I really adore vintage clothing, don't you? I've been seriously obsessed with the hippie culture since I was 13, but I adore Victorian art and fashion, and recently I've become fond of the pinup look....so needless to say, I've had all sorts of weird fashion phases because of this.
My biggest struggle has been in loving clothing from the 80s. It's very hit or miss. I feel like you can either end up looking like an awesome dark fairy rock goddess, or some weird tinfoil robot from the future. Both are good in their own respects, I suppose, but I've found it hard to find many 80s pieces that are really me.
I recently found an amazing blouse on a trip to Savers that blew me away, though! Since the tag has long since been cut out, I can only guess it's from the 80s or early 90s, due to the shoulder pads and sequins. What do you all think? 80s or 90s?
I never ever thought I'd say this, but I'm really starting to dig shoulder pads. They're sorta fierce, yanno?
This blouse makes me feel like a fattie version of Florence Welch and Stevie Nicks with a little dash of mermaid thrown in for good measure. And this is a-okay with me.
Here's a closeup of the beautiful detailing on the shoulders.Click to see it larger!
I never leave home without my trusty banjo necklace. Oddly, I think it works pretty well with the outfit...!
I got this blouse for 7 bucks. There's something you should know about me as a thrifter: I am incredibly cheap. So spending 7 dollars on one blouse was actually quite an investment. I know, I know, you're probably thinking, oh but it's worth it because it's vintage! And yes, I'll agree with you...but considering I bought the dress in these photos for one dollar at a warehouse sale, you can see why I'm reluctant to shell out big bucks for anything. Not to mention I'm an artist, and you know how historically and consistently broke we are. :)
I understand why vintage clothing would be more expensive than modern clothing. The craftsmanship is usually way better, it's unique, and just plain awesome. But for me, if I can walk into Goodwill and buy a vintage dress for 5 bucks, there's no way in hell I'm gonna go into some trendy little New York City vintage clothing shop and pay $60 for the same dress just because it's got a little hand-written hang tag that says vintage 1970s. In my opinion, that's silly. At the end of the day, used clothing is used clothing, and I'm not paying out the nose for it.
What about you dolls? What's your price cap for vintage clothing?