We vintage wearers have heard it all, most often the excuses of people who say they love vintage style and would like to wear it... but don't. Here are some of the excuses you may have encountered (or said yourself!) and why they don't hold any water:
I can't pull that off.
Why? Do you have some freakish alien characteristic that no one else living from 1900-1990 didn't have? No, you don't. There was someone like you that wore 1940s/60s/vintage clothing. Only, they pulled it off the first time around, and you could pull it off now as vintage.
I can't find my size.
Once again, not every person from 1900-1990 was a tiny Barbie person. Women came in all shapes and sizes back then, just like they do now, and they also happened to wear all shapes and sizes of clothing... which is now our vintage supply. Even if you have a hard-to-find size, there are options for you, you might just have to dig a little more. (Ask me if this is a real issue for you, and I'll help you out! I'm a difficult size to find, too.)
I can't afford it.
...But you can afford clothes from department stores and the mall that last all of five seconds and then fall apart? Vintage can be expensive, definitely, but it can also be extremely cost-effective when you find it at garage sales, eBay, or reproduce it yourself, and they last longer due to quality. There are many deals to be found, and vintage is higher quality than anything you can find at the mall.
Nobody in my area wears vintage.
Me neither. So you just won't look like everyone else. Darn.
On the positive side, if vintage isn't popular in your area, it's probably cheaper!
I don't know where to find it.
Look where there's other old stuff. Or follow my blog and I'll show you the ways!
I don't have time to dress that nice all the time.
Everyone spends time on their outfits, whether it's putting on the perfect eyeshadow to go with your modern outfit or perfecting your messy bun to go with your sweats. Vintage can take as much or as little time as you'd like to put into it. Women in the 40s were taking care of families, farms, and putting in an 10 hour shift in the factory and still managed to look cute in what we now call "vintage" styles. It's not that time-consuming once you learn it.
Not to mention, I spend about 45 minutes getting ready every day. If not less. And that's hair, makeup, outfit, everything.
I don't know how to do my hair/makeup/outfits like that.
I didn't either when I first started wearing vintage. But I learned! I researched, I looked up tutorials, I practice, and now I'm a pretty competent vintage wearer!
I don't have the confidence to rock it. People might look at me.
How do you know until you try it on? There's something amazing about putting on some fabulously made, unique, well-fitted clothing that does wonders for one's self esteem. Vintage is about dressing yourself well (instead of wearing all stretchy all the time, like modern clothes that are made for the masses, not for YOU.) Vintage is personal, and even I had to work up the courage to wear some of my more daring pieces. It can take time, but you won't know if you actually have the confidence until you give it a shot.
What other excuses have you heard or even said yourself, and what is your response to them? If you've never worn vintage before but would like to, what is stopping you?