It is undoubtedly clear that fashion’s purpose, when looked at as an art form, is to be a reflection of the state of the world affairs and also an artistic response to it. Fashion can be whimsical, satirical, raunchy, or can push societal boundaries. At the end of the day, the most up to date fashion is not necessarily something that has to resonate with you. I am starting to see that the market for the way in which clothes were made in the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s is exemplary of how style is subjective and that anything can come back… Enter the industry of reproduction vintage fashion, and how the key word “reproduction” is especially worth noting. Perhaps it’s been unfair to fashion of years past, to ascribe thrift store shopping as something less palatable than to pursue the latest trends. However, I think the reproduction vintage industry is proving just how incredibly palatable vintage style really is! If you want to remake something old as new, then the something old is quite valuable! In my opinion, the art of reproduction vintage clothes, and also the interest of purchasing vintage items in mint condition is worth deep respect.
In addition, the commitment you make to curating your own sense of genuine style helps sustainability at scale. “Fast fashion” while at its prolific height right now is nothing close to environmentally sustainable. If you are able to spend time to thoughtfully choose a few pieces in your wardrobe that you take good care of and keep for years, you are making an environmental decision as well.
I have curated a list of stores which provide a range of reproduction vintage fashion from any decade which speaks to you. At the end of the day, investing time in curating your own sense of style is also investing in a deeper sense of self confidence. Perhaps you’ll also spend less time worrying in the morning about picking your outfit, since you love the outfits you are going to choose from already!