Clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as "antique" clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day is considered vintage. Retro, short for retrospective, or "vintage style" usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro- clothing is a newly made copy of an older garment. Clothing produced more recently is usually are called modern or contemporary fashion. Opinions vary on these definitions.
Most vintage clothing has been previously worn, but a small percentage of pieces have not. These are often old warehouse stock, and more valuable than those that have been worn, especially if they have their original tags. Referred to as dead-stock or new-old-stock (NOS), they nevertheless sometimes have flaws.
Vintage clothing may be either commercially produced or handmade by individuals.
In the United States, due to changes in clothing sizes, vintage sizes often are smaller than the corresponding contemporary size. For example, a garment from the 1970s labeled as Medium (M) might be similar in size to a 2010s Extra Small (XS). As obesity was relatively uncommon prior to the 1980s, larger sizes were/are typically rare. Vintage sewing patterns offer an option for those who want a historically accurate garment but cannot find one in their size.
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