If you like your fashion pre-loved and with a bit of character, look no further than these achingly cool online vintage sites.
Vintage shopping can seem like needle in a haystack search. Thankfully, some of our favourite vintage stores have launched their own e-commerce outlets that make hunting down that vintage Chanel 2.55 bag, or the perfect retro band tee super easy.
We’ve rounded up the best stores that offer the most amazing one-off finds, have the most descriptive measurements and descriptions on your garment’s stylish life-story.
So whether you’re a vintage aficionado, or a retro rookie, scroll on to discover the best online shops…
1. ASOS Marketplace
ASOS Marketplace is a great place to start when shopping online for vintage. With just a click of your mouse you’ll have access to quirky wares from vintage boutiques, individual designers and independent labels, as well as great, lovingly-sourced finds from fellow vintage lovers. All pieces are modelled by real people, they call it ‘the people’s runway’, so you know exactly what you’re getting. The Marketplace blog is a great source of style inspiration, too. Bravo, ASOS.
2. The Stellar Boutique
You are very safe in Stella’s hands. Having worked as a stylist for the BBC, a visual merchandiser for Levi’s and Marks & Spencer, a designer for Topshop and a former Portobello Market stall owner (Kate Moss and Stella McCartney were regulars, FYI), she set up The Stellar Boutique. It’s bursting with one-off gems from designers and artists from all over the world. Warning: you will lose hours of your life pouring over Stella’s cleverly curated collections.
3. It’s Vintage Darling
Set up in 2006, It’s Vintage Darling is a fabulous online site where each item – we’re talking everything from shoes and designer dresses to homeware – is handpicked by the dedicated staff. Knowing full well that buying vintage takes time, patience and a keen eye, It’s Vintage Darling also offer a personal shopping service.
4. Beyond Retro
You’ve probably already heard of Beyond Retro. And for good reason. What started off in an old, disused dairy factory in East London, has grown so much that now they have shops in Brick Lane, Dalston, Soho, Brighton, and even Sweden. In-store they pride themselves on providing an ‘enchanting and unexpected shopping experience’, and the online offerings are just as dreamy.
With clothes for men, women and children ranging from the 20s to 80s, Rokit is a veritable treasure trove of vintage and retro gems. The site is so easy to use with a search-by-era function that we just love.
6. Love Miss Daisy
Focusing on strictly the most glamorous vintage finds, Love Miss Daisy is crammed full of beautiful dresses and accessories. It even has a must-see vintage wedding dress section that we got very distracted by when writing this feature.
7. Retro Daisy
Shar, a life-long admirer of all things Marilyn Monroe, founded Retro Daisy to satisfy her craving for vintage glamour. A real labour of love, the Retro Daisy site has a very personal feel and is filled with bombshell pieces from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
A vintage-hunter’s idea of heaven. Astoundingly good care is taken sourcing vintage clothes, fine art, furniture and jewellery from across Europe and America. Mainly aimed at those with bigger budget. Our top spot? The vintage Chanel Supermodel tote (pictured below).
9. House of Liza
A London-based, super-luxe online vintage store, specialising in rare finds specifically from the 70s to 90s. Think vintage Yves Saint Laurent cardigans and Americana print Versace shirts.
Luxury ecommence site Farfetch brings together boutiques from all over the world. In case you didn’t know, that also inckudes the best vintage stores. Head straight for the ‘Vintage’ section and a few carefully selected filters will lead you to your dream Prada bag, YSL sunnies or Balenciaga dress.