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The difference between vintage, retro and antique

The terms vintage, antique and retro are often used incorrectly. When buying clothing labeled as vintage, antique and retro it is important to know the difference. I thought I would write a number of blogs on this very topical subject.

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Before 1920s Antique

Clothing created after the 1920s to the early 1980 is considered Vintage. Garments created before the 1920s are referred to as antique. 1960s and 1970s casual wear is often referred to as retro clothing. Clothing created after the 1980s is just known as secondhand. Anything less than quarter of a century old is not considered vintage.

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From 1920s to early 1980s Vintage

Clothing can be quickly identified into a particular era by remembering some key feature/s. For example the drop-waist dress of the 1920s, psychedelic prints in man make fabrics like polyester of 1960s, nipped in waist with full skirted dresses of the 1950s.

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1960s and 1970s Retro

Rounded Peter Pan collared shirts are from the 1960s as are empire line dresses. Sleek full length bias cut silk gowns were popular in the 30s. The power suits with gilt buttons, wide shoulders and nipped in waists are from the 1980s. Also a popular style of the 80s; the above the knee pencil skirt and dresses with sequins, beads and studs.


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