Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The MTA Made Me Miss the Vintage Train Ride

This Sunday, swing dancers and vintage enthusiasts spent a wonderful afternoon in the subway, of all places. Not especially glamorous most days, but for the Vintage Train Ride, but we made it work. The Vintage Train Ride happens every year; subway cars from the 30s through the 60s are connected, filled with fun swing bangs and ride through Manhattan and Queens. Except due to the normal trains, I missed the train part of the event.
Didn't want to risk my big camera in the crowds, so please pardon the iPhone photography

I was so mad. I'd gotten all dressed up, left my grandfather's birthday brunch a little early and then waited about 20 minutes for a transfer...when I just needed to go two stops. I was heartbroken to miss the crowded but fun ride. My modern train was so late I missed the rickety, old nostalgia train? Trust me, the irony of this is not lost on me. Too bad; I loved it so much last year! It wasn't a complete loss; I got to dance to Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess and a few other fun bands.

I did get a chance to peek inside the train cars once it pulled into the station for the last time. I love looking up at the ads.

I also spotted this man with a very serious vintage camera.

Finally, my outfit. The event organizers asked people to put together vintage or vintage-inspired looks to match the era of the trains. I did a 1930s look with no clothes from the decade, and I think I did a pretty good job.

My mom just bought me this sweater and I am absolutely in love. It has a 30s feel to it from the wide lapels and I'm always happy to find a sweater with pockets. The skirt is from the mid-70s. Add a button-down shirt and heeled oxfords and there you go! I just wish I'd had some sort of ribbon to go around my neck.

Some smart people told me the plaid on my skirt is a variation of the Royal Stewart tartan. Here's what that means according to Wikipedia:

The Royal Stewart tartan is the best known tartan of the royal House of Stewart, and is also the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II. It is appropriate for all subjects of Elizabeth II to wear the Royal Stewart tartan,[1] in much the same way that clansmen may wear the tartan of their clan chief. Officially, the tartan is worn by the pipers of the The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and the Scots Guards, as well as a select few civilian groups. The 5th Bolton Scout Group and the 5th Potters Bar Scout Group wear the scarf, (neckerchief/necker) officially, with permission from the Queen, and the Queen's Bands (of Queen's University) wear the tartan as part of their official uniforms. So too do the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band. The tartan may also be worn by members who took part in a patrol leaders training course.
In the late 1970s the Royal Stewart tartan became popular in punk fashion.

I think I'll be wearing this super-soft wool skirt to death this winter but I'm in the process of finding new sweaters to make it a little more interesting.

You can see a lot of fun photos of the event on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #nycvintagetrain2013.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, man. I had no idea this was an event that happened. I need some serious sources on what's happening in the vintage scene in NYC, because this looks like it was amazing!


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