Sunday, March 28, 2010

On going all the way


(still trying to crack those victory rolls...) What this outfit really needs is a nice chunky red bakelite bangle. Don't you think?

What are your thoughts on "going all the way" with the vintage look? I really admire those who dress head to toe in vintage every day, and I really wish I could have a 100% vintage wardrobe, but to be honest it would be really hard. For a start it would involve replacing half my staples, and what's the point in getting rid of perfectly nice clothes? Plus it would be expensive to replace all my non-vintage pieces. So I'm quite content to dress sometimes in more of a "vintage inspired" style, though I usually try to incorporate at least one actual vintage piece (sometimes no more than a brooch).

Plus, you know, one of the great joys of "dressing vintage" is being able to mix and match styles and decades for a modern look that's truly unique, not having to look like we've actually just stepped out of a time warp. I guess for me it's as much about an outlet for my creativity in developing my personal style from vintage inspiration, rather than wholesale copying fashions of the past (which, in my oh-so-humble opinion, can get rather stale).

Rose printed cardigan, Tesco; Pencil skirt, M&S; Belt, purchased in Thailand; Shoes, Yoma.

An imposter jumped into my picture!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, you look great, as usual.
    I think it is really important, and in a way, most historically accurate, to remain practical. The majority of women in 1944 didn't have the luxury of keeping their clothes from getting dirty or worn, did they? So they had some very nice items and some less special but pleasing ones too. How awesome for the people who wear all vintage 24/7, but most people can't and shouldn't be expected to be purists in all or any arenas.

    melina bee

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  2. Your outfit is beautiful :) And I really love how you display your photos every time!
    I too would love to dress head to toe in vintage every day, but like you said replacing staples would be expensive and why get rid of perfectly good clothes?! I no longer buy brand new clothes from high street shops, I only buy from vintage and charity shops so maybe one day I will have a 100% wardrobe!
    Lottie x

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  3. I'm with you. I do go for a 100% vintage look a lot of the time. Many of my items aren't from the 40's or 50's but to the un-trained eye, you can't tell! For people who can do it, that's amazing but I don't think I'd want to go 100% authentic vintage every day. I love my jeans for crawling around in the garden, I love my husband's comfy sweaters for days when its cold and I love my flip flops too! I am making an effort to buy more authentic vintage or make my own from vintage patterns, though.
    I love this outfit you're wearing! You look amazing! Your victory rolls turned out great! I emailed Fleur De Guerre a few weeks ago in regards to her perfect, smooth victory rolls and she says that it just takes a lot of hairspray and back-combing...and she's right! You look gorgeous!! xoxo
    http://vavoomvintage.blogspot.com/

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  4. I have recently tried to be a bit braver with my vintage outfits, and have noticed a massive increase in strange people talking to me in the street...Your outfit is beautiful, and your photo display is really cool!!

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  5. Fashion is cyclical, so it's easy to get vintage 'inspired' pieces for a much more affordable price. Lord knows I could never afford to kit out my entire wardrobe with authentic vintage! I try to sew my own stuff from vintage patterns, which is a much more cost appropriate solution for me, but it eats up a lot of time (that I don't always have to spare). Vintage purism only serves to divide the community, I feel, as those who can't afford or find quality vintage start to feel left out. I think you've got the look down pat, and So long as you are drawing upon the influences from your era of choice, I think it's fine to wear modern clothing.

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