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Peyton Poitras on exploring vintage fashion with a twenty first century mindset

Whether window shopping at a mall or walking down the school hallway, a mere glance sheds light on the ever-evolving trends of fashion. Sometimes, however, current fads resemble those of years gone by. As we ring in a new decade, clothing from decades past has found its way out of the vaults. Whether authentic vintage or reproduction, every day can be a throwback Thursday here in 2020. COURTESY PHOTO - Poitras

Personally, I am all for the vintage movement. An avid fan of science fiction, I like to think of vintage pieces as a time machine: a glimpse into another world. Knowing that someone else wore the same ugly sweater to their own holiday celebrations, or donned the same dress for their prom 60 years prior, is a charming thought. In this way, we move forward yet hold true to the past.

Although modern, reproduced vintage pieces do not possess the same memories as authentic ones, their spirit is still the same. A symbol of a time before phones and social media, there is something simple —peaceful even — about it. Although myself and many others dress in trends which predate ourselves, the essence is similar to childhood innocence. Putting on a 50s dress, the focus is on the princess-like quality of the skirt rather than the period it came from; the same goes for any other article of clothing spanning the past century. When wearing these pieces, the fun is remembered and the grotesque forgotten; a heart of individuality shines above all.

I admit, vintage is not for everyone. With true vintage sparse in sizes and reproductions on the upper end of the price scale, it may not seem accessible to all. However, the revival expands outside of clothing. Modern, thrift, and digital marketplaces are all apt places to scour. Old clocks and mementos add dimension to a simple shelf. Cassette players, records, and polaroid cameras are found most everywhere.ven well-known bookstores carry such products. Editing apps give a vintage flair to smartphone photos, and streaming services connect users with classic films of decades past. It doesn't take much to reconnect: it all starts with an internet search.

Living in the past is not a healthy mindset. Learning from history, however, is inspiring — and grounding. With every item added to your collection, a tidbit of knowledge is added to the database that is your mind. After time, this knowledge paints a picture of decades gone by, associating eras with certain styles, color schemes, and pop culture influences. To those out there born in the wrong century, incorporating physical representations of these times can make things feel right. For others, it can still make an outfit more personal, or a home seem homier.

As a pleasant bonus, investing in true vintage is equivalent to investing in sustainability. Re-homed items not only represent a new set of memories being made, but a continued life away from the landfill. Even the smallest of acts can have an impact on the environment, and that includes curating wardrobes. It's nice to know that what makes me happy can make the earth happy, too.

Whether embarking on a Saturday morning journey visiting local second hand shops, browsing modern made retro at the mall, or editing your favorite pictures to look like they were shot on film: vintage may be incorporated into daily life. It is your life, so live it as you please. Wear the sparkliest dresses, the dapperest suits, and the comfiest jeans. Place a circa 1990s alarm clock next to that 1950s vase; add a touch of flair, a piece of you, to every nook and cranny which calls itself bare. Welcome to the vintage revolution. We are old fashion, but not old fashioned.


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