“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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How To Buy Vintage Clothing: The Retro Fashion Bloggers' Insider GuideHuffington Post UK, October 7th
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Vintage fashion show serves as tribute, supports GoodwillMLive.com, October 3rd
GIVS no longer exists, but the vintage fashion shows have continued. "I started 20 years ago because my neighbor was in it, said Debbie Mesley, who donned a beaded flapper dress that weighed over four and a half pounds and, according to the original ...Read more
Vintage Fashion Expo Coming to LAApparel News, October 1st
If you want to check out some of the vintage fashions that have graced the style pages since the late 18th century to the 1990s, you might want to visit the upcoming Vintage Fashion Expo, scheduled to take place Oct. 17-18 at The Reef, formerly called...Read more
Chamberlin hosts brunch and vintage fashion show on SaturdayDaily Press (blog), September 25th
Fashion Aid and The Chamberlin in Hampton will host “A Champagne Brunch” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the senior living community. The event will honor the men and women of World War II. The throwback affair will feature a vintage fashion show ...Read more
Vintage Clothing Shop Closing Its DoorsEast Hampton Star, September 25th
Out of the Closet, a vintage clothing store in Water Mill, will close its doors on Wednesday and is having a major sale leading up to its last day. The co-owners, Lucy Martin and Ruth Chernaik, announced on Sept. 5 that everything in the store has been...Read more
Weekly Roundup of Vintage Clothing FindsHuffington Post, September 22nd
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
6 Tips for Shopping for Vintage Clothing and AccessoriesThe Cheat Sheet, September 15th
Shopping for vintage clothing and accessories can be a great way to score some unique pieces and learn more about the history behind the clothes that your favorite brands make today. But everything about shopping vintage — from figuring out where to...Read more
Vintage fashion: Lots of spots to score looks from bygone timesCharlotte Observer, September 9th
Clothing styles from decades past are so hot right now, retailers are offering up new reproductions at every price point. But if the real thing is what you're after – and you want to be sure nobody else looks just like you – then head to one of the...Read more