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 RETROThat 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.
French rétro, short for rétrospectif retrospective
First known use: 1974
Vintage, in the clothing world, is considered to be 20 years old or older.
Antique is considered to be at least 100 years old.