Zips and Vintage Clothing: A Quick and Dirty Guide
One element of vintage clothing which is often used to help establish a date for the item is the zip.
Zips became common on women's clothing around the 1930s and have remained common to the present day. If you're in doubt as to the age of an item of clothing, the zip can often give you an indication of when the item was produced, although as with other methods for dating vintage clothing, exceptions to rules can always occur. Online sellers of vintage clothing will sometimes list the type of zip which is present in an item, but if this information is not supplied and I am unsure whether the item I'm looking at is actually from the decade that is stated in the listing, I will ask.
Here are a few things to look out for when using zips to help date vintage clothing: