What is so great about vintage fashion?
Hi everyone! It is Memorial Day Weekend! I am off to Texas with my family. This is a good time for me to bring out the shorts and start acting like it is summer. I don’t know where you are reading this, but in Chicago it still feels like September. Fall, not Summer. I am going to be showing off this vintage fashion look.
I have seen my family almost every weekend this month. I spent a lot of time with my mom. I really love going shopping with her. I went to a thrift store with my mom recently, however, and I decided, never again. Here’s why.
There is something fun and magical about vintage clothes. I love vintage furniture, jewelry and shoes. Anything old. The manager of the radio station I work for collects vintage radios. SO FUN! OBSESSED!
There I was walking through a thrift store with my mom, pointing out the old lamp shades and old dresses that I enjoyed. There was a beautiful silk black dress with detailed embroidery and a pink polka dotted dress I would have loved to take home with me. My mom, much to my dismay, kept comparing my selections to her grandmother’s closet. She wasn’t just stating, “My grandmother used to wear that”. No, she would go into detail about what event her grandmother was at when she wore the pink dress. She remembered exactly where the mod chairs and dining room table was positioned in her grandmother’s home. And each time she exclaimed, “My grandmother had the exact one!”.
I am not sure if it was the uncommon-for-a-thrift-store high prices or me not loving the fact that I have my MOMs GRANDMOTHER’s taste, but I walked out of the thrift store with nothing.
This had me thinking lately, what makes vintage so great? My mom would never buy a vintage dress from her childhood and Grandmothers time. At the same time, however, I have a scrunchy that I wear now, which is something from my 90s childhood. Would I call that vintage fashion? Probably not. If you think about it for longer than a second it is.
I am still thinking about this. Is it just our generation who loves nostalgia? Are we the only ones who love vintage? Or does fashion have to skip a generation for it to be appreciated? What is vintage? And what makes it so great?
I would love to hear your thoughts!
Four popular vintage fashion trends this summer:
- High Waisted Shorts – Classic piece that is seen in the 50s.
- Ribbed Tees – Red striped tops will give you the 70s vibe.
- Cotton Laced Belt – A great way to accessorize and from 60s to 70s.
- Mules – Velvet Mules were seen in the 30s.
Celebrate the vintage 70s look with these options.
My Two Words are Vintage Fashion
Photography by Hannah Kavanagh