I have always, always had a thing for “the olden days.” The 1990’s and early 2000’s found me reading the American Girl books and ardently wishing I could’ve helped in the war effort…of every American war. I was always pretending to be a Victorian orphan turned heiress, a patriot girl turned war nurse or the belle of some turn-of-the-century ball. I just loved all things “back then” and often wished I had been born in another decade.
Since then, I have grown up and grown into my own day-and-age. Though I have come to appreciate the times God has set me in, I still love to learn about the past and, in particular, mimic it in my wardrobe. Though I can’t fit in my pink, embroidered milkmaid dress anymore, I have been pleased to see that many vintage styles are appearing in modern stores. Now that I’m a twenty-something with a love of classic looks, the question is always the same:
How do I appeal to my old-fashioned taste while not looking like I’m going to a costume party?
Because, seriously, that’s the last thing I want to do. Even with my unique taste, I don’t like being the center of attention when I walk into a room. No poodle skirts or feather boas for me. There is a world of a difference between, “Wow, that girl really pulls of the vintage look” and “She must be having some kind of identity crisis…”
How much vintage is too much vintage?
Where do we draw the line?
These are the questions I’m hoping to explore in this series. Vintage looks should flavor our wardrobe, not overwhelm them. Of course, you can dress however you so choose! If you want to dress up like Lucille Ball before you head out to get lunch with a friend, go for it! But for the rest of us who aren’t quite that dedicated, I shall bestow all of my knowledge!
Have a question?
As part of the series, please feel free to comment here or tweet to us, asking any questions you might have about the balance between “completely cute” and “costume catastrophe” (so-to-speak.) Ask about specific items, (“How do I wear pearls?”, “What do you think about pumps?” “Is there still a place in this world for hatpins?”) and we’ll do our best to address them in our upcoming posts.