Gwendolyn Erin Patterson, 25, from Dallas, Texas, now refuses to leave her house without wearing a glamorous WWII-era outfit and says people compliment her on her old-school style
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A woman who won’t leave the house unless she’s draped in World War II clothing says people think she’s in disguise.
After years of dressing modern, Gwendolyn Erin Patterson, 25, of Dallas, Texas, now refuses to leave her house without a glamorous WWII-era outfit.
Although Gwendolyn often gets compliments for her old-fashioned style, she says people often mistake her outfits for costumes and ask her if she’s in a play.
With a wardrobe straight out of a 1940s fashion magazine, this real estate agent is obsessed with all things vintage and even celebrated a war-themed wedding with husband Sam, 29, who she met at a WWII reenactment.
She said: “I’ve always wanted to look like an old movie star, I’m obsessed with the style of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.
“Vintage is part of my whole life – I wear vintage clothes every day and everything I own is from the 1930s and 40s.
“I’m really drawn to this era – the lifestyle just feels normal and right to me.
“Although it was a tougher way to live, it was also easier.
“Everything was made and built to last – people still admire the style of everything at the time.
“I’ve always shopped at thrift stores, but about a decade ago I really started buying older pieces – I liked the look and fit of them.
Having ditched her old ‘trendy’ style, Gwendolyn now has a historic wardrobe worth over $10,000 (£7.6k), including over 50 vintage hats, 60 bags, 75 dresses and even a bespoke costume designed by the original Wizard of Oz costume designer.
Gwendolyn said: “It was a gradual transformation – once you accumulate a few coins, everything starts to fall into place.
“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 followed everything that was trending on the catwalk, but it’s just a style that works for me and I feel more comfortable in.”
Not only does Gwendolyn live in her own vintage fantasy world, her husband Sam, 29, is also obsessed with the war era as well as her best friend, Jamie, who co-stars alongside Gwendolyn on a radio show inspired by the 1940s, “The Swing Sisters Show”.
The vintage estate agent and Sam met at a World War II reenactment event eight years ago.
The couple’s shared admiration for all things ’40s sparked their romance and they even had a ’40s-themed wedding two years ago.
Gwendolyn said: “We both have a common love for history and I happened to be at the right event at the right time.
“Currently, we are restoring an old 1910 house to its original state.
“We’re these crazy people living this weird lifestyle – regular people probably think we’re crazy but we love it.”