May 15th, 2016
A little bit of vintage in my life…
Outfit: Black dress worn frontwards, white polka-dot pink scarf, black elastic belt.
Georgie Girl items: Fuschia crinoline skirt, black and white saddle oxford 50’s shoes, black cat-eye style sunglasses! Can you say 50’s?
What do you think of when you say ‘vintage’? For me it evokes memories of my grandma’s closet, all together with her beautiful Chanel suits and 40’s shoes, her fur coats (yes, it’s ok people…vintage fur is admissible), bright red lipstick and cake mascara that had to be mixed up with a brush. I know it also means shinny round cars with beautiful interiors and for some people it is mint-in-the-box toys and memorabilia. Most people who have a love for vintage associate some memory to it. I think at the core that’s where it starts, but it does not need to have a memory for someone to appreciate it.
I realize not everyone loves vintage, some people think of it as ‘old’ and by some people I mean my kids…(I suppose others too) and I respect that, it is not everyone’s cup of tea (not China anyway). But the thing I like about vintage stuff is that it always makes me think about the story. I guess I am a story teller at heart and I love to imagine where the piece has been and who touched it or used it at any given time. Maybe that’s the reason I can spend hours in a museum, while my husband is in and out within ten minutes. I love to hear how things were done and what it took for someone to perform some of the tasks we now take for granted.
Vintage clothing is usually well made, trust me, if it wasn’t it wouldn’t have lasted 50 years. It has great structure and generally it’s made from beautiful fabrics. In order to be considered vintage, something has to be over 30 years old. Antique is anything from before the 1920s and retro refers to something that imitates a feeling from a previous period. The fact that the 70s are now considered vintage is bizarre to me, since I guess you could call me vintage too! But here is where things get a bit tricky; in the 60s and 70’s polyester was at the height of popularity because it had just been perfected and it was thrown into the market as the latest and greatest. So now we have a bunch of polyester-made suits that are not as luxurious as some of the stuff from the 40s and 50s, however, the cut and the sewing techniques are still superior to some of the merchandise coming out of fast fashion outlets.
Whichever your preference, 40s, 50s, 70s or not vintage at all, it cannot be denied that unique vintage pieces can be a conversation starter, become a favourite accent piece or hold an invaluable memory that comes to mind every time it’s worn.