Your fingers stroke the fabric along a garment’s back and neck, hoping to find a label or tag and your much-needed clue to its vintage authenticity.
Your search comes up empty, so you turn the garment inside out to look along the side or bottom seam.
I assume the outsourcing of clothing to more countries abroad had something to do with it! If women weren’t vacationing to Mexico and buying them there, they were being bought and sold in American boutiques. 1971 or newer if the garment has a care label with at least one suggested instruction on how to wash/”care for” the garment.
NOTE: Best to use this tag tip if you already know that the garment is vintage to prevent confusion with a modern piece also made in Mexico. Pre-1971 if there’s absolutely no care instructions to be found on a tag.
Also, for more vintage geographic know-how read more about the influences of California & Hawaii in my Dating Clothing as Vintage article. WHY IT’S VINTAGE: Read more on how to date vintage by its care label here. a union label, either from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) or from one of the other 6 unions or union subgroups, including HOW OLD?
There are also guides with fabric, lingerie, and fur.A very good, quick reference for new vintage lovers.There’s a sleeve and skirt style timeline broken down by era and a very helpful section on dating your vintage on seam finishings.Sammy Davis is a vintage fashion blogger, vintage shop owner, and vintage advocate.In her article on dating vintage clothing she breaks it down with eight different tell tale signs to look for, such as the garment care label, sizing, and handmade items.