I love vintage shopping. From the first time I discovered vintage clothes were actually a thing in a Topshop concession stand to yesterday when I saw a striped Vivienne Westwood dress on Retromania’s Instagram. I find that vintage clothes often have a more vibrant pattern, have an interesting fit or have that edge that often can’t be found on modern clothing on the high street. I thought I would share a few places I like to shop for vintage.
Retromania: Both charity shopping and vintage shopping are favourite pastimes of mine. So when I can combine the two, it’s brilliant. Fara have a shop in Pimlico called Retromania which is a place for the best of the vintage donations. From Vivienne Westwood to Comme des Garçon to Gucci. It was at Retromania that I tried to shove my foot into the most amazing vintage cowboy boots because they were just perfect, but sadly it wasn’t meant to be. This is definitely a place to go often as you never know what has been recently donated. They also, on occasions, have a sale in which everything is FIVE POUNDS (*insert all the high-five and heart eye emojis right here*). Follow them on Instagram for a truckload of vintage loveliness.
Rokit: As well as all the lovely vintageness in Rokit. I also love their upcycled section. Last autumn I picked up an upcycled jumper I ended up throwing on over most my outfits throughout December. The jewellery on offer is great (humongous gold hoops are still my favourite), I want all the denim Rokit has to offer (I’m forever eyeing up the slouchy but wonderful short dungarees) and beautiful, spangly dresses fill the rails. It’s definitely THE place for outfit inspiration as autumn quickly approaches.
Beyond Retro: This is the shop I think of when it comes to vintage shopping. It was one of my favourite haunts at university. Forget Oceana. My money went to Beyond Retro and in exchange I got bloody wonderful sequinned jumpers, floral jumpsuits and tropical shirts. I went to university in Brighton so I am well acquainted with the humongous Brighton Beyond Retro but now it’s a little far for Saturday shopping so I mainly visit the Soho branch which is just as shiny, retro and brilliant.
Hidden in charity shops: The most satisfying type of vintage shopping is when you find a retro piece hidden amongst all the modern clothes in charity shops. There ain’t no better feeling than finding a 70’s floaty dress/colourful 80’s t-shirt/*insert the best of vintage here* in the most unexpected of places.
Where are your favourite places to find vintage?