“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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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing FindsHuffington Post, November 24th
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
Drawing inspiration from vintage fashionTimes of India, November 14th
How he's kept it confidential is a miracle — some 50,000 pieces of vintage clothing span his Covent Garden shop and a private warehouse in Notting Hill. But operating in secret is what his clients require. He is in the vintage sourcing business...Read more
Photos & Video: Ottawa Vintage Clothing ShowOttawa Citizen, November 8th
Items for sale at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show at the Shaw Centre on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Patrick Doyle / Ottawa Citizen. Customers browse items for sale at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show at the Shaw Centre on Sunday, November 8, 2015...Read more
Student opens pop-up vintage clothing store in Woodley ParkThe Eagle, November 3rd
Gorgeous vintage pieces line the racks of Woodley Park's newest fashion store with eye-catching bright colors reminiscent of '90s style. Emma Bartley, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently opened Environs Vintage, a pop-up store inside...Read more
Charity events: Vintage fashion for Goodwill; soup for Good Samaritan; Virtues ...Akron Beacon Journal, November 1st
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Pure Vintage Clothing Offers Secondhand Style in Stadium Districtsouthsoundtalk.com, November 1st
Jordan Tart, owner of Stadium District staple Pure Vintage Clothing, knows the value of a good vintage find all too well. “I've had this store for 20 years,” says Jordan. “But it was in my family for 20 years before that. My brother and I grew up in...Read more
Cherry Creek Republican Women stage Annual Vintage Fashion ShowThe Villager, October 28th
Cherry Creek Republican Women stage Annual Vintage Fashion Show. on: October 28, 2015 In: Flair! Edie Marks, Abe Lincoln (Jordan Cirbo), Shana Wenzel, Rep. Jack Tate and CCRW President Andi Allott who created the fashion show. Photos by Scottie ...Read more
Vintage clothing provides era trendsIowa State Daily, October 26th
At Random Goods, a local vintage and consignment store in Ames, staff agree that fur trim, lace and leggings are among the many vintage fashion pieces that have been trending recently. Although the fashion industry is constantly changing, trends will...Read more