Vintage – are we old fashion?

Ok …

Another post.

I promise I will write many more. But you know, in anything, the beginning is just the worst, even if also the most exciting and hardest step at the same time. It is like before jumping off a cliff. Scary but beautiful. Each step is. An up hill climb. Life’s ladder steps.

So today I would like to talk to you about Vintage, and my concept of vintage.

First of all a question: are we “vintage”? Are we feeling old fashion? And what does it mean?

Is it real, or just another way to say we don’t fit in?

Well my point of view is a 38 years old one’s.

Yes, I am 38. Nobody believes it, but it is true.

Do I have to consider myself “vintage”, “old”?

Not at all! Not even when I will be 50!

As I wrote we have to believe in ourselves, in our beauty at any age, in our own being and style.

End of January I have attended the 2017 Vintage Selection 29 in Florence.

At the Stazione Leopolda in the same days of Pitti Filati, quite important fashion events, actually Pitti fair should be worldwide known, I guess.

An event for vintage clothing: real vintage or a re-make in vintage style.

I never bought anything that was “belonging to someone else”, so I could not wear anything really “vintage” in its peculiar meaning, but still if I open my wardrobe I do have quite many garments that date back many years ago: the famous sixties i.e. so actually I have and wear “vintage” sometimes.

Not ashamed to say that I still have and use some of my dad’s shirts. Silky, colorful, smart … and not just those! And things also belonging to my mum or my aunt …

So vintage is not that far from us! We might all have relatives who maybe once gave us something to keep and wear.

But I don’t want to show you now the things I have in my own wardrobe, or at least not in this post.

But I got a few inspiration from the clothes I was watching in the exhibition.

And I do believe that actually “vintage” is not “dead”. Because even nowadays fashion sometimes steps back to take some inspiration from “older” stuff.

I remember when denim trousers came back again with wider bottom leg: the so called “zampa di elefante” in Italian, literally “elephant foot”, in English “Bell-bottoms” or “flares”. Do you remember them?

I love them, and actually I wear them, I mean sometimes I like to have trousers ending wider so I can put just short boots below them. And also I have to confess I am quite tall 1,87 m (more than 6 ft). So for me it has always been so difficult even when I was little to find trousers who could reach my ankles. And these kind of trousers helped me a lot to be able finally to find in the market something I could wear feeling comfortable in their length.

Quite funny that nowadays even in men’s clothing we see pretty many examples of trousers that actually look quite short, and intentionally are left or put up shorter to show socks and visible ankles. So you see … You never know where fashion’s going!

But let’s go back to the vintage.

Here some pictures I took at the exhibition …

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What if you didn’t know they were vintage? You see what I mean …

Here some more pics.

What is important in fashion, in my opinion, is to dare. Yes, you heard well, to dare.

And not just talking about models in posh fashion parades. We all should.

Try to make different matches. Using different colors, new ones …

When you browse shopping stop looking always for the same kind of garments you use to wear. Even accessories …

Dare! Change! Try!

That does not mean to become ridiculous wearing something Carnival style or too extravagant for a daily routine life. It depends a lot on the occasion we have to chose an outfit for. And it depends on you.

But sometimes even just one garment, or one accessory, i.e. a bag, could change the whole look.

So why not?

Always always always trust your gut, and wear what you like, no matter what it is.

Vintage?

Perfect. I mean you are wearing it now, 2017, so it will be anyway a garment lived now. So wear it your way, inside your outfit and style, as part of your outfit, not trying to imitate anyone, not even an old “hero”, but just being yourself.

This is what really matters: YOU!

Just one character jumped to my mind straight away writing this: Audrey Hepburn.

How amazing was she? A lot. But it was because it was her!

So even if I love her style, her posture, her silhouette … I cannot be her. I am myself!

And what is class? We say it is not water.

So it will not be any garment making you be classy and elegant. It will not be copying anyone.

You have to be classy, yourself. Look elegant yourself. Which means to be you.

Because the best way you can dress is to wear your personality, who you are and not who you pretend to be.

Only this way you will make your own style just following what fits you the most, what you like the most, but not on someone else, but on you!

So enjoy vintage your way!

As Frank Sinatra song: we have to live everything our way! Starting from our wardrobe!

Thanks for reading!

See you soon

PS none of the pictures I have posted in this post is really “my style” but it is always nice to look, appreciate, gets ideas and inspiration … and that exhibition was very interesting from this point of you.

There were also original garments not just in terms of colors and materials but also shape.

Here some more pics.

The beauty of life is that we are all alike and different at the same time, so maybe some of you will love the garments I have posted the pictures of here in this post, and some will not.

Anyway feel free to leave a comment if you like, and maybe get inspired!

Because I guess sometimes we forget one of the most beautiful gifts we have: sight!

So look around, notice things. And in clothing you know how much this matters. With our eyes we already touch materials, appreciate colors, models, matches …

Thanks again for reading, and see you next!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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