I’m sorry to start off by waxing lyrical on a political nature, it’s something I rarely do. However it’s become very clear to me that the social class divide we currently find ourselves in is widening, and hasn’t been this bad since Victorian times. This is a worldwide problem as well, and not just experienced by our own fair island. However, unlike Victorian society, the gap is no longer between the lower/working class and the middle and upper classes, it is an ever-widening gap between the middle classes, specially the lower-middle and upper-middle. And it comes down to this: there are those of us who live within our means and survive on a daily basis, and there are those that have money and are unaware of any real struggle life throws down.
Interestingly though, those of us in the Retrospective lifestyle seem to have managed to transcend the class boundaries of daily life. After all, it’s very hard to tell what social background a person comes from by the usual touch points of clothing, education or material possessions when everyone is wearing clothing from before we were all born! This is essentially true of all sub-cultures, but especially when it comes to vintage clothing wearing folk, we basically fall-in-love with and wear whatever we can get our hands on.
But have you ever thought about the social class of the person whose clothes you are wearing? I’ll lay a bet on the fact you haven’t.
Now if that hasn’t already got your brain ticking, then here’s another conundrum for you; vintage clothing actually hides a dark secret… We are wearing clothes that have survive the ravages of time for a good 30 years or more, and for that to be the case there can only be two possible explanations:
- The clothes were hardly worn and tucked away in someone’s wardrobe undisturbed.
The clothes were resilient and therefore well made or constructed of a resilient material.
- These two facts lead us to surmise that the original owners were either long dead, or of an affluent nature. Either way this leads to the same conclusion; they, or their families, were most likely middle class.