silly hats & unpopular opinions

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I don’t understand Dolman sleeves. From a sewing perspective, they’re miraculous and all, but you gotta admit they look super weird. Like extra triceps lounging somewhere near your ribs. I’m glad they seem to get a lot of love from more adventurous sorts.

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I prefer wearing men’s shoes to women’s. Give me a handsome brogue or solid loafer over a strappy heel any day. My feet are actually medium-sized boats, so this preference actually serves me better in the long run.

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Even though I know they actually did exist in the ’50s, spaghetti-strap dresses always look inauthentic to me. I know I should consider them a testament to cyclical fashion, but really I’m just grouchy that so many bloggers wear them without the matching boleros.

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I don’t like modern novelty prints in vintage looks. No shade to those who pull them off – I just find they break immersion. Too “vintage with a modern twist” for my taste.

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Much as I love women’s midcentury style, I really can’t stand its male counterpart. Hawaiian shorts and pompadours do nothing for me. I prefer my men vaguely (or very) piratical. Think pocketwatches and Captain Hook curls.

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Most “vintage-inspired” stuff is way too youthful for my taste. I’m not about the sock hop aesthetic; I’d rather look 60 than 16. I like the surprise of my high voice and baby face beneath your great-grandma’s hat.

What are your unpopular vintage opinions? You know you’ve got ’em.

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Dress: ’50s vintage, via Old Gold

Hat: ’40s vintage, via flea market

Belt: ’50s vintage, from another dress

Brooch: vintage, via flea market

Shoes: vintage, thrifted

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4 Comments

  1. I agree with basically everything you’ve written here! I don’t like pin up style at all. I don’t find it very “vintage” and back in the day that style was erotic/porn anyway. I find today the look comes with tatts/ un natural coloured hair which I find jarring. I like every day vintage style. Women back in the 1950’s weren’t always wearing Dior and heels!
    I’m also finding there are certain vintage styles whilt I dnt mind them, will never be something I find. I think wearing vintage, one has to find their own personal style, you don’t have to like something just because it’s vintage.
    With you on the mid century men’s wear. I also don’t like retro interiors! I’m more of a country style/ grandma’s china kind of girl

  2. Wonderfully honest and relateable post (accompanied by a terrific outfit – that dress!!!). I’m a passionate proponent of everyone dressing however they please and try never to judge or belittle anyone else’s fashion choices, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not personally pulled towards (and conversely away from) certain things. For example, I’ve never really felt at home adopting the so-called pinup aesthetic that has become rather popular in recent years and don’t feel as though such represents me or the way in which I opt to interpret the past through my wardrobe choices most of the time.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  3. “but really I’m just grouchy that so many bloggers wear them without the matching boleros.” — that.

    I get annoyed that 50’s style and pinup style have become synonymous, because NO. Obviously there was some pinup style in the 50’s, but it was, you know, kind of cheeky/naughty fashion. It’s very much like how people say 80’s and think “neon, side ponytail, legwarmers” and that’s it. There are so many more facets to every era of style, and I wish certain things wouldn’t get SO emphasized sometimes.

    I can’t think of any unpopular vintage opinions I have at the moment… but I’m sure if I thought about it long enough, there would be something!

  4. I actually had a good giggle reading your post, so many of your points I am totally with you on! Though I’m completely guilty of being into kitsch aesthetics ~ I think it stems from my love of all things Japanese and kawaii… My unpopular opinion has to be that I really don’t like midcentury architecture or furnishings, or anything atomic! I really adore French Provincial/country cottage lace and Old English roses interior and anything gothic/Victorian/Edwardian for architecture! I think I’m just a wanna be lolita/princess at heart… 😛 ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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