What appeals to me most in 1930s fashionJanuary 03, 2014
I have asked myself this question alot of times aswell. Cause what exactly ís it that I like so much about the fashion of the 1930s and the fact that the fashion of the 1950s and newer, are much less appealing to me. I think it goes back a long time; I have never in my life dressed mainstream. Eversince I was a child I looked different from my peers and that continued to be so into my late teens till now. I know for a fact that the many guys and gals who are now into vintage, have been a gothic or were anything else of the sort, me included. And we made quite a transformation when growing towards maturity!
Some people also ask me if I never think of dressing 'like normal people' for a day or two. And the answer from my side is always a firm no. Because that's the truth; I wouldn't even dream of it. Chills go up and down my spine if I think about myself fully clad in Denim, Uggs, sneakers or the black 'garbage bag' coats with a freshly killed rabbit fur draped in the neck, hair unbrushed or roaming the streets in a tracksuit (something that becomes more popular everyday - to my sheer horror). I hope I have not offended anyone with saying this; I still believe everyone should wear what he/she wants. That is, after all, one of the pro's of living anno 2014; you won't be scrutinised for wearing something that is not done in the eyes of the common humanity. I also have the benefits of this, cause imagine what an outcast I would have been in the 1930s dressing as a Victorian. However, suffice to say that I secretly hope that one day people will put effort in their appearance again. Looking their utter best when they go out on the street. It would make the world a tad more attractive. But sadly it's a huge minority who still put effort in their appearance when they go out, being sophisticated and elegant.
I am also of opinion that you can be sexy and feminine without showing way too much skin. Nowadays the only thing you see is nudity. It is pushed into your face and you cannot escape it. But yes, sex sells and that truly wasn't any different in the 1930s but what wás a difference, is that is was not pushed in to your face. It was kept hidden and you were discreet about it. Women these days believe that they have to show their entire body to be sexy and that's sad, really. Skirts become shorter and shorter and cleavages almost show the whole bust. Last summer I saw people roaming the streets in, what looked like, undergarments. I felt embarrassed looking at it. It has nothing to do with me being a prude. I just don't think it's necessary.
Now, I don't like every fashion of my favorite era. That is the same as a person who dresses modern and who does not like all of the modern clothes. Believe me, the 1930s had some silly fashions aswell. For example, I think the skeleton dress designed by Elsa Schiaparelli is hideous. Just as her shoe hat. I would not wear it for a million dollars.
But coming back to the the question what I like the most of the 1930s fashion; the main reason why I like it, is because it's sophisticated, elegant and just darn pretty. As a little girl I liked hats and that hasn't changed throughout the years; whenever I go out on the streets, I wear a hat. It was unheared of in that time to go out on the streets without a hat. So, the 1930s gives me a reason to wear them really and this era had some pretty neat hat designs! I also like the shape of the dresses, blouses and the shoes. Yes, round toed pumps with t-straps, bows or just court shoes! What else can a woman ask for? I just lóve. the. fashion! In my opinion it shows a woman at her most beautiful; elegant and like a pretty swan. But I realise pretty darn well that this differs for most of the people out there! After all, there is no accounting for taste!