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Vintage Fashion – A Fun Way to Express Your Unique Style, Honor History, and Help the Environment!

Updated: Oct 13, 2023


Melissa Ewing modeling a vintage hat from Melissa Ewing's curated vintage collection
Vintage Hat from Curated Collection in Etsy Shop

This year I’ve done a couple of popup shops featuring original artwork along with items from my curated vintage fashion collection – which is quite large! You may be wondering, what is considered “vintage”? And why buy/wear vintage?


First, “vintage” generally refers to anything manufactured more than 20 years ago. That means my dresses from high school are now vintage!!


Second, there are several reasons to consider adding vintage pieces to your wardrobe! Those include the fact vintage clothing was made to last, is wearable art, and is sustainable fashion.


Vintage fashion stands the test of time.


Before mass production, manufacturers focused on creating quality pieces and detailing that would last. Manufacturers often handmade garments. The fact many garments are still in circulation today attests to the ability of vintage fashion to stand the test of time, particularly in comparison to today’s fast fashion trends.


Vintage fashion allows for unique self-expression as wearable art.


Vintage browsing is akin to a treasure hunt as you never know what you may find that speaks to you. In terms of styling, you can opt for a head-to-toe vintage look or mix vintage pieces with modern pieces in your wardrobe. This opens the door for many styling possibilities which all allow for a unique look that is all your own while paying homage to the past. You won’t have to worry about going to an event and seeing someone wearing the same outfit!


Vintage fashion is sustainable and reduces your carbon footprint.


Another benefit of investing in vintage fashion is the fact you are recycling and giving new life to preloved pieces. In doing so, you are also helping to preserve water, energy and other resources. In the last year, I have learned more about fast fashion and its impact on the environment. Fast fashion is now a huge industry that involves mass production of trendy clothing at affordable rates with styles that quickly go out of demand as new production continues. As the styles go out, mass volumes of clothing end up in landfills. For more information on environmental impacts, see https://earth.org/fast-fashions-detrimental-effect-on-the-environment/.


If you are interested in shopping for some vintage treasures, check out my Etsy shop and look out for future announcements of popup shop events!


Heather modeling a vintage dress she's wearing to an event
My Friend Heather in Her Vintage Dress from the Pop Up!


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