What I love about 50s and 60s fashion is that everything seemed so purposeful and intentional—nothing was really created by accident. When you purchased some article of clothing it wasn’t necessarily trendy; it was a skillfully crafted piece. I think that’s part of why vintage fashions have stood the test of time; trends are cyclical yes, but there’s a reason why 40 year old cashmere sweaters still look fresh today: they were crafted with care and attention to detail, not haphazardly pieced together en masse for the mall.
While I love Casual Fridays as much as the next girl, I would relish a return to a more tailored weekly dress code. [Joan Holloway anyone?] But I’m not sure I could realistically make the jump from trouser jeans to a tailored suit in one fell swoop. Instead? I’ve started wearing one of my grandmother’s gold twisted tassel necklaces. The same necklace I used as costume jewelry growing up is now adding a touch of sophistication to my typical tank tops and t-shirts. It’s somewhere in between overly casual and to the nines—just what I’m looking for!
Why do you do it, readers?
There are many different reasons to buy and wear vintage clothing. It’s often less expensive than buying new clothes, with tailored and handmade pieces from the past selling for a fraction of what it might cost new at a department store today. Plus, given how cyclical fashion is and that everything will come back into fashion at one time or another, it can be pretty easy to keep up on today’s trends by wearing clothes from past decades. The thought of wearing something more unique and possibly one of a kind comes to mind.
Perhaps, with everybody and their mother “going green,” you simply like the idea of reusing everything, including clothing, and reducing your carbon footprint. Are you a “thrill of the chase” kind of shopper? Shopping at a big-time clothing store or chain can be daunting, sorting through racks of cookie cutter clothes. But finding a one of a kind gem on the rack at your local thrift shop? That’s something to brag about! Maybe you even see vintage as an investment, and collect rare vintage pieces?
Why do you wear vintage clothing?