What is Retro


The term retro has been in use since the 1960s to describe[1] on the one hand, new artifacts that self-consciously refer to particular modes, motifs, techniques, and materials of the past.[2] But on the other hand, many people use the term to categorize styles that have been created in the past.[3] Retro style refers to new things that display characteristics of the past.The English word retro derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning backwards, or in past times. Source wiki What is retro, we will explore further below.

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What’s considered retro?

Retro can be considered as a style, a mode, a trend a past product or thing that stands the test of time and comes in and out of fashion persae. This could be clothing, a hair stayle, words we use or decor for example.

Why is retro popular?

Retro is popular because one can indetify with it in many ways. These days many of us are looking for ways to be different rather than mainstream and retro has an enchantment about it that will never be old or new. The idea of being unqiue is cool and hip, one thing we love about retro as we say, its never old or new, its just “retro”

What is the difference between retro and vitange?

Retro” usually can be considered as something patterned or taken after an old style. “Vintage” on the other hand usually can be considered something that really is old, for example leather or a piece of handmade furniture. There can be similarity between “vintage” and “antique” which are very similar if not the same where as “retro” often implies that something is cool, hip, trendy or funky or even old school and can be defined that it is older than the mainstream current style. and also old or based on an older-than-current style.

What does going retro mean?

“Going retro” may imply one is going back to an older look or feel, for example, think of you about to make a renovation in your living room at home. You will have plenty of options to choose from n order to decorate the room, from the wallpaper, to the furniture to the light fittings etc. Choosing a “retro” look and style will add an older style that may involve patterns or colors different to what is consider modern or currently on trend.

What is retro clothing style like?

Retro clothing generally refers to new or modern items of clothing that are purposely manufactured and designed to past styles or materials. Vintage clothing on the other hand doesn’t usually refer to any particular period in time but is a note of style in which the clothing is made.

When did Retro fashion start?

Retro fashion is a by product of the meaning of retro which was first applied to clothes in the 1970s. One can refers to it through styles that are either replicated or adapted from earlier periods of time.

The retro reference was stamped mainly by London designers, and soon became a common iconic coin throughout the fashion world.

Retro as we know keeps evolving and will always do so, coming in and out of fashion along the way.

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