If you’ve been a regular to my blog for some time, you may have noticed I’ve done very little outfit-related posts this year. I admit it, I’ve had some style ennui. Seeing as this blog revolves around style in a lot of ways (though I’ve never considered myself a “fashion blogger” by a long shot), that’s made blogging kind of difficult.
I spent a long time trying to figure out what was bothering me. In the end, I think it was a combination of things, only some of which had to do with fashion but they manifested that way in some respects.
Devoting a lot of time to our new house. Moving to a neighborhood where fashions or trends of any kind are mostly, well, absent. Having a really difficult time finding anywhere in the house or yard with suitable lighting for blog photos. Having our closest friends from Chicago move to Wales. Not having any friends to hang out with who are into vintage (note: most of this navel-gazing pre-dates getting to know the lovely Liz of zilredloh.com, which tickles me). Working from home at least three days and not having a rip-roarin’ social life leading to few opportunities to feel like I should even bother to dress up. Vintage-themed parties, events, etc? Gosh, I wish!!
And so, I think my motivation has been kind of low.
To be honest, I’ve had a lot of “why bother?” moments this year when it comes to my personal fashion. Who cares if I dress up vintage or not everyday? When I’m working from home, I don’t get any complaints from the dog or the cat if I’m wearing jeans (albeit Freddie’s of Pinewoods) and a tank top, and am wearing my hair in a messy ponytail.
I even found myself waffling a bit about my style in the last few weeks. Maybe I needed to be a little more modern, or just go a little more 50s, versus the earlier leanings I’ve had over the last year or two. I was lazy about setting my hair, so in a misguided attempt at hair happiness, I even went so far as to cut Bettie Page bangs again about a week ago.
A peek at our new living room color that we love… scattered light courtesy of small glass block window nooks
And then one day, I snapped out of it. I decided I needed to just carry on.
Partially inspired by Sunni’s excellent Everyday Wardrobe challenge, I decided I needed to be putting in some effort into how I looked even on days I didn’t have plans (more days than not!). I decided I didn’t care if I dressed like the ‘odd man out’ most of the time when I did go out.
And I realized I needed to just go ahead and do it for me.
I love vintage fashion. So what if I feel like an anomaly in my real life? Life can be fun that way. And it’s not like before I wore vintage I fit into any molds, anyway. 😉 And so what if I’m wearing a cute outfit to sit around the house? It’s not like I’m not talking about ballgowns here. I can be cute and casual at the same time.
See? These photos were taken Tuesday this week, a day I worked from home. Trousers, a blouse! Jewelry! Set hair! Lipstick, even. Yeah okay, the lippy came off before lunch and never went back on again… gotta draw the line somewhere.
I’m sharing this open, heartfelt post in the chance it might help someone else out there who has ever felt frustrated about their love of vintage-influenced fashions to know they’re not alone. It’s for any 40s gal who’s ever wondered why they bother, for any 50s sweater girl who’s just wanted to laze around in a t-shirt, for any flapper who’s wondered why she was the only one flappin’.
I’m glad I went through some head-scratching moments, because I feel sure of myself in a way I didn’t before. In fact, it’s given me a more positive outlook on lots of other things as a result. I’m looking forward to sharing more outfit posts, planning more knitting and sewing, spending more time gathering inspiration from you, my friends, and working on trying to be fabulous in as many aspects of my life as I can.
And along the way, I know I’ll just keep on carrying on with my vintage-loving self!