Understanding Vintage Fashion

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Monday, June 4, 2012 | 6:05 PM


Many of you will have heard of the retro/vintage fashion trend, but fewer of you will know exactly what this style entails. For those of you who love fashion, and are curious about the retro/vintage look, but have no idea what it actually is, or how to pull it off, then you have come to the right place. Here, we explain exactly what the fashion magazines are talking about, and offer some advice and tips on where to find vintage clothes, and the best ways of wearing such clothes.

Whether you are searching for a single outfit, or you wish to change your entire wardrobe, vintage clothing is a fantastic addition to your fashion collection.

What is Vintage or Retro Fashion

'Vintage' and 'retro' are interchangeable names for the same fashion movement. Most fashion designers and other prominent figures within the fashion industry agree that the terms relate to distinctive trends of bygone eras that have become popular again. For instance, the 1960s mini-skirt fashions, the 1920s masculine styles and later, the 'roaring' styles, the 1950s glamour or Teddy boys, all constitute distinct fashion trends, and have now come into fashion once more. Conversely, the 1980s shell-suit look also constitutes a distinct trend, however, the fact that it is a relatively recent trend, does not qualify the style as retro/vintage. Any distinct style from the 1920s to the 1970s constitutes the retro/vintage trend.

When Does Clothing Have to Have Been Made to Constitute a Retro/Vintage Item?

Depending on whether people are talking about vintage style or vintage clothes, proves the distinction here. Vintage style clothing is manufactured now, and simply copies styles from the past, genuine vintage clothing was made in the era to which the style belongs.

For fashion purposes, the distinction is rather irrelevant, if you want to dress in a retro/vintage style, then it is the style that counts, and not the actual age of the clothes.

Where Can You Buy Vintage Clothes?

There are many places from which you can purchase vintage clothes, from flea markets to thrift shops, but by far the most convenient location is the internet, internet retailers offer the greatest choice, but also the best prices too. Regardless of the particular style of clothing you are searching for, you will find it online. Internet auction sites are fantastic, but the best places to shop online are the specialist vintage clothing retailers. These retailers focus all their attention on finding and restoring an incredible range of vintage/retro clothing, and can offer invaluable advice as to the best ways of wearing the fashion.

Size is Everything

When buying genuine vintage clothes, as opposed to vintage-style clothing, make sure you choose the correct size. Clothing measurements have changed throughout the ages, and so a size 10 in the 1950s, is likely to be very different to a size 10 in the 2010s. When buying clothes online, try to find out the measurements in centimetres or inches, so you can get a better idea of whether the clothes will fit. Do not worry if you purchase an incorrect size, the majority of retailers offer a free-returns policy.




Are you interested in browsing a collection of vintage clothes? If so, visit www.retro-vintage.co.uk





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