Vintage Clothing in St Petersburg, Russia
Spending time in Russia this fall, fashions didn’t seem too different from those at home. There was a bit of a uniform look, though, amongst the younger women. This look consisted of black leggings or tights worn with a long tunic knit top or very, very short black skirt and high black boots. Actually, this was very flattering for most of these tall, thin, long-legged women, but perhaps a bit boring. Occasionally, one would see a beautiful jewel-toned wool coat worn with a floral shawl.
While in the southern Siberian city of Irtusk I happened upon a St. Petersburg newspaper (thankfully in English) with an article about growing enthusiasm for vintage clothing.
The St. Petersburg Tlimes, Wednesday, September, 25, 2013
We take the vintage look for granted and spend many hours scouring sources for great, unique items reasonably priced, of course. That has not been the case in Russia. Dressing in ”Vintage” is a fashion revolution which goes against concepts that dressing in style requires wealth. The article proposed that dressing in clothing from the past may remind one of previous, “trying times” and wearing used clothing is not practiced commonly in Russia because “ it is normally associated with being poor”.
Those interested in dressing in unique style, can do so at a fraction of the price of current clothing. There is a “minimum of 20% mark-up added onto clothing by western brands available” in St Petersburg. The author looks 5 years into the future and sees the trend in retro growing and individuality replacing the “uniform look” seen on city streets.