For the Love of Retro

Wednesday, February 8, 2012





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I have been wanting to write about this for a long time now. It was brought on last night by a magazine article I saw in this month's Glamour. It was a retro section. And just to clear things up, growing up we called older clothes retro, and really old clothes vintage. I was curious if there was a distinct difference and there kind of is...


Retro : imitative of a style, fashion, or design from the recent past (Dictionary.com)


Vintage Clothing :Vintage clothing is a term for clothing from another era. Usually clothing older than 25 years is considered to be vintage, Read this article for more info : Define Vintage Clothing


That means the clothes I wore in 1985 (my toddler clothes..lol) are vintage! Ouch...lol.

I have been dressing retro/vintage since 1993. My mom use to take me to thrift stores when I was young, not because we didn't have money (we had A LOT) but because she said you could find really cute things for really cheap and buy a lot of them. Of course when I was little I only wanted to shop at the big department stores, but when I hit 12 I found that retro clothes were easy to come by in thrift stores. Not to mention all the strange cute goodies that people just gave away. I now pass this on to my daughter, who is always super excited to go thrift store shopping. She says it's like a giant treasure hunt. 


I was known all through school, for dressing different (hopefully in a good way!) having different colored hair and piercings. I have to admit that becoming a mom and being gay has had an impact on how I express myself and I've tried for a long time (in the process losing my true self) to down play how I dress. I was trying to fit in, but where exactly was I really going to fit in? I'm one of the only gay parents at my kids school, so soccer mom was out. I always feel a little off when I hang out with my friends that are gay, because I'm the only one who has kids. The funny thing is, is that each group has their own fashion. I saw this and tried to be like each. It's not until the last 3 years I realized, I'm not like any of these people. I'm me...which is a little weird....silly and I love to dress fun. 


I have posted a few outfit posts and those are just me getting my feet wet and trying to become comfortable is front of the camera (I'm usually behind it). I think I just wanted to put this out there so you (my awesome readers♥) can understand the random outfit posts. It's a way for me, to slowly fall back in love with me. I lost that in a past relationship and in a world I didn't belong in, now I'm going to spend my 30's getting "me" back. I'm lucky enough to have a wife who loves me so much, that she will pretty much support me in everything I do. I love fashion and I love being able to share that here(I grew up in L.A. & The O.C...I'm a huge critic, so if I thought what you were wearing was cute..that's a big deal!) Anyway, wow...this is probably the most writing I have done in awhile (outside of schoolwork) So I will stop here, and share a little of what inspires me.

Jason Wu dresses...I can't believe you can get them at Target! These dresses are from an older collection but I love the red and purple :)

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I love these!
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I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far. What inspires you in fashion? Do you have any favorite designers or do you just go with what your eyes love?

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing all that - I love getting to know your heart. I think it's really awesome that your mom took you to thrift stores even though you had money! So many people think it's gross (ok, honestly, sometimes it is, but not NORMALLY lol). I shop at thrift/vintage stores for the same reason you do: quirky things and great prices!
    Anyways, I'm excited to see more of your outfit posts as you get back to YOUR style. Although, if you want to dress like a soccer mom, dress like a soccer mom! Be fearless!

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    1. Haha! Thanks...the soccer mom thing is so not me! I tried..my son use to play soccer too! Thanks for the encouragement! My daughter and I will be going shopping this weekend and I hope I can find some cool things I can share :)

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  2. It's too bad that even vintage clothes are usually still pretty expensive in the Netherlands. I also dressed quite 'different' in high school; I have always loved color and I would wear the brightest odd things that made me happy. Haha even today I was at the sewing course I am taking, and a woman asked me if I was making a 'normal dress' or a costume :p (I am making a pink dress with a white heart pattern)

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    1. That sounds cute...I hope you blog about it! We have thrift stores here that sell dresses for 5 dollars...or if I go down the street there only 2 dollars! I guess were lucky :)

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