We vintage lovers understand the delicacy of the fabric, the history of the cut, the uniqueness of the design – but we can’t always find the best place to pick up that hidden treasure.
Here is our whistle-stop tour of the capital’s most exciting vintage hotspots.
One of the biggest events to come out of the vintage craze is Frock Me, a clothes fair that sells a huge array of items dating between the 1920s and the 1960s. The fair is an incredibly collaboration between traders of vintage clothing who come together several times a year in the London borough of Chelsea to sell items from as little as £1.
Beyond Retro is a small but exciting chain of shops well-known in the vintage world. In the heart of the West End’s shopping hub you’ll find an extensive boutique filled with glamorous outfits and stylish accessories. A great option for both guys and girls on a modest student budget.
If you’re willing to trek a little north, head towards Stoke Newington, where you can enter the pink and shiny world of Ribbons & Taylor, a clothing store which stocks everything from the 50s to the 80s. This place is well worth a visit as you can pick up items for as little as £8 and accessories from just £6.
A favourite for the Camden fans is Episode, an international chain specialising in second hand clothing. If you’re short on time then you’ll be pleased to hear they’ve made it easy to shop online. A great source for one-off pieces. Whilst you’re there why not visit Camden Market, well-known for it’s vintage stalls.
Vintage Deli Clothing stocks a huge range of pieces and great prices and includes free delivery – now that’s my kind of vintage! For more bargains online why not try Oxfam Vintage, a website dedicated to raising money for charity by selling its vintage donations. Bag a bargain and support charity, perfect!
If you’ve got the cash to splash, head to Covent Garden’s Mint Vintage, a high-end boutique for the more classic fashionista. A great source for gorgeous vintage wear but comes with a hefty price tag.
Something more student-budget friendly can be found at Rokit, the UK’s biggest online vintage clothing shop. You can search easily by era or item, but watch out for the £5 delivery charge.
Rellik is one of the older vintage shops and so gets hold of some exceptional pieces. The general style of the clothes they sell is colourful, pattered and eye-catching. Perfect if you’re looking to make a statement.
So what are you waiting for? Start looking now to find your very own bargain vintage classic.