As someone who has been selling vintage clothing off and on for the last 5 years, I have been faced time after time with the girl or guy who just doesn't get the appeal of vintage clothing. I respect that everyone's personal style is different, but I would like to offer my thoughts on the subject. This is something I have blogged about before on my personal blog, but I thought it was a topic that might be worth revisiting.
The most obvious reason is that it is on trend. Probably like many of you, I am not immune to such fads. I love keeping up with them and seeing what styles will debut on the runway each season. I happen to believe that what one wears is an extremely valid form of both art and communication. It is a way we can show others a bit of who we are without even exchanging words. Vintage is especially interesting and appealing to me as a fashion trend because more often than not, you are wearing something truly unique. You are not very likely to meet someone on the street wearing the same 1970s floral Saks Fifth Avenue dress. I mean, I guess it is possible, but certainly not probable.
Second, a truly great vintage piece is timeless. That is, it has existed for decades and still makes you feel like a million bucks when you put it on. It should be pointed out that every modern designer is, in one way or another, inspired by trends of the past, allowing them to live on.That timeless quality can also come from the idea that the piece you are wearing has a story. It had a life of sorts before you ever found it, and to me that is just magical.
Vintage is an eco-friendly alternative to buying new clothing. Are any of you aware of how many clothing items end up in landfills? Go ahead and do your research. It might just blow your mind. The broader realization that a pretty large group of people actually like incorporating clothing items from 30, 40, 50, 60, etc years ago could really do a lot to prevent that from happening (not to mention preserve some cultural history).
Perhaps the most immediate benefit one gets from wearing vintage is that it is budget friendly. Most of us are not immune to the effects of the current economic climate. Not only is vintage clothing typically more inexpensive, but my personal experience is that is often also of better quality. Sounds like a win-win situation, right?
Do any of you luvvly ladies incorporate vintage pieces into your wardrobes? We would love to hear why or why not!