorable. And thank you for the vintage definition! I have always wondered what is "officially" vintage!

Tonya said...

You look so pretty! I adore this outfit, so well put together. The polka dot skirt is just perfect.

Noralia Ayu said...

heyy you look so cutee... love it!


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