“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 fashion: That new old thingTimes of India, March 28th
Bangera decided to curate a vintage fashion accessories under the Gentleman's Community, a Facebook page where he shares his finds. His collection of broaches, lapel pins, golf caps and beard oils are sourced from flea markets in New York, antique ...Read more
Leeds Recommends: Best place for vintage clothingYorkshire Evening Post, March 27th
What is the best place in Leeds for vintage clothing? Andrew Hutchinson asks #leedsrecommends readers. Responses via Facebook include: Paul Booth. The Corn Exchange. Dynamic Dart Advertisement. Beckey Jackson. Blue Rinse. Steven Batty...Read more
All About Style: Chifferobe events company debuts Time Step Vintage clothingThe Providence Journal, March 25th
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Over the last few years, Providence-based event production company Chifferobe has hosted period parties such as Gatsby-era balls and Old Hollywood New Year's Eve bashes with elaborate themed décor, entertainment and food...Read more
Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing FindsHuffington Post, March 24th
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 uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible ...Read more
Meet Doris Raymond, the Fairy Godmother of Vintage ClothingSmithsonian, March 19th
Founded by Doris Raymond in 1981, The Way We Wore has grown from a fledgling boutique in San Francisco to an internationally renowned vintage clothing shop in the heart of Los Angeles. The store attracts all manner of customers, from brides-to-be to ...Read more
Fashionably Frozen in Time, Cobblestones Sells Vintage Clothing in the East ...New York Times, March 13th
the glamorous proprietor of Cobblestones, Delanee Koppersmith, sang out to a New York University student in horn-rimmed glasses who gingerly entered her vintage clothing store one snowy Tuesday. He was shopping for a gift for his long-distance...Read more
Vintage fashion queen Cynthia Deering transitions into next phase of her ...cleveland.com, March 6th
Deering, a North Olmsted native and a graduate of the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design had many incarnations as the vintage clothing queen of Cleveland. Her first store was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She had Suite Lorain, in Cleveland on...Read more
A Tailored Place: Treat yourself to stylish steals at Antique Sugar Vintage ...Downtown Devil, March 3rd
Get excited, vintage-lovers, because Antique Sugar Vintage Clothing is coming to the Roosevelt District on April 17. Originally, the store was set to open on April 3, but construction delays pushed the opening back, according to Sarah Bingham, a co...Read more