|Vintage Dress...Thrifted and sleeves altered|
|Liz Claiborne Sweater, Chico's belt (inherited from my fabulous mom!)|
Two of my favorite bloggers who wear vintage almost every day are Vintage Vixen and Pull Your Socks Up. They are so adept at being as comfortable in vintage as most Americans are in jeans and tee shirts! While my own personal style is no where as adventurous as theres; I must say that my passion for vintage is growing. For a number of reasons, actually:
Vintage connects the past to the present. My vintage clothes remind me that someone in generations before me felt lovely in our shared article. And in that partnership, I feel connected to the past.
Vintage gets back to the basics. What is it that most women want, in terms of style? I think it's to feel pretty. To express themselves, to be sure. But don't we all love FEELING pretty, even if we're the only ones who think we are?! Vintage clothes are an ode to being pretty, because they cut through political correctness and feminism and give us permission to just be pretty - no explanations needed!
Vintage is dress up! Like dressing up in your mom's clothes when you were a little girl and feeling so glamourous in them. Vintage allows me to play dress up without my brain saying, "Oh please Serene! Just grow up already!!" I am grown up! I'm wearing this to my grown up job, thank you very much!
Vintage is current. And this really is the most important. With so much "vintage inspired" like Modcloth and Anthropologie, why not just go for the real thing? Modcloth and Anthro have such beautiful pieces! I go in an Anthropologie store and just revel in all the beauty of EVERYTHING in the store EXCEPT the prices! When I have picked up so many gorgeous vintage pieces for a song, why go broke buying inspired when I can eat well and look pretty wearing authentic?
My next post, I'm going to give some practical tips on wearing vintage and some bloggers to check out who really master this. What I'm wearing above is a little black dress that I finally rescued from the local Hospice Thrift store after seeing it neglected and looked over during several visits. I shortened the sleeves and funkeyed it up a bit and it's an absolute favorite!