Retro Fashion Terminology

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Retrospective which is Retro for short, or a vintage style usually refers to clothing, shoes, or fashion accessories that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro, clothing is a newly made copy of an older garment. Clothing produced more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion.

Retrospective means, looking back on or dealing with past events or situations.  Retro clothing is clothing designed with past trends in mind.

Retro style is style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, music, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past.  Retro fashion is a clothing style which consists in wearing clothes commonly used in the past. This way of clothing often includes garments and accessories that are characteristic of such times, and many people use them in an exaggerated way and in combination with current clothing. Examples are leather handbags from the 1950s, "bell-bottom jeans", Poodle skirts, big sunglasses, fedoras, funky jackets (commonly Adidas Classics) and shoes, small neckties, chiffon scarves, sport equipment, etc.  

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