How do you know if a style is antique, vintage or retro? And what is the difference anyway? It is so common to see these three terms used interchangeably, but they actually do have different meanings!
Following are the definitions I was taught, and these seem to be followed by most dealers of vintage clothing and accessories:
Using these definitions, each period is not actually fixed but evolves with time. This means that in the year 2020, fashions from the year 1970 will be vintage – now that does make me feel old!!
Personally I tend to put the fifties-influenced early sixties fashion in the vintage category too, and classify the later sixties fashion as strictly retro. What about you – are these the same definitions that you use to define Antique, Vintage and Retro? I’m really interested to hear your comments!