Vintage, antique, retro and modern. These 4 words get used a lot but what are their differences? If you've been wondering , then you've come to the right place. And if you weren't, that's okay but it might come in handy when you're the next contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
The term vintage refers to items, like clothing and cars, that are less than 100 years old but more than 20 years old. Make sure you don't confuse vintage with antique which refers to items that are at least 100 years old. Lets put this into numbers. Items that are from 1912 and below are considered antiques and items that are from 1912 to the late 1980s are considered vintage. Some may considered the 1980s as "new vintage." It's crazy to think that the decade (80s babies) we were born in is actually vintage!
Now, what about the 1990s? Those items are what some will call outdated. But to us, they're a collection of vintage style mixed with modern. Modern, another word that is used when it comes to fashion, refers to the present, the now, and recent times. Low rise skinny jeans, red bottoms, and yes even jeggings are part of the modern fashion.
Now, somewhere in between this, retro comes into play. Retro refers to items that are out of date for that current period and is usually considered to be the 1960s through the 1970s, much like the mod styles of the 1960s and the hippie styles of the 1970s. This is where vintage and retro are a little interchangeable. It's also good to note that retro also refers to items that are not just old, but new items that reference something from the past. The wardrobe from the TV show Mad men would be considered retro fashion (some also call it vintage). The show is set in the 1960's but is filmed in the present.
As the world evolves and seasons change, these words will continue to have new meaning and new interpretation. Like history, fashion repeats itself, so what is modern now will someday be antique or vintage! But of course with an update of the present time.
By all means, we are not experts on this subject but are only giving our humble opinion and many years of magazine reading, runway watching and fashion blogging to share what we've learned. Let us know your thoughts on the subject matter. Happy Christmas Eve!