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

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


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  2. Honestly if you become a social dancer and join swing dancing you'll be right at home. Most people I spend time with dress up and dress vintage often enough that it's more strange to be a person who prefers only modern clothes. If you do dance competitions, you almost have to dress up or dress vintage/time period to be taken seriously. Personally I dislike vintage clothes, make up and hair myself. I like tights and tshirts. But to each their own!

  3. do people in real life actually say things like "why are you wearing that?" jeez.. I never really thought about the comment you get,, mainly because I am giddy seeing your lovely dresses and skirts and,, I love seeing an academic victorian witch ¯_(ツ)_/¯ people are so picky,, you cAN NEVER WIN

  4. "You make people's day" is something I identify with hard. I don't dress historically (even in my LARP, I lean way more toward fantasy than medieval), but I do dress… Eccentrically? I have kind if a hybrid between lazy goth and neon. I wear a lot of bright vibrant colour, mixed in with a lot of black bases and staple items.
    With bright vibrant hair and bright vibrant dramatic makeup, I get a lot of the same reactions "are you in costume?" "It's too late for Halloween" (especially because I will wear cat ears on the regular) but…
    I also get way more excitement. This man who had just been let out of prison and was so happy to finally see colour, a little girl who loves green as much as I do (it's most of my wardrobe), the squeal when I walk into the grocery store "MOMMY, SHE HAS BLUE HAIR!"

    These are the reactions I prefer to focus on. Especially the kids.
    I really like to show them that part of being an adult is that you get to wear whatever you want and do whatever you want with your body and nobody gets to tell you no.

  5. I find all three of you really inspiring. I love history and historical clothes and have always felt that I have a face that just would "fit" better with historical styles than modern styles. Seeing your confidence on your channels, and particularly in this video, to dress how you want makes me feel more motivated to give it a shot myself <3

  6. The most criticism I’ve ever received for any form of dress I’ve worn (vintage or not) has always been from family… I feel like half the time, strangers are more accepting of it. And I always hear “why are you all dressed up?”. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like in this decade, things are so casual and dressed down, that when someone isn’t casual, it draws attention no matter what decade or style u wear🤷‍♀️

  7. I hope one day I can dress like this, sadly as a teenage girl I really focus on my image and not being judged by my peers. Until I have enough confidence, I’m gonna watch this video over and over, thank you! ☺️❤️❤️

  8. I started sewing four years ago from no prior experience and during the time I have slowly developed my style. I live in Sweden, which mean a quite casual clothing style (T-shirt and Jeans appears a couple days a week). It started slowly, but I have with small careful step gone toward a more traditional outfit with vest, jacket and smart pants. There is one small caviat though, I don't like buttons in my clothes (and therefore replace buttons with zippers) and I usually add an extra pair of front pockets instead of having the back pockets. To start sewing as a guy is harder than for women because I don't think there is as large variety of clothes to choose from and the easiest smart garment in a guy's wardrobe is the pants, which can be quite hard to find tutorials for.

    Anyhow, this video is gold, but I would love if you could also find somebody that could represent the male section of historical sewing and style

  9. I would say that on a workweek my style is just conforming enough to be considered Work professional but if you look closely it's just work-friendly enough that if you don't give it a thought it doesn't seem different or peculiar. but on a normal day it's at leisure with a hint of Work professional and streetwear. I use a lot of statement pieces to enhance my look and make me feel good

  10. In all honesty, NYC is amazing in that sense. I have seen elderly men in full punk outfits, grandmas with purple hair riding scooters and people wearing very non mainstream outfits and people just doesn't care.

  11. You are so adorable. I always thought you were pretty but it wasn’t until this one close up that I noticed you are also such a cutie! The only way to explain it is that you are adorable!

  12. Alright, Morgan, if you're going to basically whisper, then you need to hold your mic up with your hand because it is trying to hear you and gets overly sensitive and picks up every movement your clothing makes. Otherwise, great video! These ladies look fab as fuck.

  13. what rachel was talking about with how she takes inspiration from everything is something i get a lot. my style inspirations arent historical but they are pretty varied. i like egirls, idols, lolita fashion, himekaji, and mori kei. they all have unique things i like about them all and that i like to incorporate. right now im more inspired by egirls and idols so thats the sort of clothes im looking for but if you ask me a month from now my preferences may shift to be more himekaji and mori again. it changes a lot depending on my mood so i just have to make outfits based off what i like in that moment and what im fixating on

  14. Mildly related to this video: I have found as a trans person that these historically inspired styles really help me feel less dysphoric. I personally lean towards 40's dresses, for the silhouette I like. I'd love to work with someone to try Victorian or Edwardian style.

    Hmmm. I'm going to make it a point this year to make more clothing. 😀

  15. As a man who wears a kilt this is something I really relate to. I mean even in the kilt world I wear eccentric clothing with 18th to 19th century jackets but even with the odd looks the compliments and the more confident feel of those styles of clothing I think it’s something everyone should try. We’re on this world for a short time so go out there and wear what you want

  16. When a lady wears vintage inspired or actual vintage, she is a strong woman. One carries oneself differently than the masses. …that's great. I love dressing in a way that suits my body type and my personality. Really enjoyed your video…and you all loon amazing.

  17. You mentioned that you've been dressing exclusively period for quite a while, how many garments/outfits did you collect until you felt you could do that without falling back on high street fashion?

  18. Love the concept of this video, it's almost like a documentary. It would be a cool idea for a research/fan project too – interviewing people who are involved in the historical clothing community.

  19. Sadly the impracticality of skirts/dresses gets a little larger living in the netherlands spending nearly everyday on a bicycle

  20. This video has inspired me to once again find what I like in different eras of clothing and time periods, I went through a modernity phase once again but I realized that I sometimes wear that kind of clothes because I'm in fear of hearing unwanted comments. But hey, I need to be happy with what I am and what I project. I went through a 50-60's phase too and one of my favorite comments was "you look like a cute doll" so perhaps I can buy fabrics and experiment with making my own garments when I get money. Also, I would describe my ideal style "young, cool teacher that just got off the train to start teaching kids in a tiny town", Everytime I see that trope in movies my eyes sparkle, but I have to make more research on this.

  21. Currently questioning my gender, and watching this just call out to me so much, despite this being about fashion, I feel like so much of my fear in coming out or openly questioning my gender identity/expression is based on fear of public's reaction, and to see people being able to take that attention and more in stride really fills me up with a rush of courage of sorts, hopefully this rush long enough for me to complete my questioning and a possible transition.

  22. A nice thing about time is that you can enjoy the fashions and styles from the past without all the negativities of that time period. Everyone looks amazing and I love the collaboration in this video!

  23. Honestly I wish I could run around in modified Italian Renaissance dresses all the time. You don’t even have to wear a bra! It’s great! If you make it yourself you can add pockets!

  24. I can't even dress the way I want for my school's prom, because guys have to either wear tuxedoes, or jeans and a button down shirt. There's no personality in it, and I hate it.

  25. I’m just starting to explore my personal style. I range from jeans and a T-shirt to very tailored and classy dress. I don’t really focus on a specific time but I have found that I love lots of detailing on my clothing.

  26. I dress 40's/50's Ispired, and basically only wear skirts/dresses and buy mostly second hand, and am starting to make my own clothes. This has really boosted my confidence in ditching fast fashion, and I always feel confident and comfortable. I get asked a lot about my clothes though, because I'm chronically ill and a lot of people think that its more comfortable to just throw on jeans and a tshirt, but jeans hurt my knees too much.. And makes me feel like I'm just one more person. I like expressing myself via clothes. I started dressing vintage more seriously when I got sick, but have always loved the 40's and 50's so I already owned a lot of stuff that could be styled as vintage. I now wear vintage clothes all the time, except when I'm too sick and then it's flannel pj's.
    I also get looks a lot because it's not very common to have an alternative style here, and the people who do, all tend to have the same alternative style… But I get even more looks when I am using a mobility aid AND dressed vintage, people really don't know what to do with that lol

    I agree with Rachel when she said about doing it for yourself. I don't do it to stand out or to please any one or fit in, I do it because wearing poofy dresses and cute hair accessories makes me feel the most like me, and after feeling so sick for so long, you learn that you must take all the happiness you can get. I enjoyed this video a lot! 🙂

  27. Where can I see more of Bernadette Victorian-Academic-Witch super cool black coat?
    It's awesome, I want additional videos of it!

  28. When the immortals who walk among us get tired of assimilating and decide to just wear their favorite bits from all the centuries they've lived in.

  29. In my experience, the more I’ve worn “weird” or “fancy” outfits to school, the less people notice/say anything about it.

  30. My aspiration is to one day be able to speak as eloquently and florally as you do. Listening to your fluent elegance is simple poetry to my ears! That said, I too have been known to wear many ensembles that have caused others to second glance and friends and family to comment on. Some have been in the affirmative of surprised admiration, but there were those times when what I was wearing was likely to be something that they might not have made their first choice due to their own inhibitions. They will ask "Why are you wearing that?" to which I will reply "Because I am enjoying it!"

  31. Your videos bring such joy! Please continue to post them. I look forward to all the things you will create! I am a quilt maker. I love to reproduce historic items as well, so I feel a bit of kinship with you, Bernadette. Thank you for sharing your things with us!

  32. My family finds me funny because I have a 100 different looks depending on day/activity. One day ill be preppy, then boho, then VSCO, then e-girl, then 60's, than boujee, then sport, then etc. I've just always liked a wide range of genres of things and art and I think that reflects in the fact I have so many "looks".

  33. This is a little weird to me. I never thought of intentionally developing a style, just readily adopted long, ample skirts, etc while growing up. It was more comfortable and beautiful. I have occasionally been told things to the effect that I'm eccentric or look eccentric, but I usually don't think about it at all. It just clothes–clothes that I like 🙂

  34. I think what is “improved” about contemporary culture is an increased freedom to dress more according to how we wish. Although not every occupation is suitable for this level of individualism, overall there are far more choices than even 50 years ago, especially for women.

  35. I live in an environment (IT) where me dressing in a suit to work in the office was commented with 'are you going for an interview or something?' After two years of that, I switched jobs and now at least the only commend I had so far related to the way I dress was a complement 🙂

  36. I found Bernadette's mini rant about high street stores sooo accurate. As someone who has a body type that many sample sizes and store bought close don't fit correctly, I find it so cathartic to craft some pieces that actually fit correctly (and aren't killing the planet, and harming disadvantaged people). Also if you buy second hand fabrics and materials, it will probably end up being around the same price as something from a fast fashion store.

  37. "people ask if you're dressed for an occasion" – when I moved from Russia to Austria to study computer science, I felt "dressed for an occasion" EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I started to hide behind the "normal clothes" and it took me several years to stop doing that. Those clothes were not representing me, but I'm very grateful for them. Blending in with the crowd bought me time. I was not catching that much attention, and could breathe out and figure life out.

    Today I'm a very happy owner of male woolen pants (o m g so comfortable!) which I wore to my very t-shirt and jeans startup office – and felt a 100% me ^_^

    Thank you, all of you and all of the historybounding people on the instagram for the inspiration!

  38. It is amazing how a woman in a dress or skirt outside of church really catches my attention. I enjoy it when I see it. I feel bad that I notice, but I am also am impressed when I see a woman who dresses well because it show she has a lot self respect for herself. Seeing a woman be feminine is a real treat because it is something that only s woman can do I think it is great that we live in a time were we all can is so much choice. It seems so many women want to be masculine I hope women never forget the power of their femininity.

  39. I absolutely LOVE creativity of any kind, cosplay people, Goths,
    Steampunk, historical. I lost everything I owned and I mean literally
    everything, I had the clothes i was in and that was it. I have rebuilt
    my life and now my wardrobe which is very 1930's Gentleman now. I am
    super lucky that the second-hand shop next to me gets all its stock from
    Italy and lots of rich old Italians clearly put their suits and stuff
    in the recycling bins there 😀

  40. I absolutely LOVE creativity of any kind, cosplay people, Goths,
    Steampunk, historical. I lost everything I owned and I mean literally
    everything, I had the clothes i was in and that was it. I have rebuilt
    my life and now my wardrobe which is very 1930's Gentleman now. I am
    super lucky that the second-hand shop next to me gets all its stock from
    Italy and lots of rich old Italians clearly put their suits and stuff
    in the recycling bins there 😀

  41. Do you know of any resources for men looking to get into making their own historically accurate garments? I love your videos!! Thank you for showing all of your hard work off!

  42. I dress as a 1930's Gent and that means a lot of wool. Millions of years of evolution have pretty much perfected a way of keeping a sheep
    warm in winter and cool in summer, my heating bills have LITERALLY gone down 33% since I started dressing this way.

  43. I dress as a 1930's Gent and that means a lot of wool. Millions of years of evolution have pretty much perfected a way of keeping a sheep
    warm in winter and cool in summer, my heating bills have LITERALLY gone down 33% since I started dressing this way.

  44. I dress as a 1930's Gent and that means a lot of wool. Millions of years of evolution have pretty much perfected a way of keeping a sheep
    warm in winter and cool in summer, my heating bills have LITERALLY gone down 33% since I started dressing this way.

  45. WHEN I BUT ANOTHER OUTRAGEOUS COAT I have to force myself out the door in the the very first day and "wear it in", get used to it, gauge the level of attention it gets, then I feel comfortable in it.

  46. WHEN I BUT ANOTHER OUTRAGEOUS COAT I have to force myself out the door in the the very first day and "wear it in", get used to it, gauge the level of attention it gets, then I feel comfortable in it.

  47. WHEN I BUT ANOTHER OUTRAGEOUS COAT I have to force myself out the door in the the very first day and "wear it in", get used to it, gauge the level of attention it gets, then I feel comfortable in it.

  48. I dont care anywhere near as much about historical clothes as you, but i still get mad about the clothing options available. We will never again see a huge amount of things EVER come back into style, purely because the horrible people who run the clothing industry will never spend the money for extra labour or material items (this is on top of the sweat shops). Far fewer wedding dresses with sleeves. Good luck finding anything with a lot of skirts. Yes you can have these styles made or make yourself, but ppl will stare at you.. it shouldn't be like, should be part of regular fashion trends.

  49. I recently move apartment and it was funny the amount of kinda sideways attention I got for the first couple of months from the new neighbors and local people…

    NOW people are far more open about just stopping and looking or commenting – the shock element has gone and its now in the apreciation phaze LOL

  50. I recently move apartment and it was funny the amount of kinda sideways attention I got for the first couple of months from the new neighbors and local people…

    NOW people are far more open about just stopping and looking or commenting – the shock element has gone and its now in the apreciation phaze LOL

  51. I recently move apartment and it was funny the amount of kinda sideways attention I got for the first couple of months from the new neighbors and local people…

    NOW people are far more open about just stopping and looking or commenting – the shock element has gone and its now in the apreciation phaze LOL

  52. I think I'm going to save this video to share with people everytime they ask me about this topic! You did such a great job of explaining it thoroughly. So much better than my "Eh, I don't really notice anything beyond the compliments" lol

  53. Think mine is a Literary- Vintage -Witch? I draw most of my love and styles from books, though, like Rachel, see something in a movie or such and feel the need to recreate it in a way. As I am newly along this journey, my wardrobe is rather lacking. Be fear not, my stitching fingers and strategically acquired resources will soon put an end to that.

  54. I want to dress more inspired by history but yet I have nor the skill nor the money to get quality material to make these garments… So I end up go on the internet looking for vendors who sell these garments hopefully as I get older and get a job (sadly I won’t be 18 until august of 2020) so if anyone has any knowledge of where I can find reliable vendors or anything that could be of use please comment down below!

  55. Some of the thoughts about being worried about dressing seem very familiar. It takes practice to become comfortable out and about in public dressed outside of the norm. An accepting friend is a huge asset. Go out to lunch with them dressed as you like. It gets so much easier as you go on and if you didn't feel comfortable to start with then it will grow your confidence and that confidence will spread to other parts of your life. I'm a transgender historic dress fan so maybe it was a slightly bolder step for me, but comitting to one brave thing every week has resulted in massive confidence and a lot of happiness.

  56. For me it’s so interesting when I’m actually being judged or when I realize that I’m just interpreting people’s reactions that way because I think I will be. I often think people aren’t taking me seriously because I wear a very childlike colorful style but usually it’s all in my head. On the other hand, sometimes people do stare and they do treat me in a condescending way so it’s hard to find that line of when I need to make it clear that I’m NOT a child regardless of the rainbows in my hair and when I can relax.

  57. Bernadette is my ultimate crush… such a delicate, smart and twirling icon… oh, be still my beating heart, there is still hope for mankind

  58. Because of you three specifically, I’m making my own prom dress inspired by 1840’s ballgowns! It’s my senior project (something we have to do at my school to graduate) and watching these collabs have made me more inspired than ever!!

  59. I'm a teen that loves vintage fashion in the 2020 help….can't wait to grow up and stop explaining why i don't like those huge sporty/platform shoes or the typical white t-shirt 🙂

  60. Dear Bernadette, this is a "thank you" message I wanted to write since a little while ago. I thank you because you showed that I actually can sew what I wanted and gave me confidence for it. Meme Mum showed me I can wear historical clothing and you showed I can make them. I am especially grateful to both of you. Hope you have a nice day!

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