DATING VINTAGE CLOTHING with RN NUMBERS
I spotted this vintage cutie at an estate sale and promptly pushed the blonde heifer headed in the same direction as this item out of my way as I went to snag it. Never worn! Whaaaaaat! So cute! I politely helped her up after it was in my hand, of course. I am a southern belle, ya know!
I had a good time figuring out the age of the item from the RN Number. This is the formula and details for garments made after 1959.
In 1959 the base number of 13670 was issued. On average 2635 RN numbers are issued yearly. The further your number is away from the base number in increments of 2,635 per year gives you a clue as to how many years past 1959 to add to your garment. Here is my math-which was never my strong suit!
Take your RN Number and subtract 13,670
So I can “guesstimate” that this is from the early 1960s.
You can also click this link to the FTC site that issues RN numbers to find more info on dating your vintage items. Put your vintage item RN number on fashions after 1959 for best results into the query.
CHECK RN INFO
When I put my RN number to this database, it came back to the Kellwood Company founded in 1961. So cool. Listed it today. Check it out with the link below.
THE STYLE SPECTRUM
Can’t you just see Gidget wearing this in the 1960s with her hair flipped at the ends. Cute white pedal pushers on,too!