Vintage shopping has a transportive effect, delivering us to the past even while we are planted firmly in the present. Like storytellers, vintage fashions whisper history from racks and display cases. So much personality can exist in vintage articles. Designs, textiles, prints and accessories play characters in tales of decades gone by.
Conjuring faded portraits, scratchy records, and forgotten city blocks, vintage fashion is like hidden treasure revealed. You find a piece. It steals your heart. You imagine its past and plot a course for its future (as your latest acquisition).
My fantasy-find inner-convo, for example, would go something like this: “Sexy, sexy Halston dress, did you ever twirl at Studio 54? Come home with me, ma chérie. We’ll dance the night away!” Then something like, “Note to self: Plan your own disco party so you can wear this dress.”
Creating new narratives for vintage is as much fun as the thrill of the hunt. So for this year’s annual Style issue, we’re pressing rewind on the cassette deck for a nostalgia trip featuring fashions from the ’20s through the ’80s.
Six vintage shops in Tampa and St. Petersburg played starring roles in the search for these clothes, photographed on location in St. Pete’s Historic Roser Park neighborhood: ARTpool Gallery; Buffalo Gal Vintage; La France; Misred Outfitters; Ramblin’ Rose Upcycle; and Sherry’s Yesterdaze.
In addition, CL’s crack team of thrift shoppers (Julie Garisto, Arielle Stevenson and Leilani Polk) combed the area for fashions that are truly thrift-y, and we’ve expanded and updated our annual guide to Tampa Bay’s top indie fashion retailers.
Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage…