Vintage fashion is having a moment and with sustainability a prevalent topic in people’s minds, there’s never been a better time to start searching for alternative fashion options.
There are a variety of vintage and thrift stores popping up all over the UK with some of the top options in the heart of the capital. So take a look at some of our top picks if you’re looking to bag a vintage classic and get your fashion fix.
The first shop on the list is Beyond Retro. They’re a vintage retailer that has premises all across the UK and in Sweden too. As you might expect, a lot of what they sell is vintage and retro — the sort of stuff you might have found your grandparents wearing in their prime. Old leather jackets, track jackets, proper Dr Martens, Converse trainers – it’s all here. And it’s deliciously retro.
Find Beyond Retro at: 110-112 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EJ | 92 -100 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB | 58-59 Great Marlborough St, London, W1F 7JY | There are also stores in Brighton and Bristol.
Vivien of Holloway
Do you remember those old-school dresses from the 1940s and ’50s? Well, that’s the kind of thing that this fantastic store provides. In fact, it’s their speciality. You’ve got dresses and accessories to work with any type of fashion sense, and you’ve even got a handful of items for men too. It’s perfect for people who want to keep this era alive or rock this style for a special event.
Find Vivien of Holloway at: 294 Holloway Road, London, N7 6NJ
Oxfam’s online and highstreet stores
If you’ve ever gone into an Oxfam store, you’ll know that they have a lot of unique fashion items on display. They have pieces which haven’t been seen for years, and you’ll be surprised at what you can come across. Charity shops have a fabulous selection of items with some designer bargains too and you’ll never know what’s available until you go and look. Their online store is also very helpful and packed with tons of items that you can have delivered straight to your door.
Oxfam is a goldmine for unique and quirky items. Plus, the beauty of these fashion buys is that your money is also going to a good cause too!
Find Oxfam at: oxfam.org.uk/shop and in locations across the UK. Find your local store here.
The last place that we’re going to check out is Rokit. It’s a unique spot that offers vintage clothing that you’ve not seen on the shelves for a good few decades. It has a fabulous selection of pre-worn vintage and designer items and is the perfect place to find fashionable pieces that fit with current trends.
Find Rokit at: 225 High Street, London, NW1 7BU | 42 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9HZ | 101 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SE | 107 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SE
These are just some of the best options in the capital when it comes to vintage clothing stores in the UK, but there are tons of other places to explore around the city. They’re a lot of fun and have a big collection to choose from. Why not check them out the next time you’re in London and grab some fantastic sustainable fashion buys.
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