Controversial Post: Has Pin Up Taken Over Vintage?
09 December 2014
There is a myriad of ways people wear vintage clothing, but in my experience in the vintage community, people's wardrobes tend to fall into one of three very broad categories: authentic vintage, eclectic vintage, and pin up.
Authentic vintage would be the people that recreate period-accurate looks. The next one is eclectic vintage, or the people that mix lots of decades with modern styles for a look that is unique. The last one is pin up, or the ladies that dress with a style like, well... a pin up. Pretty self explanatory.
Personally, I'd probably put myself in the authentic category. I like doing head to toe 30s and 40s looks, and I tend to get inspiration from more normal, everyday looks like the ones found in vintage photos. Also, one of the reasons I started wearing vintage was to get access to clothing that was more modest than what is offered in mall stores. I was tired of the stretchy-tight, short pieces I found at stores, tired of having to be vigilantly aware of the wind patterns while wearing a short dress. The longer hemlines and more coverage of vintage clothing helps me feel more comfortable, because I'm not afraid I will flash people and I don't have to wear layer upon layer to get the coverage I want.
However, when a lot of people hear "vintage," they think "pin up." Tight wiggle dresses, giant hair, spike heels, va-voom curves. Of course, I like those things too and I definitely go for more "pin-uppy" looks from time to time, but I generally don't wear them on a daily basis.
A lot of vintage wearers that are famous could be in the more "pin uppy" category, too. Dita, for example. Quite a lot of vintage-style clothing, at least in my experience, seems to cater more toward a pin up look as well. (Tatyana, Stop Staring, etc.) This saddens me a little bit, not because I dislike the pin up look, but because it has changed the way people picture past eras' styles. It has watered down all the various styles found through the 20s, 30s, 40s, and so on to be represented in tight, pin up style clothing. Look at the "1940s" dresses I found in some prominent shops:
Of course there are authentic reproduction shops, and I don't want to minimize their products or influence. But it seems pin up style has taken over vintage in some ways, especially as representing the first half of the 20th century to non-vintage wearers.
What do you think, does it seem like the pin up look has begun to represent "vintage" in the non-vintage world? What are your thoughts on that? Where would your style fit, or do you fit in more than one category?
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