I love being called a retro housewife but I don’t like the term, time-warped wife. I like a lot of things about modern times, I don’t want to live in the past.
As I’m writing this post I’m wearing a vintage-inspired purple polka dress, my water is sitting on a metal coaster from the 1950s, and a vintage apron is draped on the back of my chair ready to be worn when I start on housework. I even live in a home built in the early 1960s. I call myself a retro housewife for a reason.
Some people call women like myself time-warped wives but I don’t like that term. I don’t like it because I don’t want to live in the past and that shocks some people, maybe even you.
I adore the 1940’s and 1950’s. The fashion, the movies, the music, the homes… However, I do not want to live in either time. Sure I wish I could still go to a drug store on the main street and have a milkshake. And I’d love to go to a drive-in movie on date night. I’d love to bring back somethings but not everything.
I know some people think that all of us who dress vintage and enjoy things from the past are naive about the eras we love. The 40s gave us some amazing music and fashion but it also came with war, poverty and in my state of Oklahoma, they were still dealing with the lasting effects from the Dust Bowl. And both the 40s and 50s came with so many social injustices.
Plus I really like the internet, my cell phone, modern appliances, and many other modern things. And I really love the fact that I have the right to choose if I want to be a homemaker or have a career. I’ve never been a fan of being told what to do.
Recently Jessica over at Chronically Vintage interviewed two other great vintage bloggers Laurence and Sylvain of Lost in the 50s. Jessica asked what the biggest perks of living a vintage filled life had been for Laurence and Sylvain and I truly loved their answer.
“I think that it’s the fact that you can choose the best parts of the era you like. Some people ask me if I would want to live in the 50’s. No, it’s great to live now and having the best of a modern life and the best of the 50’s.
I’m well aware that life back then was not always a bed of roses. There were bad conditions still for many women, racism, poverty, and many other serious social concerns. Today we can live now a 50’s life, but with the advantages of a modern world. I think it’s important to be aware of history in order to have a better life in the present.”- Click here to read the full interview
And that’s just what I do, I pick my favorite parts of the eras and add them into my life. It’s easy to glamorize the 40s and 50s but it’s important to remember the ways we have it better now.
Do you agree? Or do you feel like it still glamorizes the past too much to live a vintage lifestyle? Share your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think!