Sunday, July 21, 2013

Identifying True Vintage Apparel - A simple tag can your best friend!


I get asked all the time from different people that see me in my vintage clothes just exactly how I am able to tell whether or not something is in fact really vintage. My usual answer to people is until you can learn the cuts and designs of the clothing really well, the best way to be absolutely sure is to check the style of the inside tag, assuming it is still in tact.

As you start to buy authentic vintage apparel on a regular basis, you will learn how to identify the exact time period of the clothing based on the type of fonts or images that were used back in the 1930's-60's.

I want to start you off on the best short cut to being able to identify exactly what you have and what period it might be from. So let's take a step back in time to when manufacturers made some pretty interesting threads with intricate details that you no longer see in today's market!

Here are some examples of various types of tags according to decade:



Here are some common types of clothes from this time period in order to better identify what types of apparel would adorn these tags:
One of own 40's Tweed jackets


The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union was once one of the largest labor unions in the United States, one of the first U.S. unions to have a primarily female membership, and a key player in the labor history of the 1920s and 1930s. Most clothing up until the early 1960's will include this tag.

Here are some common clothes from this time period in order to better identify what types of apparel would adorn these tags:


Here are some common clothes from the time period in order to better identify what types of apparel would adorn these tags:

I hope some of these examples will help you to be able to really detect whether or not something is in fact from these time periods. Especially since nowadays, retailers will tell you anything to trick you into buying their merchandise as they are trying to pass it off as "vintage" when it's really not.

I've come across numerous sellers that swear something is vintage when it is in fact them passing off a 70's or 80's period dress as something from the 40's or whenever. So you definitely have to be careful when shopping with a supplier that you are unfamiliar with.

Unfortunately sometimes the tags are no longer attached to the garment, which can also be a good sign, as usually 1 out of every 3 vintage pieces I find tend to not have tags in which case you can use the pictures in this post to help identify the style of cuts that were popular during these decades.  Of course there are tons of styles not pictured here, but I have included the more popular designs that you tend to come across today.

Hopefully, if you are new to the vintage world, this will be a great start at helping you learn how to pick out true vintage pieces and to also be able to tell exactly what period the piece came from!

Happy Shopping!


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