Vintage Wearers Speak: When do you NOT wear vintage styles?

Flashback Summer: Vintage Wearers Speak - When do you NOT wear vintage?

This post is part of the "Vintage Wearers Speak" series. Read more about the series and find the other posts here.

Q: When do you NOT wear vintage styles? What modern clothing is in your closet?

I don't wear vintage at the gym or for things like hiking (see the picture above). I don't want it to get messed up, and there's a reason fitness wear for women has progressed so far since the 1940s! I've also tended to wear a lot more t-shirts than a woman in the 40s would have, but they're comfortable and still have a vintage vibe with the right jeans and accessories. I also, at this point in my life, don't often lounge in vintage. I don't have a lot of vintage loungewear, but I'd sure like to remedy that in the future!
- Emileigh 

When I'm asleep or exercising. I did wear vintage pajamas to bed for a while, but honestly, they're just not as comfortable as modern organic cotton. I also no longer wear vintage shoes very often as my focus shifts from fashion to comfort as I get older. I have two or three blouses that are modern (but still thrifted), but other than that, everything in my closet is vintage. I just can't justify buying modern clothing these days, thinking about how it was made and the comparative lack of quality at my price point, though there are a few independent makers I would love to and plan on supporting when I can afford it.
- Jessica Parker, @noaccountingfortaste

When I am shopping for jeans and hosiery, I tend to buy modern. Actual vintage hosiery can be hard, I often buy vintage inspired hosiery at Anthropologie. I prefer modern jeans because they compliment my figure better than vintage jeans. For my wardrobe, I mostly look for vintage dresses, skirts, blouses, and jackets. I wear leather boots every day and mostly buy from heritage brands like Redwing, Frye, or Doc Marten. For sustainability, it is really important that my shoes last, so I polish them and have them resoled as needed.
- Gianina, Well-Loved

Right now I only really wear my vintage style on weekends and special occasions. I normally wear jeans and nice shirts for my everyday clothes because my job is labor based. My dream is to have a wardrobe of World War II style women’s factory wear for work.
- Deanna, @nostalgia_a_la_mode

As I type my response to this question, I’m currently wearing gym clothes as I am on my way to work out shortly. I have several modern pieces of clothing in my closet because sometimes wearing vintage or reproduction is not always an option. For example, I like to travel and when I went to Vietnam where it was very hot trying to keep a vintage look was impossible (at least for me) so I bought modern shorts and t-shirts and my hair was in a ponytail the whole trip. However, when I go modern for things like travelling or a job interview I will try to add something to my look that reflects my true style. Like a kitschy brooch or a hair flower. 
- Liz Gruening Hay, The Vintage Inn

Geeky T-shirts, hoodies and uniglo jeans. Some other modern pieces that struck my fancy for some reason or another. Also, gym clothes... Clothes to mow the lawn in...
- Lizzy, @iamlizzybits

I don't usually dress in a true vintage style when I am at home, with the hair and makeup and everything. When I'm sitting at my work desk, doing chores, or curling up on the sofa, I want to be comfortable and, to be honest, unless I am going out I don't really dress up in my "good" clothes. When I'm at home, my outfits have a nod to vintage style, but aren't truly vintage, as I often wear house dresses, cotton knee length skirts, t-shirts, and my favourite pair of harem pants!
- Nicole, The Artyologist 

I’m always wearing vintage styles. There are some occasions in which I wear less colors or accessories, but I wear vintage every day. In my closet I have many basic jeans and bands t-shirts.
- Rafaella, Império Retrô

For me, the better question would be: when DO you wear vintage? Most days I am a t-shirt and shorts kind of girl. I try to be authentically vintage for events, and when dressing up for meetings go for a classic professional look that sometimes leans towards modern meets vintage, but most days you see a girl rather lazy with her day to day clothes.
- Sarah, Sew Characteristically You

My lazy day clothing (leggings, sweats, and soft sweaters) are all very much so modern, and not even vintage inspired, and those are what I normally sew in. I also have modern jeans. Most of my closet is actually modern clothing, but mostly vintage inspired, and mostly made by me.
- Katherine FunkThe Modiste

What about you?  Do you wear vintage every day, or are you a special-events-vintage kind of person? Do you lounge in vintage or keep it for the public?


  1. I have to follow a strict and very corporate dress code for work, so I love any chance that I get to wear my vintage! My loungewear is modern, though, and I rarely wear vintage for biking - it's just not practical.

    1. Me too!! And I agree on the outdoor stuff, it REALLY isn't practical.

  2. Soo nice to see that I'm not alone on the "Not always in vintage" category. Sometimes you see Instagram and you think "How do they do it ALL the time?".