Over the past couple of years, vintage shopping has seen a resurgence. When I started blogging a decade ago (!) in the MySpace/Lookbook.nu era, vintage was all the rage but it’s popularity slowly waned. Now, in the age of sustainability, people care more about where their clothes come from as well as the impact fashion has on people and the environment and as a result, there’s been a shift away from fast fashion. I’ve previously written about my tips on shopping vintage, now I wanted to share my favourite placed to shop vintage online.
I’m a huge advocate of vintage shopping but the ability to shop vintage is largely dictated by your locale. Trying to pick up vintage pieces in the village where my parents live is a nightmare. Comparatively, London is a veritable treasure trove of vintage finds but at a literal price – it’s hella expensive. I much prefer shopping for vintage in Paris and wrote about my favourite vintage shops in Paris. I acknowledge that I’m lucky to visit Paris frequently and also be able to shop in London vintage stores.
In order for sustainability to make an impact on fashion, it must be accessible. It’s important for sustainable brands or vintage pieces to be widely available for people to purchase at reasonable prices and also be size-inclusive. This is where online shopping comes into its own, particularly for sourcing vintage online. I’ve rounded up my favourite places to shop for vintage online:
I adore Esme’s Drawer Too, it’s the last place I bought a vintage piece. I was following the account for about 6 months before I finally managed to snag a piece – they sell QUICKLY! Founder Gillian has such a great eye and searches high and low for perfect vintage pieces. The only drawback is that sizes tend to be tiny, but she sells lots of accessories too.
If you’re looking to dip your toe into the world of vintage clothing, look no further. Deux Birds is more Phoebe Philo-era Celine than ritzy 80s prints. The minimal pared-back aesthetic and well-considered neutrals are hard to resist. The curation also nods to current trends such as blazers and slip dresses.
- Unique Vintage
A lot of vintage sites and Instagram accounts I’ve come across have very limited sizing which is why I adore Unique Vintage. They have a mix of true vintage and vintage-inspired pieces available in a wide range of sizes.
- Reclaimed Vintage
Reclaimed Vintage is stocked exclusively on ASOS so very accessible to most people around the world. They produce collections from repurposed and deadstock fabrics, kind of like an affordable Reformation. The dress I’m wearing is Reclaimed Vintage and I adore it. The only drawback is that most pieces only go up to size 14. Considering the average dress size in the UK is a 16, this is pretty poor.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Farfetch but did you know they did vintage?! It’s not the most purse-friendly option but if you’re after a really special vintage piece this is the place to shop. They currently have a vintage 1980s Chanel jumpsuit, 2000s Versace dress and a 1976 Hermes Kelly in alligator!
Have you shopped vintage online? I’d love to hear your favourite places in the comments!
Dress by Reclaimed Vintage | Shoes by Miss Selfridge (past season)
Photography by Kylie Eyra