Just like many of us vintage lovers do, I love the style, quality, make and designs of vintage clothing. I find so much love and nostalgia in the baby and children’s pieces I come by, especially those from earlier eras before mass production when children’s clothing was mostly handmade by expectant mothers, loving grandmothers and aunts. You can often see the love, hope and dreams in each stitch of a beautifully smocked or embroidered piece.
We used to have a family friend who was a cleaner for some very well off families back in the day, and when I was a kid she would often visit us with garbage bags full of children’s clothing these families were getting rid of. When I think about these days they’re not much different to my adventures now. I’d so eagerly open up these bags and sort through them, trying pieces on and mixing things up. I’d swoon over dresses, skirts, prints, florals and labels, the lot……it was so much fun.
What I’ve discovered even more on reflection about these times and what I do working with vintage children’s clothing, is how much fun vintage children’s fashion is. Believe it or not I think there’s a lot people could learn and apply to styling from looking at vintage children’s fashion. As adults we often enter into different thought processes about colours clashing along with patterns , textures and styles, and get fearful about it. A look at children’s fashion through different eras and you’ll see amazing combinations of patterns, prints, textures and colours to be inspired by. It’s a reminder that some fashion rules for adults are far outdated and we should just mix things up and try something new.
I guess the reason I love vintage baby and children’s clothing, toys, games and books so much, is that above every thing else it reminds me of my childhood. The pieces I find and I enjoy make me excited and bring me a lot of joy and nostalgia. I guess it’s true when they say:
Choose something you love and you’ll never work a day.