"Vintage" refers to anything made between 20 and 100 years ago. Yes, that means the Bongo jeans and Limited top you wore in 9th grade is Vintage. I know, I know. It's kind of hard for me to swallow too. Here's something to take your mind off of that:
“Retro” refers to clothing that is created in the style of a time period that occurred 20 or more years ago. Retro is short for retrospective.The definition of retrospective is “looking back on or dealing with past events or situations.”
This is what we most commonly see these days. Retro clothing may be cut exactly like your favorite dress from your favorite episode of “I Love Lucy” but it is made of modern fabrics and notions and sometimes in prints that would not have been applicable to the original period. Retro clothing is also sized per current sizing standards. These are all reasons why Retro is so popular. You can look like you stepped out of the 1940’s without worrying about the fabric being compromised by age or wondering what size you might need. Here is a lovely example of a Retro style dress by the charming Bernie Dexter.
Retro is readily available (if you know where to look). It is constructed to fit a broad size range, and is usually easy to maintain.
Repro is the best of both worlds but is generally difficult to find and costly.
Even though there are ups and downs to each category, one thing is for sure... You will look great and get lots of compliments when you wear these styles!!!