Finding vintage clothes is difficult.
I mean trying to find a 1950's sundress, in a) good wearable condition, b) my size, and c) to my taste is near impossible for under a hundred dollars. I think perhaps other vintage girls out there must either live in a town with an ample verity of vintage shops and thrift stores or they put in the serious work it takes to find things online. The thrift stores where I live are full of recent to 70's era clothing. Finding anything pre-1985 is a miracle and even then it is usually way too large/small, torn/expensive! I seriously don't know how people find things! Perhaps I'm just not going to the right shops? Anyone know of a vintage jackpot spot near Denver?
Finding good vintage online can be troublesome too. Etsy, my favorite "store", has dozens upon dozens of vintage sellers. The main problem I have with shopping for vintage online is that there is no way to sort by size. Inevitably I will fall in love with something only to scroll down and read the measurements are all kinds of nope-not-gonna work. Then there is the fact that sellers have priced things fairly, which means things are usually out of my reach. I don't blame sellers for charging good prices for vintage, like I just said above, vintage is super hard to find out there!
So I don't not wear vintage on purpose. I don't find old or pre-owned, as it were, clothing weird or anything. I think if I lived in London and could roam Portobello road, or in LA where vintage shops are everywhere, things would be different. As it stands I only own a handful of vintage items, two coats which you guys have already seen in outfit posts, and one fabulous dress. "What fabulous dress?" you may be saying, "show us!" Well sadly, it no longer fits, it is around a size 6 and I am no longer a size 6! Therefore my only vintage dress hangs unworn in my closet! For those still interested it is a black cocktail dress from the late 50's/early 60's, a wiggle sort of shape but with a second sheer black chiffon skirt in permanent pleats that flows around as you walk. It is a thing of beauty and I bought it back in high school for $20 bucks at a vintage store that was having their store closing sale.
So if any of you have been wondering, this is my long winded reason for why I don't wear vintage clothes even though I love vintage style! I sew instead, I just find it infinitely easier! How do you other vintage gals build your wardrobes? Do you wear mostly vintage? Reproduction? Modern clothes that fit in with vintage style? I would say at this point my wardrobe is 50% clothes I have bought from modern stores and 50% things I have sewn myself.
I wasn't kidding up there either, if you know of any shops in the Denver area I need to check out please share! Until then I'll just keep collecting vintage jewelry instead and sew my way back to the 50's :)