Hi everyone, Alex here once again covering some of the latest news and opinions on the vintage clothing world. A couple of days ago, I read an article on Vogue about vintage clothing shopping that caused me to reflect on some things and start a discussion with you.
You can find the article here.
The article is written By Ms. Lilah Ramzi and in it, she gives us her resolution for this new year and the reasons for pursuing it.
The commitment she makes to herself is to shop only vintage apparel in 2021.
Going against the mainstream
By reading the first paragraphs you can tell that Ms. Ramzi is a fashion expert and a vintage enthusiast, a combination that is greatly appreciated here at Vintage Shape.
She starts by taking us through a small journey of her past and touches on a point that I feel is crucial for understanding the rest of the article. This is conveyed in her saying “it was acres away from the vision I had in my mind”.
That quote sums up the starting point for everyone.
Buying only vintage clothing for an entire year is not an easy goal to achieve. Of course, you will dramatically increase your chances of succeeding if you have an existing passion and love for vintage apparel.
We all become interested in vintage apparel by seeing someone else (in person, on a photo, or on the internet) looking great in them. We develop a vision of ourselves in those clothes and we strive to look like them.
A lot of people fail to materialize that vision, and others let the negative comments about their style affect them. Reasons like this cause people to give up on vintage.
If you manage to overcome these obstacles you will realize the potential that vintage clothing has, both for aesthetic and practical reasons, and finally realize that you can have a fully fashionable, diverse, and stunning vintage wardrobe.
The process may take some time, but taken from Ms. Ramzi who is on her own mission, there are plenty of reasons to try it out.
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Reasons for going full vintage in 2021
All over the article, you can catch numerous reasons why going vintage is great, not only for you but for others. We discussed some of them in our previous posts (which you can read here) but it’s good to bring them back again.
You may be unaware, but the population in general benefits from numerous advantages that vintage clothing has over newer alternatives.
By shopping entirely vintage you are helping the environment as the piece you are buying already exists. This implies that the textile production involved in your piece, which requires extensive land, resources, and emits large amounts of greenhouse gases, is non-existent.
Also, the fact that you are using a piece that was probably destined to be incinerated or else, is also great news for the environment.
A final perk is that you avoid immersing yourself in the consumeristic side of modern clothes. As vintage clothes are more scarce and delicate, you tend to treasure them more, keep them for longer, and avoid excessive purchasing.
In the article, Ms. Ramzi gives some interesting facts about the points just explained and provides links to the corresponding reports/studies.
Ultimately, the main personal reason to try vintage apparel is that it is what you want. It is important to be somewhat selfish and don’t listen to other people’s critics. Lots of vintage clothes are kind of a rare sight nowadays and wearing them will make you stand out, so it’s natural to expect a backlash from people. Don’t take it too personally and just do your thing.
But not all feedback will be bad, there will also be people that welcome that change in you.
Now if you take that leap step you will quickly find out that a great number of vintage pieces are excellent when it comes to price. You can save a few bucks by trying them out.
As for the downsides…
You probably have experienced this here at Vintage Shape or at other sites. When purchasing vintage (may not be the case with secondhand or retro) there are size and stock limitations.
Because of the uniqueness of the piece, sometimes there is only one of them available and in one size. If you find a piece with full stock and available in (at least) the three popular sizes; S, M, L, then consider yourself very lucky.
Other minor problems include more maintenance and scarcity of original pieces like buttons or zippers.
Go ahead an start your journey… You can make it!
Now that you know what you are getting into, the questions still remains…. can you purchase only vintage for an entire year? Or even better, can you take it a little further and have a full vintage wardrobe?
Well, if you do you will quickly find out that it requires a little bit of effort on your part. Ms. Ramzi shares a comment that the owner of a vintage store, who had completed here one year going fully vintage, said to her about her experience:
“It just took a tiny bit more energy—to look for pieces at vintage stores, monitor online auctions, and put together new outfits from clothes I already had in my closet”
So there you have it, if you think lack of options is a problem, well think again! Especially now that you have the entire internet at your disposal, you have countless options to choose from.
At Vintage Shape, we focus on promoting different stores that provide quality vintage and retro clothing, and we occasionally promote newer items.
If you are looking for 100% vintage pieces that are unique, she and I agree that Etsy is a great place to start.
So, what is your next step?
Try it for a year or maybe a couple of months and see how you feel, maybe you enjoy it but want to combine them with retro clothes, or maybe you do but you want to combine them with modern ones (in both cases we got you covered here at VS ;)) or maybe you enjoy it so much that you go fully vintage.
Either way, I can tell you from experience that once you start purchasing vintage clothes, you will slowly start to fall in love with them.
If you do take the challenge, let me know what happens in the comment section down below! Or if you simply want to share your opinion on the topic, please feel free to do so too. Don’t forget to read the Vogue article if you are interested in the topic.
That is all for now and I will see you around Vintage Shape.