When I am in the photo studio I am so busy doing set up, checking lighting, and making sure all seams are straight that I forget to really look and appreciate what is in front of me. This week I was shooting vintage dresses and I took some time to study the details. For example, one of the dresses has a lovely Pennsylvania Dutch print with tiny yellow edging on the neck ruffle. I took a moment to savor that and thought about the person who put that extra bit in to make the dress special. My Dad used to say: "Look at the trim and the edging, did they take care with it? Then that's a well made garment."
Another aspect of vintage I admire is the pretty pockets you find on some dresses. First of all - you got to love it when they think to put pockets on women's clothing and then when they go the extra step to make them eye catching you've got a winner ! This 50s dress not only has great pockets but the red fabric pops against the darker floral cotton print. And there are 2 pockets on this dress.
So, next time you are looking at vintage take a moment to appreciate the inside seaming, the extra button sewn on, the piping or trim. It shows you someone put an extra bit of love into that garment. It's why we love, collect, and wear vintage !