If people often remark that you were born in the wrong time period, then this post is for you. Like Gil, the delightfully obsessive main character in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” I suffer from an acute case of nostalgia for Paris in the 1920s (but no rain, please.) Although I’ve managed to step into the 21st century a bit over the past few years, it was not without a hint of remorse that I bought my first pair of jeans and succumbed to the curse of Casual Fridays, otherwise known as the American Uniform. All throughout high school and into college, I rebuked the trends and insisted on wearing elaborate head-to-toe vintage ensembles that made no sense whatsoever to my classmates. It stemmed, in part, from financial concerns: you can score a truly spectacular vintage wardrobe in the midwest on a shoestring budget. The quality of antique garments often vastly exceeds that of their modern equivalent, and I’m nothing if not a value-hunter. Why pay $20 for a t-shirt made in a sweatshop that will fall apart after 10 wearings when you can get a gorgeous 40s day dress for half the price and wear it for 10 years? I know I’m preaching to the choir here, because Portland is chockablock with thrift stores, and every post on Urban Weeds features at least one vintage item. So let’s get right to it…
For the anachronistic eccentric in your life, steer clear of the contour bras and thongs and head straight to tap pants, playsuits and silk chemises. We recommend Stephanie Loungewear for the die-hard fanatics. Handmade entirely of silk and lace with intricate details like pleats, embroidery and top-stitching, this gorgeous 20s-inspired line is a lingerie lover’s dream come true.
Layering pieces are much more important in a vintage ensemble, so treat her to the Simone Silk Cami by Erica Tanov or the sweet String Bib Tank from Unforeseen Circumstances, both of which will prove essential under an itchy wool dress or sweater. The Silk Crepe de Chine Slip by Only Hearts is another solid bet.
The Classic Bralette by Phillip Lim Initials combines vintage romance with modern color-blocking for an updated take on an old standby. And the Noemie Cropped Cami with matching Pettipants will make anyone with steampunk leanings happy. There are tons of other vintage-inspired options at both Lille Boutique and Lille Trousseau, so stop by soon to check them out, and we will happily point you in the right direction.