Saturday, August 23, 2008

Definition of vintage clothing: What is the definition of vintage clothing?

Do you ever ask youself what the true definition of vintage clothing is? Sure, I am sure we all have an idea or thought in our mind about vintage clothing, or what we think the definition of vintage clothing is.

Wikipedia online defines vintage clothing as the following: "Vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. The phrase is also used in connection with a retail outlet, e.g. "vintage clothing store." It can also be used as an adjective: "This dress is vintage."

The word vintage is copied from its use in wine terminology, as a more elegant-seeming euphemism for "old" clothes.

Wikipedia also goes on to say: "Other reasons that some people are attracted to vintage clothing include:

Unique or almost unique: most items were custom made, and others were manufactured in small quantities only.
Good quality: they were designed to be worn for years and passed on to other family members, so they were made of robust materials, well cut and well made, with generous seam allowances and hems which allow for alterations and custom fit.
Fine materials: many of the unusual older fabric types are no longer manufactured, or are now prohibitively expensive.
Value for money: garments generally sell for a cost far below similar new modern garments.
History: an appreciation of the past, the roles of previous generations and the skills of respected designers.
Detailing: hand finishing, unusual buttons, hand embroidery, handmade lace, crochet, applique, beading and other techniques.
Style: vintage clothing has traditionally been the favourite of creative personalities because it offers an enormously wide range of imaginative styles.
Investment: some people buy to collect rather than to wear, and increasingly, good quality vintage garments especially items by well-known designers are sought after by collectors".

So, does any of the above mentioned text go with what you think of when you think of the word vintage clothing?

Lone Star Vintage Clothing has some great pieces of vintage clothing on their site ranging from vintage dresses to vintage accessories.

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