Why we love vintage clothes

Diamond ring, 77 Diamonds

When we think of “vintage” what immediately comes to mind is “old”.

When it comes to clothes we think right away that these are from a previous era, and those shirts and dresses that hippies used to wear kind of sum up what this style of clothing is about.

There is a common misconception that vintage clothes were manufactured from the 60s or 70s, which were somehow preserved then they made their way to our shopping stalls. A lot more affordable than our usual buys at the full price retailers, as a sweetener, too.

Of course, though, we know better: “vintage” clothes also include those which are handed down to us by our parents, aunts, dads, uncles, grandparents and the like, which were trendy not only in their day but have reared their heads once more to be so again in our day.

Wherever they came from, it doesn’t really matter. We love them anyway, and they’re not going anywhere.

So, why this sentimentality to clothes from years past?

Well for starters, they’re one-of-a-kind; you can bet that when you buy a piece chances are it’s uniquely yours. Even if it’s not, who cares? As Anna Dello Russo says, if someone’s wearing the same piece as you, well done; you made the right choice.

Mind you, if you do tend to err on the side of caution, you can rest assured that more than likely, the guy beside you on the bus or the girl dancing next to you at the party won’t be wearing the same thing.

Also, vintage pieces tend to work seamlessly with most pieces of contemporary clothes, regardless of their look. Vintage is as much a look of its own than merely a category of shopping; it blends with basically anything.

Whether you pair it off with some old denims, short skirts, your Chuck Taylors, jumpers, tights, even with your latest posh jewellery purchased online from 77 Diamonds, it’s not going to clash too  harshly. Of course, dress with taste.

Vintage is classic, so it doesn’t really go out of style. The site About.com tells us another reason why we should go for vintage pieces: recycling.

Their research has proven you are not using your money to pay for the natural resources used in the production of a new item (fuel for shipping, energy to produce, etc.), you are not contributing to pollution (emissions from factories, dumping of dyes and chemicals, etc.), and you are saving those items from going into a landfill”. Pretty clever, and you’re being stylish while saving the environment at the same time.

You may have your own reasons for going for vintage clothes, but whatever it is, believing in the older world works of art is a thing of greatness. Let’s keep the advocacy alive, and be fashionistas while at it.

This is a guest post.

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