Monday, October 8, 2007

What vintage I can’t bring myself to sell

I am asked now and then something like "how can you sell that when it looks like it fits and suits you?" As everyone knows who sells something they love, there is a lot of passing up in order to keep up the business.

Today I prepared to sell a dress and couldn't do it, and here's why.

1. You never forget your first time. Whenever you started caring about clothes is likely to be stuck in your heart. For me this is about 1974. This was a time in which many were deeply involved with bringing back vintage styles. Particularly absorbing was clothing of the 30s and 40s. Elements of style from those decades made their way into 70s fashion.

2. I am queer about green. Every time I try to sell a green hat I end up not being able to, with a huge lump in my throat at even the thought. My favorite color is pink, but green tugs at my ankle like a favorite dog.

3. Polka dots. Clowns, happiness, love, silliness, order, sunshine.

Here's the dress, now hanging in my closet:

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