The fight is on! In the left corner we have tried and true ol’ school Vintage, and in the right corner we have a new kid on the block, Reproduction. It’s going to be a tight match……..
Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!
First up: Vintage!
PROs: Wearing vintage clothing is a sure-fire way to stand out, look unique, and look authentic. You can be sure that no one will be wearing the same thing you are. Vintage clothing has stood the test of time. The styles are classic, classy, and timeless. They are also built to last (most in the good ol’ USA!), like most modern clothing is not. If taken care of properly that garment can last another 50 years. Vintage clothing is only becoming more rare and sought after everyday, making it a good long-term investment. But, if you know where to look, there are still great deals to be had. Also, vintage is green! Reduce, reuse, re-wear!
CONs: No matter how well the garment has been taken care of, it is still 50 +/- years old. The armpits could be torn, there could be stains, and it can smell really musty. The ones that are in perfect condition (a la deadstock) can be pretty pricey, especially the name brands. Vintage sizing is very different from modern sizing, and it is very limited. It can be hard to find the style garment you want in your size. Vintage clothing being rare can also be a con: I once lost an ebay bid on a beautiful strapless wiggle mermaid dress in red lace. Do you think I will ever see that dress again? Not likely. It’s enough to break your little heart!
Only You Can Be The Verdict: Vintage is a labor of love. It can cost you a lot of time and money. Vintage clothing collecting can also become an addiction. There is always something “new” and exciting that you want. This can cause you to spend endless hours and paychecks on Ebay. It can also leave you needing a bigger closet (in my case a spare room). But, it’s sooooo much funnnnnn!
Next up: Reproduction!
PROs: Reproduction clothing has brought vintage style to the masses, who otherwise may not have been exposed to it. Reproduction clothing is so accessible; you can even find it in the mall now-a-days! It comes in many sizes, colors and is always available. In some cases it is more affordable than the vintage inspiration. Reproductions have come a long way! Some are as good as the real thing. Reproductions can be made with vintage patters, vintage fabric, or vintage buttons, etc. Reproduction always makes a great gift too, because the sizes are modern and they take returns!
CONs: You better wear it girl! If you buy the most popular style reproduction dress of the year and want to wear it to a big event, you better make sure you can wear it better than anyone else. Sometimes the ease of reproduction clothing can cost you. In some cases I find it cheaper to buy the real thing. Like a cotton wrap dress: you can get a vintage one for $20 (or less!), but a similar reproduction one may cost you $50. In the past I have also seen some reproduction clothing that was not good quality in my opinion, like thin fabrics and messy sewing.
Only You Can Be The Verdict: Reproduction clothing is great when you don’t want to spend a lot of time and energy hunting down good vintage. It is also great if you need to get something in a larger size. Ask for reproduction this Christmas! It will be a lot easier for Mom to get you something you actually like! The verdict is still out on if it is a cheaper or more expensive option though.
My take: I mostly prefer vintage because I like the uniqueness and authenticity of it. I really enjoy searching high and low for the perfect vintage garment. I do wear reproduction though, especially to work. I have ripped a lot of dresses on my keyboard tray, spilled a lot of coffee, and gotten ink on too many shirts, so now I wear reproduction stuff that is easily replaceable. I mix and match vintage with reproduction a lot too! The most important thing is that you wear something you feel good in, and rock it!
Can you tell which of these is the Shaheen, and which is the Whirling Turban?
I don't know if I could tell the diffence without really looking at it up close! What a knock out reproduction!
This is a close race too! This red pant suit is from Atomic Swag, and a steal at only $87! I have tried it on and it fits beautifully and is very well made. The vintage one is $175 from Blue Velvet Vintage. Both are so cute!
Lets get shopping! Here is a small sampling of online recourses:
Or both at the same store:
I hope you enjoyed this post! Who do you think won this fight? I would love to hear!