I can only speak for myself, of course, but I think those of us who live “The Retro Life” have always done it, even a little, since we were much younger. It’s one of those things that just feels natural, and you therefore gravitate to it, just like there are some kids who pick up a pencil and start drawing at an early age (I was one of those, too!) and others who take apart their toys and know how to put them back together (the future aeronautical engineers or auto mechanics of the world?). In any case, my first foray into this world, I think, came when I was pretty young.
I was sick a lot as a kid and missed a lot of elementary school in the 1970s, so I watched a lot of movies that were put on for housewives. So, I was immersed in the world of Doris Day-Rock Hudson rom-coms and similar sitcoms from the 1960s such as Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Gilligan’s Island. I guess you could say I felt at home in the Technicolor world of the 1960s so much, when I was a little older and in high school, I continued to watch those types of shows, and it just so happened that the music I was getting into, New Wave, had reintroduced fashions from that period (think of the B-52s or all of those “New Romantic” bands). So, I could watch Get Smart, for instance, and take note of Maxwell Smart’s clothes, then go to the thrift stores to try and reproduce that look…and kids at school wouldn’t make fun of me!
In my late teens, this expanded into learning about the furniture of the 1950s and 60s. By my early 20s, I was collecting it.
I wore so much vintage fashion in high school, as a matter of fact, I still incorporate elements of it into my wardrobe today; when possible, I buy new stuff that just looks old (like my Biltmore hats) so I don’t have to worry about it falling apart. That’s the great thing about being into vintage stuff: you can always expand your love into other areas and, since you like old and out-of-fashion stuff anyway, you’re NEVER IN STYLE and don’t have to worry about the latest trends.
I’m sure if you are a “retro head,” you can trace your love of it to a much earlier part of your life, too.
If so, let us know here at Where Cool Came From! You can post photos in our Cool or Not section and check out our 3 part series on The Retro Life! http://www.wherecoolcamefrom.com/webisodes/