No, I’m not going to discuss the skinny here. I want to discuss views on vintage. What do you think? Is vintage pretty or ugly? The other day I was wearing my great gran’s vintage opal necklace and earrings. This lady, a very well dressed one at that, complimented me on the set and said, “Those are really pretty. Usually vintage stuff is so ugly.” My mouth sort of dropped. I didn’t quite know what to say.
I’ve thought about this quite a bit lately especially with the “laughable” reception of my vintage knitting mag. I personally think it’s just gorgeous. But I do love vintage, though everything I wear and make is not always so. I also think alot of vintage is beautiful, but I have to admit that not all vintage is my style. Then I started thinking that perhaps the styles you grew up in maybe leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. You know, maybe they are associated with the heartache of puberty and such, if that was as bad for you as it was for me. I mean, the 90s give me all sorts of grief. Whenever I’m out shopping for vintage patterns and I come across 90s styles I remember wearing in high school, I immediately push them out of sight. Ugh…. But then sometimes, very rarely I find a 90s pattern that I really like. Weird.
I don’t know. What do you think? Have you ever experienced responses like these to vintage? Maybe it’s just that people are uneducated about vintage style and fashion and therefore feel that anything “old” must be ugly? Maybe, just maybe, its just not their style and I am over thinking this just a little. Still, I would like to hear your thoughts on the subject.
I do hope you enjoy these scans. I am trying to illicit intense jealousy so if you do feel like laughing, please hold it in and let the green envy take over. It only takes a moment. If you feel you must point out the tiny waistlines, it is good to remember that accenting a waistline with a belt is a sure fire way of nipping this part of the body in (not to mention the shapewear they wore those days). Just a smoke and mirror trick, in my humble opinion. And if anyone knows the rules about copyright and whether or not I can scan in this entire book and put it on Ravelry or something let me know. I would love to see one of these made up.