10 March 2010

When does second-hand clothing become vintage fashion?

This is a question I constantly ask myself when friends comment:

"Oh, vintage is just a posh word for second-hand"....

Wikipedia tells me: "Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980 is considered vintage. Retro, short for retrospective, usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Clothing produced more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion.”

Mh... What do you think?

Original photos by me and Erin (watch for an upcoming post by her)

What really is vintage fashion? Is it just a bourgeois word for second-hand? A graceful way of saying ‘old’ clothes? Or a term used by serious fashion enthusiasts to differentiate themselves?


Anonymous said...

I think you need a decade to pass before clothing becomes vintage, other than that it's second hand. Call it what you like...I just love a bargain!

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sandy said...


I have a new site up selling personally collected items as well as some consignment. Just spreading the word to other enthusiasts.



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