At the height of call-out culture online, it should come as no surprise that modern fashion is deeply intertwined with the past. From clean, traditional tailoring to iterations of prairie dresses from the mid-19th century, vintage clothing is perhaps the biggest influence in contemporary style both on and off the runway. Brands like Bode, Wales Bonner, and Batsheva quite literally reflect this dynamic, building their businesses (and a new, exciting style niche) on repurposed vintage fabrics and silhouettes in a luxe, fashion-approved way. But in an industry moving too fast for its own good, churning out more collections than there are seasons in a year, what is considered vintage clothing?

The definition of vintage clothing can vary greatly depending on who you ask. Most enthusiasts consider vintage clothing to be at least twenty years old, making the Y2K era of low-rise denim and Juicy Couture the most recent class of vintage. But, many collectors insist that “true vintage” must be of at least fifty years of age. For most of us, these boundaries have been blurred by the popularization of thrifting, which typically involves a mix of true vintage, vintage, and contemporary resale. To figure out exactly how to shop for vintage clothing, there are a few simple tips you can follow.

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