What are vintage clothes and why do we still love them?
I don’t know about you, but I love vintage clothes. You can’t find a lot off outfits vintage that are so fashionable in our days.
Although there has always been some demand for old and/or second hand clothing, the awareness, demand and acceptance of this has increased dramatically since the early 1990s.
There has also been an increasing interest in environmental sustainability in terms of reusing, recycling and repairing rather than throwing things away. A resurgence of historically based sub-cultural groups like rockabilly and swing dancing has also played a part in the increase in interest in vintage clothes.
Other reasons that some people are attracted to vintage clothing include:
- Unique or almost unique: most items were custom made, and others were manufactured in small quantities only.
- Good quality: they were designed to be worn for years and passed on to other family members, so they were made of robust materials, well cut and well made, with generous seam allowances and hems which allow for alterations and custom fit.
- Fine materials: many of the unusual older fabric types are no longer manufactured, or are now prohibitively expensive.
- Value for money: garments generally sell for a cost far below similar new modern garments.
- History: an appreciation of the past, the roles of previous generations and the skills of respected designers.
- Detailing: hand finishing, unusual buttons, hand embroidery, handmade lace, crochet, appliqué, beading and other techniques.
- Style: vintage clothing has traditionally been the favorite of creative personalities because it offers an enormously wide range of imaginative styles.
- Investment: some people buy to collect rather than to wear, and increasingly, good quality vintage garments especially items by well-known designers are sought after by collectors.
- Low Carbon Footprint: some people buy vintage clothes because it is perceived as less demanding of world resources.
Unionmade: many vintage clothes carry a union label, thus avoiding labor practices in third world countries that are regarded as abusive.
For today I’ve chosen to show you: Daisy Lowe modeling the latest range of vintage inspired dresses and accessories for Pearl Lowe's collection for Peacocks.
Enjoy the pictures!