Monday, August 10, 2015

To be vintage or not to be vintage? That is the question

If you’re having trouble picking a side or simply don’t know which to fight for, let me ease your struggles and persuade you to go vintage.

There are 2 types of people. People who like second hand shopping, and those who despise the thought. For some it’ a magical kind of treasure hunt where you could search for hours upon hours and never get bored, as long as there’s a 50p steal at the end of it. For others however, it’s a simple straight (and occasionally objective) answer of no without even being able to reason with them how much cheaper, unique and quirky second hand shopping is. If you’re reading this and believe you belong in the no tribe, then bare with me and let me try and reverse your thinking.

I myself was once a member of the no category, yet now I can say a good quarter of my wardrobe is second hand or vintage. Of course I had the typical and mainstream conclusion of “it smells” and “someone could have died in those clothes” (FYI very very unlikely) but these stupid thoughts held me back from even speaking of vintage.

Skip to present day and I’m an eager visitor of vintage shops such as Pop Boutique on Liverpool Bold Street as well as other individual and charitable shops. As well as having a paid job, I make sure I volunteer for a local charity shop once a week which I’ve been doing for the past 3 years now, so my wardrobe pretty much welcomes a new member each week from going to work there. Through designing the charity shop window each week my eyes are very quickly opened to how (with the correct colour scheme and accompanying accessories) vintage and second hand clothing can look like a normal, if not better, shop window.

Only when you experience vintage can you truly appreciate it. My first visit to Pop Boutique opened my eyes to a whole new world I never knew existed in the back streets of Liverpool. The creek of the old floorboards and the miss match of contrasting décor added to the whole atmosphere of experiencing a unique and rustic place. The way the clothes were all hung so delicately around made me practically scared to touch the ancient wool in case I’d somehow burn a hole through it with my fingers. Only then do you suddenly realise and gratify how amazing vintage really is, that you’re petrified to touch it or even breathe on it.

The April 2015 issue of Vogue included a special feature on the sudden rise and allure of vintage shopping. The spread included the go to vintage caves whereby you can find all kinds of different pieces to suit whatever your needs. For London top stores included Found & Vision and Blackout II, along with the most popular and charitable Oxfam. Although you’d assume vintage is more of a casual and individual style which people adapt to their personality, some ladies often opt for a vintage wedding gown over a new one. Halfpenny London are exactly where you’ll need to be heading if this is what you want on your special day. You’d judge that a vintage wedding dress would already have memories of someone else’s big day so you’d presumably want to pick a gown completely new to own a memory all of it’s own. Yet adding memories to an older gown can be just as romantic, and becoming more popular amongst young women. Head on overseas and Paris, the fashion capital, embraces vintage just as much as we do. Gabrielle Geppert is a must for spying the perfect vintage tote bag, along with being blown over by an all-modern glossy interior to make the vintage products look practically brand new.

Let’s not forget we’re in the year 2015, and that means internet, internet, internet. Just because you’re shopping vintage doesn’t mean you always have to go on a scavenging hunt down the back street shops. Asos Marketplace is a great example of where to buy vintage online, not only does it source inexpensive vintage clothing but also lets you search endlessly at the comfort of your own home. If you’re a mobile guru then Depop offers you to sell second hand clothes and items as well, with certain profiles dedicated to selling vintage clothing. Believe you me, I’ve made a fair share of profits from that app, it’s definitely worth the try. Just don’t the person who puts £5 postage on a vest top please. 

The queen of vintage at the moment has to be Dawn O’Porter. With the crown (vintage of course) on her head she’s managed to accomplish her own vintage inspired clothing range called BOB, after the 60s popular hairstyle. What’s significant about this clothing range is that it’s not actually second hand, they’re brand new garments inspired by the different vintage items Dawn holds in her jam packed vintage wardrobe. So for you who still fear the vintage and quake in your off the peg boots then fear no longer as options are coming up for you to at least look vintage even though you just can’t bring yourself to buy it.

“This old thing” a show made and presented by Dawn describes, absorbs and investigates the whole plethora of vintage and seconds hand shopping. Not only does she show you the best classic gems out there and tries to persuade virgin vintage shoppers to go second hand (a bit like me to you right now), but she also adapts garments to be altered and embroidered onto to add your own label or modify it to current trends. So whether you choose to cut, sew or rip, make sure you check out “This old thing” on 40D to give you some hints and tips, or follow Dawn on Instagram @hotpatooties.

For the moment the 70s seems to be a trend that’s taken over the summer, and why not go a step further and actually buy something that was worn in the 70s. You can’t go wrong with a kaftan inspired by the 70s, but you can go a little better with one ACTUALLY from the 70s. This might be a step too far for some, but for others it’s a step in the right direction to being the most individual girl on the street.

With memoires that have already treasured a moment in a whole different era, (maybe even before you were born), why not buy a vintage shirt and embrace the different emotions and feelings that shirt has gone through. From bad days to good days that shirt has probably been through more than you have already. I hope to see you peering through Pop Boutique’s window very soon and hopefully if you’re brave enough, to touch that old door handle and open the door to a world you’ll regret you didn’t discover sooner.

1 comment :

  1. hey there my dear :) cool post !its pretty! please keep doing more :)

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