by Rima Thompson
Vintage is back. Today retro is in, and wardrobes are screaming for that vintage look as the revolving door of the fashion world takes us as far back as the 1920s.
“Vintage is the resurrection of past fashions,” said Paul Glynn of Remix Vintage Fashions in Los Angeles, Calif.
It is the representation of every decade throughout the 20th century.
It includes the American style of World War II, the Audrey Hepburn look and all periods through the Gucci bags of the late ’80s.
So, for those of you that have already done your spring-cleaning, finally throwing out that old pair of pants from your younger years or that handmade shirt your mom wore, you’ll be glad to know that it has gone from hanging in your closet to hanging in a vintage store somewhere.
Yes, those pieces you finally got rid of, will shortly find a new home in the vintage wear communities.
However, for you the news is not all bad. That piece of clothing or something close to it is still accessible in one of the many vintage stores highlighted in “Retro Chic,” a shopping guide to the hottest vintage fashion’s around
“Retro Chic,” written by Diana Eden and Gloria Lintermans, is a must have item for the serious vintage shopper.
Eden is a film and television costume designer while Lintermans is a former fashion and beauty columnist.
In the guide, Eden and Lintermans listed more than 500 vintage stores in 15 cities across the nation. Some of the cities included were Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Seattle.
Both authors give credit to actress Winona Ryder for single-handedly putting vintage fashion back on the map and on the back of many of Hollywood’s finest.
Following suit of this fashion frenzy, other actresses such as Julia Roberts and Sharon Stone have also helped to make vintage the “in” look of today.
Daniel Hazen, owner of Ozzie Dots in Los Angeles, one of the many vintage shops listed in the guide, said vintage is a hot commodity because people are looking for originality.
“Vintage wearers shop vintage because they like to make a statement,” Hazen said. “Groups come in for something different to make them stand out, to be unique. They aspire for fun and the unusual.”
Unlike department stores, vintage stores offer a variety of one-of-a-kind designer clothing from the past.
“Customers comment that they like vintage clothing because they are better made,” Hazen said. “Years ago there was double-stitching and great care given to fabric for long wear. Customers take home a piece and bring back photographs showing how they made it their own.”
Hazen added that business at his store has been great, and thinks that vintage fashion will continue to be a hot item for many more years to come.
Besides the rarity, yet variety that vintage fashion offers, it can be substantially less expensive than most modern clothes.
“Where else can a customer find a Yves Saint Laurent shirt in good condition for about $12,” said Daniel Franco, employee at Jet Rag in Los Angeles.
University of La Verne student, Shirley Hamilton, has been wearing vintage fashions for the past three years.
“It’s trendy and different,” she said. “I also like how you can mix and match pieces of clothing, and it fits into my philosophy of spending as little money as possible.”
“Many of us fight to find some type of individual identity,” Hamilton said. “I think vintage is a way in which to help define that individuality.”