If you’ve been watching while I share my closet, you know that some of the items are astounding, some may not appeal to you, some might look better modeled by a person, rather than Madge or Stella (my mannequins – they work very hard), or that some could use a steaming or a press to look their best.
Keep in mind that I have loved true vintage clothing and accessories forever because of their special characteristics, and even the most humble item has some very unique qualities.
In decades past, consumers looked for excellent design, quality materials, fine workmanship, durability and value when they shopped and manufacturers produced goods to these standards. It was more important to have a few lovely, well made and dependable things that felt good to own than a couple dozen mediocre items that were economical but lacked real style and wouldn’t last. Today we seem to have settled for cheaper, flashier, disposable fashion with the result that everyone looks more or less the same (even those who are trying to be different) and few people are truly stylish or elegant.
That is why I have loved to collect and wear true vintage since I was in college and really enjoy sharing my passion. There is no comparison to the quality of materials used, the beautiful designs and superb workmanship in even very simple styles. The humblest garment is a champion of durability and has a certain cache’ that can’t be found elsewhere. Most everything you buy will be one-of-a-kind, at least for all practical purposes. You’re unlikely to see anyone else wearing your outfit and some were truly one-off when they were made.
When I post my photos, I’ll tell you about the lovable features of these pieces and share the magic and excitement of finding and wearing them. When you’re on the hunt for vintage fashion, amazing things are always just around the corner . . . . you just never know!
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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