The best online vintage clothing stores to help you shop more sustainably

These online clothing stores are full of vintage gems.

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Familiarise yourself with the best online vintage clothing stores to save money and shop more sustainably in one fell swoop. Mix vintage pieces with newer clothing to create a unique style that's not only inspired by the catwalks but also by the key fashion styles of bygone eras. 

Vintage shopping isn't easy. You can easily spend hours in a store and walk out with nothing thanks to an overwhelming amount of choice and, sometimes, a lack of the size you need. Enter online vintage vintage; the more time-efficient answer. 

With this in mind, I've rounded up the best online vintage clothing stores to shop, whether you're after a second-hand designer handbag, like a vintage Chanel 2.55 bag, or the perfect pair of Levi jeans and retro t-shirt.

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Is shopping at vintage clothing stores more sustainable?

By its very nature, vintage shopping is sustainable, as you're going against the throw-away side of fast fashion by practising circularity and giving old clothes a new lease of life.

However, it also depends on which era the garment is from. Items from say, the 1950s or ‘60s wouldn't have been as mass-produced as items from the ‘90s or ‘00s, whilst non-sustainable fabrics such as polyester and nylon became popular in mainstream fashion in the ‘50s and ‘20s, respectively.

While those non-biodegradable fabrics can take decades, if not centuries, to fully break down, by purchasing and re-wearing them, you're not sending them to landfill. We spoke to Claire John, founder of Denim Library—the denim resale platform giving upcycled and preloved jeans a new chapter—who said that she loves to shop pre-loved clothes as it helps to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.

"On average, it takes 10,000 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans, which is the same as a single person's drinking water requirement for 38 years. We have to be change agents and be proud of wearing pre-loved/vintage clothing," she explained. 

"At Denim Library, it’s fabulous to see many of our younger customers purchasing their first pair of Levi’s, because we make them more affordable. So many of our customers want to shop sustainably but are often put off as it can be more expensive. Pre-loved is a fab alternative."

How to find good vintage clothing pieces online

As mentioned above, vintage shopping isn't always easy. Claire recommends choosing vintage stores that offer great returns policies, as one of the challenges of buying vintage is the inconsistency of size.

"Jeans in particular often come up smaller," says Claire of shopping vintage. "I always advise our customers to not get fixed on ‘I’m always a 10’. Don’t worry about what the size on the label says, it’s all about how it fits and how it makes you feel. Having the opportunity to try on is so important in vintage, and a flexible return and exchange policy is key to customers' confidence."

This is our edit of the best online vintage clothing stores that will ensure you update your capsule wardrobe with some hidden gems. 

The best online vintage clothing stores

1. Retold Vintage

Established in 2018, Retold curates online vintage clothing 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 vintage separates for all your wedding needs.

2. One Scoop Vintage

Founder Holly scouts car boot sales to curate the very best of second-hand items, from more modern contemporary brands such as GANNI to designer items like Dolce & Gabbana.

3. 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.

4. Rokit

With clothes for men, women and children from the 1920s to 1980s, 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.

5. 1stdibs

A vintage hunter's idea of heaven, this shop curates online vintage clothing, fine art, furniture and jewellery from across Europe and America. It's worth noting that it is mainly aimed at those with a bigger budget.


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.

7. Vestiaire Collective

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 my favourite destinations for online vintage shopping. Every designer item is quality controlled too, so you know it's authentic and in a good state.

8. 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.

9. Depop

You've probably already bought or sold your items on Depop, as it's one of the biggest resale platforms on the market. I love it for tracking down those sell-out items you missed out on, and it's also great for designer finds. The biggest, most popular categories on Depop are vintage, streetwear, one-of-a-kind and Y2K fashion.

Y2K is one of the most prevailingly popular search terms on Depop. From April 2020 - July 2020, the number of searches for ‘Y2K’ and ‘Noughties’ increased by over +640%.

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10. Hewi

Hewi, which stands for hardly ever worn it, is a great little gem for finding pristine designer items. It stocks hundreds of designer labels, including Prada, Chanel, Loewe, The Row, Gucci and more. Think handbags, clothing and jewellery. You can also sell your own items on the platform. While not all items are vintage, strictly speaking, this is a great resale platform if you're looking for a designer buy.

11. Sellier Knightsbridge

The pre-loved mecca sources and sells rare luxury items from Dior, Hermes (it's the no.1 re-seller for the house in the UK) and Chanel, as well as coveted cult brands such as Pangaia and Zimmerman. Sellier brings exclusive items that would otherwise be off-limits to a wider audience, making of-the-moment brands more accessible.

12. Selfridges Resellfridges

As part of the Selfridges sustainability initiative, Project Earth, the retailer has launched Resellfridges, a permanent online and in-store platform to provide new ways to shop (and sell) pre-loved, vintage, collectable and archive products, in collaboration with 20+ brand partners including Levi’s, Barbour, Dukes Cupboard and more.

13. Re-SEE

The Paris-based re-commerce site focuses on the best online vintage clothing pieces from past collections, including Celine, Chloe and more. The Fall Editorial line-up has lots of exciting features including the launch of multiple payments options, Digital Bag Authentication and Repair Services, alongside collector Balenciaga Nicolas Ghesquière and Vintage Saint Laurent Sales and Editor Picks from the likes of industry greats Melanie Ward and Jenke Ahmed Tailly.

14. Etsy Vintage 

Etsy might not be the obvious choice for vintage clothing, but it's a treasure trove of retro dresses, blouses and accessories, as well as newer vintage-inspired pieces.

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15. Mother Vintage

Mother Vintage is a curated collection of vintage and preloved womenswear, established in 2020 by Kim (the name is a nod to her mother, whose ‘70s and ‘80s wardrobe shaped her style), who has worked in the fashion industry for almost a decade, at the likes of Stella McCartney and Emilia Wickstead. Expect to shop statement sleeves, bold florals and rare designer pieces.

16. Oxfam

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 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.

17. Denim Library

Denim Library is a denim resale platform giving upcycled and preloved jeans a new chapter. Founded by Claire John in 2021, following a 30-year career working for one of the world’s most recognised denim brands, John set out to create a designated denim space within the resale landscape, to offer hand-picked edits of lovingly worn-in and upcycled jeans to conscious consumers. Brands such as Levi’s, Acne and Wrangler are all available.

18. Nordic Poetry 

Although Nordic Poetry has an IRL vintage store you can visit in Shoreditch, the brand's online offering is just as impressive. Founder Ameli Lindgren has a discerning eye and curates her collections to a tee, specialising in designer finds. Within Nordic Poetry's collection, you can expect to find ‘90s-era Jean Paul Gaultier, alongside noughties Christian Dior and even the odd Chanel dress.

19. The Luxury Closet 

Having been founded in Dubai, The Luxury Closet launched in the UK this past July and brought with it a plethora of coveted designer items. The website is a resale haven where you can find everything from Rolex watches to Chanel earrings. Although not all products online are vintage (many are just a few seasons old), there are definitely a few gems on there.

20. Sign of the Times 

As experts in authentication, you can guarantee the team at Sign Of The Times knows their designer items. The company opened its Chelsea store in 1976 and has since added a digital element, allowing its customers to shop online. The store offers a curated collection of designer items including pre-loved Louis Vuitton bags and Chanel jewellery.

21. 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. The 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.

Clothing Resale Websites:

If you're more into modern preloved pieces rather than hardcore vintage styles, then we also have some options for you. Keep scrolling for some clothing resale sites we also love.

1. COS Resell

The high street brand has created a new digital space to provide customers with a platform to buy and sell their pre-loved COS clothing, offering their community the opportunity to re-invent their wardrobe in a considered and sustainable way, and to prolong the lifespan of their preloved COS clothes.

Resell reinforces COS’ ambition and journey to becoming fully circular and renewable, and their commitment to quality and longevity by re-imaging the lifecycle of each pre-loved piece. The community-curated online selection provides peers with the opportunity to sell old favourites and shop new pieces from the brand’s archive, spanning the last 13 years.

2. GANNI Repeat

Cult Danish brand GANNI has launched a peer-to-peer resale platform, giving you access to pre-loved GANNI styles that you can buy and sell. This follows the launch of GANNI REPEAT in 2019, focusing on resale and repairs, in an effort to create more circular solutions.

The reselling platform Repeat is GANNI’s operating partner on the project, using their technology to facilitate the new peer-to-peer platform that works like a marketplace where customers can buy and sell their pre-loved GANNI products. Repeat’s technology helps sellers quickly set their prices, and once sold, sellers can choose between a bank transfer or a purchase credit with an additional 20% value to spend on once their item is sold.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.

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