"I love vintage clothes because they seem to make extravagance less costly to obtain, and I like to imagine the story behind each piece. Who wore it, where did she wear it, and who did she meet? Was it her favorite hat? Did she save up for it? I love the mystery of vintage clothes." ~ Dita von Teese
As you might have noticed I am crazy for old and unique vintage clothing. I'd say at least 90% of all me clothing is gathered from vintage shops from all over. A vintage shop is kind of like a forest to paramores, hunting for the craziest and coolest pieces. It is a little adventure, you never know what you find, where it comes from, where it was made and how it made his way to the shop you find it. The greatest thing about vintage is that you can be pretty sure to be the only one wearing it and if you come home showing your mom what you just acquired she will pretty sure tell you ''how funny, that's exactly what we've worn ages ago when we were about your age''...
Some people enjoy trying to keep up with the season-to-season fashion trends, but if you don’t feel like messing around with all of that, just get yourself some nice, always-fashionable pieces from your local vintage store.
The use of all the vintage talk is that I want to post photographs of all the nice pieces I have lately found in vintage shops I've been to.
|Ivory vintage blouses|
|1950's bubi Peter Pan collar|
I'll show you only the details of my new pieces, because it will not be interesting after to see me wearing these wonderful vintage clothes.
Now, before you go telling me that vintage clothes are just old rags that smell bad, let me school you a little. Vintage, TRUE vintage, especially if it's been well preserved through the years, is quite the opposite of that.
|Black 1940's transparent blouse|
At this point, I've been wearing vintage for most of my life, and I'm not here to tell you that it's because I'm cooler or more vintage than you. "Free Dress" days are a pretty huge deal when you spend most days of your life wearing the same exact thing as the few hundred other kids you're constantly surrounded by. I discovered and became a fan of vintage because it was my way to stand out. If shopping at the mall meant looking like everyone else in non-uniform clothes.
I found individuality through wearing vintage, and it is why I still wear it today. When I saved every time I had to buy myself a 1940's black satin gown for my prom, there was absolutely no fear of running into some other girl wearing the same exact dress. And on that note, don't think that vintage is so outside of the norm that it can only be outrageous or wacky. Although there are certainly many pieces that lean toward the more unique end of the spectrum, vintage can also be very simple and classic.
|Whirlaway Frocks dress from the 1940's|
|I'm in love with this collar|
If you're new to the world of vintage, I understand that it can feel somewhat overwhelming. Simply put, if you get to understand the different eras and fit, vintage clothing starts to become a lot less intimidating. The first thing you should know right off the bat is that modern clothes are made to look good on hangers, whereas vintage clothes were made to look good on PEOPLE. Most vintage garments really don't come across so hot when they're just hanging in a shop or closet, so it's very important to give stuff a chance even if it looks stupid or unflattering. For the most part, it's impossible to tell how most vintage pieces are supposed to fit or lay until you literally put them on.
|1960's green jacket|
|1940's sailor jacket|
|1960's red jacket with an interesting bow|
|Vintage brooches found. Adore them!|
|1950's circle skirt|
|Mark Farrel 1950's jacket. I love those old patterns! I think people were so creative and imaginative in those days to come up with them.|
|1940's straw hat|
I like to collect all antique/vintage things and I like to think about the way people lived in the past.
I try to copy their style and I love vintage things so much!
I try to copy their style and I love vintage things so much!
I'll show you in this post what antique things I lately found!
I love bringing beautiful, whimsical and useful vintage things back from the forgotten corner of the attic. I don't know if it's as I've got older but I'm starting to appreciate things with a little bit of history behind them.
|The structure of an elephant's family.|
|Porcelain antique doll|
Although, to many people, porcelain dolls can be some of the scariest dolls that one can cross paths with, you will find that there are so many other people that find porcelain dolls beautiful and near one of a kind. I’m a lover of these dolls!
Dolls are definitely not just for children. Grown-ups also have this fascination towards porcelain dolls because having these dolls transport us back to their childhood – back when everything seems to be a lot less complicated. Seeing these dolls displayed in our homes would definitely bring back the genuine smiles that we once had when we were still young.
These beautiful porcelain dolls are great for almost all special occasions and makes a perfect gift for the special person you love. Last weekend my boyfriend bought me one and he made my day!
|I love vintage porcelain cats.|
|Nefertiti & a Victorian posy.|
|Old German bottles.|
|Vintage baby pillow from Grandma. Love it!|
|Bowl for pralines|
All of these treasures have stories behind them, I may not know what these stories are but I love that they have a history. I often wonder if once upon a time, a girl of my age from a century ago owned any of my treasures, if they sat on her dressing table while she brushed her hair and was bound into a corset that gave her a waist so teeny. I only hope that these treasures stay in my family for generations and maybe my great-great-great grandchildren will wonder the same thing...
Do you ever go antiques hunting or do you prefer everything more 21st century? Are there any treasures in your family that have been passed down through the generations?
However, antique things became a passion of mine since just one little bottle inspired me...
Hope you enjoyed this wonderful little things.
And don't forget, it's the little things in life that make us happy!
All my love,
Idda van Munster