1950s movie star Gina Lollobrigida loved her vintage clothes so much she liked to stroke them with her foot.
I’ve already moaned about the drawbacks of wearing other people’s old clothes. Here are the reasons I bloody love it.
1. It’s glamorous. Full on not understated. When you wear vintage, every day is a special occasion.
2. It suits me. Put me in skinny jeans, trainers and a slouchy T-shirt and you will see a grown woman cry.
3. You don’t have to be a slave to trends. I’ll still be wearing this stuff in forty years, looking like a slightly slutty granny. Therefore every piece I buy is an investment, or at least that’s how I justify my latest bout of overspending.
4. Vintage clothes remind me of my favourite old Hollywood movie stars, like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as my favourite modern day style icons, like Joan Holloway-Harris and Dita von Gorgeous.
5. It’s unique. You don’t have to worry about a dressmare (arriving at a party to discover a fellow reveller is wearing your outfit). You can stand out because you have the whole of fashion history to pick your greatest hits from.
6. Everything in my wardrobe is there because it triggered an emotional reaction in me. High street clothes are less likely to make me gasp.
7. Every day getting dressed is like being a little girl, raiding her mother’s wardrobe for all the really good, sparkly things. Vintage shopping as an adult gives me childlike joy.
8. I love vintage shops, even though they smell. I especially love the really great ones that feel like Caves of Wonders or Museums of Fabulosity.
9. One word. Three syllables. Quality.
10. I’ve always sought a signature style which embodies my personality. For me, wearing vintage glamour is self-actualisation. Through shopping.