You don’t have to hide

Fashion looks good in every size and in every era.

Christine Cochrum – aka “Curvy Vintage Enthusiast” – is breaking the stereotypical patterns of how style and size should be defined. The self-appointed “Glambassador” dresses every day like it’s the 1940s – why, well, why not?

“I’ve been dressing in vintage for nearly 30 years now,” Cochrum told The Post. “It’s kind of my guiding light, just to see how I decided to dress and the passion I have not only for fashion but also for the story behind the fashion.”

The influencer often posts her antique looks for her 40,000 followers on platforms including YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

Cochrum began sharing her love of vintage fashion when she started writing her blog, “Chronically Overdressed”, in June 2013. It then evolved into an Instagram account where she started posting photos of her dresses. Not long after his account began to gain ground, he added a YouTube channel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The main reason I started my blog for the first time was to show people that, yes, we can dress in nice clothes and even vintage style clothes,” she said embracing her own “curvy” features. “You don’t have to hide. You can be the size you are and still be beautiful, trendy and chic.

The vlogger started her blog in 2013 and now posts vintage content on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.
Christine Cochrum

It was only when he lost his job and had some free time that he decided to move his content to TikTok. Her TikTok lei account is made up of content ranging from 1940s hair tutorials to yesteryear style styling instructions.

In a viral clip posted to TikTok late last month – which garnered nearly 160,000 views – he discovered a 1939 Spiegel catalog that included a chart indicating “larger” plus sizes. “I find it stupid [plus-sized women] they have to prove their existence throughout history, “he said in his TikTok.

He claimed the chart has gone up to a size 53 and a 49-inch waist – compared to today’s sizes, that number would be a size 26 or a 4X instead. She noted that vintage sizes were apparently more inclusive of size than what the fashion industry offers nowadays.

“I’m always looking for catalogs [and] it just grabbed my attention and I realized what size it actually came in, “the instagrammer said.” And I’ve felt this throughout my career and my entire life: people were bigger in the 1920s , ’30 and ’40 “.

Christine Cochrum
One of Cochrum’s favorite hobbies is collecting historical period shopping catalogs.
Christine Cochrum

The blogger pointed out that a light bulb went out in her head after reading the shopping magazine, noting that it was “proof” that older people have existed throughout history.

“I have evidence here. Aside, of course, there are photographs of older people, but that just show that, yes, we got dressed, we weren’t running naked, “Cochrum joked.

Through his videos, he travels back in time, figuratively, to the decade of swing music, actor Humphrey Bogart and the invention of Tupperware.

Christine Cochrum
“I’m constantly interested in the whys and how’s of things. By learning about the different hairstyles of the 30s and 40s, I just like to know why they should use a certain technique or a certain product, “she said.
Christine Cochrum
Christine Cochrum
The fashion influencer mainly dresses in looks from the 30s and 40s.
Christine Cochrum

“I know my experience is unique because I know there is a lot of negativity out there. I have a lot of confidence in myself and I think that’s when it stops, “Cochrum said.” I want to inspire other people to be able to do the same or be able to feel comfortable enough. “

“You don’t have to hide. You can be the size you are and still be beautiful, stylish and chic. ‘

He added that he gets “really positive feedback” from fans, with many writing, “Thank you for proving you can dress this way in your size.”

Of course, there are some people who, when they meet her “around in real life, are confused and don’t understand why I dress the way I am.

“They’ll ask if I’m in a play or if I’m going to a wedding or something. I think a lot has to do with how society is right now. People just don’t dress anymore, ”explained the model. “And so seeing someone dressing up to go to the supermarket confuses them. [They] I don’t know exactly what to say. For the most part, they’re all very nice about it. “

While Cochrum tends to stick with the “true vintage” eras such as the 1930s and 1940s, he occasionally dabbles with the 1950s period.

Christine Cochrum
Cochrum is often asked why he paints himself with classic fabrics and patterns to carry out daily activities. To which she replies: “Because she is [insert day of the week]! “
Christine Cochrum

The fashionista noted that first half 20th century clothes are becoming harder to find: “There’s just less in general,” she complained. But one era you would like to experience is the Edwardian era, a period in British history that spans the reign of King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910.

However, Cochrum doesn’t think that wearing Edwardian high fashion every day is a viable option, except for event-type extravaganzas. “I already have a whole dressing room full of my 1930s and 40s things,” he said.

“They are very interchangeable. You can mix and match things from the 30s, 40s and 50s quite easily, “he said.” Edwardian is kind of a beast all his own. “