Styles come and go, but “vintage clothes” are always in fashion. I came across a question from redleg510, who asked whether vintage has a definition. Are there rules for what qualifies as vintage and what doesn’t?
From what I can tell, vintage doesn’t have an official definition. At least not one that everybody uses. Fashion-Era.com writes that the term vintage can include anything from the 1920s to the 1960s. In their opinion, clothing made after the ’60s doesn’t qualify. The site goes on to explain that whether or not an item is vintage is “in the eye of the beholder.” The important things to remember–”it must belong to another era” and should be part of a limited supply. It isn’t a vintage shirt if there are a million of ‘em.
The Vintage Fashion Guild offers a lot more tips on identifying vintage clothing. Some facts to remember that may help you figure out how old your grandpa’s threads are:
– Men’s dress trousers continued to have a button fly thru the ’40s.
– Belt loops on men’s pants started in the early 1920s
– The famous YKK zipper brand started in 1934.
– Velcro wasn’t commonly used in clothing until the 1960s.
What do you guys think about the vintage trend? What is it about old clothes that makes them eternally hip? Is it the owning of something that nobody else has, or is it something else? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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