In the last few years it has been amazing to see the growth in vintage reproduction. I remember when I first discovered vintage I could name the brands that made repros on one hand. Now there are more than ever and it’s such a relief for those of us who want an authentic vintage look. But with that also comes the dilemma of looking unique, as one of the reasons a lot of people are drawn to vintage is the opportunity to wear a one off item and create a unique look. That said, obviously everyone has their own style and their own way of wearing things so wearing repro doesn’t actually mean that we all have to look the same. Lately though I’ve been really enjoying wearing one off designs.
At the end of last year I wore some of the designs JacksDaughter created for me and ever since Jenni and I have been in discussion about creating more additions to my wardrobe. I recently fell really hard for the 1930s after I binged on Upstairs Downstairs and having watched the show I realised the glaring hole for 30s styles in my wardrobe. Not of my own accord I might add, it just seems to be a decade that is currently overlooked by most repro designers. Which is why my solution to this was to have things custom made! This is another one of Jenni’s creations, made for my friend Gabriella who was very kind to lend it to me. We do a regular wardrobe swap every few weeks as that way we both get to enjoy wearing new outfits without the excess of constantly buying something new to wear. While both of us enjoys wearing things from the 30s & 40s our styles are quite different when it comes to colour and cut, so doing this has meant that I’ve been able try new things that I might not have worn otherwise.
I am definitely guilty of wearing the same sort of things all the time because I’m a real creature of habit. Once I find something that I like that works I’ll be damned if I go near anything else. Part of it is pure stubbornness too. I’m that person who goes to a restaurant and orders the same thing every damn time. Occasionally though, my husband manages to convince me to try something that he’s ordered and that’s how I end up finding another thing that I like and become obsessed with. Because that’s the thing, once I find something that I like I will be sure to binge on it – that’s what happened with all the straw hats last summer, and now I’ve moved onto berets and fedoras…two styles that I never knew I would love so much! While if anything that’s a lesson for me to change my ways, I’m glad to have discovered vintage fedora hats – now if only they weren’t around in such limited quantities…
JacksDaughter vintage reproduction1930s dress
true vintage 1930s hat & 1940s bag
(all courtesy of Gabriella)
Bait Footwear ‘Heiress’ heels
What Katie Did stockings