Dating vintage clothing tags
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.
So it helps to be able to identify a designer’s particular style to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for. One I highly recommend is “New York Fashion, The Evolution of American Style” by Caroline Rennolds Milbank.
If you intend on wearing your vintage clothing, the first thing you should do before your next buying expedition is to get yourself a tape measure (not the kind from Home Depot! There is a whole page on this site dedicated to measuring yourself for proper fit.
This is very important because many online vintage clothing sellers do not allow returns or charge a restocking fee for taking back merchandise.
Zips before the Thirties were metal, although in the early Thirties a number of companies began to experiment with using celluloid (plastic) to make zips.
Schiaparelli was a pioneer in the early usage of zips.