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Communication Breakdown: Retro n' Vintage for Modern Pin-Ups & Sailorettes

Ahoy once more, and welcome back to my little corner of the worldwide web seas!
This time, I thought I'd do another much needed informative/opinative article on Retro n' Vintage for modern Pin Ups & Sailorettes - what it means, why it's important to me and why it should matter to you too. The dictionary definitions of Retro n' Vintage are as follow (excerpt):
— adj

2. denoting something associated with or revived from the past: retro dressing ; retro fashion
— adj
7. representative of the best and most typical: vintage Shakespeare
8. of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classic: vintage films
9. old-fashioned; dated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins

Perharps it's best to start by telling you why (I love) Retro n' Vintage.

Eversince I was a little girl, I have always wanted to know more about my family's history through the little memoirs and objects they kept and I found around in my playing investigations... Either it be a little spy camera, a 1960's Masterminds game, photographs or even that dress my mom wore to parties or that typewriter she wrote her college assignments in, back in the 1970s, all those finds were reasons to hear one or two tales from the old days and the adventures the objects took part in or witnessed. Sadly, only few of these objects survive to help tell these tales which is the reason vintage clothing and other items have seen their value skyrocket whilst the public demand for these blasts from the past create a market for retro or vintage inspired products that take up on some iconic symbols, prints, colours or shapes to reminisce that era we are most fond of, or reminds us of that special person. Vintage has become of value by representing these times when fashion was an absolute luxury, the high quality garments people wore and reinvented through time, and a classy, glamorous heritage of the days everyone took pride in looking their sharpest. Of course not all vintage and retro is good - some vintage items are badly treated and live to see our days in poor condition, others may be far from flattering or beautiful as well as a lot of retro items focus on stereotypical designs for each decade or style, or are badly constructed. But if there's any lesson to be learnt by retro guys and dolls from the original vintage culture is style management. Indeed, other times' frugality was motivated by war restrictions, economical depression and the fact that most ladies made clothes for their families themselves, rather than going to the nearest Primark or H&M and parting with a bit of money but we shouldn't need such "incentives" to mimic another facett adding our own twist - after all, as Chanel once said, “Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”, and the trick might just be investing in quality pieces you love, fit you right and are versatile enough to last in all meanings of the word, learning to DIY (do it yourself) accessories or clothes, even if only by minor alterations that make your piece feel new(er) to you, buying second hand... Work on your Style Management strategy to find the best way to have a smaller, more versatile, ecological and unique closet with the same or a smaller investment in money, and a bigger sense of reward that only being our own individual and expressing it in every way can bring.

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Mafalda xox

1 comentários:

Anónimo disse...

Loved the article. And always remeber, grandama's closet is full with beautiful vintage pieces just an alteration away of being perfect for you.

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