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"Take Your Time Building Your Wardrobe" – Pinup Emilia Gives Advice For Creating A Vintage Wardrobe.

Remember when I wrote a post on this cute couple? Well, I found out their names and managed to get an interview with them both. The woman is named Emilia. I interviewed her to get her style advice as she has impeccable style.

Q: How did you start dressing in vintage fashion?
A: “It all started five years ago when me and my best friend got into swing dancing at the age of 15. We instantly fell in love with the music from the 1930s-1940s. When watching old dance clips from that time we started to get really interested in the fashion of the era as well."

Q: How do your friends, family, and the general public react to the way you dress?

A: “My friends and family really appreciate the way I dress and see it as a normal thing now. I have to say that I am very glad to live in a capital city like Berlin since the people here are generally pretty open minded. When I go out in a full 1940s wardrobe I still get a lot of looks but most people are just very interested in seeing a young person dressed like that. Oftentimes, they even give me compliments and start conversations about my style.”

Q: Where do you usually shop for your clothes?

A: “I am really into online shopping! Etsy and eBay are my go to’s. From time to time I also really enjoy visiting vintage and second hand shops since we have so many of them here in Berlin."

Q: Your style is mostly ‘40s inspired. Why is that?

A: “I actually enjoy vintage fashion from the '30s to the '70s. But for some reason, I am really drawn to the style of the late 30s and 40s. I think what I love so much about this era is the elegance and glamour that comes with it. The cuts and silhouettes are so classic and feminine. I also quite enjoy the high quality fabrics they used back then since they are really flattering on any body type.”

Q: What’s your advice for someone who’s just starting to wear vintage fashion?

A: “Take your time building your vintage wardrobe! Maybe start looking for pieces that you already own and see if you can style them in a vintage manner. I also suggest buying very simple pieces like a plain skirt, white blouse, and one pair of vintage style trousers. Try to pair them in many different ways until you find your personal vintage style. I remember buying way too many fancy dresses at first and then realizing I don’t even have any occasions to wear them to.”

Q: What are your favorite real vintage pieces in your wardrobe and why?

A: “One of my all time favorite vintage pieces has to be an utterly beautiful 1930s silver gown with the biggest puffy sleeves. I got it for 40 Euros online – which was a total steal! Another more everyday piece that I fall in love with every time I see it is my 1930s or 1940s mint green gabardine trench coat. It has so many lovely details and a really dope collar!”

Q: Do you prefer to wear real vintage fashion or recreation?

A: "Definitely real vintage! There is just something about knowing that the pieces you are wearing have a history and I like to imagine who might have worn it in the past."

Q: Anything new you would like to tell us about?

A: “There are a lot of exciting things happening for me lately for example, I started a Patreon page recently where I do not only post exclusive outfit inspirations and a monthly Podcast, but I am also offering personal style advice and even a custom guide on how to start a vintage wardrobe/how to find your own vintage style!"