“I love vintage shopping,” We’re the Millers actress Emma Roberts told Seventeen in 2011. “I think it’s really fun. And I love the feeling of finding the most amazing piece for less.”
Sure, there’s a rush you get when you wander into an H&M or Zara store and come out with a stash of goodies. But we agree with Roberts. It’s not exactly as thrilling as scoring a truly one-of-a-kind vintage dress or something weird yet wonderful from the shoe section.
Yes, to look fashion-forward, all you need to do is look way, way back. Even better, you can find all the best vintage just a click away. We’ve sorted through all the options and uncovered our seven top vintage stores online. Keep reading for the crème de la crème.
1. Nasty Gal
These days, Nasty Gal is an online mecca for cheap and chic pieces. However, back in 2006, when Nasty Gal first launched on eBay, it was a bare-bones online vintage store. While the store’s vintage section has taken a back seat to fast fashion in recent years, it is still one of the best untapped resources for vintage clothing online – especially if you’re looking for one-of-a-kind designer pieces by Chanel and the like.
When ModCloth founder Susan Gregg Koger first opened her online-only store in 2002, she looked to vintage clothing as inspiration. So it should come as no surprise to learn the store has a carefully-stocked selection of vintage and retro wares that come in sizes to suit all. Every piece is one-of-a-kind, which means you’ll have to move fast to beat ModCloth’s regular shoppers to the punch. Trust us when we say they don’t skip a beat.
There is a saying in the vintage clothing world: If you can’t make it to London, bring London to you. Okay, we made that up. But here’s what’s true: London’s top vintage shop, Rokit, is now online. Rokit began as a stall in Camden markets back in 1986. These days, Rokit is an empire, with four brick-and-mortar stores as well as the website. The store is jam-packed with treasures – the dress category has more than 700 items – so settle in and stay a while.
4. Spanish Moss
Following in the footsteps of Nasty Gal, Spanish Moss is another store that found its start on eBay and has since moved to be a standalone online space. The wares are handpicked from thrift stores across America, and there is a definite luxe-boho vibe to each one. Better yet, you’ll be in good company if you shop here. Models Daisy Lowe and Erin Wasson are counted as Spanish Moss fans.
5. Free People Vintage Loves
You already visit Free People on the regular for its bohemian fashion buys. Now, you can take your love of boho to the next level. Free People have a buyer who travels the globe with a single mission: to find the best of the best bohemian vintage finds. Trust us when we say you’ll find some gorgeous – albeit expensive – treasures in this section.
If you want to elevate your vintage collection from simple to stand-out, head to Decades. Vintage Chanel? Check. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent? Check. Yes, not only does Decades stock pieces from deep within its designer archives, but there is also some serious star-power going on here. Celebrity stylists such as Rachel Zoe are known to trawl the store when they want something unique for the Oscars red carpet. Yes, it’s that type of store.
7. What Goes Around Comes Around
Speaking of Rachel Zoe, What Goes Around Comes Around – affectionately known as WGACA – is where Zoe shops when she visits New York. A veritable treasure trove of vintage, WGACA is known for its bold pieces: flamboyant furs, glittering maxi dresses, and everything in between. For us, it’s all about the high/low mix. Right next to a vintage Chanel bag you’ll find a comfortable faded rock tee.
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