What is the difference between antique, vintage and retro?
The earliest vintage items date back to the 1920s, meaning that antique items are anything dating before the 1920s. Vintage continues for five more decades, up until the 1980s. From there, ’80s and ’90s clothes are considered retro. Whether antique, vintage or retro, all pieces are timeless in a way that they’re unique and can be given a modern twist. This way you can have a look nobody else has.
What are some advantages of wearing vintage clothing?
The fact that it’s set apart from modern clothing, yet at the same time, is not. I personally prefer vintage clothing to antique or retro clothing, because antique can be too outdated. Vintage clothing is elegant and classic. I think the coolest thing about vintage is that it never gets old – you can recycle it as many times as needed.
I was rummaging through my mother’s closet recently while she was at the grocery store and my eyes fell upon a jacket that melted into my eyes. It was beautiful, with red leather push-up sleeves and a golden zipper! I took it off the hanger to look at who made it and I literally fell over when I saw the Gucci tag. Ahh!! What struck me the most was that I could return to school in the fall wearing a jacket that nobody else has. While people frivolously search the stores for a fall coat at American Eagle, I can walk confidently into school knowing that no one will ever have the same jacket. It gives me confidence knowing this because the jacket is simply me. This is why vintage clothing is the best. It’s timeless, fashionable and sophisticated.
Where do I find vintage clothing?
You can find vintage clothing in a lot of places if you dedicate some time into finding the right pieces. You could visit local boutiques that carry vintage clothing. Boutiques in general often carry one-of-a-kind things, and you’d be surprised at what you find stuffed on a lonely, dusty shelf in the back of a store. Thrift stores are also a good place to look because they’re unique. A lot of people turn away form thrift stores because they’re previously owned clothes, but you’d be surprised at what you can find! (Check out where AG writer Caroline goes thrift shopping.)
Another trick of mine is to look in the obituary section of the newspaper because there are usually garage sales of the “stuff” they simply don’t need. Trust me, you can find outrageously awesome pieces at some of these garage sales you’ll find nowhere else.