Today I need some vintage help

A big hello to all my lovely blog followers and readers. Today I’m after some assistance. I’m currently writing my dissertation all about the wearing of historical dress in the public and private environment so I want to ask all the lovely people out there some questions and I would really appreciate some answers!
So here goes the questions:
What are your primary reasons for wearing vintage?
Are there particular occasions when you wouldn’t wear vintage?
Are you in fear of damaging the garments you wear?
What are the oldest garments you would wear?
Do you consider the environmental impact of the clothes you wear? Is wearing vintage important to you because of the lower impact on the environment?
Do you think about the provenance of the pieces you wear? Would a piece having a strong provenance (for example being by an important designer or knowing the full details of who owned it before) make you more or less likely to wear a garment?
I’m actually going to answer them all too. Just to give everyone a little insight into my own vintage wearing philosophy!
I’ve gone for full blown long winded answers here but just a line on each would be super helpful : )
So yes, just a few little questions I’m putting out there. If anyone wants to help me out please do drop me an email
What are your primary reasons for wearing vintage?
For me vintage is all about personal expression. I’m obsessed not just with vintage clothes themselves but also with the history connected with them. I’m a passionate wannabe fashion historian and I think this really comes across in the way I dress. When I go out dresses solely in modern clothes I just don’t feel the same level of comfort or self confidence that I do when I wear vintage.
I love wild bold prints and have an obsession with anything novelty, I find that in vintage clothing I have a lot more opportunities to find such crazy prints (which I have to say fit in my with my sometimes a bit mental/ obsessive personality)
One of my all time fave novelty prints
Are there particular occasions where you wouldn’t wear vintage?
Not really no. I have such a varied vintage wardrobe that I have vintage for any and every occasion, and I find it is rare that I ever go out in a total non-vintage outfit (if it’s not vintage clothes then shoes or accessories, my current day handbag is a luscious alligator skin bag).
Are you in fear of damaging the garments you wear?
Yes, and I’ve paid the price. I’ve had drink spilt down a number of my favourite vintage dresses at parties (by myself and also by others too).  I’m always in fear of anything in mint condition I have to say because with vintage garments, particularly vintage silk it can be hard to clean! A lot of pieces I wear do have the odd alteration here, and stain there which makes me feel a lot more comfortable about wearing them, because I don’t feel like I’m damaging their potential historical value by wearing them. Weirdly though this doesn’t seem to apply to my 50s cotton circle skirts. I think nearly every one I own is in perfect condition yet I have no fear of wearing these, partly I think because they are so easy to care for!
What are the oldest garments you would wear?
My 30s jacket, one of my few forays into older vintage

This is tricky as it does depend hugely on condition. Although I know realistically I would never wearing anything from the 1920s or earlier.  Generally I don’t wear anything earlier than 40s. Although, I do own a late 30s jacket, dress and suit which I wear occasionally but feel that they are too fragile. I would only wear them to places  where I would have to move around too much or risk getting things spilt on me etc. I tend to stick to wearing fabrics which are durable and I know how to care for such as cottons. I always have a bit of a fear of heavily embellished or very fine fabrics. For example as much as I adore them and would love to own one I would never wear an embellished 1920s dress because they are just too fragile, and also too rare. I feel that items such as this deserve to be preserved and shouldn’t be worn.
Do you consider the environmental impact of the clothes you wear? Is wearing vintage important to you because of the lower impact on the environment?
I really wish I was more environmentally concerned than I am, but when it comes down to it, for me this is always an after thought rather than my primary concern. I find that with vintage and modern clothes I have completely different attitudes to wear and repair. If a modern garment gets a stain or damage I’ll get rid of it. With a vintage garment I would always find a way to work round it and try and bring it back to life. Even when a vintage item is knackered I always consider it to have reuse potential. I’ll often sell stuff on ebay with the suggestion that a pattern could be made from it.
Do you think about the provenance of the pieces you wear? Would a piece having a strong provenance (for example being by an important designer or knowing the full details of who owned it before) make you more or less likely to wear a garment?
Provenance is a huge deal for me. I am forever asking sellers on ebay if they know where a piece came from (much to their annoyance I’m sure) 3 of my most prized dresses have a wonderful history worn by a lady as her dress for her engagement party, her second dress for her wedding and her favourite party dress. Whenever I wear each of these I always make a point to tell people about them. Even with my modern clothes I get like this though I like to hold onto things with memories and connections, and vintage offers me the opportunity to do this more than modern clothes ever could. For example even if I don’t know where something came from there is often the option to do research into the label or the brand to find out more.

 
Anciently old photo of me with two of my best friends (May 2008) in one of my three dresses that belonged to the same lady
Although, sometimes provenance for me would also stop me wearing a dress. For example some of the pieces I own I wouldn’t dream of wearing as they are too rare or too good an example of a particular designers work, but to me these items are no longer vintage pieces they’re almost something else “artifacts” I suppose.
Thanks everyone!

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