Studio 74 Vintage

"Fort Worth's Premier Vintage Clothing Store"

4908 Camp Bowie Boulevard 

Fort Worth, Texas 76107

(817) 343-3013

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May 20, 2021

"Explaining why plus size vintage is hard to find & what you can do about it!"

     As the owner of Studio 74 Vintage, one of the only downfalls or negative bits of information that I am consistently hearing regarding vintage clothing is that most of it is too small for most women. This is true and unfortunate, and has left me  feeling a little helpless at times as a store owner who wants to be able to provide amazing vintage pieces to ANYONE & EVERYONE  who walks through our door.

     Our brick & mortar has only been open about 4 months now and I discovered already, very early on, that this was an issue that I wanted to tackle and try my best to brainstorm on. I'm excited that this is the topic of our very first ever blog & I'm excited to share with you what I have come up with.

     First of all let's talk about why it is that bigger vintage clothing is like a unicorn. There are several reasons for this. The first being that people as a whole were much smaller, not only in size but stature, in preceding decades. When you look at old movies or photographs it seemed that the vast majority of people were petite and slim. As time has evolved, so have our bodies. In the 150 years since the mid 19th century, the average human height has increased by up to 3.9 inches. In addition, our bones are getting larger. As a once career Police Officer & Crime Scene Investigator who has studied anatomy and specifically bones, I can tell you that it is common knowledge that a modern day skeleton is much larger than those of even 100 years ago.  I always think back to when I visited a local Civil War museum that houses a vast collection of pre-civil war clothing and shoes for both men and women. The clothing and shoes were so tiny that most would not even  fit an average child today. Because the majority of our population was not larger, the fashion industry did not cater to larger bodies and ignored plus size consumers until sometime after about 1980. If you were a bigger person prior to the 80's you were basically forced to sew your own clothing. That is why much of the " bigger" vintage clothing that can be found today is  handmade. 

     Enough of the boring stuff! Here are six easy ways that YOU can start adding vintage to your wardrobe if you are a curvier lady. 

1. SEEK VINTAGE STORES THAT SOURCE LARGER CLOTHING & THAT KNOW THEIR MERCHANDISE: I would recommend that you do your research in your local vintage clothing stores & in online options as well. Follow and keep up with the stores who tout plus size vintage and snatch those items up when you see them for sale.  For example, I have gone to great lengths these past four months to buy as much "plus-size" vintage clothing as I can & will always continue to do so. I have recently compiled a nice selection of  more inclusive options for you girls.  Just tonight I went through our entire store pulling all of these items that I will display together somehow. One thing that I have noticed is that a lot of my "larger" customers will browse through the store and quickly decide that everything is too small for them and they give up quickly on their hunt without even really looking in depth. What I have found to be wonderful is when a customer looks at me and asks "do you have anything in here  my size?" It is then that I lead them to everything that I know will work for them. I know every piece of clothing in my store like the back of my hand. It is usually these ladies that will try on what I gather for them and they hardly ever then leave empty handed. My point being, don't be afraid to just ask rather than browsing endless racks of clothing and getting frustrated. Some store owners may not think to create a separate section for your styles and by just speaking up, you may fair better off.

2. SEEK OUT FASHIONS FROM THE 1980's IF YOU DON'T MIND THOSE STYLES: As I explained, after about 1980 the fashion industry started catering  more to a broader  variety of body types. It is way easier to find accommodating pieces within this decade. Some stores will have their clothing organized by decades and this will make it easier for you as well. 

3. BE OPEN MINDED ABOUT VINTAGE MEN'S CLOTHING: Because men are generally larger, it's not too hard to find larger men's shirts, pants, jackets etc. For example, I have a selection of amazing men's bark cloth floral fabric shirts that would look equally as amazing on a female and no one would be the wiser. We also have a large assortment of men's jumpsuits, coveralls, and overalls that will work for bigger body types. Think outside the box and pair them with a super feminine blouse, or even unzipped with a cute concert T underneath, belt it, roll the legs up, etc. The possibilities here are pretty endless. We personally also carry a large variety of men's western shirts that are not too hard to find in a bigger size, you can do all of the same with these guys. 

4. ACCESORIZE: There is limitless amounts of vintage accessories out there, wear a newer outfit, but pair it with vintage bags, hats, scarves or jewelry. This will be a fast fix to start incorporating vintage into your wardrobe.

5. MUUMUUS: "And No, it is not spelled MOO-MOO" and although this is one of the more common tips I found while researching ideas, there is still something to be said for it! I have all sizes and ages of girls buying muumuus currently. They are just cute and versatile. Again, these can be worn straight or belted and can be dressed up with heels or sandals or down played with boots or tennis shoes.

6.FABRICS: Start sourcing vintage fabrics at thrift stores, estate sales or online. Employ a seamstress to custom make you whatever your heart desires and it would still technically be vintage right!? Especially if you have the fabric and a vintage pattern to go by, I'd say  you're golden! We have a large collection of fun fabrics that we will start selling for this very purpose.

     Guys, thank you to all who took the time out of your day to read our FIRST EVER blog.  We would love to have you visit our store! Please follow us on Instagram & Facebook at Studio 74 Vintage.

Studio 74 Vintage

4908 Camp Bowie Boulevard

Fort Worth, Texas 76107

(817) 343-3013 

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