Vintage Clothing is the Real Deal Always the Best Deal?
Does it have to be a tug of war?
Nothing can come close to finding a genuine vintage article that not only looks amazing but is in great condition and fits like a glove. Sadly for some who like the vintage look that could be a once in a blue moon occurrance especially for those who simply don't have the time to source it and are equally so busy they just want to throw their clothes in the wash without fear of colour run or seams perishing.
With that in mind let's examine the pros and cons of true vintage and vintage inspired and why we think it's OK to mix it up a bit.
You are buying a little piece of history and generally speaking every item is unique.
You will never experience the horror of turning up to an event wearing the same outfit at someone else even if you do look better in it!
Genuine vintage can be an investment if looked after, if anything it will gain value rather than lose it.
You can be confident you have the true look of the decade.
The workmanship of older pieces is usually to a high standard with additional styling and seams to flatter the figure.
The quality of the materials used is often better with less pilling of fabrics etc.
Let's face it true vintage just has a certain charm that is difficult to emulate.
Sizing can be a real issue, love the dress but not the size, right? Our body shape has changed over the years and sneaky clothing brands have crept up their size dimensions to con us all. To illustrate I have vintage dresses labelled UK 16 that measure like a current 10.
Older items are getting harder to find in perfect condition. Some don't mind flaws but who wants a sandy shoulder pad or seams that rip open in the middle of a jive.
Laundering can be timely when all we want to do is pop our things in the wash with similar colours. I have spoilt vintage by taking that chance only to end up with colour run or twisted shrunken clothing that would look tight on a Barbie doll.
Some older fabrics can be scratchy and uncomfortable as they don't have the addition of elastane and other comfort boosters.
Rare items are getting unaffordable for some.
Retro clothing is manufactured with todays sizes and lifestyles in mind.
Most fabrics are dyefast and easy to launder.
Reduces the disapointment when something doesn't fit you try another size.
Less risk when ordering online, especially when buying a gift. A lot of pre sixties clothing was made to measure, to measure who? we sometimes wonder I guess like today there were all shapes & sizes to cater for but it can make sizing tricky.
Takes a bit less effort. Like any high street store, pieces are put together in a way that suggests a look including accessories etc.
Yes you could bump into someone who has made the same outfit choice.
Harder to look quirky and unique with retro.
Less satisfying, can feel like the easy option (but then why not?, life is kinda short)
A little bit of what you fancy
When I started Revival Vintage in 2002 my shop and website was pure vintage. As the years have passed more and more people have embraced the vintage look. Predominantly the 1940s 1950s style which reflects the number of organised Nostalgia events up and down the country. In response we have introduced and since expanded our range of vintage inspired products we sell to cater for all lifestyles and body shapes.
That said we do our best to select clothing and accessories that are a true reflection of the genuine article. A number of our products are made from original vintage patterns to give you acurate proportions. For example we have two styles of mens trousers taken from original forties trouser patterns. Our Bloomsbury range of dresses are also made from original patterns, crepe fabrics and prints. My knowledge of vintage clothing helps me buy products that reflect the era, I am not a fan of skulls, cupcakes or unicorn patterns to name a few!
We also like to buy British where ever we can for example the men's retro trouser braces we sell are designed by us and handmade down the road here in Huddersfield West Yorkshire.
I would not like to lose the character that stocking originals give Revival but we have had to grow and evolve along with our customers. We buy from a number of suppliers including many that are smaller companies with limited edition ranges to reduce the risk of duplication and still give you a unique look. We are gradually growing our own brand products too such as our Fairisle tank tops and waistcoats. Let's continue this great journey together as we discover the joys of all types of vintage.