by Dr. Lori Verderame
Want to shop for vintage clothing online? Of course, who doesn’t! Check out my list of online vintage clothing shops below.
Let’s deal with the why first. What’s the why? you ask… Why shop vintage in the first place. What are the benefits. Some you probably know and there are some new reasons why it’s in vogue and good to shop vintage.
Buying thrifted or donated vintage clothing makes clothing accessible to everyone. The donation process helps others. Especially when coats and outerwear, shoes, and other necessities are donated and sold, these necessary clothing items help those in need. Buyers get good deals for good items at discounted prices. Sustainability is the other main reason why it is good to shop vintage. You all know about sustainability. We don’t want to send something to a landfill to decompose for years and years, decades and decades, even centuries if we don’t have to. Recycling and reusing vintage clothing stops this process of releasing toxins into the environment and hurting the planet. Not to mention it’s good stuff and can be reused.
Want to shop for vintage clothes online? Some of the most talked about vintage clothing sites are old standbys in the market and newcomers that are crushing the market, too.
Social media is part of the vintage shopping game too. TikTok and Instagram will offer many options for the vintage online shopper and many of the biggest names in vintage shopping are there showing off their stuff. Vintage clothes shopping online is all about social media and its connection to it but these are the sites where you can get super fashion items and learn some history in the process. This list of online vintage clothing shops offers the places where you can buy everything from Anne Taylor sweaters to Zebra-stripped pedal pushers. Most people know about 1stDibs, eBay, Etsy, TheRealReal, and Poshmark, but what about Moda Operandi or Real Life as Liv?
For those of you who love any type of handbag or purse, Rebag is the place for you to search and shop online for some of the best vintage bags. It’s all in the name as Rebag is where previously owned but unbelievably well cared-for handbags, purses, pocketbooks, etc. are bought and sold. Most of these bags are in mint–I’m not kidding–condition. This makes the shopping experience all the more luscious and exciting.
Do you want to be sure items have been authentic before you buy? Don’t want to be worry that the vintage Gucci purse you just bought is a knock off? Check out Vestiaire Collective. This online offshoot from the parent company of Gucci are kicking it in the secondhand bag market. Vestiaire Collective allows sellers to upload their luxury purse photos and after they are sold, they are sent to Vestiaire Collective who acts as authenticator of the bags. It’s how to shop for vintage designer labeled bags with all the bases covered.
Want a Madonna-style throwback look from the 1980s? Or a Jean Paul Gaulthier tunic from the 1990s? You’ll find vintage both online and off from James Veloria, a New York landmark. The online site for vintage clothing offers Gianni Versace rhinestone dresses, Prada visors and puffer skirts and other items from the ‘90s that have certainly been saved by the bell.
Want to buy vintage that’s really not so vintage? Depop is where the vintage stuff from the Olivia Rodrigo and her generation of friends is sold. If you are Gen Z, then you are probably shopping for vintage online at Depop. Depop is where social media meets vintage shopping. The peer driven online marketplace likes raising money for charity and likes it when celebrity-members drive sales like Princess Nokia, Lily Allen, Paloma Elsesser, among others.
Shrimpton Couture reminds me of my days as a museum curator. The site is extensive, encyclopedic even as we used to say in the galleries of major museums. Searching by era is my favorite where you can glance at a 1990s Gianni Versace silk suit, a Geoffrey Beene caftan, and a pre-QVC Isaac Mizrahi sculpted silk dress and then click on a 1950s Christian Dior blue silk evening coat. Quotes from the day enhance the experience just like signage in a museum exhibition. Check it out.
Offerings include fun clothing options for men and women like a Just for U halter neck dress in baby blue with large-print roses at the hem, a Star Secret strapless number, and Tommy Hilfiger shift dress. T-shirts galore from Adidas, Nike, NBA, Levi’s, Hard Rock Café, and more. The site gives you a chance to pick up those retro sunglasses like Wayfarer or Cat Eye you’ve been dying to buy, too. Prices are reasonable and selection is varied.
You don’t have to be a size 6 (Alleluia!) to shop vintage online at Unique Vintage. While there are pages and pages to gaze and glance at, there are many great options from all eras, styles, materials. Polly pocket and Strawberry Shortcake inspired pieces make an appearance when you shop Unique Vintage online. I was impressed, as a plus sized person, that there were vintage tops, dresses, even pants to choose from the plus size category too.
Right out of a Picasso painting, the online vintage shop called Dora Maar, named for the French photographer has the benefit of curators. Looking into other people’s closets is what I like most about this online vintage shopping experience. Offerings like quilted jackets by Lindsey Berns and Fendi high rise pleated skirts, Marc Jacobs and Chloe purses and more. What’s more, you ask? Fabulous vintage couture by Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Max Mara, Valentino, Alaia, Gucci, Chanel, and more. Bring a healthy wallet.
Add Oxfam to the list of online vintage clothing shops. They have vintage clothing online with their new listings and offerings featured on Instagram along with buyer-inspired pics. Benetton, Laura Ashley, Vivien Smith, and more designer names are available at super low prices. The quality is good, not great but the fun is that you never know when you’ll spot that diamond in the rough.
From northern Europe (England and Scandinavia), Beyond Retro has a sustainable mission and a popular site for buying vintage clothing. The shop by era, you know that’s my favorite filter, allows you to shop by era for men or women. I can’t resist looking at all the ‘80s dresses in, wait for it, floral prints. Amazing how many of us wore those floral prints from head to toe and some were even the dreaded drop waist style too. OMG. There’s much more than just ugly ‘80s offerings at Beyond Retro like vintage t-shirts, maxi dresses, Levi’s, military, kid’s clothes, and the list goes on.
Globally sourced vintage items have made Atika, formerly Blitz, a household name in the world of vintage thrift shopping. They even took items in un-sellable condition and reworked them to make them saleable again. Upcycling and recycling are key to finding pieces that show off a bold and fresh look. Don’t miss out on vintage tops or frilly dresses paired in classic boho chic style with big, thick chunky lace up boots. The mix and match quality of the 1970s is making its return.
Modes & More
Like other vintage stores, Modes & More retains its brick and mortar store and has a strong online presence for shoppers to experience. From their shop in London’s West End, Modes & More offers clothing and accessories from the early 20th century to the 1990s and their shopping options are not without rarities like a pair of 1960s beaded silver button shoes by Starlight Room and a 1980s era Etienne Aigner Leather and Wicker (whicker) Purse with the all-important Aigner logo hardware. Classic and must-see window displays are viewable on Instagram, too.
A leader in the sourcing of retro-fashion. In the industry since 1997 and still on the cutting edge for shoppers. Vintage Vixen has put vintage clothes on celebrities like Michelle Pfeiffer and Kate Winslet. Their website offers cool features like how to dress like a pin-up girl, care and storage tips, and how to identify a dress by the decade. Vintage clothing for the whole family, that means kids too! Plus, vintage McCalls patterns, costume jewelry, and accessories like purses and shoes from bygone eras.
Actual vintage pieces and retro-inspired hand-made and reworked pieces from older items or those that require upcycling. Printed blouses, bags, hats, shoes, etc. are all up for grabs at Vintaholic. The coats and jackets were my favorite part of this online vintage shopping experience with bright blue, big- buttoned and roomy car coats from the 1950s to long maxi coats of the 1980s and everything in between. Photograph could be more uniform and neater but the commonplace, “it is what it is” vibe is refreshing and honest.
Vintage shopping online is exciting and elegant, trendy and true to one’s unique and personal style. Check out this list of online vintage clothing shops and favorite online resources and see what type of vintage fashion statements you can make as you add glam or boho chic to your closet.