A Texas woman loves to dress in vintage clothing, flaunting her “historic wardrobe” worth over $10,000.
After years of dressing modern, Gwendolyn Erin Patterson, 25, from Dallas, now refuses to leave her house without sporting glamorous attire from the World War II era. With a wardrobe straight out of a 1940s fashion magazine, Gwendolyn now owns over 50 vintage hats, 60 bags, 75 dresses, and even a tailored suit designed by the original “Wizard of Oz” costume designer.
Although often showered with compliments for her old-fashioned style, Gwendolyn says that people usually confuse her outfits as costumes and ask her if she’s staring in a play.
Not only does Gwendolyn adore the vintage style, her husband, Sam, 29, also loves the wartime era, and so does her best friend, Jamie, who co-stars alongside Gwendolyn in a ’40s-inspired radio show, “The Swing Sisters Show.” Gwendolyn and Sam even had a wartime themed wedding.
“Vintage is tied into my entire life—I wear vintage clothes everyday and everything I own is from the 1930s and ’40s eras,” Gwendolyn said. “I’m just really drawn to this time—the lifestyle just feels normal and right to me.
“Although it was a more rough way of living, it was also more simple. Everything was made and built to last—people always admire the style of everything back then.”
Gwendolyn, who has always shopped in thrift stores, began purchasing the older pieces around 10 years ago.
“I loved the way they looked and fit,” she said.
She added: “It was a gradual transformation—once you accumulate a few pieces, it all starts coming together.
“Now I have the biggest vintage wardrobe for every season.
“I’ve always been a bit different with my style. Before I got into this, I was keeping up with whatever was trendy on the runways, but this is just a style that works for me and I feel more comfortable in.”
Gwendolyn and Sam met at a World War II reenactment event eight years ago. The pair’s shared admiration of all things ’40s sparked their romance, and they even had a 1940s themed wedding two years ago.
“We both have a shared love of history, and I just happened to be at the right event at the right time,” Gwendolyn said. “Currently, we’re restoring an old home from 1910 back to how it looked back in the day.
“We’re those crazy people who live that odd lifestyle—everyday people probably think we’re nuts, but we love it.”
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.