“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, March 3rd
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
Vintage clothing aficionado William Miller curates an upscale collection for ...Palm Springs Life, February 28th
Since that time, he has quickly secured a following of fellow vintage-fashion lovers and even landed a major runway event at Modernism Week. “Pre-Modernism Week is like Christmas season here!” To what do you credit your affinity for vintage? I was a ...Read more
Vintage fashion site touts mixing-n-matching stylesThe Boston - Bay State Banner, February 27th
Lundy said her interest in vintage clothing can be traced back to her childhood when she spent hours trying on and modeling her mother's clothing. “A lot of time I repeat a lot pieces and it's not something that is a bad thing to me. It's showing that...Read more
10 places to wear vintage fashion for spring 2014Metro, February 20th
With what feels like months of cold, wet weather behind us (and who knows how many more ahead?), now's the time to start dreaming of spring and unleashing your spring/summer things from their winter storage hell. For the vintage maven, there's no...Read more
Vintage Fashion Show planned for March 15Tribune-Review, February 19th
On March 15, a Vintage Fashion Show will be held in the library auditorium with all the new tables and chairs. Johanna Harden will be partnering with the FRIENDS to display her private collection of vintage clothing. Harden narrates the fashion show...Read more
Vintage Fashion Expo bring unique findsDaily Trojan Online, February 13th
Vintage fashion has always carried two distinct connotations: it is either someone's old clothing or a unique piece of history that offers a glimpse into a different era. For the expo attendees, vintage takes on the latter definition as something to be...Read more
Vintage Fashion Expo Coming to L.A. Convention CenterNeon Tommy, February 7th
Shoppers may also find themselves running into the likes of vintage clothing guru Doris Raymond. Raymond's famous The Way We Wore boutique in Beverly Hills is a favorite among movie costume designers and celebrity stylists like Jennifer Rade and ...Read more