Friday, August 15, 2008

Looking for Classic, Retro and/or Vintage Clothing?

Vintage Fashion - Why It's Not Just Old Clothes by Karen Richards

Some may think that vintage fashion is just a fancy way of saying second-hand or pre-loved. In the past dressing in cast-offs or hand-me-downs was usually done out of economic necessity and not by choice.

People who wear vintage fashion nowadays know that it is more than outdated clothes found in thrift shops. Vintage is serious fashion. Garments from the 1940s & 1950s are categorized as ‘classic’, while clothing from the 1960s & 1970s are considered ‘retro’.

So why has vintage become so popular?

• Wearing vintage is stylish. It’s in vogue!

• At the same time it is so trendy, it is mainstream.

• Adding vintage pieces gives your wardrobe pizzazz.

• With vintage you buy what you love, what appeals to you, creating your own distinctive style.

• The level of quality for cost is impossible to get in new clothing.

• It’s a source for one-of-a-kind clothes. One less thing to worry about in the world, as it’s not likely anyone else will have the exact same outfit.

• Can’t afford designer clothes. There’s always vintage – which is where most designers get their inspiration anyway.

• It has exceptional quality and tailoring. You can find pieces with gorgeous details including amazing hand-stitchery, buttons, trims and other lovely embellishments.

• Shopping for vintage is thrilling. You never know what you will find.

• Vintage can be beautiful and elegant or fun and quirky.

• Made from quality fabrics with first-rate workmanship, vintage pieces have stood the test of time.

• It’s very collectible. Vintage clothing is an investment. Keep it in good condition and it will always go up in value.

Karen Richards grew up surrounded by collections of all kinds. She inherited her love of anything with a history from her parents who have collected and dealt in antiques for over half a century. Her passion is vintage fashions and catalogues. She owns The Cats Meow- Classics in Vintage Clothing and Accessories a great place to find that one of a kind quality garment – gently used, vintage, vintage inspired and designer clothing. Visit her online at

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