What’s the Deal with Vintage??
It’s no question that “vintage” is big word in fashion today, from vintage clothes to vintage stores to vintage-inspired runway looks. But what exactly does “vintage” mean? Even though the word is everywhere, it’s kinda hard to nail down a specific definition.
I was wondering about this the other day after I walked by a “vintage” clothing store and took a peek in the window. How old WERE these clothes anyway? What’s the diff between vintage and consignment or secondhand?
Like any good detective, I went to the one place I knew I’d find answers: Wikipedia. Apparently, clothing that was made before 1920 is actually “antique”, not vintage. If you go to a vintage store, you’re probably not gonna find anything that old. The specific definition of “vintage clothing” is (usually) from around 1920 to 1970. Clothing that was created more recently but is a replication of older styles is officially referred to as “retro”.
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I think of “vintage” as any clothing that was previously owned by somebody else, no matter how long ago that was. When I go to a vintage or consignment shop, I end up buying items that are from a few seasons ago, not a few decades ago. In the popular parlance, vintage can pretty much mean the same as “secondhand”.
No matter what definition you choose, vintage is pretty darn popular. Why do so many people like “vintage” clothing, no matter how old it actually is? For one thing, it’s been popular with celebrities. It’s “green” in that it furthers the idea of “reduce, reuse, recycle”. It also has a “story”: where it came from, who owned it before, etc.
Do you guys enjoy buying vintage? If so, why? Let us know in the comments.