These are the 2 sources that I mostly picked up tips from when I started looking for vintage.
If you’re in a reputable vintage store then the hard work has probably been done for you, and you’ll pay accordingly. I rarely find anything older than the 1960s in a Charity Shop, unless it’s marked, and priced, as such.
Personally I do most of my vintage hunting in Charity Shops or at Boot Fairs so how do you know if what you’ve found is genuinely old, or just made to look that way. But there’s always the chance, and that’s the thrill! If you like the style and it fits and is in great condition surely the decade isn’t so important?
NOTE: Because the Woolmark logo is licensed and therefore costs money to use, not all garments made from wool are labeled with a Woolmark. WHY IT’S VINTAGE: While dating a garment to 1999 doesn’t make it vintage, you can date garments with countries like “Yugoslavia,” which divided into Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia in the early 1990s. My other source references half sizes as indicators of a vintage plus-size garment beginning at size 20 1/2.
RESOURCE: The Vintage Fashion Guild’s Woolmark guide. the type of material noted on a garment, particularly if it has an unusual name like “Dacron Polyester.” HOW OLD? WHY IT’S VINTAGE: The invention of synthetics during World War II was an exciting time for American fashion — and for the clothing companies themselves! RESOURCES: Explanation of Half Sizes on Sewing Patterns by The Hem Line & Explanation of Vintage Plus Sizes by Charearl. an RN number of five to six numbers, proceeded with “RN.” HOW OLD?
Over a year ago I shared my “11 Ways to Tell It’s Vintage by Labels & Tags.” The story was such a hit that it inspired me to write stories on how union labels and the construction of your vintage garment can help when determining a garment’s era and fashion history. Secondly, the production country of a modern garment is typically found the tag — not frontside, as seen here on this 1980s Jeanne Marc label. a boutique’s address with the absence of a zip code. Today, (Manhattan) New York has more than 40 different zip codes. either the absence of, or the design of a “Woolmark.” HOW OLD?