Original 1940s Hat!!
When I was 19, back in the 90's I bought myself a little 1967 mini cooper. A real classic I loved every inch of that mini!
Where am I going with this you ask? Bear with me.....
Ten years later I found myself yearning for another mini, being a bit cash-strapped I bought an old beatup 850 "Bluey" I loved every minute of it, but it soon gave up on me *grr*
No problem, my dad told me of a customer (80 years old lady driver!!) who was selling hers! A mini sky, ten years newer that Bluey and in perfect condition I bought it without a second thought! I regretted it ever since!!
It still looked like a mini but it had changed over the years, it felt sterile all of the fun gone out of it.
Compare these minis to the clothes available for you to choose when dressing vintage....
Original Vintage Clothing -The Cooper
Definitely the dream buy!
Its authentic you are wearing a piece of history
You're likely to turn heads of both those in the know and others alike
A lot are unique
Well made, better quality
Rare not always easy to find
Limited options (sizing / colours etc)
Precious (may easily tear, get moth-holes etc)
Reproduction Clothing - Bluey
There are several companies that offer clothing designs based on earlier patterns, the owners are often passionate about their eras and i have found the clothing to be very well made! These clothes are available in sizes to fit modern bodies and suit modern lifestyles.
There are lots of these companies out there, some of my favourites include
Puttting on the Ritz
Original styles or designs
Easier to care for (Often machine washable)
Often only availble on short runs
More likely someone will be wearing same dress
Modern Vintage Inspired Clothing - The mini Sky
We are very lucky here in the UK at the moment that the 40s is 'in' so lots of 40s inspired clothes are in the shop. If you are able to spot them then these are great for bulking out your wardrobe, cashmere cardis anyone? They also are a great way to ease your way into wearing vintage, so you don't feel you are putting on a costume or standing out like a sore thumb.
Easier to find
Can be Cheaper
Watered down Versions
There are several speciality shops in this area too including
Pin Up Couture
Bernie Dexter and
Bettie Page Clothing.
These offer a certain look I find, often PinUp inspired always glamourous! If you need a knock out dress then these should be your first port of call!
If you are lucky enough you'll have a fabulous boutique locally that will have a range all in the one place (don't worry - they do online too!)
Others online include stoptrafficclothing, Pin Up Girl Clothing
I really do think there is a place for all of the above in your life , a good modern vintage wardrobe can take the best of all of these and blend them together.
I am ever so useless at looking after clothes and have alot of couldn't wear vintage activities, so alot of my dresses are reproduction or vintage inspired. Also I'd never fit in those teeny tiny waists of the 40s! I do buy alot of authentic vintage accessories though, bags,hats gloves.....
Which type of clothing do you buy most often?