Vintage and Second Hand

Apart from the utilitarian function of clothes as protection from weather factors, keeping us warm or cool or safe, clothes play an important role in identification of self-esteem and serves as a sign of respectability. Fashion at the modern stage serves as a means of differentiation or in other words as a way of “putting on” a certain role which may change several times during a day.The modern fashion trend, which is swiftly gaining popularity worldwide, is vintage clothing. The beauty of vintage pieces is that they are neither old nor new. they are classic and that’s what makes them special. Through these items from another epoch, we find our better selves.Second-hand clothing has been traded in all epochs. Before the Industrial Revolution clothing was not so cheap and the need rather than desire determined the demand for second-hand clothing. Quality clothing was used for decades undergoing transformations, being remade, or refurbished.The term vintage has been used to describe second-hand clothing with over 25 years of age. When vintage trade entered the Internet era and its popularity burst into hundreds of online vintage stores, previously owned clothing from the 1980s got a “vintage” label as well.There are a number of terms which refer to old, used clothes which are given a new life in skillful hands. Antique refers to clothes that are over 100 years old but today it can be anything from 1920 or earlier. These are often rare museum garments and accessories or museum created Art Deco or Baroque collections, exhibiting clothing of this or that art movement.Some specialists believe that the word vintage should refer to clothes or accessories older than the sixties decade.In conversation “vintage” may be used in relation to an old garment of certain artistic value. (Thomas, 2005)Vintage and retro styles are differentiated on the basis of an item belonging to certain historical era – pre-war and post-sixties fashion- with retro being commonly associated with the kitsch of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. (Grainge, 2002) Clothing from the 1960s and 1970s is usually referred to as Retro or Funky stuff rather than vintage. (Thomas, 2005)