How To Age A Wrangler Denim Jacket.


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I recently bought this Wrangler Denim Jacket from a charity shop for £10. I was drawn to it because the denim was worn in it, but yet still full of life. The fabric is soft to touch but are no sign of holes or frayed fabric AND lets be honest if you shopping charity shops then you'll maybe have noticed good second hand denim jackets are becoming hard to get your hands.

I am always intrigued when I buy something second hand as to where it came from. Hand made clothing is obviously more unique and harder to pinpoint its history. Anything with a label gives us clues to find out more information. 

With the internet as a resource it is fairly easy to search and investigate the age of origin of a garment. A great resource is The Vintage Fashion Guild website. They have a resource called Label Resource - It is amazing! In fact for label information this is my 'go to'.

Distinguishing features such as labels are an immediate point of reference but you can also find vital clues by looking at design details - these can be found in the cut of the clothing, the type of stitches used in the construction and surface decoration of the garment, the buttons, pocket details, even the style of the collar. 

On the web there are some great resources that I use regularly such as - 

However a sneaky (not really) and great way to find information is look on websights that sell vintage clothing. The likely hood is that there is going to be a similar or same garment being sold somewhere in the world that matches what your looking for. 

 The overall jacket shape can throw up clues. Slanted pockets and a dagger collar

The overall jacket shape can throw up clues. Slanted pockets and a dagger collar

 Look at the labels - these are a great way of identifying the age of a garment, as companies change these details through the course of their life span,

Look at the labels - these are a great way of identifying the age of a garment, as companies change these details through the course of their life span,

 Pocket shape and design can also give clues as the design can be trademarked.

Pocket shape and design can also give clues as the design can be trademarked.

 Distinguishing buttons. Buttons are similar to labels. The branding of these can change to ring changes through decades or time periods. 

Distinguishing buttons. Buttons are similar to labels. The branding of these can change to ring changes through decades or time periods. 

I was able to idetlyify that this denim jacket was most probably made in the late 1970's. My reasons for saying this go as follows - 

✭ A dagger collar is a classic 1970 design feature. ✭ The slanted pocket design is found in many late 1970's and early 1980's designs. ✭ The shade of denim is brighter than an early 1970's wash but not quite in the fashion of the 1980's. ✭ Resources from the Vintage Fashion Guild would indicate 1970's.

I would there fore be very happy to 'age' this jacket as a late 1970's / very early 1980's