Style Obviously, the first factor in dating a garment is the style.
If the item you are looking at has a label this is normally a good place to start for a rough idea of age.
Look at the style of the lettering and the detail contained.
A 1970s label might, for instance have a more flowery, psychedelic font than something produced in the 1950s which will be more elegant.
In the UK care labelling has never been mandatory, however it was made so in the US in the mid 1970s.
However, to run a vintage clothing shop, I had to learn a thing or two about vintage clothes.
Usually, vintage refers to any clothing that is twenty years or older.Personally I do most of my vintage hunting in Charity Shops or at Boot Fairs so how do you know if what you’ve found is genuinely old, or just made to look that way. But there’s always the chance, and that’s the thrill! If you like the style and it fits and is in great condition surely the decade isn’t so important?It’s only important if a retailer is asking you to pay over the odds for a “vintage” piece that actually came from Primark (and trust me, I’ve seen that happen) If you’re stood in store, though, trying to get an idea of a garments age before you buy here are a few easy, on the spot, tips to look out for.Or perhaps you'll find yourself in a charity shop, clutching what you think just may be an original 1950s dress.I have a quick checklist I work through whenever I spot an item I think might be vintage.Therefore, your dress from 1995 now counts as vintage. You must have somewhat of a ‘vintage eye’ to decipher the difference between one dreaded 80’s secretary blouse from another coveted 80’s secretary blouse.