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What Is the Fascination Of Vintage Women's Clothing?


As long as there are women who have a strong sense of their unique style, vintage women's clothing will never go out of style. This type of clothing attracts both young and old. The younger generation may find it fascinating to get a feel of earlier generations by dressing the way they did. The older generation, who may be old enough to have worn these styles when they first came out, may want to recreate their youth or return to wearing clothes that are no longer in style, but suit their figures better than current fashions.


Some decades featured fashions that were so timelessly elegant that those vintage women's clothing items would not be completely out of place in today's fashion world. Think about the clothing of the two famous Hepburn actresses, Katharine and Audrey. A quick review of any of their movies show that they wore clothes that would be just as wearable today, as long as the wearer is not a slave to whatever is currently in fashion.


Some of the features that make vintage women's clothing so appealing is that these fashions were often designed to flatter a woman's body. The pants that Kate Hepburn wore in many of her movies were classically designed with clean lines that didn't add bulk to a woman's body. The jackets and skirts in vintage wear were equally flattering. Who can forget the timeless style of Audrey Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Each outfit her character wore can be worn today without embarrassment or concern that they would look too out of date.

Another actress whose fashion featured this timeless appeal of vintage women's clothing was Doris Day. Doris Day's clothing in her movies emphasized her sleek, toned figure and even actors who didn't play lead parts in her movies looked put together and elegant because of the classic styling of their clothing. Simple skirts with clean lines and flattering hemlines made every woman look good.

Even the wackier fashions of vintage women's clothing of late 60s through the 80s have a timeless appeal. For instance, it's not hard to imagine the clothing that the iconic fashion model Twiggy wore during her modeling heyday in the 60s being worn today. These fashions may be a bit more easily dated than fashions of the 40s through the early 60s, but they can be perfect for the woman who has the confidence to eye-catching, fun vintage fashions.

Although some women may be into wearing head-to-toe vintage women's clothing, many choose to combine vintage pieces with modern pieces to create their own unique fashion style. This is a great strategy for women who may find that the style of pants of one era flattered their figures better than today's fashions, yet they preferred the shoes and accessories or a different era more. Because of this, it is common to see true fashionistas create their own style by combining the best of each era for their outfits.

Tips and Comments

  • When choosing vintage women's clothing, for the best fit, always pay more attention to cut of the clothing item and not the decade it was created.
  • Never turn away from a vintage piece because of minor tears or damage because a talented seamstress can easily repair or redesign the item to cover any flaws.
By Grayson Burke, published at 03/21/2012
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