According to Wikipedia, vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era.
The Wikipedia entry further suggests that wardrobe items are “antique” when they were produced before the 1920’s. Clothing, footwear and accessories produced between the 1920’s and 1980’s are “vintage”.
This definition resonates. An item that’s around 25 years old starts to feel vintage-y to me. Today, that takes us to 1986 give or take a few years. Clothing, footwear and accessories from the 90’s are indeed items from a previous era, but they don’t quite quality as vintage items. In my book they need to grow a little older. Of course, this is somewhat subjective and I’m sure some people will disagree.
Here’s a question that is interesting to me: How many of you own FIRST HAND items that are now considered vintage? I own a fair amount of vintage jewelry and the odd handbag, but no clothing.