I remember one day in high school another classmate asked me why do I wear so many skirts to school. At the time during my younger years I was blissful of how modesty and feminine attire is very much uncommon in the modern generation. I didn’t know how to quite respond back to the question, but through the energy of the question I felt as if it was normal for high school kids to be curious of others’ individuality and I tried not to take it too personal. If I can remember, I think I replied about not liking jeans like most girls. Little did I know that dressing modestly and femininely comes natural to me.
I always opted for dressing modestly and vintage style especially during my high school days. I never felt comfortable wearing modern, trendy styles of the current times. Modern styles had never fit my personality and I’ve never been comfortable wearing “revealing” clothes that are more popular. Some trendy styles were alright – but most – nah.
Over the years I've noticed something interesting in the vintage fashion world - mainly online. It never dawned upon me that vintage fashion can also come off as feminist. I either missed the memo or have been truly blissful! It appears that a majority of feminists stray away from modern fashion trends as well – as they believe the patriarchal system controls fashion infrastructures. Many feminists may also wear vintage fashion in rebellion to the modern idea of what a woman “should” wear. This has caused a clash with true old vintage souls who embrace vintage fashion for its traditional values of modesty and exerting feminine and masculine characteristics. (This is a fascinating topic that I would like to tackle in a future blog post). I never imagined wearing vintage fashion as an act of social rebellion, radical ideology or a feminist act because vintage and historical fashion contains the values of dressing modestly and embracing femininity through clothing which comes natural to my old-fashioned thinking. I view it as simplicity of a woman’s wardrobe. Better yet, what completes an old soul than wearing a vintage outfit or accessory? =)
But anyway – I created this blog post because I wanted to share why I wear vintage fashion and style. I do asked why do I wear such a style, and I always answer that I enjoy showing my followers how to wear vintage fashion through example such as how I piece my outfits together.
Firstly, I wear vintage fashion for its modesty. You’ll hear me say this a million times especially across my social media platforms. I’m attracted to how vintage clothes cover up most parts of the body while still remaining charming and feminine. Being a reserved, conservative person I can relate to the traditional value that many women during the historical and vintage times abided to – that is – not flaunting too much skin and body parts and remaining respectful of your body as a woman. As I’ve transformed back into my Christian faith, I’ve been absorbing more Biblical views on how God commands women to dress modestly. This value also helps with not over-sexualizing the female body with revealing clothes.
Secondly, I love how vintage style clothes contain more personality and character. I love the effort and craftsmanship vintage clothes possess. Modern clothes are manufactured more cheaply and designed to be replaced more quickly with new clothes, going along with the high consumer rate that’s happening currently. Vintage fashion was built to last for many years. It’s unfortunate that modern clothes lack the detailing that vintage clothes contain such as buttons, lace, ruffles, metal zippers, embroidery and not overly busy patterns.
Don’t get me wrong, many off-rack clothes contain buttons, lace, ruffles, zippers, etc. But it doesn’t contain that well-constructed, unique charm that vintage clothes have. Many modern clothes break down in the washer and dryer overtime, buttons pop off, zippers get worn out and stuck in place, the fabric rips easily and stains are harder to remove. Don’t get me started on how some expensive brands become worn out overtime too!
Thirdly, and lastly, since wearing vintage style clothing gives a push in femininity it gives a sense of respect and makes it feel to be taken more seriously. (I can't forget about all the wonderful compliments I receive!) In the current modern world, many women are conditioned to believe “wear what you wanna wear” but fail to realize that most men are attracted to a woman who has respect for her body. It’s understandable to wear something “short” and “revealing” once in a while, especially on a hot, swithering summer day or an occasion. Continuously wearing immodest clothes because it’s a trend is just a personal statement. I understand not many women will agree with dressing modestly as it's not encouraged anymore and therefore comes off as controlling her choice and a lost value.
Being raised in an old fashioned household gave me a significant advantage to learning about vintage fashion and how to dress modestly and femininely. I view my authentic vintage clothes as historical treasures. I understand this isn’t the case for many people – not many people grew up among vintage items and clothes to experiment with so dabbing into vintage fashion may seem like a new adventure to some people.
Overall, my reasoning for dressing vintage style is my appreciation and attraction to modest, conservative clothing.