What is seen as vintage?
Generally speaking everything is considered vintage clothing that was produced before the 1920s. Also clothes that were made 20 years before today are considered to be vintage clothing.
Retro, which is short for retrospective or “vintage style” refers usually to clothing that only imitates the style of a previous era. You might also hear the term reproduction or repro. This means, a newly made of some older garment. Recently produced clothes are referred to as modern or contemporary fashion. Opinions vary widely for these definitions, though.
Where to buy vintage clothing and how to combine it?
You can find vintage cloths in thrift stores, second hand clothing shops flea markets and of course online. Lots of online shops also offer free shipping so your vintage clothes come home to you for free. The most vintage clothes you can buy are already worn. You might find unworn pieces in old warehouse stocks, those pieces usually have a higher price than the worn ones, though. Reproduced clothing usually has a cheaper price. Vintage clothing includes dresses, jeans, jumpsuits, rompers, t-shirts, skirts, sweaters and even some unique vintage accessories. With vintage clothing you can create eye-catching and one-of-a-kind styles. You can combine a nice dress with a vintage-inspired jacket or even wear wide-leg jeans again. Women can also wear beautiful vintage lingerie underneath their vintage dresses. You are able to create your own fashion style and refine it with nice vintage jewelry as accessoires.
What about the sizes of vintage clothing?
Vintage sizes are often smaller than the contemporary sizes in the US. This originates from changes in clothing sizes. For instance vintage clothing from the 1970ies labeled as M (Medium) is maybe similar in size to a garment in Extra Small (XS). Additionally larger sizes are very rare because obesity was uncommon in the years before the 1980ies. This applies to all vintage fashion like Jackets, Jeans, Dresses, Shorts and so on. Therefore as an advice of us: always buy vintage clothing in a bigger size. Additionally reproduced vintage items offer, as previously mentioned, a cheaper price but also more fitting sizes according to todays standard. This makes it easier for you to find the perfect vintage dress, vintage jeans or vintage jacket.