Vintage Fashion - Then & Now

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Age is no longer the only criteria that defines vintage fashion. “Vintage implies that it has archival value,” said Cameron Silver, owner of Decades, the extremely popular Los Angeles vintage store. Strictly speaking, vintage fashion would ideally be clothing that is atleast 25 to 30 years old, but this is highly debatable now. Some say that vintage fashion spanned from the 20s to 50s, and all that came in after that is “retro clothing”, whereas others argue that the 80s is as much vintage as the 20s are, and it is more about the value of the vintage piece in question. The demand for vintage has increased, and this has brought about a whole new brigade of small businesses that cater to the needs of the vintage lover. Many people enjoy the feeling of discovery that goes hand-in-hand with buying vintage, and this sets a task for vintage boutique owners to keep the inventory interesting to their loyal clientele. While vintage has been on the fashion front for a while now, it is being worn differently than it was a few years back. Genuine vintage wearers, the ones who wear vintage clothing from a certain era are not where the attention lies. The ones who blend contemporary clothing with a one off vintage treasure piece are the show stealers. People do not like the idea of being identical to everyone else, which is why they turn to fashion. Fashion is a living form of art, which enables the dresser to express their personality and make a social statement through the clothing they wear. Vintage wearers feel that clothing from the past enables them to get a very individualistic look and sets them apart from the crowd as it is not a part of the mass produced “cookie cutter” clothing that is produced these days. Having bought something from a store everyone frequents, it is very likely for someone else to turn up at an event wearing the exact same outfit as yours. Fashion faux pas, you think? But then how do you maintain a distinct look when all that is out there is...
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