I started wearing vintage because it was readily available and cheap at thrift stores. It also was the natural progression of growing up in my particular scene at the time. We were Bay Area punks, skins, mods....it just seemed to be what a lot of us graduated into about the same time I graduated high school. It began with mainly 50's clothing and by the time I got married at 22, it was the 30's and 40's. I feel my clothing mellowed as I did.
A few days ago.
One of the top reasons I have continued wearing vintage is the feel, the cut, the quality- once you have experienced living in those clothes it is super hard to go back! When I shop for clothing those are the things I look for more than the year. A particular silhouette, cotton dresses with a cinched waist and full skirt are my absolute favorite. Shopping in a new store is as much of a hunt for me as a thrift store. I am looking for that particular "feel" or "look" that isn't easy to explain, I just know it when I see it. There are repro lines, although I prefer finding on the rack clothing that fits the bill with out trying too hard. Of course, there are plenty of times I miss the mark, but for the most part people are surprised when they find out what I am wearing isn't vintage.