Hello! I am quite excited to share this outfit with you all today! Last Sunday I had the slight challenge of getting all dressed up 1940s style, and I must admit that my wardrobe is not as plenteous in ’40s fashion as it could be. However, I was able to make do and style my pretty pink 1958 Party Dress with 40s-esque accessories and makeup. I think it worked quite lovely, and I especially love the hair flower Brigid let me borrow. It allowed me to bring in the yellow & red accents that really make this outfit pop with color.
A few days ago, we received a comment about how we girls wear and take inspiration from the decades of the past; which I would like to address today. The comment is as follows:
“I really just wanted to ask you, any of you, all of you, do you ever feel you are burying yourself in the past to much? or love the WW2 era so much you wish that you lived then instead of now?”
There is a common statement which is quite prolific in the vintage-enthusist world: “Born in the Wrong Era”. When I was just getting into the fashions of the past, I certainly did wish that I could live back then, and the saying I wrote above did apply to me to a certain degree. It seemed like everyone “back in the day” had higher morals, better politics, fashions, etc. Like they always say: “The grass is greener on the other side of the fence”. However, after actually studying those eras further, in addition to hearing a talk by Dr. Voddie Baucham, I realized that God has placed me and every last one of you in the time He has for a reason. If we long for an era gone by, then we are telling God that He made a bad decision for our lives.
There is definitely a balance when it comes to taking inspiration from the past. Just like with anything, there must always be a certain amount of moderation involved. However much we girls do enthuse over the fashions and facts of the past, we don’t allow ourselves to get swallowed up in it. We don’t believe that recreating an item of clothing, or a makeup look from the 1940s is an expression of discontentment, but rather an expression of respect to those who came before us and invented such fabulousness; and creativity in making a newer, improved version relevant for today. Just as much as we have respect for the past, we must also have an equal amount of respect for the time we live in today. We girls have a philosophy which we gleaned from the inspirational Botkin Sisters, on living in the world and not of it. It goes as follows: if the world comes up with something which we can use to further God’s kingdom and use to His glory, then take that and use it. This applies not only to today, but also to what came before us.
Dress: Handmade from the 1958 Party Dress Pattern // Yellow Shoes: Gift (Thrifted) // Belt: Nordstrom Rack (Borrowed from Mom) // Hair Flower: Hobby Lobby (Borrowed from Brigid) // Earrings: Gift (Origami Owl) // Lip Color: Butter London Lip Crayon in Ladybird // Nail Color: Butter London in Ladybird
I hope that this post helped to clarify to you all our perspective on taking inspiration from the past. God has created us with creative minds and spirits, and it’s just a matter of how we view and use that which the world makes, to His ultimate glory.
What are your thoughts on being “born in the wrong era”?
-Charlotte, the youngest Sister & Singer