Why I wear vintage10:00 AM
Half of my closet is made out of vintage, second hand or thrifted items. Now that I'm partially back as I'm mostly finished with exams, tasks and projects, I've taken this weekend as two days not exactly of vacation, but two days of pure break to come back to reality, organise my bedroom which I left on chaos and rescue some non-architectural projects I had on stand-by mode. Thanks to that I discovered that I keep tons of clothes I rarely wear, and most of them are vintage or come from second hand, as this blue poplin dress which I bought at La Señora Henderson.
That put me on a meditation mode on why I like so much wearing and buying vintage clothes. If you've been reading Something Fashion for awhile, you might already know that vintage is one of the main pillars at this fashion blog among young designers and street style made in Valencia. I still remember one of the first vintage pieces I ever bought, which was this black handbag from an online store called "Gelolas". Now my closet is full of hand sewn, thick jersey cotton dresses and bags from all shapes, colors and materials. But, why do I (and the rest of the world should) consume so much vintage? Here are some of the reasons running on my mind about the topic:
- Vintage it's the most original thing, EVER. Because let's be serious... Who likes attending to a party and finding that you're wearing the same attire as other 3 or 4 guests just because you got it at the trendiest shop in town? It's no fun for sure. Instead of that, buying vintage you make sure you and only you will end up wearing an unique piece which might have been made years ago on a small amount of production.
- It helps promote local and proximity commerce. Although there're also large brands and stores running vintage stores worldwide, the best vintage shops can be found downtown, at the oldest part of your city or the coolest seasonal or themed markets. Shopping vintage helps small owners and emerging companies, as well as contributing to the local economy.
- It's more affordable than regular shopping. There are also high-end vintage and second hand stores focused only on luxury goods around, with higher prices, international brands and pre-owned items which are near to new, but those are just punctual spots I stop by to shop for any holiday gift, look for an item I saw years ago and couldn't afford or make a little self-indulge. No, no. My favourites are those where you can get lost in between racks the whole morning and where you are able to smell the years and stories of the fabrics.
- It's an ecology matter. Whenever you shop for vintage or pre-owned clothing, you're helping the environment because you're recycling! For every item of clothing made out of scratch, there're huge quantities of fuel, chemical substances as dyes and toxics involved. You're helping use less resources for the clothing you're wearing, because you're using something that has already been used for a while, but manufactured once.
- Quality and sizing. Thanks to the closet re-organization I talked to you at the beginning of this posts, I was able to see how the sizes of the clothes I own have varied among the years, although I've been having the same weight (well, more or less. You get it) and body shape for years since I was a teenager. What once was an XS (I wore an XS with 103cm of hip circumference!) is today an Europe M-L, no kidding!
Instead, usually vintage clothing was made to last, so there's no problem on having enough room and fabric to make some fixes.
- The story behind the seams. Sometimes you are lucky enough to know the stories behind the clothes you are wearing, which doesn't happen with modern manufactured clothing. The lady who ordered that lace jacket for her daughter's wedding or even things as your grandma being the first woman ordering a ladies suit with a pencil skirt on the main men's tailor shop of your city (true story) are some of the experiences I get everytime I put on vintage.
I was wearing:
La Señora Henderson blue poplin dress
GEOX black sandals
Karen Millen sparkly bag
Mise en Dior earrings
LOFT statement necklace
Dolce & Gabbana floral sunnies