Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vintage vs. Rockabilly

This is something that I've been thinking of a bit lately. Inspired by a favorite fellow bloggers post on something loosely related (well, more so some of the comments) I decided to do some late night musing on the subject. Until recently, I never made a distinction between the two. To me it was always that I just love vintage things and rockabilly music.. anything old timey. But the more I got into the rockabilly scene and then the vintage blogging community, it's apparently pretty different.

The way I'm seeing it is the so called "rockabillies" are drawn by the music. Sure, I got into the style too, who doesn't? But we (I'm throwing myself in this corner) know it ain't the damn 50's anymore and certainly aren't trying to recreate it, but it was an amazing time for music and the look just kind of follows. I love everything about the era too, but I'm no purist. Honestly, I don't think I own one item actually from the 40s or 50s. It doesn't mean I don't love it and wouldn't be delighted to have a closet full of fabulous vintage clothing, but it's just not as much of a passion for me. I look at it as inspiration for a modern lifestyle. That is why I read vintage lifestyle blogs and love old magazines and movies. I take the past and spin it around to make sense for me today.

So, "purist" vintage girls.. how do you feel about this? What got you interested in it and why is it so important to be era correct and all that? And if I'm wrong on anything, please tell me! I'm finding this more and more interesting and would love opinions.


Krissy - Tuck N Roll Kustoms said...

I'm with you. I don't want to re-create the 50's. I love just putting my twist on things. I'm learning more and more about the scene as I go along and I'm ok with that. I'd like to hear some comment from "purist" vintage girls though. :)

Brittany_Va-Voom Vintage said...

I wouldn't call myself a purist vintage girl or a rockabilly girl! I love to wear vintage (or things I sew or thrift that look vintage) and jam to some old time tunes while I pin my hair up and clean my house! I think that weather you're drawn by fashion or music, if you're having fun, being unique and bringing back the good 'ol days, that's all that really matters! I tend to listen to vintage music, not so much the modern day rockabilly bands, but that's just because I haven't been exposed to them. Any bands in particular that I need to listen to?