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Revisiting the Magic of the Vintage Woman

Remember those floating almost transparent fabric dresses that were a hit in the 1970s? The fluid flares, frilled fiesta frocks and maxi dresses? Then there were those floral print cardigans and skinny chevron knits. You’ll agree that the romantic 1970s ruffles, fringed bags, halter dresses above platform shoes or bleached denim jeans and big straw hats were some of the hot items that defined fashioned back then.

However, that was the 70s which borrowed heavily from the epic vintage styles of the 1940s and 50s. Most of the 1970s designers were actually copying and modifying popular styles from the 1940s and 1950s. So, what was so special and magical about the vintage 1950s women clothing?

To answer this question, you just need to revisit the 50s styles as described by dedicated enthusiasts of this new retro fashion trend today. There are many vintage enthusiasts who seem to have dedicated their lives to reliving the 1950s lifestyles.

One thing that comes to mind when you meet the vintage enthusiast is why anyone would be pretty content with an age when civil rights and equal pay for women were taboo? The answer you’d get from anyone in this subculture of modern people attached to the vintage styles of the 50s is that there were many other positive aspects at that time worth emulating. It was not all gloom for women as history may sometimes teach us. There were many good things in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Vintage enthusiasts live to celebrate the great life of the past in almost everything they do and wear. They adorn their bodies in vintage fashion, have vintage pieces of furniture in their homes, and generally live their lives in the 40s and 50s styles. To some, it’s not just a hobby such as thrift shopping but a commitment to maintain a retro veneer throughout their lives. There are of course those who occasionally revisit the vintage styles as a hobby once in a while when the situation calls for it.

Vintage enthusiasts are also known as rockabilly while others are contented with being referred to as a “pinup” girl. Their goal is not just to look pretty in an extraordinary way but to really live the vintage lifestyle. They’ll even fly to other countries to attend rockabilly festivals and meet other like-minded people. If you didn’t know, there are strong ties and a genuine closeness among vintage enthusiasts.

So, what is so special about the past, beyond its aesthetic appeal? It is quite understandable to own one or two vintage pieces of furniture or dresses but why would anyone devote their entire life to a vintage lifestyle? Vintage enthusiasts claim they are attached to the lifestyle by its simplicity. They consider the 50s as simple happy days’ worth reliving in the fast-paced 21st century. However, they don’t disregard modernity completely. They still carry smartphones and connect with fellow vintage enthusiasts via social media. It’s all about passion and love for the simple lifestyles of the past.


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