Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Where to Find Vintage Clothing

 Where to Find Vintage Clothing? 

I get asked this question all the time due to my occupation of owning a vintage clothing store
In this day and age replicas or "vintage style" have taken over the true vintage world 
I can not tell you how many times I am hunting for vintage clothing and find a Forever 21 tag on something that looks vintage. 
It can be tricky to identify and age a true vintage garment.
My first piece of advice is to look for a Union Made tag
Most garments made from the 1960's and earlier had a Union Made tag.
Also fiber content can be a dead give away
Polyester, Cotton and Silk are most common for vintage clothing
Blends of these fibers together may mean it is a newer garment
But my favorite way to identify true vintage garments is by looking at the designer tag
Fonts used on the tags can tell you more than you may think
The style of writing used on clothing tags can help you identify the ear of the garment
Here are some great examples of eras with distinct front styles 

The 1920's and 1930's
Art Deco Era

The 1950's, and The Early 1960's

The 1970's

The 1980's

I hope that these tips help you on your quest on where to find vintage clothing!

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I graduated from FSU with a degree in Apparel Design and combined my love for vintage with my love for dress making in youthanizeing vintage garbs. I have always had a passion for the eras before me since I can remember. The daughter of my father who collects and restores old classic cars and my mother who filled her home with the most fascinating antiques, I guess it just seemed natural.