What’s the Difference Between Retro and Vintage?

In defining clothing, there is a difference between retro and vintage.  Retro is distinguished from vintage as new items that are created in the style of, or are inspired by fashions of the past, but are newly produced.


Vintage Baseball Jacket from AMERICANA


When an item that borrows from an old style is first sold as new, it is indeed defined as retro. Once these items are worn, time moves on and if their style and value are maintained, then they may be eventually defined as vintage.


Retro Baseball Jacket from DePalma - Photo via DePalma.com


Filed under About Americana, FAQ

2 responses to “What’s the Difference Between Retro and Vintage?

  1. Hi Gina!
    I just made a post about…guess what;)
    I will have great use of the “A-Z”!
    Whenever I need history or facts about different garments for the blog or when I want to check up some brand on ebay or etsy… Super!
    Thank you:)

    • Gina

      Thanks so much for your wonder post about us. Also, many thanks for the great compliments about the book. I’m so glad you like it!

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