"Vintage style usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era.''
What really inspired me to discuss vintage fashion on my blog was my introduction to eBay yesterday. Yes, you heard right. A 19 year old fashion lover only just familiarising myself with the world of eBay seems crazy but the truth is, I was worried about having another place to over spend. After a few serious inner monologue discussions, I talked myself round. Whilst browsing I noticed that as I searched for vintage pieces, many of the items listed were actually vintage styled. They were from current shops and maybe only bought a few months back but came up with the real vintage pieces.
For me, it isn't an issue. I buy into both. The shoes, sunnies and necklace in my photos are vintage style whereas the dress and scarf are real retro pieces (I was also wearing two vintage rings but stupidly didn't think to take a picture of them, partly because my tripod has broken!). I do think that certain things on the high-street don't work as vintage though. Creating something that looks new and old at the same time is admittedly tricky, but when done right is very effective. Therefore it is important to do it right, Topshop for example pull this off effortlessly. Others however end up with cheap looking products that don't quite fit into either category, therefore who is going to buy them? I am a big advocate of fashion being available to everyone and I think the beauty of vintage is that you can pick up some amazing finds in charity shops because they probably weren't too expensive the first time around. Buying original couture dresses etc are unlikely to ever be within my reach because like a good wine, the older it gets, the more expensive it becomes. Even if I end up earning a nice wage, I cannot see it being something I could afford, or justify, splashing out on.
Which do you prefer to buy into and why?
Which stores do you feel do it best?