One of the most astonishing things that has come out of the economic downturn is that vintage fashion has become not only fashionable, but also eco-chic fashion.
While once upon a time, vintage fashion was just a fad for the broke college student, and people who couldn’t afford new clothing, or the slightly crazy artist type who loved to make her own clothes, vintage fashion has taken a new place in the fashion industry, and turned into a desired style.
It helps that both Gothic style and steampunk style have contributed to a love of vintage. Both of these fashion styles appeal to men and women primarily 40 years and younger, and that means that they are going to be searching for vintage styles that their parents and grandparents used to wear. Victorian fashion has become highly desirable, so much so, that replicas of vintage fashion are cropping up everywhere.
However, for true stylists, the best place to shop for authentic Gothic, steampunk, or Victorian style is a used clothing store, vintage shop, or Ebay, where you can find real vintage and antique clothing that fits the bill and you don’t have to pay an arm or a leg to buy it.
Even if the clothing is not in perfect condition, with some adjustments, additions, or decorations, you have an entirely unique piece of clothing that no one else can ever have. This is the ultimate in individualism and individual style, and it is no surprise that it would appeal to the younger generations, teenagers and college age men and women.
You can stand out in the crowd, without spending a fortune, and be totally you. How great is that?
I do not think that the love of vintage will go away, now that it has been discovered by mainstream society. I think that the economy has taught us to be more cautious with spending in general, and because of this, has sparked a change in the way we think about ourselves and the things we purchase including our clothes. We have become much more creative in the way we manage our finances, and in doing so, we have become more creative altogether in all parts of our lives.
In addition to all of the above, vintage fashion is the ultimate in eco-chic green fashion, because it refrains from using resources and instead reuses what we already have. By reusing old clothes that are just laying around, we save them from being thrown out, and we also create an industry out of vintage. Amazing what a few old clothes can do.