14 Reasons to go Vintage in 2014! (and beyond)
As some of you will know, I wear vintage from the late 60s to early 70s every day, so I might be a little biased! It’s not that I have a pretentious hate for anything high street, I just don’t feel comfortable in it. The high street is great for that quick fashion fix, particularly if you love trends, but there’s something so special about vintage! I’m certainly not saying burn your Topshop frocks and turn into a 50s queen, but if I can encourage anyone to start experimenting with vintage more, I’ll be a very happy lady! So rambling aside, here’s my reasons for going vintage this year!
1. Individuality – Have you ever been on a night out and bumped into someone wearing the same dress? It’s happened to the best of us! With vintage you know you’re not going to see anyone in the same thing and I love that feeling!
2. It’s so broad – with The term vintage generally means anything from 1920’s-1980’s, so you could go for an elegant 50s look, 60s mod, 70s bohemian or 80s with high street. People sometimes have this misconception that vintage exudes the ‘granny look’ and don’t know how to modernise it, but that’s not true at all. If you’re after a more modern look, get researching trends and look for vintage pieces that match it! 3. Styling potential – The styling possibilities with vintage are endless! You could do full vintage (including accessories, hair etc) or mix up pieces with high street. If you love trends, you could always challenge yourself to create an on trend look made entirely from vintage. When I started getting into vintage, this was something that I’d enjoy doing and after a while, it became really easy!
4. Rummaging – This is one of my favourite parts of vintage shopping! (And some people’s least favourite) I find the idea of not knowing what you’re going to find really exciting! With the high street, you generally know that you’re going to find nice things, but you can’t beat finding amazing one offs in a vintage shop! 5. Quality – If vintage pieces from the 20s-80s have lasted all this time, they’re going to last for years to come! The 50s and 60s featured many heavyweight fabrics, such as crimplene and boucle wool that were very durable!
6. Authenticity – There’s so many ‘vintage inspired’ styles on the high street at the moment, but why go for something that looks vintage, which loads of people will have, when you can go and buy the real thing. Once you start wearing more vintage, you realise there’s an authenticity missing with the high street. 7. Ethical – Many clothes were made in Britain until the late 1980s. The demand for fast fashion wasn’t as high, meaning there were less sweatshops. Wearing something you know wasn’t made in a sweatshop with terrible working conditions means guilt free shopping!
8. Recycling – An article on ‘Lets Recycle’ states ‘A third of all clothes bought in the UK end up in landfill, but if they were donated for reuse or recycling they could generate £140 million in revenue, according to a new WRAP report.’ So if that isn’t a reason to buy vintage/second hand and donate to charity shops, I’m not sure what is! (Read the article here: http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/textiles/diverting-clothes-from-landfill-2018could-save-ps140m2019)
9. Affordability – You can find plenty of vintage for the same prices as the high street and a lot of it is even cheaper! So for every sequin party dress in Next at £70, there’ll be a unique 80s dress for £40 just waiting for you in a vintage shop!
10. Prints – There’s something so special about original vintage prints, particularly the geometric prints of the 60s that aren’t around anymore! Look out for 1950s kitsch prints, 60s geometric and original paisley prints! 11. History – Each piece of vintage is a special piece of history! Sometimes I’ll wonder who owned the dress before and what their life was like! Even if you don’t always know the story, it’s interesting to wonder how each piece started out! And if you can find out where the piece came from, that’s even more exciting!
12. Timeless – There’s loads of vintage out there based on trends of the time, but if you have a good look, you can also find plenty of little black dresses, shift dresses, lace (which is probably never going to date) If this is your style, I’d recommend the elegant silhouettes of the 1950s and early 60s, including pencil skirts, wiggle dresses or shift dresses, if you like something less fitted. These are staple pieces, perfect for that timeless wardrobe!
13. Investment – The value of vintage is increasing all the time! Whether it’s 40s or 80s, it’ll only increase in value in years to come. Anything pre 60s is becoming difficult to source, so if you can pick 50s pieces up now, they’ll be a huge investment!
14. Self expression – Vintage is probably the most broad style to experiment with! You can literally create any look, whether it’s the iconic mod style or an entire on-trend outfit! I’d recommend trying pieces out of your comfort zone, as things can look very different off the hanger! So there you have it, my slightly biased reasons on wearing more vintage! And apologies if I sound very anti-high street, I’m not, I’m just very pro-vintage! If anyone would like any tips on vintage shopping, what would suit you or anything else, I’d love to help! Email email@example.com and I’ll do my best to be of service! Here’s to more vintage rummaging and wearing in 2014! Sameera