Antique clothing is becoming increasingly popular because it’s so unique and interesting! In a time where there is no particular fashion, we’re now looking back in history at previous decades to draw inspiration for our own wardrobes. Vintage is the new modern! Buying vintage clothes gives you a brilliant opportunity to purchase clothes you will not find on the high-street and therefore are unique and it will be very unlikely anyone else will have the same item.
Many vintage clothes are also still of maximum quality and have years left in them because they were made how they aren’t made these days. This means it’s an investment and you’ll be able to get lots more years of pleasure out of your vintage clothes. Some fabrics used on your antique item of clothing may not even be used anymore and may be discontinued which will add value to your piece of clothing and can be a bonus to some people.
There are many things to consider when choosing your antique clothing such as sizing, quality, and what is actually classed as ‘vintage’. This article will include all steps necessary when choosing vintage clothes!
Check Dates and Quality
How old does it have be to be classed as vintage? This is a commonly asked question and the answer is around 30 years old. Therefore at this moment in time clothes from the 70’s and earlier can be called vintage. Now that’s decided, the next thing to look out for is quality. Quality will vary depending on the decade they’re from. For example in general clothes pre 1960’s will be more tailored and will have a better, more precise finish.
Although the mass production of clothes was definitely a big presence in pre 60’s, it really came into it’s own in the 60’s and 70’s. This is because fabrics were no longer rashioned and it was a time of experiment when it came to clothes. The best advice is to trust your own judgement and eye when deciding if the item quality is good enough for you.
Know Your Style
This is a very important step because each different decade has had it’s own statement in fashion and the clothes of those times are often tailored to different parts of the body. There are some amazing antique clothes out there, however you have to have a good idea of what you actually want to achieve from your style. Here is a list of each decade, and what their statement look was.
1920’s – The 20’s was all about the flappers style! People liked having a thin silhouette and dressing themselves in clothes that involved lots of intricate details and beading. Clothes of this decade were made from lovely, rich fabrics.
1930’s – The 30’s was all about elegance. This is due to the fact movies stars were being exposed more and more and were influencing style. Lots of elegant fabric was used and there was a real emphasis on femininity and elegance.
1940’s – This was a time when money was tight and war was on which meant people had bigger thing to worry about than their clothes. Clothes were made to be durable as money was short and women had to recycle clothes when they broke to make do and mend.
1950’s – The 50’s was a time of great change in the fashion industry as rock and roll was very prominent in youth culture. You will find all sorts from this era such as floral dresses, cocktail dresses, full skirts and bolero tops among other things. People such as Elizabeth Taylor wore gorgeous evening dresses and were big influences in this decade. Brands that are still here now such as Dior and Chanel were born in this decade.
1960’s – Patterns and bold colours were very popular in this decade, particularly pinks and oranges. Clothes were very fitted and finished to a high standard, a few popular items include mini skirts and Jackie O style suits. The hippie style of the 70’s was starting to form.
1970’s – Prints are very in this decade and would often be included on bold disco style clothes. The hippie style was in full swing in the 70’s and included long, flowing dresses and flares. Punk was another sub-genre of clothes in the 70’s along with knitted clothes.
Try It On
Sometimes we’re in a bit of a rush and simply want to pick an item of clothing up and buy it straight away, however this sin’t possible when it comes to antique clothes. Sizing has changed dramatically over the years which is why you can’t completely judge whether an item will fit or not unless you try before you buy. It’s an essential part of purchasing antique clothing!