Costume vlogger Angela Clayton has revealed some of her past misconceptions that vintage pieces are too expensive and don’t come in modern sizes that prevented her from embracing vintage fashion everyday. She also questioned the role of “vintage-inspired clothing” and the care of original pieces.
She admitted her identity was a major force in preventing her from wearing vintage clothing. “I think it was just easier to throw on a pair of leggings and a baggy sweater and to aknowledge that I didn’t look great but be able to blame that on the fact that I hadn’t tried,” she said in her Youtube video below. Eventually she was inspired when she downsized her room and realised she “had way more clothing than I thought I had. 99% of my clothes I didn’t wear or didn’t like.”
Vintage Too Expensive?
The first vintage clothing misconception Clayton challenged was the expense. “My impression of the cost was based on antique stores and the top results of Etsy – designer gowns and evening gowns. The more I researched it the more I realised there are lots of affordable items out there.”
As for size “I thought it would be possible to find a waist measurement more than 24 inches. I don’t think I was too far off on this one. There are definitely more pieces with a 24 inch waist than a 28 inch waist but you can find the larger sizes out there.”
Tacky – a Controversial Term
As for finding modern-made vintage-inspired pieces “tacky” she said they reflect modern styles more than the period they are meant to represent. Realising this term could be misinterpreted by her viewers Clayton posted a comment clarifying her meaning with mixed results.
“I really do respect and admire all sorts of styles. Whether it’s gothic lolita or some sort of boho chic,” she said. “I think people who have defined styles that they clearly enjoy and put effort into are awesome regardless of the style itself. My thoughts on the majority of modern vintage inspired pieces has everything to do with my personal style and what I want to invest money in and wear. I didn’t mean it to be accusatory to anyone who wears those styles. In fact I follow a lot of people who embrace the rockabilly 1950s style and think it is great. It’s just not great for me. I know I used the word tacky – I don’t think I use that word in as negative of a way as some people – I use that word to describe my decorating sense for example. I use it more as ‘overwhelmingly over the top’ which isn’t how I like to dress. But that doesn’t mean it is bad! The last thing I would want to do is make anyone feel bad about their style. Because that is a really personal thing, and if it makes you happy then I’m happy for you!”
Is “tacky” really an acceptable term to use? We looked in to what it really means.