Dating vintage clothing

So if you already know your own measurements, having a tape measure handy to actually measure the garment can save you lots of time.

That way you won’t be taking lots of things into the dressing room that may not fit.

Sometimes the collector has to look beyond fashion to come up with a reasonable date for an object.

I have three pairs of riding breeches and jodhpurs.

To keep the pants legs from riding up, there is lacing on the outside of each leg.

Schiaparelli was a pioneer in the early usage of zips.

Feel free to scroll through the post to read these eight tips for dating clothing as vintage, or click any of the links below to be taken immediately to the text within the article!

LOOK FOR: A metal zipper placed either in the side seam or back middle of the garment. VINTAGE HISTORY: Metal zippers were first used in garments in the 1930s, but during that era they were rare.

Advantage in Vintage: I think one of the biggest misconceptions out there with relation to vintage clothing is that plastic zips didn’t exist before the late Fifties. Today I will show you some different zips and ways of spotting particularly early ones, as this is always greatly useful in dating vintage clothing.

The zip as we know it today was actually first patented in 1913, although it wasn’t not really used for fashionable clothing until the Thirties.

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