Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

On Enjoying The Good Stuff

You know how fancy people in movies have wine cellars where they save their special expensive bottles of vino? They have wine stewards who talk about developing complex flavors and softening tannins and such. But it is possible to save wine too long-eventually even the finest wine will turn to acid.

I thought about the unintended consequences of “saving the good stuff” when I purchased this embroidered Chinese silk jacket:

I bought it from a lady whose husband brought it back from China after his military service in WW2. It was so lovely, special and precious that she never wore it. But textiles can degrade over time, especially if you put them on wire hangers in the back of the closet for decades. By the time she brought it to me, 75 years later, it was splotchy and faded and mostly unwearable.

I pictured how it could have been worn with linen trousers in the 40s, black cigarette pants in the 60s and velvet palazzo pants in the 70s, how it could have been her signature dressy look, how she might have paired it with blue jeans-so chic!

In the spirit of that silk jacket, let’s eat our scrambled eggs and toast on the fine china and drink orange juice from the crystal stemware. Our heirs won’t care. Let’s enjoy the expensive perfume before the scent changes and wear the good lingerie that’s in the back of the drawer while it still fits.

Let’s make a toast with the fine wine and be true hedonists, enjoying the pleasures of the material world while we can.

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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