One experiences all kinds of comments when wearing a vintage look out and about in the modern world. Some people say nice things, some people say awkward things, and then there are some people who look like they want to say something but then think better of it. The best comments I ever receive are from older people who tell me my hat reminds them of their mother, or that they like my brooch. The worst are when people say things like "women were so much classier then weren't they?" and the dreaded "You belong in another era!".
Listen, women were not classier in the past, when people say that all I can think of is how slut shamming that statement is for modern women. I certainly don't think of myself as classier than other women just because I wear a midi skirt instead of a mini.
And of course I wasn't "born in the wrong era", I find this current era sexist (and racist, and anti-intellectual...) enough thanks, I can't imagine living in the 1950's! I also really like having seamed tights instead of having to wear a garter belt, I like that I don't have to wear a hat and gloves every time I leave the house, and that I can wear a dress one day then jeans the next. I love that I have the freedom to wear a 50's dress with 1920's hair if I'd like to. For me, one of the best parts about vintage style is playing with different eras and finding a mix that feels most me.
Would I like to live in any other time but now? Of course not! I like modern painkillers, online shopping, netflix, and I adore the internet! In fact, the only thing I like about the past is the design. I love vintage clothes yes, but vintage gender roles? no thanks. Thanks to vintage Sears catalog pages, I would like to spend a few hours shopping in the past, never more than that!
There is this firm nostalgia in America for the 1950's, the idyllic post war period of affluence and peace. Except that we tend to forget all of the terrible parts of the 1950's, like segregation (and McCarthyism, and polio, and no air conditioning). Some days, though I may look like I just stepped out of a time machine, I would never never actually want to go back!
Its funny how similar two comments could be, "you look like you're from another era!" now that is a compliment for a vintage wearer, "you belong in another era!" no that's weird.
Do you guys ever worry people equate your love of vintage fashion with an outdated state of mind? What are the weirdest comments people have made to you while wearing vintage?