March 12, 2013

How To Date Vintage Clothing

How To Date Vintage Clothing

If you're like me and you like finding out the story behind your vintage finds, then finding out when your item was made is a good place to start. Here is a list of the best resources I've come across on dating vintage clothing.

Label Resource A-Z, Vintage Fashion Guild, http://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource-a-z/ 

The ultimate source online for learning about vintage fashion has to be the Vintage Fashion Guild. I visit their label resource all the time to figure out the date of one of my vintage finds based on the clothing label. There are also guides with fabric, lingerie, and fur.

"How to Date Clothing As Vintage", Sammy Davis Vintage, http://sammydvintage.com/vintage-style/how-to-date-clothing-vintage/

Sammy Davis is a vintage fashion blogger, vintage shop owner, and vintage advocate. In her article on dating vintage clothing she breaks it down with eight different tell tale signs to look for, such as the garment care label, sizing, and handmade items.

"How To Date Vintage Clothing By Looking At Zips", Queens of Vintage, http://www.queensofvintage.com/how-to-date-vintage-clothing-by-looking-at-zips/

Zippers are a good starting point for dating vintage, but there are some contradictions to the general rules to follow. This article by vintage blog, Queens of Vintage, discusses what to keep in mind when dating vintage clothing based on examining zippers.

"Research Vintage Clothing, Dating, Vintage Clothing Care, Fashion History, Fabric Identification & Resources", by Amanda Krause, creator of Vint.mehttp://www.squidoo.com/vintageclothingresearch

Amanda complies a very comprehensive list of sources for vintage clothing research. She includes resources based on era, union labels, i.e ILGWU, WPL, RN, and CA, menswear, and even costumes.

"{Vintage For Beginners} Dating Vintage Clothes, Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage, http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/11/vintage-for-beginners-dating-vintage.html

A very good, quick reference for new vintage lovers. There's a sleeve and skirt style timeline broken down by era and a very helpful section on dating your vintage on seam finishings.

"How To Date Vintage Clothing?", Adored Vintage Blog, http://adore-vintage.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-date-vintage-clothing.html

Learn how to use TESS, the Trademark Electronic Search System, with this very easy to understand guide. 


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