“Clothes make the man,” said Mark Twain. “Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Women tend to take their fashions a bit more seriously: “While clothes may not make the woman,” said cosmetics entrepreneur Mary Kay Ashe, “they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence—which, I believe, does make the woman.”
Regardless of how you feel about the clothes you wear and the effect they may or may not have on your psyche, there’s no denying that antique or vintage clothes add a whole other dimension to the act of getting dressed. For example, a tight-fitting Edwardian corset worn, say, for a costume ball will likely make you wonder how women of the Belle Époque could have subjected themselves to such suffering on a daily basis.
Fashions from the 1920s imbue one with a sense that is more carefree, thanks to the loose beaded tops and still-stylish cloche hats that characterized the Flapper era. Austerity ruled women’s fashions throughout the Great Depression and World War II, as the occasionally androgynous styles of the ’20s got downright masculine. After the war, Christian Dior focused on femininity by introducing his New Look, which swaddled women in miles of luxurious fabric.
Fashions from the 1950s translate especially well to the needs of women today. Those Chanel suits look every bit as smart as they did when the great Parisian designer updated her own creation in 1954. Vintage cashmere sweaters can be paired with everything from faded Levi’s off the rack to shiny Capri slacks. And period-perfect little black dresses with matching pumps will make you stand out at any cocktail party.
Sixties fashions are even more a part of our contemporary culture. You can go the short-skirt-and-tall-boots route, repurpose the brightly colored resort wear of Pucci, or slip into an Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket, which can be worn as a suit or a separate for perhaps the ultimate in self-confident looks.
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Vintage Clothing Treasure Trove Snapped Up By Eager Fashion FansSky Tyne and Wear, December 8th
A secret stash of vintage clothing owned by a real-life Miss Havisham was snapped up by eager fashion fans. When Vervia Todd's fiancee died in the Second World War she was left heartbroken and she never married. Instead she treated herself to yearly ...Read more
A passion for vintage fashionBath Chronicle, December 6th
For Bath-born Claudia Adrianna, 2013 has been absolute whirlwind. The owner of Deadly Is The Female, situated in the bustling artisan quarter of St Catherines in nearby Frome, has had stock featured in The Sunday Times' style magazine and This Morning, ...Read more
Video: Vintage fashion show raises money for local charitiesPeterborough Telegraph, December 6th
2013 16:11. Published 06/12/2013 16:11. Print this. Sponsored by. Chuckle Monster. A vintage fashion show was held in Peterborough Town Hall in support of local charities. City Mayor June Stokes talks about the show and the charities being supported...Read more
Two UO students create their own online vintage fashion brand, 'Barstad ...Oregon Daily Emerald, December 5th
“I was online, searching for men's vintage clothing and I could not find a website where I could find a solid selection of fashionably relevant vintage menswear,” Metcalf said. So he considered this market an opportunity. “I know there are guys like me...Read more
The Sartorial Spill: Vintage Clothing Consultant Linda RamoneLA Magazine, December 3rd
The Sartorial Spill: Vintage Clothing Consultant Linda Ramone. In our first in a series of Q&As with shopping experts, Ramone reveals her sources. Posted on 12/3/2013 9:37:00 AM by Steffie Nelson. Photograph by Christina Gandolfo. As a longtime vintage ...Read more
Storefront Report: Vintage fashion stashed on YorkThe Eastsider LA, November 22nd
Time is irrelevant at The Stash on York, a Highland Park vintage clothing shop that presents styles from the 1920?s to the 1990?s. Owner Kiki Stash curates a fine selection of clothing, both classic and timeless, plucked from wardrobes, closets and...Read more
Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing FindsHuffington Post, November 19th
No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay roundup of top vintage clothing finds. This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its ...Read more
Femme Adorn brings vintage fashion to the runway at the HamiltonMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 17th
Five Milwaukee vintage clothing and accessory professionals will feature nine looks each of their winter and holiday collections during Femme Adorn, a vintage fashion show Saturday at the Hamilton, a cocktail lounge at 823 E. Hamilton St. Collectors...Read more