An Antique Blouse with Blue Jeans

I love Edwardian pieces so much, especially blouses. They are full of fine details, little laced edges, intricate structuring and/or flattering and complicated seams. They just don’t make them like they used to..

Edwardian cottons are also versatile and can be worn with a modern wardrobe. This is great for people who feel weird in vintage – No, you won’t feel like you’re in a costume. Antique tops look good with skirts, over dresses, or even with denim. Interested in Edwardian cottons? There are some items available in my shop, here.

I’m wearing this Edwardian blouse with a pair of Frame Denim jeans and a vintage leather clutch. The wooden and leather heels are from the 1970’s and they are too cute for me to part with, but maybe too high for me to wear often. Such a dilemma. Check out the cute details on this blouse that make it so special. It’s also in such great shape for being 100 years old.

Under the Rails

Under the Rails

Spring is officially here, but most days haven’t quite felt like it. I love the wintertime and the snow, but spring is the battery recharger I am longing for. With spring, comes energy, creativity, drive, and new beginnings. I am ready to tackle some new creative projects this year, including getting better with portrait photography, and working harder to make positive changes and additions to Heirloomen.

It’s easy to get in a creative slump when you run a business that relies heavily on artistic vision and visual content. It’s also hard because I am a one woman show with little support to help create. I’d like to do better about collaborating and networking with other small business owners or photographers so we can learn and grow together. I currently take all of my photos on a tripod after staging the shot. I need some models!

As for the look in these photos, I paired an Edwardian blouse with a 1970’s sun hat, vintage metal necklace and 1990’s Ferragamo flats. These vintage pieces together look great with a comfy pair of modern blue jeans.

James River Pipeline Walk

 

What I’m Wearing:
1910’s Edwardian Blouse
1950’s Black Sun Hat
Modern Black Shorts
Modern Bathing Suit Top
Modern Army Boots

The Richmond Canal Walk and James River Pipeline are located right in the heart of downtown Richmond, VA. Belle Isle and Brown’s Island offer beautiful recreation space and shore banks, perfect for cooling off in the hot summer. The river water was quite high in these photos, but usually there is more beach and exposed rocks to lay on. The river and canal walks make for a fun afternoon.

What is True Vintage?

With the rise of e-commerce stores, Etsy, and EBay, there have been more and more vintage shops and sellers popping up on all platforms to peddle their wares. Not all shops are created equally, as there are many categories and niches among the broad tag “vintage”. Google the term “vintage clothing” and you’ll see results come up with mostly reproduction, or loosely inspired vintage clothing shops, which stack the first few pages of returned sites. Browse the vintage section of Etsy and you’ll find items from antiques to late 90’s graphic tees (Etsy deems any item 20 years or older to be vintage). Vintage is a broad term, so it’s time to get specific.

You may see the term “True Vintage” popping up on your Instagram or in tagged photos of your favorite vintage-wearing muse. This phrase is being used to categorize authentic clothing and accessories pre-1965 (arguably 1960, but generally the pre-polyester explosion era). Just search the term #vintage on Instagram, you’ll see why there’s a need for more descriptive terminology for an era of such great silhouettes and fine attention to detail. Some true vintage collectors say the shape and make of the clothing is more flattering, as opposed to today’s fashion, which is over-exposing in a cheap and tacky way. Fair enough.

Most of the fabrics and details of true vintage garments are notably high-quality even though they are 60+ years old and often hand-made. Garments can frequently be found with mends or small repairs, as times of war and economic instability lead to a generation of frugal, and handy people who fixed their belongings rather than replaced them. Many collectors know to expect small flaws and even find them charming. Fast fashion, mass manufacturing, and outsourcing later changed the way people bought, wore, and discarded clothes.

In a nutshell, true vintage is authentic clothing from the first half of the 20th century or before, including antique garments. Women (and men too!) are gaining a huge appreciation for fashion history by loving and wearing clothes from previous generations. Keep your eyes out for true vintage focused shops and sellers, as they can be tucked away, like hidden gems in the vast internet desert. Find boutiques, fashion bloggers, and Instagram fashionistas who style in early vintage by looking through the True Vintage tags on social media. Google still has some catching up to do.