I’ll start this off by saying, I love vintage clothing and have been collecting ever since I was a teenager. Yet, now that I am in my 30s, I take a whole different look at collecting and buying that I did when I was in my 20s.
First off, one of the biggest changes is that I don’t wear vintage everyday or even every week, I even sometimes restrain from wearing it at vintage events. This is not because I have tired of vintage clothing less, its actually because I appreciate it more. I don’t wear it because I understand that its not just clothing, its little pieces of history. People can say “its just clothing, its meant to be worn.”
But the thing, its not “just clothing.” If you want something that is “just clothing” go get a dress from H&M.
Vintage clothing, especially pre-1950s is getting more rare, especially the pieces from my favorite decade, the 1930s. This is why I do not wear vintage everyday. These pieces are 80 years old and of course constant wear will eventually destroy a piece alot faster then you will destroy a modern piece of clothing. And once its destroyed, that’s it. Its not coming back. Its kind of like if you have a beautiful vintage car from the 1930s. Would it be your daily driver? Probably not. You would want to protect that car because there are just so many of them. Why should it not be the same for clothing? Of course these are my opinions, people can do what they want with the clothing they buy.
The other thing that has changed is that I am now incredibly picky with the clothing I buy. I abhor waste and excess. As a vintage collector, having tons and tons of vintage items really isn’t me, but it is for many people. I prefer to buy a vintage piece only if it is exceptional. It has to be unique, fit well and comfortable, if its not all those things, I’m not buying it. Because of this attitude I have, my vintage collection has been whittled down quite a bit, but what I am left with are pieces that I would NEVER NEVER sell and pieces that I will treasure forever.