By now, you all know how much I love vintage. I love vintage furnishings, books, toys, clothes for my girls, especially clothes for me. Well, Rachel (from Smile and Wave) and I are so normal moms, who have budgets, but like playing dress up and love to wear vintage. We thought it would be fun to team up and share once weekly (at least) how we incorporate vintage into our personal (and kids') wardrobes (also, how we dress in our respective part of the world, as she will get the cold, cold winter and well, me... not so much.) and hopefully encourage you to do the same. In the future, we will also be sharing about other vintage fashion lovin' mamas that inspire us and are totally cool!
Here is a bit of a Q & A regarding my start in vintage:
Q: When did you start wearing vintage and why?
A: I loved vintage clothing back in college and did the occasional thrift store hunting, but when Ben and I started dating I started wearing vintage more because we would go back to Texas to visit his family, and we would always find the best vintage clothing there. Vintage shopping in Texas was always so great! It wasn't until recently, that my love for vintage clothing for myself picked up. Though, I was buying vintage clothing for my girls from the moment I found out True was a girl.
I love vintage clothing because the pieces are so well made and the details on the clothes are always so amazing. They just don't make clothes like that these days! Not to mention, each piece of vintage clothing is unique, more than likely there won't be another piece out there like it. It is much easier on the wallet to buy unique vintage pieces than pretties from anthropologie (as much as i love that store, it isn't wallet friendly all the time).
Q: What do you look for in a piece when you're shopping?
A: I look for pieces in the 40's and 50's era, particularly dresses with circle or full skirts. Oh and pockets! I love dresses and skirts with pockets! Also, completely love shirt dresses! Guess, I love all kinds of vintage clothing, anything pretty will suffice!
Q: Favorite vintage find to date?
A: This 1930's dress. The color and print is just so fabulous and it was in absolute perfect condition when I found it for a steal of a deal too! Unfortunately, I took it home and washed it (note to self: do not machine wash crepe rayon) and it got a couple tears, but I think I fixed it up nicely and it isnt so bad anymore and I still love it just as much!
Q: The one piece that got away (or would've broken the bank!):
A: There was this dress for sale on etsy a few months back, but I just took too long to think about it and it sold so fast. I still wish and hope to see something similar again. As for vintage that breaks the bank, I am so in love with this and this (oh bag, please come here!).
Q: How do you style your daughter(s)?
A: My favorite eras for children clothes are the 60's and 70's. I love my daughters wearing cute, short dresses (though, not when the are older) with some colorful tights or knee highs and their vintage mary janes or boots. They also have their own particular clothing requests as True loves polk-a-dots and Brave loves red.
Q: Favorite sources for vintage online?
Also, I have a few vintage shop sponsors that I have either purchased from or hearted some items in their lovely shops, so you will find a bunch of goodies there too.
on me: polkadot shirt, gift. vest, vintage from jet rag. belt, thrifted. jeans, forever21. boots, vintage from ebay.
on true: shirt, vintage from vintage petite. shorts, vintage from baby hank. tights, target. shoes, livie and luca.
on brave: sweater, vintage. dress, vintage. tight, target. shoes, vintage from fine little day shop.
on soul: sweater dress, vintage from flea market. leggings, target.
Rachel, we finally did it (after talking about this little project for a few months now)! I can't wait to see your vintage pretties on your side of the map! xoxo
We are pretty ecstatic about our little project and hope you all feel the same, and that it encourages you to add a bit of vintage into your life. We also want you to share your vintage wardrobe additions with the rest of us, so if you do have a vintage outfit to share, please leave the link here so we can all check it out and get inspired! "Vintage here, vintage there" coming weekly...