APPROXIMATE AGE: Without a size listed, earlier than 1958.With a size listed, you need to look at other aspects of the garment to determine its age, as sizing was used before 1958 just not in regulated fashion.When Hollywood celebrities like Ginger Rogers began wearing Hawiaan dresses and Betty Grable wore a Hawiaan pin-up bathing suit in the ’40s, the American public was swayed to adopt the trend as a must-have in their own closets.
Side zippers are most frequently seen on garments from the ’30s and ’40s.Back middle zippers are common on garments from the ’50s and ’60s. Between 19, the amount of clothes sewn at home increased by 50 percent!Hale Hawaii and Kuu-Ipo Hawaii are other examples with more deliberate Hawiaan branding in their names.[Back to the top.] LOOK FOR: The size of a garment and comparing it to your modern size will help determine whether it’s vintage.Zippers became available in plastic (called “woven” zippers) beginning in 1963, and beginning in 1968 nylon (plastic) coil zippers were used in practically every single mass produced garment.
Also important to note for accurate dating is placement of zipper either along the side or in the back middle of the garment.
VINTAGE HISTORY: It wasn’t until 1958 that there were any regulations on a standardized sizing system for women.
If you find a piece produced by a brand and without a listed size, you can confidently conclude that garment was produced in 1958 or earlier.
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LOOK FOR: A metal zipper placed either in the side seam or back middle of the garment. VINTAGE HISTORY: Metal zippers were first used in garments in the 1930s, but during that era they were rare.
The vintage tag shown above is from a size 12 dress purchased in 1963. This dress fits me perfectly, because a size 12 vintage is a modern size 6!