Clothes produced before the 1920s are considered to be ‘Antique Clothing' and anything 20 years or older is considered to be ‘Vintage clothing'.
The definition of vintage clothing is simple. Unlike reproduced items, also called “retro,” genuine vintage items can be from any number of time periods. However, some of the most popular and expensive vintage chic clothing items are from specific times in history.
For fashion, the time periods known for some of the best vintage styles include the 1920s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. There are many different ideas about what is considered to be vintage, but you will know for sure when the item is at least 20 years old, and it is genuinely from that time frame.
The term can be applied to many items, not just clothing. In fact, some antiques and other vintage items can be designer accessories, handbags, hats, home decor pieces, toys, and more. If you do not know if an item is simply second-hand or it is vintage, there are ways to find out.