Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Confessions of an ever changing vintage junkie
It began in high school when we would bus into 'town' (a pretty big deal considering we lived out in the country) and hit the recycle clothing stores to hunt for old baseball t-shirts, old man pants, baby doll dresses etc. Hey it was the 90s after all!
Then when I moved to Europe I got hooked on flea markets. I eagerly searched them out in every town I visited and spent my weekends trawling for 1970s jeans, sheepskin jackets and retro Adidas jackets. Hey we were just rolling into the new millennium! By the time I moved back to New Zealand I was about ready to move on from my 'Almost Famous' look and try out something new.
We suddenly discovered hardcore and punk music, skull tattoos, leopard print everything and anything, swallow patches, multi coloured hair, fishnet stockings and I'm embarrassed to say studded belts. Yeah we put the current emo trend to shame, we practically paved the way for them!
That led me on to discover psychobilly music and the realisation that you can look like a bombshell beauty but still be one of the boys! I fell into a world of pin ups and burlesque bunnies, of Bettie Page and Tempest Storm, of the reddest lipsticks and the biggest victory rolls. I was at every classic car show, every rockabilly/ psychobilly gig and truly began my vintage dress collection.
And now you ask? Well I'm currently sitting here in a leopard print skirt that I bought in a second-hand shop in London years ago and have a white ribbed wife beater singlet pulled over my giant belly... so you might say that some habits are hard to break. On the other hand I feel myself rolling into the next faze. My tight dresses are slowly being replaced by brightly coloured, flowing 70s dresses, embroidered cotton blouses and my favourite old jeans jacket has miraculously made its out of storage and back into the wardrobe. I guess I'm more about comfort these days and it definitely suits my changing lifestyle better.
So I'm curious, have you also found that your style has evolved and grown? Or have you always stood strongly by one style?