Apr 22 2012
It’s not on everyone’s radar.
It can be just around the corner.
It’s quiet, yet prominent.
And… I like it in turquoise.
Welcome to my world of vintage! I have no idea why but when I turned 18, my eyes were drawn to all things vintage and I fell deeply in love. I adore the fuzzy, cozy feeling that vintage items give me. I love that each item hides a story, or even a string of stories. The charm of everything old makes my heart race. To me, vintage is an art, a rare treasure, and these days, it is an identity—my collection subtly reveals who I am.
In recent years, the word “vintage” has been tagged onto many things, from fashion to furniture. But it’s not always used correctly, and many of these so-called vintage items are actually “vintage-inspired.” Today I’m going to share some things I know about vintage garments, to help you spot the real thing:
#1 A piece of vintage clothing is usually about 25 years or older. An “antique” is anything 75 years or older, wow!
#2 Vintage sizes are at least four sizes smaller than your typical modern sizes. That’s why original vintage is hard-to-fit at times.
#3 Many vintage apparels do not carry care labels. However, sometimes people do remove care labels from their clothes, so don’t assume that something that’s missing a label is automatically vintage. Also, clothing with care labels may date back to the early ’70s.
#4 Before the ’60s, hemlines were often below the knee. Armholes were smaller and narrower between the ’50s and ’70s, and waist measurements were much smaller in the hip and bust areas.
#5 For clothing from the ’30s to ’60s, zippers usually start under the sleeve and end at the waist or hem. A zipper in the centre of the back of a dress indicates that it is probably from the late ‘50s and after. I see many vintage dresses with zippers in the front (centre) as well. (FYI: Before the ‘30s, there were no zippers, only buttons, ties, or clasps.)
I hope these tips will help you in your vintage shopping!
Also, if I may share a little story: Many people have asked me why I love vintage, which some feel is granny attire. I’d like to say that yes, vintage is what was fashionable during my granny’s young, adventurous, and happy days. But it’s still alive today! So if you’re attracted to vintage clothing, wear it proudly. You’ll look fab and you’ll never be mainstream!