In case I haven’t mentioned this enough, I am not shopping fast fashion anymore. This is one of my new year resolutions and I have to say, it’s been 100% successful. Although I will be talking about that (and my other resolutions) in detail in later posts, I want to mention that one of the reasons this resolution has been so successful is because of the beautiful vintage stores I have been window shopping in. After I decided to not buy fast fashion, I started looking at more ethical brands, vintage and second-hand stores or just normal good quality clothing brands.
Now I am not a vintage shopper and don’t really have any idea on what works and how and where I can find the best items. This is where these stores come in because they are perfect for new vintage shoppers (bit of an oxymoron there!). They are curated by vintage shoppers and designers in the know and styled appealingly which gives me ideas and make vintage shopping so accessible. These are online shops some ship internationally and with prices like these for designer vintage you cannot complain. And the best part – you will probably wear these items for years to come and they will probably not end up in a landfill in a few months time unlike fast fashion. Without further ado, I present to you a list of my five favourite curated vintage stores. I have also included their main area so you can choose the store most relevant and sustainable for you.
1. Retold Vintage (U.K.)
This store has some absolutely gorgeous stuff. Maybe its just that my taste matches the owners, but I can’t think of any item in this store that I would not want to wear myself. It’s a mix of high street and designer brands but every item is so beautifully styled you want to add all to basket. The issue I have with this store is that I am never fast enough to grab anything since they get sold out in seconds – for good reason. Follow along on their Instagram to know when they have their next drop. I was in love with these silk trousers but sadly didnt manage to grab them.
2. Lila Vintage (U.K.)
I love her collection – I think its on par with Retold Vintage but not as many designer pieces. However, the style and quality of the pieces look so chic. Its easier to get hold of items since they don’t sell out immediately but honestly, in time, I do think her stuff is going to be just as hard to get hold of so keep an eye on her Instagram. I am totally gutted this blazer is not in my size but thats vintage shopping for you!
3. Deux Birds and 4. Voho Vintage (USA)
I am a fan of silk shirts and Deux Birds is a favourite for this. They have a lot of different materials as well but their silk shirts look so luxurious! Although they have worldwide shipping in biodegradable packaging from the United States I havent bought anything since I don’t really feel ok about shipping items from so far away but this is perfect if you are based in and around the USA. (I also have this on my list for when I am in the USA later this year!) My picks below.
Voho Vintage is similar and is based on Instagram. They too have silk shirts and beautiful ones but also beautiful blazers and knits.
5. Laura Von Behr
So this is not really a straight forward store but more of an appointment only vintage fitting service which is perfect for a beginner vintage shopper. I am definitely going to book an appointment and go along to see what comes up. Vintage shopping is hard for me due to the small size I need so this would be a great place to get some advice!
Hope you guys enjoyed the post and doing some online shopping. There are so many tiny stores all over Instagrma and the internet so look out for something near you and let me know if you find any others you like. I hope you are already following us on Instagram? Of course we are on Facebook, Twitter and all the rest and would love to hear from you.
All photos published with persmission from the individual stores.