What’s old is new again: Vintage and Vintage-Inspired Clothing

What is Vintage Clothing? Garments  produced between 1920-1980 is considered vintage.

Vintage clothing is making a comeback and is definitely a huge trend right now. Rocking vintage fashion is now a statement of style!  When you think of vintage… you think of well- crafted handmade timeless pieces. But how do you know if you’re getting vintage pieces and not someone’s old, cheap hand-me-downs?  Well, compare the quality!  With vintage clothing, you get hand tailoring and many quality details. A few decades ago, women didn’t buy their clothes from big department stores like Bloomingdales and Macys, most of them constructed their own garments. They would take great pride in their work, using the best techniques and selecting the best fabric and patterns to make quality garments.  Most vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind because the garments were handmade and not mass produced.

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Authentic Vintage Pieces:

50s Vintage Full Circle Skirt

70s Vintage Maxi

80s Vintage Western Print Blazer

80s Vintage Dress

Today’s fashion-conscious woman loves rocking authentic vintage clothing, but with stores like J.CREW Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie selling vintage-inspired pieces, it’s hard to tell the difference.  Many of these retailers take vintage designs and replicate them. This is cool if you’re not pressed for authentic vintage and you’re just going for the look. If that’s the case, you can find some really awesome vintage-inspired pieces to add to your wardrobe.

Check out these cool vintage-inspired pieces:

When you are shopping for vintage items, try to find pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe. Classic staples like blazers and cardigans would be perfect add-ons to your existing wardrobe. If you are looking to elevate your style with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, vintage is the way to go! Don’t try to follow the current fashion trend.  Trends come and go but the essence of an era last forever!

Local Vintage Shops:

Sazz Vintage

38 North 3rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Retrospect Vintage

534 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147



37 N. Third Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Great Vintage Fashion Blogs:

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