“Why Are You Dressed Like That?” Embracing Bygone Styles with Rachel Maksy and Morgan Donner

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  • February 15, 2020 at 4:25 pm
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  • February 22, 2020 at 11:42 pm
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    I love these traditional American looks. Yes Americans did have a traditional dress style before modernity

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  • February 22, 2020 at 11:49 pm
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    I have always lived Victorian dress and I wear long skirts all the time, can you give me pointers how to start with making victorian clothing, I do sew.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 11:58 pm
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    I dressed vintage from age 5 to age 23… There was a vintage clothing store "Reflections of the Past" in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin my family would pass by on the way to our family cottage in Cambridge, WI. I would BEG my mom and dad to go!

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  • February 23, 2020 at 12:19 am
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    I'm 100% sure that even if I was born in the era which the style I wanted to adopt I wouldn't know who to dress myself

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  • February 23, 2020 at 12:44 am
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    I do not wear "historical" dress but seeing it more on the streets… I love it!! Beautiful and elegant style.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 1:39 am
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    When i saw a group of guys in dresses and hats and makeup out for brunch at a small Midwestern town i figured what the hey, people can wear anything they want.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 1:48 am
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    I’ve always dressed this way really, never really followed fashion but my favourite clothes are 1940s and 1950s. When I was a teen I used to put my hair in many different styles, I never fitted in.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 1:51 am
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    great video, thank u for creating!!!

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  • February 23, 2020 at 2:02 am
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    Closed captions at 0:41: "Aesthetically dressed people walking with purpose."

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  • February 23, 2020 at 3:02 am
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    People call my style: costumes

    One day I go to school as a military brat, the other as a biker, and the last time I dressed up I was called a horse rider or whatever that's called, I felt classy that day, it was a mix of chic, hip and classy.

    I like playing with styles, one day I can be a modern princess, the next an ancient queen from a native land, the next an e-girl, and then a full on goth.

    The point is, I have no style, and I like that

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  • February 23, 2020 at 3:10 am
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    Your overcoat in this video. Did you make it or did you buy it? Either what is the pattern or where did you buy it?

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  • February 23, 2020 at 3:39 am
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    Well, this is liberating!

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  • February 23, 2020 at 3:42 am
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    my style: androgynous mori boy. people have said i look like a cute hobo and I feel powerful when they cant figure out my gender and I get to tell them most of what i wear is thrift or handmade

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  • February 23, 2020 at 3:44 am
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    This really inspires me to just wear the style of clothing I like most and not worry about the social norms with modern fashion. Personally I really enjoy the attire from the early 1900s. 1900 through 1960 to be exact.
    As said before on an earlier video of yours (don't know if you read it so I'm just doing a clarification) I also fairly enjoy Victorian era attire as well.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 3:54 am
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    I can't just wear the style I love to wear on the regular to work. I've been piecing together things I already own to make it look professional, but I feel so awkward with the pearings. But honestly I think a lot of these vintage clothes fit within the dresscode and it looks really good. I think this is the direction I want to go for my professional needs. My fashion style is not acceptable at work, so. Perhaps.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 3:59 am
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    (another comment) Bernadette's outfit really reminds me of Nanny McPhee and that whole attire.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 4:00 am
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    I love elements of all their styles and clothes and hairdos. I’d love to combine them all. The elegance of the Victorian look, the simplicity of Morgan’s look, and the practicality of the working 40s woman look. I’d happily wear any of their hairstyles! All three are so stunning and individual. They are being themselves which is awesome!

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  • February 23, 2020 at 4:11 am
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    Shared your video on my Facebook page. Always enjoy watching and must admit; the verbal dance Bernadette manages to convey is like reading a novel!! ….a 'Good Listen' instead of a 'Good Read'!!! NOVEL!!

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  • February 23, 2020 at 4:12 am
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    One of the worst comments I ever got I think was not intended to be mean at all, but it was SO incredibly awkward.
    I was in fact going to see a play, and was asked if I was performing in it that night, but I wasn't given time to respond, only enough time to say "no no, I-" and then off they went, leaving me standing there, jaw dropped like "but I'm NOT in the play, I just dress like this…"
    I then had to sit through the ENTIRE PLAY, the entire two and a half hour play, while this middle-aged woman just STARED right at me. It was awful. She didn't seem mean or nasty about it exactly but. It was still rude and it made me super uncomfortable and anxious since I was quite young at the time (about 16, and fairly new to dressing "odd").

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  • February 23, 2020 at 4:27 am
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    The first thing that hits me about this is that they must have a lot of time on their hands, time that most of us don't have. They aren't married with kids to take care of. This hobby is a nice luxury for those who have nothing better to do. They look very interesting.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 5:37 am
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    Damn, that moment when my workplace is literally in the background of the video and I didnt see you.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 6:44 am
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    My wife was in theater at college and often says she and her friends would raid the costume storage rooms for vintage wear that had been donated. Like you ladies, she’s a looker too. Thanks.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 6:48 am
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    Now over 50 I gained some weight and found it very suitable to wear dirndl quite often, which is not common in my surroundings. I learned a lot about many functional details that I now miss on modern clothing. Fashion is often not made with enough quality. After the dirndl experience I feel a midern dress looks like a rug and doesnt fit my body…the seams wobble around, the cloth is electrostatic, if I have to pull a dress over my head, it messes up my hair…in a dirndl I can just comfortly walk in and pull it up…it closes on the front, so I dont have to bend over backwards to pull a zipper up…and so on.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    As a teenage girl, I love you all so much.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 8:21 am
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    People probably think they're seeing a ghost.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 9:17 am
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    Teenage girl over here, I love all of your outfits. PS we are not as scary as we seem 😂

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  • February 23, 2020 at 10:45 am
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    I think all three of you look charming. But this isn't quite as new as you think — there was a rebirth of interest in vintage clothing starting in the early 70s — it grew out the whole "nostalgia" thing and also out of the hippie movement. (Of course even THAT is so long ago now, it is nostalgia itself!) I was vintage shopping in the early 70s, and that was long ago enough that I could buy 1920s and 30s and 40s items for as little as 35 cents — really! — and occasionally from their ORIGINAL owners — meaning fascinating stories.

    Over my lifetime, there have been "revivals" of everything from Holly Hobbie and "prairie" dresses…1920s and 30s glamor….1940s WWII stuff…etc. In my 20s, I was wearing ankle length retro 40s dresses! and they were purchased at ordinary stores. Some of the repros of that era, I have found being sold TODAY in antique shops as real original! (I can tell the difference, but I guess a lot of vendors don't know good polyester blends from real original rayon!)

    And Victoriana has come back in and out several times. I still have copies of a 1980s magazine called "Victoria" that featured many modern/vintage hybrid fashions — if you don't already own these, look for them!

    I think it all crashed and burned around 1997 — I remember a very definite shift to more modernistic clothing, more acceptance of synthetics vs. "natural fabrics" (which were a huge obsession in the 80s-90s, when tons of real linen and silk were available!)….you can see it clearly in interior design, which went from "fake Victoriana" and "country" abruptly to "mid-century modern) sometime in the early to mid 00s.

    NOTE: I'd be interested if you ladies practice this aesthetic in home decor as well as clothing? do you buy vintage furniture? live in old vintage apartments or homes? restore & reupholster old stuff? because nothing is more awesome than vintage clothing in a true vintage setting! (says old gal living in 1920s house filled with 1920s and earlier furnishings!)

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  • February 23, 2020 at 11:48 am
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    I mostly wear modern clothes, but I definitely don’t blend in. For the past two years or so my outfits have been mainly exclusively pastel or pop colors. It used to be all pink, sky blue, and white, but I eventually incorporated a lot of lavender, and more recently I’ve been adding in greens and yellows. It’s rare to even see me in a natural jean color. I like to mix a lot of textures, fabrics and patterns but I USUALLY go for a tight silhouette. I think I’d describe my style as American Lolita, or sometimes Kiddy Punk. My daily purse is this amazing piece I picked up from TokiDoki, it’s a bubblegum pink and white strawberry milk carton with a face and cow horns and a rose gold chain. I get a lot of compliments on my style and I love it. I spend all my spare money on clothes and my wardrobe finally reflects me! (Rather than the clothes people gave me lol)

    (Don’t worry though, I also keep my clothes for a very long time! I just buy whatever I like, and if eventually I like something else, I’ll buy that too- I still like and keep the old stuff! The only phase I went through really strongly and then eventually started not liking was Harley Quinn clothes 😂)

    (Also to be clear, I’ve always dressed strangely, this is just a description of my current stage lol)

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  • February 23, 2020 at 11:49 am
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    Do you have any tips for using hat needles?
    There is always a lot of wind where I live, so wearing a hat is tricky since it might always get blown away. I was considering about using a hat needle, but I am also afraid of ruing my hat if I use it incorrectly.
    Also is using a hat needle a possibility if you don't make any kind of up-do hairstyle?

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  • February 23, 2020 at 11:58 am
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    the middle picture in the thumbnail is what brought me here. Looked gorgeous and I want it.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 12:41 pm
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    Love all of you gals! I love to dress your way too- where do you get shoes? I find it hard to find them esp when one doesn't live in a city with good vintage. Namaste, Zoe (I find fabric very expensive though)

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  • February 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm
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    Personally, I think it is wonderful that folks are exploring history through fashion. As a man, I have been exploring Edwardian pieces due to the function and comfort of using suspenders. My personal style has evolved to include waistcoats, and I can really appreciate the simple sophistication in it. I think what you all are doing is awesome, keep it up!

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  • February 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm
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    I really love the late 40's-50's looks but idk even where to start.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 1:24 pm
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    Would love to see you girls full morning routine! To see how long it all takes to go fully historic… Absolutely love all your styles!

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  • February 23, 2020 at 2:07 pm
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    I love Bernadette's style and outfit! She somehow looks like Mary Poppins and a younger version off McGonagall mixed into one person 😍

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  • February 23, 2020 at 2:16 pm
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    My twin brother dresses in a style that indicates the Scottish Highlander quite a bit. Sometimes he even wears a kilt, whereas I wear the Irish peasant girl style. We live in Kentucky, but are from Michigan, so people pretty much think we are a couple at first then they see how similar we look. One time we were grocery shopping and two little children who were also twins approached us on Christmas and asked if we were in a Christmas play. My brother proceeded to explain to them that we dress like this and told them it was just a mark of pride to stick it to modern society fashion trends that are absolutely ridiculous this day and age. As we parted company, the boy said to his sister, “I want to dress like him when I grow up.” To which my brother said to me in a thick Scottish brogue, “Aye. Sister, what have I done?”

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  • February 23, 2020 at 2:18 pm
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    i work outside in a physically demanding job through the winter, and I always wear a full-length walking skirt for the warmth and range of motion. one of my male coworkers fought tooth and nail to have me formally banned from wearing skirts, because he claims it's impossible to work in them. I asked him what he thought women did before the mid twentieth century, and he said that they stayed inside all the time and never did any hard work. and that's when I realized that the myth of historical women's clothing being impossibly impractical is founded in sexism and erasure of women's history.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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    Yes, we judge people visually on first impression. Why is this a shock? How else could you possibly do it? What alternative is there? If your style is intended to send a message, why ought people not judge you on a message that you are intending to send?

    Come to think of it, there is at least one alternative: the British judge you on the accent with which you speak.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 2:35 pm
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    I heard people describe my style as: witchy, viking, medieval hippie. 😂😂

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