What exactly is Modern Vintage?
I am often describing the clothing I choose for Juliet’s Closet as “modern vintage” and it wasn’t until recently when I was asked to describe what that actually means, I decided to do a little research and come up with a definition for myself and how it applies to the website.
“Vintage clothing” by definition is a generic term for new and second hand garments originating from a previous era. Whilst clothing produced before the 1920′s is considered antique, clothing from the 1920′s to the 1960′s is considered vintage.
“Vintage style” on the other hand, is a little bit different. It usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Fashion design often turns to history for inspiration and it is a perfect alternative for those of us who admire old styles of clothing but prefer a modern interpretation.
Why do I like old styles of clothing so much?
You just have to look at these classic women and their style to appreciate their beauty and confidence, as well as the corresponding respect they would have derived from all who come into contact with them.
When I see a girl or woman dressed appropriately in a beautifully tailored garment, with feminine patterns and details – my eye is automatically drawn to them. I admire their beauty and confidence to stand out from the crowd and appreciate that they understand true style. It really doesn’t matter what size or shape the girl or woman is, their inner beauty is reflected from their statement of self-respect.
There are so many pieces in the Juliet’s Closet collection that will allow young girls to feel this way too, but I have to say these few items are my favourites. Martha’s Frilly Dress, Maeko’s Frilly Top and Margo’s 50s Skirt. All designed by Little Mouse Brown – their timeless beauty and resemblance of a by-gone era truly encapsulates “modern vintage style”.
The peter-pan collar is a definite and defining feature in both outfits – what era is it from? Well it originated in 1905 when actress Maude Adams played the role of Peter Pan wearing an outfit with the rounded colour. Prior to this it was known as the Little Lord Fauntleroy collar. It was in the 1950s that girls began wearing the collar in dresses and shirts – very similar to the styles and fashion in the movie Grease. Personally, I love them – symbolises style and femininity.
My vision is to see more young girls and women wearing “modern vintage” styled clothing in the future. Stylish fashion has been seriously compromised in the last two decades and more designers need to look to the past for inspiration. As consumers we need to do our part too and demand it! Would love to hear your thoughts….
Photography by Kelly Vella Photography
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