My mother told me yesterday "some of your recent outfits have been a bit odd - that green blouse the other day was very old-fashioned".
I suppose at times I get so caught up in excitement over vintage, that I might forget to update my look. Then again, is not looking modern precisely part of the fun of dressing vintage? I think there's a grey area somewhere in between basically dressing in costume, and vintage-modern, and this is where the problems lie. And the best of us can get caught out. Even my style icons have been known, on occasion, to tip the balance towards - dare I say it - the frumpy.
But how can we avoid such sartorial faux pas? Vintage daywear can be tough - while you can't fault the glamour of vintage cocktail dresses and ballgowns, they're not terribly practical for everyday. Vintage daywear, on the other hand, is often exactly that - practical. I see the clumpy repro 40s shoes at Remix Vintage and think "really?" (they do of course also have some gorgeous, oh-so-glam styles). And have to keep reminding myself, just because it's vintage, doesn't mean it's good. But, so it seems, I still don't always get it right.
Where do you draw the line between vintage elegance and fuddy-duddy? How do you determine which side of the fence a garment or outfit falls on?