Vintage clothing finds its appeal at Marquette – The North Wind

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Amid a current of fashion faux pas in which consumerism drives people to buy quality new clothes at competitive low prices, a light shines at the end of the redundancy-stricken tunnel.

If you talk to someone over 50, they won’t tell you that at our age they went to Forever 21 hoping to throw dozens of mass-produced and raped clothes over their shoulders. copyright. This may or may not be due to the store’s non-existence, but it’s safe to say that shopping is a different matter in the 21st century due to the mass-produced, unoriginal clothing that lines so many shelves at stores such as Forever. 21.

Looking at the average northern student, it wouldn’t be hard to sense a new trend on the horizon. Clothing experimentation lives deep in the blood of the adventurous 20-something. So it’s natural to want clothes that look unique and meet an individual’s expressive needs.

That’s why you can find fashioneers stepping back in the decades to the world of vintage originals instead of mistaking a current focus for a past trend. With the right timing, people are finding a fresh and affordable alternative in the collaboration of new and old.

Passionate about the scene, Hilary Bloch, clothes horse and owner of Vere de Vere Vintage. Bloch’s long-running collection began with estate sales in the Detroit area, and although she’s moved to the more remote location of Marquette, she prefers a face-to-face approach with her clientele over her efforts. made with Etsy.

“[I like] make them feel the fabric, see the construction of the garments and understand the value,” Bloch said.

And there’s no shortage of complexity in his stacked racks from the 1920s to 1970s. One can see the show for oneself only by appointment – ​​the historic textile menagerie in all shapes and sizes, from a white eyelet maxi dress to a crimson velvet pleated Christmas dream dress.

“There was no Made in China mass production (in the past),” Bloch said. “There were no Kohls.”

Bloch also said that the green movement and our “very conscious community” is inspiring people to reuse clothing.

But you have to be tired when buying and styling a vintage outfit. Many 21st century interpretations of past trends have updated current fabrics and lines, which tends to make originals look too literal and sometimes costumed.

To avoid a Halloween scene, Bloch recommends a well-integrated wardrobe. With a vintage dress, complement it with a modern cardigan and trendy shoes. She said she normally greets buyers and clients at her home studio and at trunk shows in head-to-toe vintage attire as a way to network and just to feel glamorous.

Similarly, NMU student Jaimi Cawley, an Earth Science major, said she finds the older shapes and sizes are actually more flattering on her.

“I started looking for used clothes at St. Vinnie’s to save money,” Cawley said. “I really like the satisfaction of finding this thing in a whole sea of ​​clothes.”

The neutral palate of stonewashed clothes serves her taste well. She said her favorite item was marked at a thrift store and it’s a long 80s denim collared cardigan, which her friends tease her for wearing, but the cardigan sticks to his style.

“I think that’s what dressing is all about. I don’t dress for you or another guy, I wear what’s most comfortable for me,” Cawley said.

A more immediate place to buy vintage clothing in downtown Marquette is on Third Street, a small antique and vintage clothing store called Curious Cargo. Owner Lana Lemire specializes in antique clothing, dating back to the 1850s, but you can find much more.

The building’s walls are lined with rustic-looking shelves and display cases filled with interesting trinkets, military uniforms and the eye-catching street display always has a unique item or two hanging.

A letter-style jacket by Samuel Adams was purchased for $38 at an exhibit passed by sophomore environmental studies student Ian Hahn on his first trip to the store last fall. The varsity jacket was designed specifically for factory workers and distributors, and Hahn said he has a unique calling for vintage-style outerwear.

“It’s a way to keep the best times alive as well as to get a unique and special piece of history that only a select group of people have been able to wear,” Hahn said.

So don’t be afraid of the fashionistas: Marquette has plenty of style to choose from.

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