What is Vintage?

Vintage (from the online Oxford Dictionary)
1 the year or place in which wine was produced.
2 a wine of high quality made from the crop of a single identified district in a good year. 
3 the harvesting of grapes for winemaking. 
4 the grapes or wine of a particular season. 
5 the time that something was produced.
1 referring to vintage wine. 
2 referring to something from the past of high quality.

Vintage fashion acquired its name from vintage wine, a better way of categorizing second-hand clothing that belonged to a certain era. Since second-hand could mean any item, it didn't do the older and more original pieces any justice.

There is no exact rule/definition of what is vintage, there are different schools of thought but there is a general idea of it. As with vintage wine, it has to pertain to a year it was produced, be available in limited supply and to some people its a collectible item especially if it was from a luxury label. It doesn't necessarily mean it has to be from a luxury designer, but just the fact that its a piece that pertains to an eras fashion like shoulder padded 80's jackets or flapper dresses.

There is some debate that a vintage item can only be 15 years or older and clothing made before the 1920s are considered 'antique', while clothing made in the 80s to mid-90s 'retro'. 

A vintage item is something that is in great shape and not a rag.
Like one would pay a lot for a vintage watch or vase in great shape, that's the same idea that should be expected of a piece of clothing. It's pre-worn but in excellent shape and hard to find, making it super special and stylish.

Another version of vintage is making era inspired pieces from vintage fabric. 
Inspired vintage on-the-other-hand, is a vintage design but with new fabric.

Most importantly don't be afraid to buy and love your vintage. 
After all you will be the only one wearing it ;)

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