As a vintage wearing, history loving enthusiast, people tend to approach you with the most random comments and opinions on your style/look.
I tend to wear my vintage stuff when I’m not working because setting pin curls or getting dolled up is often wasted at the office. This means that most people don’t see what I wear or the time periods I do. As you know, I love the Fourties with some 20’s, 30’s, and 50’s. It’s pretty, girlie and fun.
But recently a couple things have happened that make me wonder what people think of when they decide to comment on my “style”. The first being, “Why would you do that? You look so old!” At 33 being told I look old makes me feel… amused to be honest.
I don’t think I look old there but rather that I look like my aunt, from her pics from the 40’s…
The next comment I get is, “Are you dressed up for something?” This one slays me! I love dressing up because honestly, I feel girlie. I do my hair and make up daily but when I dress up I take time and pride in it. I put on a set of pearls and a skirt and suddenly I’m “pretty”. Lol, I think that’s the whole point of it. During the war women had to ration food, bath water, deal with the possibility of bombs, deaths of loved ones from afar, etc. Wearing your red lipstick (a splurge item) and nylons (wowsers if you could afford silk ones!) was worth the effort of dolling up. It’s a way of keeping spirits up in tough times. I’m not going to a party, it’s not Halloween, it’s just me keeping spirits through daily life 🙂
Of course there’s the obligatory, “It’s just a fad with you” comments. They come in all forms. They assume you’re some sort of hipster or it’s a trend. Really, it’s not. I was the girl that could tell you all about the war and the great depression and WW1 from the age of 6. It’s always been an interest of mine. Fads don’t last that long. Lol
Suddenly everyone else is a costume/living historian when you do vintage. Lol I don’t mind that my Victory rolls aren’t perfect yet, I’m still practising. And yes, my dungarees that I wear with my aviator WASP jacket is a pair from Ricki’s (with the bottoms turned up), but it’s the over all look that I go for. Even if it’s just a part of the outfit, it’s a start. Of course, being told that women didn’t do X in that time still makes me laugh. Were you there?? Also, does it really matter if my style is a modern take on vintage style? I don’t think so. 🙂
I love my style. And it changes. It’s not perfect but I have fun and enjoy it.
What do you do for your vintage styles?