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Women's Vintage Fashions

Updated on December 30, 2014

Vintage Clothing and Looking Back

Vintage clothes, will never go out of style. When I look at the black and white movies on Turner Classics, from the 30's, 40’s and 50’s, It takes me back to a time before women's liberation, when woman were homemakers, and didn't work outside the home.

When little boy's played cowboys and Indians, and we watch Sky King, Howdy Dodie and Rin Tin TIn. They are a part of our history and our culture. I can’t help but try to remember what it was like when my Mom went out to parties and the flowered drapes and flooring in our home, and how we all eat down to eat dinner as a family.

Model Twiggy in the 60's
Model Twiggy in the 60's

Not Just about the Clothes

Vintage clothing is not just about the clothes, it is about the people who wore them; who they were and what they did. It is like stepping into a time capsule and going back in time! it is also about making a unique statement, of who you are, you fashion sense and your sensibilities.

I remember when I was a little girl and Mom to me shopping to Gimble's. She would pick up a garment and go the the hem and show me, "see, this is hand stitched so you know it is well made. It is about when American was the major manufacturer in the world and you could find, Made in America on our labels.

Keep in mind old clothes is not necessarily the same as vintage clothing. You can go to the Goodwill and find vintage clothes. There are special shops where you can find just what you a looking for when shopping for vintage wear. Like consignment and specialty shops. When you walk into those specialty clothing shops, When you walk in the door, it takes you breath away, it is like walking back into another time.

How to Read Vintage Labels

Sock it to Me!
Sock it to Me!

Vintage is Subjective

What is vintage to one person, many not be vintage to someone else. Because I was born in the 50's, anything in my era and before I consider vintage, especially because of the influence of movies and television.

To someone born in the 80's they may find clothing from the 60, or 70's to meet that standard. It also depends on what you like and what years had an important meaning to you.

Mini Skirts
Mini Skirts

Where to Find Vintage Clothes

60's Shoes
60's Shoes
Vintage Wedding Dress
Vintage Wedding Dress

Label/No Label

When shopping for designer clothes, always check the labels to see who it is by. Many times the label may be worn so that it is unreadable or missing altogether.

Ask the sales person about the piece. They probably know a lot of the merchandise in the store and hopefully be able to identify the piece.

As I mentioned before, so what if it is not a designer piece, especially if it is just what you are looking for. You will pay less for a garment that is not a designer piece and that is a win - win situation for you.

So unless you have your mind set on a certain designer vintage outfit, be open to all possibilities.

If you have a store where you are a regular shopper, as the sales person to hold keep an eye out for certain things you have been looking for. Most of the time, they will gladly give you a call when it comes in.

Where to Find Clothes

A good place to find vintage clothing is online. You will save time and gas if you shop around the internet. Make a lists of the shops and be sure to ask if they have the years you are looking for.

Specialty Stores

A specialty store specialized in a certain type of ware. Look for stores that specialize in other clothing. Wear comfortable shoes, as some stores have bins of clothing you will have to look through to find what you want.

Vintage Gown 1920s
Vintage Gown 1920s

What are you Looking for?

One of the keys to find acceptable vintage clothing, at a good price, is to know what you are looking for. If you are fashion sabby and know about designer garment when you see one, you could come out with some wonderful finds.

You may also be able to find great clothes that may not have a designer tab, but it catches your eye and heart the moment you see it. Check the quality of the garment, if it is hemmed by hand, are there any tears or worn areas. If it is something you can fix or over look, get it!

You can also look for vintage clothes online. This is great because you get to see what the clothing looks like. The only thing is you can try it on, so know what your exact size is, and find out if they accept exchanges.

1930's Pumps
1930's Pumps

How do I Look?

Try on everything you are considering buying because many shops to not allow returns.  Does it fit well,? Does the color compliment you?  Does it express who you are?  

If the garment does not fit, put it back for someone else, or else it will probably become more vintage, while you are waiting to lose they weight you need to wear it.  If you only need to lose a few pounds to make it happen then get it.


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    • smcopywrite profile image


      7 years ago from all over the web

      the wonderful thing about vintage clothes is the fact that they were designed to fit real women with curves in the right places and absolutely no one wore a size zero. if they did someone would have handed them a sandwich.

      terrific article.

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Lady, I know what you mean. Things have definitely changed but people with class and style are always around!

    • ladyjojo profile image


      7 years ago

      I like the first dress and i actually wear those type of clothes everyday ;)

      They are modeste 1000% better than what women wear today 1/4 yard of cloth and call it clothes.

      That's how people use to dress long time now it's so different and rude and nasty



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