Vintage, retro i sl.
The term vintage is used to describe clothing, either used or new (from dead stock), which was manufactured in a non-contemporary era.
Clothing made before the 1920s are considered antique, while clothing made in the 80s to mid-90s are considered retro.
So yes, the clothes are used, but the important thing is that they don’t look worn out or old. The main reason for this is that better materials and techniques were used in the past than are used today. There is a lot more emphasis on clothing being well made because clothes had to last longer since people did not buy new clothing as often as we do today. There is a lot more done by hand in the manufacturing of vintage clothing, where as the same procedures like adding buttons and detailing are done by machines today. (About.com)
Oct 19, 2010