My education on the subject has been an organic one, comprised of tidbits I've picked up here and there over the years, and while I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to dating vintage, I hope to be someday soon!
Whether it's a historical fact about a specific garment or a new fashion term, I add new knowledge to my arsenal on a daily basis.
Charlotte at Tuppence Ha’Penny has done a fabulous article about dating vintage clothing here.
Clothing has always affected many aspects of our cultural lives.
Knowing how to date antique and vintage clothing is also very helpful in dating heirloom photographs down to a year.
For the purpose of this article, I am going to call anything from the 60s or older vintage. Vintage-inspired or vintage-appropriate – anything that has a vintage flair to it, but would be considered modern (late 90s – now) Reproduction – anything that takes direct inspiration from a certain era. This is a term to describe something from the 70s that has a definite 30s vibe to it.
Before I get any further, I want to mention that just because something it’s vintage doesn’t mean it’s not great!
Collecting antique and vintage clothing, hats and accessories is a special passion.
More than any other antique or collectible, fashions create feelings of nostalgia and romanticism.Antique and vintage fashions epitomize many faces of beauty, style and grace.Traveling through different decades, collectors will fall in love again and again with each unique offering. It’s Laurie from Retro Reporter back with another post about vintage clothing.Today’s post is all about dating clothing, so you can get a better idea of how old it is, and will mostly deal with women’s clothing from the 1930s to 1960s.Collecting antiques is a compelling way to make history come alive.