Union label dating dating for female
Woman's sizes also got much, much smaller as clothing manufacturers enticed women to buy items that made them feel good about themselves!You rarely see a dress marked a size 2, 4, or even a 6 before the 1980's.Clothing from the 1970's often has very inexpensive looking labels.There are always higher-end labels on designer clothing, of course, but much production during that decade of thrift was done as inexpensively as possible.People often ask me how I know about the age of items, and, it can be hard to answer because to me so much of it is obvious and subconscious.While in the Salvation Army the other day, however, I explained to two teenage girls looking through records what "LP" stood for, and, what a "45" is.The items were usually beaded and ornate, like shells, cardigans or dresses like the dress in which this label is found.
Beautifully stitched and often including the name of the store from which the items were purchased, they can help both date and locate items for you.
This dress - marked a size 12 fifty years ago, is a modern size 6. Manufacturers were excited about the possibilities of new synthetics, so, you see many synthetic names on 1960's tags that you did not see before or after.
This iron from the 1960's has a great list of those fabrics!
One clue is that graphic design, on more recent labels, extends from the manufacturer right to the size tag - like the use of negative space above the size tag on the LOFT label shown above.
Sizes have trended back to small, medium or large in the most recent decade.