Thursday, January 10, 2013
The 1940's or 1950's: Which to Choose?
Many of you are on varying levels when it comes to vintage; a beginner, not-quite beginner, somewhere in the middle, close to expert...With that said, I know many of you have been pondering where you are at in your vintage journeys and where you want to take it or if you will just stop altogether.
Although I have been surrounded with vintage and had a passion for it since childhood, it was only in my 30's did I finally take the leap into the unknown world of vintage, especially when it came to clothing. I have never, ever been a fashionista. It may be because I was raised by a man and partially raised by an old lady (sorry dad and grandma) but really how was I supposed to be a fashionable girl? My father was born in the 1940's and my grandma in the 1920's so I was surround with old school etiquette and ways of being. I so desperately wanted to dress like Jem from the Holograms, with pink wild hair and stars painted on my face, but ugh I was lucky if dad let me put chap stick on!!
So, I admit it, I was clueless and I will admit some more, I am still somewhat clueless. But the cool thing about being a part of the vintage world is that I have been actually been working out my fashionista muscles. Its exciting. I know how to match because I inclined to match-even my children match and sometimes with each other (I just have to while I can hehe) but what I am not always good at is coordinating and finding what looks best on me and what flatters me the best.
After all three pregnancies I was left with about 8 pounds over the weight I was when I started having them-not bad right? BUT my measurements sure changed. I went from a 34B to a 38C and a size 8 in jeans to a size 12 and that's mostly because my rear just got bigger and all the glorious skin left over from my babies. It is what it is. I am also in my 30's and whole lot closer to 40 than ever before so my body has changed and will continue to do so-its all good.
Where does that leave me? Jessica from Chronically Vintage just wrote an outstanding (as they usually are!) post called Thoughts on my wardrobe for the year ahead. There isn't a day that I am not inspired by her! She of course got me thinking about something I have had in the back of my mind for a while.
Where am I taking myself with this vintage life? Well, I have a new and improved blog and name and I am also collaborating with Brittany from Va-Voom Vintage on an emagazine called Hey Doll Vintage Magazine. Those two things alone are huge! But where am I taking my look, my style, and my wardrobe?
I started pondering...should I stay with the 1940's look and if so what part of the 1940's? Or should I go with the 1950's. Here are a few photos taken recently-one with a 1940's dress and one with a 1950's dress. What do you think?
Now, 1950's clothing is better suited for my shape which includes a lot of rear (LOL) but here is the thing....I am passionate about the 1940's! I simple adore the 1950's but my heart isn't as into it as it is for others. The dresses are amazing though and as of right now I have three other 1950's frocks. So, does one go with what looks best or what feels best or the decade they are most passionate about?
I am at the stage in my vintage journey where I am ready to take myself to the next level. I want to define my look, wear clothes best suited for my complexion (blues, pinks, reds, purples etc), and wear outfits that make me look the best not just feel the best-kwim? I wonder if there are 1940's dresses that give out more like 1950's one-perhaps the late part of the 1940's.
Much to ponder as I am sure you all are too, especially those who have yet to define their vintage look. It's such a process isn't it? I do feel like I am almost getting there, which excites me very much. I am understanding my body better and learning more about the cut and shape of clothing and so many things that I never thought in my wildest dreams I would ever learn or be interested in learning!
So, what are your thoughts on this subject? Any advice as I draw closer to defining my vintage style??
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