Becoming a Vintie and living the vintage lifestyle more or less starts with the clothes and progresses quite quickly into researching past eras.
Becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle
There’s some debate as to what constitutes a “true vintie” with some people arguing that the Kustom Kulture/hotrod culture, that’s firmly rooted mostly the 1950s to 1970s, is part of the Vintage Lifestyle. But for the most part the common consensus is that to be a “True Vintie” you need to identify with one of the epochs that fall somewhere between the late Victorian age and the late 1940s.
Many of us turn our homes into what are often considered by non-vinties as museums. I know of one couple that built a separate garage on the far side of their property where they park their car and change their clothes when they come home from their jobs. Neither one of them wants to know that the “ugly machine,” of the modern world even exist. For them they view their jobs as forced labour and their home is their quiet refuge. Going over to visit this couple is a wonderful experience of stepping back into the 1920s for afternoon tea. And of course I’m always beaming with joy as the gentleman of the home pushes in my chair and excuses himself to join his friends in the parlor to discuss Ernest Hemingway or perhaps Picasso.
There are Vintie communities all over the world but we’re often quite difficult to find. Because by our very nature of our lifestyle and habits we’re not overly attached to present day society. Online there’s some sporadic blogs and the occasional announcement about a reenactment or vintage soirée. For the most part the Internet is considered by most of us as dreaded but necessary tool. A tool that’s needed to help us do things like buy clothes, old sewing patterns and fabrics, furniture or parts to repair our dying old radios, etc. 10 years ago most of us had laptops because they could be folded up and hidden when not in use but today they’ve been replaced by tablets. My tablet sits in the bathroom hidden in the magazine rack far away from disrupting the ambiance of my home.
Becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle
So how does someone thinking about becoming a vintie and living the vintage lifestyle go about locating others?
Well as I said it starts with the clothing and being visible in public. The first time I went out shopping with faux bangs and wearing a wiggle dress I was expecting everyone to be looking at me. But much to my surprise most people didn’t even take notice as most people are too wrapped up in their own lives to care. However one gentleman and his young daughter immediately spotted me and said hello. They both looked like they stepped out of the Edwardian era and after 10 minutes of polite conversation we exchanged contact information. It was 3 days later that his wife contacted me and invited me over for a vintage soirée and that was when I officially was a member of the local vintage community.
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Admittedly I got lucky in stumbling across a group of Vinties rather quickly. Sadly I’ve heard several stories of Vinties dressing and living the lifestyle for several months, even more than a year in at least one case, before making contact with someone that can take them around to their friends. But patience it will happen eventually and when it does it’s fantastic! So here’s my advice for becoming a Vintie and living the vintage lifestyle
Steps to becoming a Vintie and living the vintage lifestyle
1. It’s all about getting inspired
Old films, magazines, photos and antique markets are the best place to start. Take a good hard look at the way people dressed, what they did and what was important to them. The last part is the most important because it’s one thing to wear the clothes it’s entirely another to make the commitment to sit down at the table for dinner each night instead of eating microwaved rubbish in front of the television.
2. Break in slowly
It’s that old saying that Rome wasn’t built in a day well you can’t become a Vintie over night. Trying to do so will just leave with a certain culture shock and ultimately you’ll burn out. Vintage should grow on you so that it becomes natural.
3. Look for excuses to dress up
We all have to worry about jobs, etc. It might not always be an option to dress and be Vintie. But any afternoon you have free is an acceptable time to have a nice vintage style picnic or to go visiting friends dressed in full Vintie.
4. Stop listening to the stupid modern trend pushes.
The modern day trend pushers are no better than fear mongers. Their entire objective is to sell you a false dream of becoming popular and loved by making you feel worthless for not wearing their junk. Remember your body is perfect as it is and only by being comfortable with yourself will you find people that love you for you.
5. Start the learning process
Each vintie becomes a type of academic about the epoch they identify with. You need to not only learn to quickly spot quality vintage clothing but also learn about the music, films, politics and most importantly the behaviorism of the past.
7. Look for other Vinties
Dress up and start regularly visiting vintage events and shops. This is the best way to find a circle of vintie friends by going where they’re likely to be. Vintage events might be a bit awkward at first but relax no one will laugh at you. Also at the shops you can talk to the shopkeepers and they might be able to point you in the right direction on how to dress and what local events are going to take place.
8. Get ready for the attention
Although most people are too busy being busy with their own lives just the same you should ready yourself for comments/compliments/attention. After all unless you’re really wanting to go back to being like the everyday masses, you just have to accept the fact that you stick out of the crowd. And trust me that’s a good thing to not be like everyone else.
So there you have it my history and advice about becoming a Vintie and living the Vintage Lifestyle.
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