Friday, October 24, 2014

Retro, vintage, antique...what do they mean?

I’ve been waving around the term retro-inspired 1970s vintage clothing but what does retro mean?

I credit Melody of Tangerine Boutique (the author of The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping) for my own knowledge of the word: “I always call clothing that borrows it's style from the past, Retro.”

Merriam-Webster’s definition is
relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past : fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned [retro look]
Origin of RETRO
French rétro, short for rétrospectif retrospective
First known use: 1974
That makes retro also vintage in some cases. Retro is a little tricky, but I can definitely say that early 1970s nostalgic look is absolutely retro.

Vintage, in the clothing world, is considered to be 20 years old or older.

Antique is considered to be at least 100 years old.

Is this how you use these terms? I know I have some pet peeves about the misuse of the you?

Last day to benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Today is the last day for 25% of the sale price on any of your purchases from my Etsy shop and web store to benefit LBBC.

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Every color for breast cancer awareness

I very much appreciate your help in supporting this cause which affects so many of us.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Untapped 70s retro-inspired fashion? Not so fast

Early 1970s retro-inspired fashion seemed to me to be a great choice among wearable vintage clothing because it isn’t often so fine as to not be worn regularly. I kind of thought it might be a niche that was not overly coveted.

I think I had that wrong!

First, it is more scarce than I’d thought. Second, it seems to not be underrated in the least. Third, it is kind of hard to find online.

Keywords? I would have said 70s does 30s, 70s does 40s, 30s-style, 40s-style, retro-style 70s, deco revival. I expanded my search and found more early 1970s items under 1960s mod, boho and other search terms. If you are searching, you might cast your net farther.

I also realized that I have sold some items that fit into this 1970s retro style, and each disappeared quickly from my shops.

A few of the items I could think of from my past sales:

I guess I was wrong about the retro-mania 70s look being an untapped market!

In my Etsy search, I found these. (See my Retro-inspired 70s Etsy page for details on these items and others.) 

I would so like to put these together (again, details on that Etsy page):

Friday, October 17, 2014

Every color for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as in the past I am devoting a portion of my sales this week to the highly respected Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

From now through October 24, I will donate 25% of the sale price on any of your purchases from my Etsy shop and web store to LBBC.

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In the past I donated a portion of sales of vintage items in pink during a week in October. This time, whether you like pink or not, I want you to be able to be part of this. Even though pink’s my favorite color, I know it’s not everybody’s. This year, any color goes.

Thank you for helping with this important cause that affects so many of us.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Retro ideas from the 1970s

There was an early 1970s version of retro mania in fashion. It wasn’t slavish to one period, but it seemed to favor the romantic looks of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

In many cases it was a little more youthful, brighter and more mixed-up in details than the models of the original era. Mass market items were not usually fancy in their construction. I can really see wearing retro fashions from the 70s, and combing the era for ideas.

Here are just a few retro looks from 1973—some high-end, some not-so-high-end and some to make yourself. See these and more on my Pinterest board Retro-inspired fashions of 1973.