måndag 18 maj 2009

Vintage in larger sizes

Someone asked me the other day why it's so hard to find vintage clothes in larger sizes? I thought about it for a while and here is my humble theory.

The average woman in general wasn't very slim in the 40's and 50's. No, she had hips and curves but she also used a whole other range of undergarments that helped shaping the body. "5 pounds of underwear" as Jennifer puts it in the movie "Welcome to Pleasantville".
The clothes in smaller sizes survived beacuse there was fewer people who wore them. Middle- and larger sizes had more supply and demand and therefore they were worn out.
Of course you can find larger sizes now, but they are often expensive since the demand is so high.
I guess we're lucky to have all those replicas being made these days, right?

6 kommentarer:

retroliving sa...

Lovely photo and post.
♥Darla

Betty Lou sa...

hmm låter som en ganska sannolik teori. sen kanske att folk inte var lika stora som idag, usa äter ju ihjäl sig numera...

Casey sa...

I'm so glad you posted this explanation! I often find that people theorize that most women were smaller (to explain the large number of "small" vintage available), but looking at photos (and even Googling the measurements/weight of classic-era actresses), proves that they were about the same size as we are ('cept they wore foundation garments! hehe!).

fröken lila sa...

actually, when looking through the german ebay, i often wonder why there are so few small sized vintage dresses.. most of those i find would be around a modern size 40/42, which is way too large for my humble 36/38. still, i do understand your theory and i guess it has something to it - though it doesn't seem to show on german ebay...

Betty Lou sa...

från min mammas sida har jag några få plagg kvar och dom flesta är från 50-& 60-talet. resten har använts tills det inte gått att lappa längre typ och sen blivit trasmattor. under hela min barndom satt min mommo ofta och klippte... om man ändå tittat lite bättre

Heather sa...

I belive this to be true also,my grandmother said the same thing, also most people coudlnt afford lots and ltos of clothes so when you bought a dress, you wore the heck out of it until you couldnt anymore. i belive your absolutley right!