How Would You Define Vintage?
Aug 14, 2008 - by Fashion Indie
So what exactly is the definition of vintage? We've been wondering ever since a buyer friend of ours tried to claim her H&M skirt was vintage cause she bought it two seasons ago. We found an answer to the question on Catwalk Creative, an online UK shopping site that specializes in goodies from a past era.
As a relatively new term, its meaning is open to much interpretation. Dealers havent officially established what defines and differentiates vintage from antique, recycled (secondhand) and retro. Consumers and some dealers use the word vintage as a collective term that defines anything old. For clarification, purists would categorize old clothes as the following:
- Antique clothing refers to any garments that pre-date 1920 (the nineteenth century; the Belle Epoque era).
- Vintage is anything that dates after 1920 and up to the mid 1980s.
- Retro mainly refers to Sixties and Seventies casual wear.
- Recycled (secondhand) is anything post early Eighties not strictly vintage clothing in the generic sense of the word.
If you cant remember all of the above, remember only this: anything less than twenty to twenty-five years old is NOT vintage.
So rocking a pair of bleached overalls you found at Goodwill that look like they fell of the set of Saved by the Bell doesn't make you a vintage queen. Keep that in mind indies as style quickly falls into 90's. You're not rocking vintage, you're rocking recycled.