I was sitting in a meeting today and we got to talking about what is the right term to talk about Le Prix and the field of non-new fashion. I’m talking about vintage, pre-loved, second-hand, thrift, retro… did I miss any?
Are you partial to any? Do you not like any particular ones?
Here is my little break down of it all:
Vintage represents fashions from a former era, the literature says ~20 years old or older. It means a generic term for garments originating from a previous era. The phrase is also used in connection with a retail outlet, like vintage store.
Retro can mean style that is consciously from or imitative of trends and fashions of the past. The term retro has been in use since the 1970s to describe items that self-consciously refer to particular motifs, techniques, and materials of the past.
Thrift means using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully while purchasing non-new clothing. According to Urban Dictionary (using this source can be dicey.. but this time it’s okay!), a thrift store indicates a place where goods can be donated to be refurbished and sold. Usually benefiting a non-profit organization. It saves landfill space, is efficient with resources, and overall benefits the community.
Second-hand clothing historically was an important way of acquiring clothing. Only through industrialization, mass production and increasing income, was the general public able to purchase new, rather than second-hand clothing. It’s an interesting turn of events now that it has become socially accepted, and supported to shop second-hand.
This leads into pre-loved, a relatively new concept. It still means being fashions being previously owned and second-hand. I see it as having something with a little extra to it. It was loved by someone, and it’s a pretty piece that you would like to have in your wardrobe. It is still current, even if it is retro or vintage. Somethings are timeless. It is in pristine condition, maybe even tags on (because who hasn’t bought something and then realized you had no idea how to wear it.. or where to wear it). Hint: that is what I am here for! Fashion help! #robyntotherescue.
If you have any other terms to add to my list, please leave your feedback below! I love talking fashion.
And before I forget, Le Prix is having a surprise FLASH SALE In-Store and Online tomorrow!
In the spirit of shopping, here are a couple songs that popped into my head…
Enjoy your evening!