It’s been a few days since I posted the poll asking your take on your personal style, and I’ve been eager to share the results! Not only did we have poll results, though, there are also some great answers in the comment section of the original post (read them by clicking the link) where some of you commented describing your style- either elaborating or describing a rendition that wasn’t covered on the poll. I find your results very interesting and I loved learning more about how you would describe your style :)
At the time this screen cap was taken there were 237 votes and 24 comments. Wow!
In the lead with the most votes by far were those of you who dress with throwback to vintage with new or self-made clothing. Next up were those of you who dress in modern clothing day-to-day and dress in vintage or historic style for events. The next runner-up were those of you who dress in modern clothing but like to read or study vintage clothing, and right after that were those of you who wear a throwback to vintage using thrifted and store-bought clothing. The last two votes were those who dress entirely in vintage or reproductions- be it period specific or not. Several of you left comments that you’re a mixture of the options available in the polls- ranging from wanting to dress more vintage, to dressing as closely as possible, to a mix of a lot depending on the day!
It’s been really interesting for me to read these results and I’m really happy to know there are so many takes on how you interpret vintage and incorporate it into your hobbies or style. It’s pretty fascinating!
I usually try not to get super personal on the blog, but I figured since I did the poll I’d let you know about my style, too ;) I’ve gone through a lot of change in my style life over the years, and I think at one time or another I’ve fit into several of these categories. Until after college I dressed almost solely in modern clothing and didn’t know there were events and such I could go to to dress up (other than my brief involvement in the swing craze in the late 90s). I just collected antique and vintage clothing and studied about it because I wanted to. When I did find out about vintage and historic events I would dress in modern clothes most of the time and just dress up for the events. When I found out there was a whole vintage subculture I found I was dressing and making vintage clothing more, but still wore my modern clothing in day-to-day life. As I got more involved in vintage events and vintage interest online forums and blogs I found my modern wardrobe shrinking and my vintage and repro wardrobe growing more and more- both because I financially wasn’t able to balance spending on a modern and vintage wardrobe and because I came from the background of sewing historic costumes and found it hard to break out of my “accuracy” mode. For the last several years I’ve found my style has been a combination of a thrifted retro style and vintage clothing and sewn-by-me reproductions, but then historically as accurate as I could be for events. Now, however, I’m feeling a big shift again and I’m thinking about the time when I personally felt the most confident and felt pretty- and for me that was when I wore mostly modern clothing (maybe with a retro or vintage item thrown in), and had the vintage or historical dressing as my hobby on the weekend. I’ve always been completely undisciplined when it comes to doing vintage hair and makeup on a frequent basis, and even when I got closest to day-to-day vintage style I always felt sloppy and not pretty. I recognize my style shortcomings and I think I’m finally settling into a happy medium where I can both feel true to myself and feel confident in my personal day-to-day style again. Or at least, that’s what I hope ;) Instead of internalizing what other folks like and trying to dress in a way that fits that but still trying to find something that fits for me, I’m just going to do what I like for me. It’s somewhat freeing, really! Of course, the vintage and historic fashion is a life-long passion for me and I’m still planning all sorts of projects I want to start on. But I’m also learning that I made it into somewhat of an obsession instead of a healthy interest- and I’m hoping to re-invest in other styles and interests I haven’t explored in a while in my spare time, too. It’s funny in a way- we’ve gone through some challenging times lately and it always ends up there are blessings in the midst of challenges. I’m thankful to have stopped long enough to be forced to look up and look around- like out of a fog- and take inventory of where I am and where I want to be.
What I loved about finding out about all of you were your different takes on you personal style. It’s neat to hear what makes YOU all happy and confident and what your style is like. It is really inspiring! It shows there are many different ways to show and share your passions. It’s really quite remarkable so THANK YOU for taking the time to vote in the poll and share your thoughts with me :)