The best online vintage clothing stores if you want to be chic and sustainable

Mixing vintage with high-street clothing is the key to being trendy as well as sustainable. But vintage shopping isn’t easy, you can easily spend hours in a store and walk out with nothing – which is why online shopping is the answer.

We’ve rounded up the best online vintage clothing stores for you, whether you’re after designer handbags to invest in, like a vintage Chanel 2.55 bag, or the perfect retro band t-shirt.

Retold Vintage

Established in 2018, Retold curates vintage pieces for today’s fashion conscious women who love a modern aesthetic but want to shop sustainably without compromising their style and time. Everything is handpicked by owner Clare Lewis, and there is also a bridal section of alternative collection of vintage separates for all your wedding needs.

Atijo store

Who said vintage can’t be minimalist? For those of you who hate the idea of 80s Laura Ashley dresses, Atijo store is for you. Sold exclusively on Instagram for now, paired back designs include oversized Balmain blazers and Yves Saint Laurent pumps, though there are lots of lovely unbranded items too. You can also shop homeware and menswear.

One Scoop Vintage

Founder Holly scouts car boot sale to curate the very best of vintage, from more modern contemporary brands such as Ganni to designer items like Dolce & Gabbana.

ASOS Marketplace

ASOS Marketplace is a great place to start, with its offering of vintage boutiques, individual designers and independent labels. 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.

The Stellar Boutique

You are very safe in Stella’s hands. Having worked at Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Topshop and own a stall at Portobello Market (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.

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.

Rokit

With clothes for men, women and children 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 tool that we just love.

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.

1stdibs

A vintage-hunter’s idea of heaven, this shop curates vintage clothes, fine art, furniture and jewellery from across Europe and America. Mainly aimed at those with bigger budget.

Farfetch

Farfetch brings together boutiques from all over the world, including 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.

Vestiaire Collective

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This month, we’re taking a closer look at the people, companies and community members who are taking positive steps to make fashion better. For the occasion, we bring you the ‘Wardrobe Reality Check’ challenge, asking fashion lovers to consider the environmental impact of their choices. To help you get started we have put together a guide developed with the @ellenmacarthurfoundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative. Here you’ll find all the information and inspiration you need to get started, along with a step-by-step overview of how to take the challenge. Personalities such as @lilycole and @arizona_muse took part in our initiative. Get involved using the hashtag #FashionShouldFeelGood and download the guide in bio. Photographer: @tomcraig Stylist: @baygarnett & @laure.pinguet Installation: @williamfarr Art Direction: @kristina_britton

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Granted, not everything is vintage on Vestiaire, as you can buy anything from last season’s designer items to 60s Chanel, but it’s still one of your favourite destinations for online vintage shopping. Every designer item is quality controlled too so you know it’s authentic and in a good state.

Open for Vintage

Founded in 2015, Open for Vintage lets you discover and shop the finest collection of luxury vintage from the world’s most prestigious boutiques. Supporting independent vintage stores and encouraging a more circular initiative within the luxury fashion industry.

William Vintage

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“Following the government’s briefing on the Covid-19 virus, we feel that it’s in the best interest of our employees, our clients and the wider community to temporarily close our by appointment London store while we are still available virtually for any requests. In these unprecedented times, William Vintage will still try to inspire your day with its vintage archive, while putting all its efforts in its brand new upcoming website, so you can shop our vintage edit from home. Wishing you safety and health. ” Marie Blanchet @mon_vintage CEO Picture: Inside Chanel ❤️ Haute Couture A/W 1960 cocktail dress @williamvintage DM for more info. #vintage #chanel #cocochanel #gabriellechanel #vintagechanel #hautecouture #chanelhautecouture #sustainablefashion #williamvintage #fashionhistory #supportsmallbusiness #staysafe #stayhomewithstyle #vintageisnow #redobsession

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London-based boutique William Vintage is beloved for their preeminent selection of one-of-a-kind and haute-couture pieces. Sourced from private collections around the world William Vintage is considered one of the most trusted destinations in the world for unique vintage clothing.

Oxfam

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"Shopping second hand is a skill worth mastering. Not only is it sustainable, but no one will ever be wearing the same thing as you. And you can also save your pennies. Whether you're looking for well-made classics, festival sequins or love-worn denim. Sometimes the old ones are quite simply the best ones." . Pre-lockdown, we invited @CosmopolitanUK magazine for a stripped back sustainable fashion shoot (featured in this month’s edition) at our Online Shop warehouse, also known as ‘Wastesaver’. The shoot featured a whole range of Oxfam fashion, from knitwear to bridal. . Our unique recycling plant, Wastesaver, maximises revenue from textiles that cannot be resold in our shops, and minimises the amount of textiles sent to landfill. It's also where thousands of pre-loved clothes are listed ready for you to buy online. . Although we don’t when lockdown restrictions will be lifted, we can't wait to hear about all your second hand finds once we are open again. In the meantime, do share your favourite pre-loved garments using #FoundInOxfam for a chance to be featured on our grid. . . . . . . . . #Cosmo #Sustainable #SustainableFashion #SecondHand #PreLoved #ReUse #ReWear #ReCycle Photographer: @andrewwoffinden Stylist: @amybannermanstylist Model: @nkoang Make-up: @karinaconstantine

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Shop and save lives on Oxfam’s online store. With a curated designer boutique filled with accessories and ready to wear pieces from brands like Burberry, Max Mara and Gucci. Photographed, styled and listed by volunteers across the country, the most most fabulous and coveted donations are always listed online so it’s worth checking the site for designer wish list pieces you may have missed over the season.

Now, that’s a whole lot of vintage.

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