5/24/09

The Retro Feminine Mystique


Vintage Vixen
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I'm not sure where we get 4,000-plus visits per day here, but I know that a goodly number of them are women (and ambitious cross-dressers) who are very interested in the retro fashions, pretty shoes, shiny dresses, cool earrings, groovy hair styles, massive eye shadow, and so on that we regularly feature here at the Showcase. At first I was kinda surprised how many women visit this blog and send me comments (and they are some of the sweetest and funniest comments), but then I realized what a wise person once observed about women-watching-women. Men, of course, like looking at women. Duh! And women, whether or not they admit it, like to watch other women. (And I'm not talking about some crude "lipstick lesbian" fantasy.) I think women are constantly picking up hints, tips, clues, cues, styles, and vibes from other women, which they evaluate and modify to suit themselves (while we dudes are watching NASCAR races, arguing about Ultimate Fighting matches, and playing Xbox 360's Burnout Paradise). So, naturally, women interested in vintage fashion and retro styles might find this blog enlightening. And not just because of the long, rambling, demented rants and verbal meanderings that frequently crop up. No, boys and girls, they're picking up hints, tips, clues, and cues from the photographs here. These women are seamstresses, shoppers, models, dolls, girlie girls, and "retro housewives." They have full-color web sites and busy forums and friendly guilds. They swap patterns, take color photos of themselves in cute vintage outfits, and share things. While we modern guys are watching murderous sports, playing mass murder video games, and basically maiming everything around us, the vintage fashion ladies are sharing things, making friends, and comparing notes. (As if there were any doubts why this Man's World is so incredibly violent and phuctup, right?) So, in the spirit of endless sharing, I thought I'd post some links to vintage fashion sites, which I got from the huge list at the Chronically Vintage site.
It seems only fair.
A Dress A Day
A Fanciful Twist
A Suitable Wardrobe
Alana's Vintage Collecting Blog
All the girlie things
Betty Lou got a new
Bohemian Vintage
Circa Vintage Clothing
Classic Forever
Classic Maiden
Destination 1940
Diary of a Vintage Girl
Fantasy Fashionista
Le Vintage
Liebemarlene Vintage Look Book
Only Shallow
Oolala Vintage
Perpetual Flapper
Pinup Girl Clothing (blog)
Pinup Tales
Retro Vintage Romance
Retromodgirl
Super Kawaii Mama
Swell Vintage
The New Vintage Wardrobe
The Vintage Fashion Guild
Time Warp Wives
Vintage Clothiers Boutique
Vintage Clothing Love
Vintage Fashion Guild (blog)
Vintage Goddess
Vintage Indie
Vintage Portalen
Vintage Rose Collection
Vintage Shop of the Day
Vintage Starlet
Vintage Verve
retro fashion
Vintage Girl
vintage dress
Bobby Pin Blog
retro style
Kitten
vintage clothing
Chronically Vintage
retro fashion
Lady Melbourne
(I hope their husbands and boyfriends appreciate them.)

5 comments:

Amanda said...

You are absolutely right! I love the vintage fashion, so the pics are a perfect way to get tips. Thanks for the fabulous site!

C. Parker said...

It's interesting how "vintage" means the 1970s to some people and the 1930s to other people. Either way, we've probably got it here somewhere.

Marie-Noëlle said...

I would this is wise talk
and I am glad to be so well understood by aone man aleast
Yiu are portraying me in this post
Thanks for all your inspirational photos
Keep on the good work
We want more

C. Parker said...

Délicieux!

Solanah said...

I was so excited when I was told my photo was on Starlet Showcase, as I can only dream of having the essence of the starlets you feature. I love your blog, but can't visit often because I spend so much time here! I mean that as a compliment of course, there is just always so much to look at and honestly, gawk at. So thank you so much for mentioning me, it really made my day!