I get called a hippie a lot by family and friends. They say it's because of the way I dress, my values, my parenting and the how I like old things and what I do with them.
I certainly don't dress as a hippie everyday but I do have a love 1960's and 1970's fashion that is broad. So I know they use "hippie" as a broad term that means that what I do, how I dress, how I raise my children and more, is more to do with the fact that I am against the grain, out of the box, not mainstream to them!
I don't mind that's how I'm viewed. In fact I think there is a little bit of hippie in all of us who have a preference for pre-loved clothing. Most of us who have a preference for thrifted and vintage fashion, don't want to see our money line the pockets of major corporations that control the power and have such influence over the masses.
Many of us who shop and style ourselves in thrifted and vintage fashion (whether it be like a hippie or not), mix styles and eras, fabrics, moods, patterns and colours together to create our own unique messages in our style.
T-Shirt - op shopped and customised by me
1970's Ditsy Print High Waisted Maxi Skirt - hand me down from an old work colleague
I picked up the shirt I'm wearing a while ago at an op shop on a fill a bag for $5 day. I shoved it in my $5 fill a bag because I liked the words and message in the print, but knew that I would probably customise the shirt rather than it be another plain looking slogan t-shirt.
I took to the shirt with little pre-planning other knowing I would like a fringed hippie shirt bottom. I opted to keep the shirt hem to help give the fringe weight which I'm glad I did because I like how it moves and sways. Then I proceeded to attack the neck and shelves. What resulted was three further cuts and a singlet style top tied at the shoulders was born, which I think is perfect match to my all time favourite maxi skirt that many of you would have seen on the blog before.
If like me, you're called "something" because you're "different" just smile and know you are unique with your own personal message to share. Just breath deep and know:
YOUNG HEARTS RUN WILD
and you can let yourself run wild and free too.
Labels: Personal Style