Even since my childhood days when I used to secretly put on my great-grandmothers "retro" dresses and shoes, I have been fascinated by retro-fashion and women's look from the days of my grandma's youth. Of course, as a child I had no idea what "vintage" or "retro" meant, but I knew I liked it and that I wanted it.
What is vintage, what is retro and what is the difference?
The term "vintage" has been borrowed from wine terminology, as a nicer name for old clothes. The term is used to describe second hand clothes from the 20th centutry, from 1920 until 1990.
I consider the clothes which is older than 1920 to be antique vintage clothes.
Retro is a part of the vintage fashion period from about 1960 until 1985. My personal favorite fashion period is between 1950 and 1965, and purses from the Art Deco period (1920-1930). Pin up art is a special kind of love for me.
The places where vintage clothes is available are second hand stores, antique stores, flea markets, web shops, auctions or simply digging through your relatives' closets.
Vintage is to me also a lifestyle.
I adore vintage clothes, shoes, jewelry, purses and similar objects. I like to combine them with new things and give them a new value, a new
life. I often modify the vintage stuff, thus giving them a new purpos (my little DIY projects).
The things I especially value are hand-made decorations made by various creative individuals, and every now and then I make something myself. I always choose that sort of thing before anything that is mass-produced.