Hello! Today’s guest post comes while we’re off gallivanting around Newgrange today.
Awhile back, I saw a comment on another blog (I believe it was Janey’s) from the ever-stylish Sara of Lilies & Remains. She used a term to refer to the dark horses in the vintage clothing world: they were fucked and fabulous. (Actually she was polite enough not to drop the f-bomb.) I though this was a fantastic turn of phrase, and immediately knew I wanted to ask Sara if she’d be willing to share more. Thankfully for all of us here today, she was!
So read on for Sara’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous outfits and take on vintage style…
Hello, hello! The lovely Tasha asked me to do a guest post for her while her & Mel take a trip to Ireland (lucky duckies!) For those of you who don’t know me (and let’s be real, it’s many of you), my name is Sara, I run Lilies & Remains, and I’m a 40s gal. We all have our reasons for loving vintage, and it varies from person to person. We all also have different ways of wearing it – some of us mix it with modern, some of us are die-hard era-appropriate, some of us only want pristine pieces. You know, those magical pieces that somehow made it 70 years, and seem to be completely unworn? Well I tell you what… the latter one is not me. I’m an advocate for the vintage underdogs.
There is a mushy spot in my heart for those poor wounded birds that are looking a bit shabby these days. I can mend until my fingers bleed, but there are some wounds of time that no needle can fix. Disintegrating fabric, color fade, bleeding dye… these are irreversible problems. So what is a girl to do? Throw them away? The thought makes my soul ache, for vintage is completely irreplaceable. Every piece that dies a true death is one less beautiful vintage frock in existence. Such a shame.
I called these poor babies “f***ed but fabulous.” And when it comes down to it? The people I encounter throughout the day notice the “fabulous”, not the “f***ed.” Every time. For example, this 40s dress & hat.
My boss tried to wash a stain off the dress’s bodice… and the colors melted down the front. So it became mine. The hat? Completely faded straw & a rose covered in tiny rust stains.
I get so many compliments when I wear this, it’s absurd. I’ve literally been chased down the street.
I own some things that will only get thrown away once they turn to dust, and blow off my body. This 40s rayon jersey dress, for example… it has at least 50 holes. When I hold it up to the light, it looks like swiss cheese. But it’s the perfect comfy summer dress. I don’t feel guilty wearing it to a barbeque, spilling beer on it, and rolling around in the grass. It’s got life left in it, because someone still loves it.
This 20s coat was acquired when I was working as a buyer at a vintage shop. It only has tattered shreds of a lining left, the raccoon fur has bald edges, and the wool is riddled with holes. I couldn’t buy it for the shop; my boss would’ve murdered me. And the seller was going to donate it to Goodwill. So I gave him $10 and took it home for myself. 20s isn’t even my era. But I wasn’t about to let a deco delight get thrown in a donation bin; it would mean its true demise. I’ve had it for 2 years, and let me tell you, it will be loved for many years to come.
I suppose part of me is drawn to these pieces in the same way I want to adopt ALL THE CATS from the humane society. I just want to save them & care them, for someone else may not. What if the light fade on the 40s dress below made someone throw it away? *Sadness!*
But the other side is more practical. When things are already shabby, I don’t feel as guilty for having an upset, making a new stain, or whatever it may be. I can live my life, wearing what I love, and not inhibit myself (or my ease of movement!)
I realize not everyone is like me; there are people who would be horrified to wear a hole-ridden dress in public. That’s totally fine! Everyone should wear what makes them comfortable & feel great… But save the f***ed but fabulous for the rest of us, muahaha!
I’m very much looking forward to hearing what you gals think on the matter! Thanks so much to Tasha for letting me make an appearance here ☺
Thanks, Sara! And I hope her post filled with gorgeous vintage clothing will make you think twice about what still has life left in it and is worth wearing. Some of my favorite vintage pieces are far from perfect, but I’m happy to keep on wearing them as long as I can.
Be sure to stop by Lilies & Remains to see more of Sara’s beautiful and unique vintage style!