|Little 90s Mim and Mr Robot. None of that 'T-shirt under |
slip dress nonsense for me.
There's no escaping it; the 90s is definitely A Thing. I was bemused going round vintage shops with a friend in London, as so much of the stuff on sale was the definitely-not-trendy stuff of my youth. It wasn't the awful stuff, but it was very mainstream, if that makes sense. Lots of pastel florals and tapestry waistcoats. Little Goth Mim would never have worn it! And then recently I saw a photo on Instagram. 'That's very 90s,' I thought, and followed the pattern hashtag. It was indeed a new pattern, deliberately designed to look 90s. (I don't know about you, but I always find princess seams and buttons all the way down the front a dead giveaway.)
To be honest, I liked the 90s. My university years and the early years of my career in publishing were some of the best in my life, and I met Mr Robot then. I saw some brilliant bands. I've actually got some real 90s sewing patterns in my collection because I found those long princess seamed dresses so easy to wear, I've been hankering after something as effortless for working from home. It's just... they weren't that long ago, were they? And then I thought about it some more. The 90s are now as far away as the 50s were in the 1980s, and that was a big revival. That one still reverberates round the vintage community now; I bet if you talk to some of the older people into vintage, plenty of them got into it in the 1980s. Even Littler Pre-Goth Mim thought the 1950s were impossibly ancient, barely at the edges of memory, so it's strange to realise there was only a gap of 30 years or so.
Looking forwards, it's going to be weird seeing anything 21st century described as vintage. It still feels weird realising that we're already a fifth of the way through the century. How long till we see Sienna Miller-style boho making a comeback? And shed a tear for the vintage lover of 2050, because all today's Primark tat's never going to last that long...
Do you feel as old as I do now?!