Have you ever wondered what your great-grandmother wore to her first prom? Or what your grandfather’s favorite outfit was when he was in college? Here are a few ideas for a “vintage fashion activity” that you could do with your family or class:
- Explore FamilySearch and find pictures of ancestors wearing different clothes, then try to recreate the outfits and take photos in the same poses.
- Ask older family members about their favorite clothes. Ask about where they got them, when they wore them, and if they have any funny clothing-related stories.
- Find out what kinds of clothes were traditionally made in the countries your family is from. Are they worn for any particular holidays or special events?
- Visit a vintage clothing store or flea market. Try on clothing from different eras. Which outfits remind you of different family members?
- Sort through your own clothes and donate some to a charity or thrift store.
Besides connecting with your family, vintage fashion is a great way to be unique—you’re not likely to see anyone else wearing the same outfit as you. And because vintage pieces are often made from high-quality materials, they can last for years. You never know what stylish surprises you might find!