Friday, September 25, 2015

Introducing Jessica Cangiano aka Chronically Vintage

Today something different, that was long due actually... Please meet Jessica Cangiano, a gorgeous soul and one of my fav bloggers from Canada.....
Jessica will tell us a little bit about lace and the vintage aspect of it.

Intro: My name is Jessica Cangiano and I'm a 31 year old vintage adoring gal from British Columbia, Canada. I'm a full-time vintage blogger at, which I launched in early 2009, and an Etsy vintage seller at my shop of the same name Chronically Vintage  that emerged as a natural progression of my passion for the past in May 2014. 

I've been obsessed with - and have studied - fashion, in all its forms, from my earliest days and have been sporting mid-century (chiefly 1940s and 50s) styles since I about 15 years old. I'm happily married, have a darling grey tabby cat and a sweet-as-sugar American Bullador dog (half lab, half American bulldog), and when not focusing on vintage (which is a massive part of my life), you'll likely finding me reading, writing (including poetry), crafting (paper crafting, cross stitch and beading are my main craft passions), taking photos, cooking, visiting historical locations and/or museums, or - when I can - traveling, which is something that both me my Italian born husband, Tony, absolutely love to do. 

1. Lace had a wonderful impact in vintage designs, what do you think is lace's roll (back then and now)?

To me lace has always transmitted two key characteristics: Luxurious elegance and alluring femininity (though of course men have sported it often throughout history, too, and I'm not implying that it strictly the domain of ladies in the slightest). I think that it did so all more back in the day when it was a handmade product that (usually) only the well off could afford and that it continues to this day to have a well deserved air of sophistication about it.

Though mass produced lace is readily available today and almost anyone can afford to wear lace, it still has a sublime sense of class and beauty to it in most contexts. We associate it with cocktail dresses, evening attire, wedding dresses, party looks and ensembles for other fancy occasions, but it can of course be sported on an everyday basis, too, which in a way is a return to lace's roll in fashion (as such was true for those who could afford it in centuries prior to the twentieth, wherein it often took on a more formal role).

Today, I think and hope that lace still conveys a sense of elegance and well put together style. There is something inherently gorgeous and enchanting sensual about lace, be it in big or small doses, that is no small part of the reason why it has been a beloved choice for stunning undergarments for ages now. 

2. Do you think that lace still fits gracefully in our daily wear? 

Very much so! Though we have seen the continue widespread casualization of fashion in the last twenty or so years, if anything that is all the more reason why we still need lace and why it remains a beloved special occasion choice to this day. I've always enjoyed the juxtaposition of lace with a more utilitarian fabric, such as denim or leather, and adore the rocker chic look that can be created when the two are mixed.

The patterns used in lace, even mass marketed, inexpensive lace, is beguiling beautiful. One puts on a lace garment (or undergarment) and just feels different - in a good kind of way. Lace has a very tactile quality and one is aware, in the best sort of way, that it's against their skin while they're wearing it. I think that these points in lace's favour will help keep a passion for it alive for a very long time to come still.

3. How often would you incorporate lace in your wardrobe, and why?

It certainly varies from year to year, just depending on what's transpiring in my life at any given moment, but if we're talking about clothes (as opposed to undergarments, of which I wear ones with lace nearly everyday), I would say that I probably wear lace at least a couple of times each month. Sometimes it may be the form of a lace trimmed camisole or slip that I intentionally let show as part of my ensemble, a vintage lace dress, or of the small number or other lace garments (such as shirts) that I currently own. 

Like many people, I often reach for lace for special occasions, particularly the fall and winter holidays, but I certainly don't limit my wearing of lace to such times and enjoy making it an integral part of my vintage wardrobe the whole year 'round. 

4. Do you have one favourite lace type? If yes, which one and why?

Ooohh, that's a hard one! There are so many marvelous laces out there. Be it needle lace, bobbin lace, embroidered lace, tape lace, crochet lace or any other form of lace, I'm drawn to styles that feature florals (as many laces do) and that have a very classic air to them. As a vintage fan and wearer, I particularly like antique and early 20th century needle lace, including those versions from England, France and Italy, as well the classic American Battenberg lace (particularly when its used for parasols) - ooohh, and I'll always have a soft spot for chantilly lace, especially the Victorian and mid-twentieth century versions.

5. How would you recommend to wear lace?

Personally I tend to like lace in either small accent doses or large quantities, such as a vintage lace cocktail or evening dress. I think that lace has a tendency to work best in either role, but that some of its allure can risk being lost in the grander scoop of an outfit if it pays more of a middle ground role. Lace is not a boring or ordinary fabric in the slightest and it should always be given its rightful dues in the context of a look, thus I would recommend making it a focal point of your outfit and letting the other elements of your look play up the lace's beauty in most contexts (one exception there would be something like a small lace trim on a garment, in which case lace is more of an accent point than the star of the show). Pair it with contrasting, but still harmonious textures, such as cashmere or cotton, and above all else, make sure that your lace garment is comfortable. Scratchy lace is not uncommon, especially in recent decades, so make sure that you love how a lace piece feels on your skin from the moment you first try it on. If you don't, chances are it will see little to no action in your daily wardrobe.

6. As far as I remember lace was always for a special occasion and not everybody could wear a lace dress, or blouse, gloves, etc... Now these days lace is everywhere, in school, at work, at the beach, even paired with sneakers and yoga pants. It changes the meaning of wearing lace, and makes it more ordinary. What do you think about that?

Though certainly seen in a broader range of sartorial contexts these days, as touched on above, I think that lace still retains a sense of opulence and formality. It continues to be a popular choice for prom, wedding, cocktail, and evening attire and has, even in the most causal of contexts, not lost its sense of sophistication to my mind, which helps it stand out actually in a sea of more run-of-the-mill fabrics. 

7. Are you always on Vintage duty? Can we find you wearing something from the mall or other shopping facility?

Vintage, vintage reproduction, 1980s does 1940s/50s, and vintage appropriate garments make up the bulk of my wardrobe and are what I currently enjoy wearing most of the time, so in general, yes, I sport vintage even for the most mundane of outings. It isn't like a costume or special occasion only sort of thing for me, it's my daily wardrobe and I feel substantially more at home - and like myself - in vintage garb than I do most 21st century styles. On top of loving, and wearing, vintage, I've always also had strong goth and a powerful glam boho (think Stevie Nicks) sides, too, so sometimes I will wear outfits that venture down one of those style paths, too. For more on how often I wear vintage, please see this most that I wrote on the subject earlier this year: Vintage clothing....

8. Where can we find you online?

You can come visit me at my Blog or Etsy vintage shop anytime and likewise you can find me on the following social media sites, where I'm active on each:


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Thank you so much Jessica for the lovely informative blogpost and for the generous and exclusive coupon! 
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  1. It was such an absolute honour to be interviewed by you, sweet Lorena, and to get the chance to delve into the massively fascinating topic of lace and its roll in vintage fashion. Thank you to the moon and back for this beautiful, entirely fun interview - I can't think of a lovelier online note to kick off the new season with.

    Giant hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. I agree with her on wearing lace in small doses. Beautiful looks!


  3. I've been following Jessica's blog for a while now and indeed she is a true vintage gal at heart. She's always positive and I always learn something from her blog - she is so nice.


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