I’m delighted to welcome Freya Barry from Clothes Box who has kindy agreed to write a guest post for me, telling me all about her love of vintage clothes and how she first started wearing them by stealing her mother’s clothes…
A few months ago in the depths of winter a song by an artist known as Macklemore dropped. It was called ‘Thriftshop’ and the now famous lyrics:
‘I wear your granddad’s clothes
I look incredible
From that thrift shop down the road’
struck me as representing a turning point in vintage’s relationship with pop culture. At some point in the noughties vintage shopping or ‘thrift-shopping’ as it’s known in the States has transformed into something we can all engage with. Vintage Outfit Of The Day posts on blogger sites are everywhere. There are vintage magazines in print and online covering ways to cook vintage, decorate vintage and dress vintage.
Most of us however fell in love with vintage because of its nostalgic connection to a time before the internet and social media. In an age when fashion is cheaply made and sold it’s refreshing and feels almost rebellious to wear clothing that has stood the test of time.
The idea of ‘dressing up’ with vintage clothing and experimenting with vintage style all began with my mother. Stealing her 1970’s shirts with flower embroidery, 1980’s padded blazers and floaty Laura Ashley dresses was a bit like carrying a part of her round with me. Like a security blanket but more stylish. Vintage reminds us of our past and with modern styling can be altered and transformed into something new. But what remains true is the essence of the garment. The loving care with which it was made in a time before disposable fashion and the legacy of the people (perhaps close to you) who have worn it all imbibe it with a sense of mystery. If only vintage clothes could speak what stories they would tell!
What first got you interested in vintage?