FOR OUR VINTAGE LOVIN' READERS!
|Amelia's Dress is from Sweet Ludie's Vintage in Augusta, GA | June's Dress is an eBay find|
Every Saturday, we've been selecting a brand in our Designer Spotlight Saturday series to review and provide a buyer's guide (those can be seen here). Because of our tendency to enjoy and share reviews about retro reproduction pieces, we get a lot of questions like "how often do you wear vintage?" or "do you just prefer reproductions?"
We thought we would take a break for one Saturday to touch base with our readers about our love for the "real thing". We want to discuss a few pros + cons we've found about wearing vintage versus reproductions and we want to hear what you ladies think!
The Pros + Cons and Authentic vs. Reproductions
ProsWe will go on the record to state that in our opinion, no reproduction will ever be QUITE as good as finding the "real thing" in good condition, in your size and in a fit and pattern that you love. Pulling a piece like that off the rack is like pulling the sword from the stone and stumbling across a piece like that online is like finding the holy grail.
June: A huge pro for my about buying vintage, is that the period in which Amelia and I shop (50's and 60's) was during a time when clothing was made for curvy women! Regular readers of our blog know that I have a HUGE struggle with sizing because of my measurements (38-26-36). On a modern size chart, sometimes my waist is a Small and my bust is a Large, so I end up scrambling to fit in a Medium where I'm belting the dress to fit my waist and flattening my boobs to fit in the bust. I don't have to do that with a SINGLE vintage dress I own. Give it up for 50's/60's design!
Amelia: When it comes down to it there are a few reasons why buying vintage is something that I love to do! Probably the first reason (and maybe the nerdiest) is the history behind it! A lot of the vintage clothing I buy is handmade and sturdy, which is something I can't easily buy nowadays. I also love to research the labels (if the item is not handmade) and find out more about the vintage brands I wear. I love being well dressed in vintage and well educated on the history! Another major thing I love about vintage is the PRINTS! Obviously, novelty prints have not disappeared, but there are just some vintage prints that are just untouchably amazing!
|June's Dress was found on a tip from a friend and shipping from Sweden | Amelia's Set is from Sweet Ludie's Vintage|
ConsBut, vintage wearers know, that it's not exceedingly common to find a piece that fits all the criteria. Sometimes a piece needs a lot of TLC, some pieces are an inch too small or big somewhere and that can be difficult for those of us that can't sew. There is nothing worse than finding a piece that won't fit, because you can't just ask if they have another in the back. We don't think this is necessarily a con, but it does make building a vintage wardrobe a little more difficult. We've both experienced horror stories with vintage purchases and that is definitely a deterrent from wearing vintage as "every day wear."
June: I will say that sometimes when I buy vintage, I forget to check it thoroughly before purchasing. But, I've had minor things like buttons popping off, I've had zippers come completely off a dress and even pieces disintegrate from dry rot WHILE WEARING THEM (embarrassing). That might be while I love vintage for special occasions but sometimes steer away from it in every day wear.
Amelia: I'm definitely a destructive person, and as much as I love being well-dressed I am dangerous to a dress' well-being. Hook and eyes do not have a chance against me especially when they are attached with delicate old thread. Not only do hook and eyes end up breaking, but I always seem to be repairing hems on my vintage dresses. That doesn't even mention the multiple times my zippers have detached from my dress causing a gaping hole, which probably isn't my most chic look!
|June's Dress was an eBay find | Amelia's Dress was a gift from June and is also an eBay find|
In the future, you'll see more posts from us about buying vintage because we want to keep a good balance going between vintage and repro's! Our next post will be about how to shop vintage online, so be on the lookout!