While vintage shopping is one of my favorite pastimes (I miss my student days spent thrifting for goodies on the regular), I often find it difficult to come up with the spare time to rummage through countless thrift store racks. So how's a girl to get her retro clothing fix? Online, of course.
Shopping for both designer and affordable secondhand clothing and accessories online has become easier than ever before—thanks to the rise of DM-ready Instagram accounts that make it possible to buy directly from your feed. If that's not enough, digital hubs such as ASOS Marketplace and Etsy are also becoming increasingly well stocked with vintage gems.
Whether you're into picking up minimalist Helmut Lang pieces from the '90s, rockabilly dresses from the '50s, rare vintage bridal wear, quirky '00s pieces, or the '70s styles that made their way onto the latest runways, we've tracked down 23 of the coolest places to buy vintage clothing. Get ready to be inspired by the new styling ideas you'll receive from those sharing and selling their pre-loved pieces from all over the world.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite online vintage shops.
1. Na Nin Vintage
2. ASOS Marketplace
ASOS Marketplace currently houses 753 separate vintage boutiques, where you'll find wallet-friendly retro pieces that are also the latest must-have styles. If you're searching for the perfect pair of authentic Levi's jeans, tinted sunglasses, '80s party dresses, or old-school sportswear, this is your one-stop shop.
3. Courtyard L.A.
The L.A.-based store has quickly gained a cult following on Instagram for its colorful vintage blouses and menswear-inspired trousers. But it's the cool way it styles every piece with Vans and vintage jeans that make everything so covetable.
4. The Break
The Break is a favorite among NYC girls for its surprisingly affordable selection of on-trend vintage pieces like pastel suits and beaded handbags.
5. The Vintage Twin
Denim connoisseurs everywhere, listen up. The Vintage Twin hunts down the most authentic vintage jeans and reworks each pair with the kind of modern fit you're looking for. Oh, and it has an impressive collection of band tees too.
6. Lucia Zolea
Lucia Zolea's online store may not have the most items in its collection compared to others on this list, but it's the pieces it does have that make us come back time and again. You'll find the prettiest satin cocktail dresses and Insta-worthy sheer tops that can't be found elsewhere.
Farfetch features vintage pieces from various boutiques across the world, so if you are looking for a fast track to retro designer goods, this is a great place to start. Use the filters to find items that are within your specific size and budget, then peruse the selection and be prepared to find some serious gold. Currently, there's a special edit of Gianni Versace's archive, thanks to a collaboration with William Vintage (more on that store below).
9. I Am That
Jump-start a vintage wardrobe with the help of this Portland-based IG shop, which stocks classics like high-waisted trousers and lace-trimmed blouses.
10. Les Fleurs Vintage
11. Vintage Frames
Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez are just two of the many A-listers who head to this shop to buy their vintage eyewear. From nerdy, geek-chic specs to incredible 1950s Lucite sunnies, the Vintage Frames shop has a whole lot of stock to offer. This American shop ships worldwide and also has a new collection inspired by archived silhouettes that are made with interchangeable colored lenses.
13. Wear It Well Vintage
Here's another vintage store specializing in simple, understated pieces that fit into any kind of closet. What I really like about this handpicked selection is that it proves you can wear pieces from different decades together without looking completely mismatched. Wear It Well Vintage offers international shipping, so you don't have to be USA-based to shop.
14. William Vintage
William Banks-Blaney is a leading figure in the world of designer vintage, with his London store being a honeypot for A-listers buzzing around to snatch up rare, red carpet–ready gowns from. While his pieces are on the more expensive side (though worth the money), you can shop them online before you visit the store to purchase. Another perk? The visual merchandising of the items provide plenty of outfit inspiration.
15. Vestiaire Collective
Vestiaire Collective offers both high-end vintage designer pieces and unlabelled, rare finds at reasonable prices. I'd recommend checking out its range of vintage jewellery and handbags since these pieces often retain their value and are universally flattering. VC's authenticity team also routinely checks each item before it's sent out, so you'll never receive a counterfeit item or an order that's in less-than-great condition.
16. Elia Vintage
Elia Vintage is the epitome of the kind of vintage Insta shops that have blown up recently. Its selection of retro suits and silk blouses are a minimalist's dream, but just as soon as we fall in love with anything on the site, it sells out. We suggest turning on the notifications for each of their Instagram posts so you never miss your next dream piece.
Once upon a time, you could support Oxfam only by purchasing items in its brick-and-mortar stores. Luckily, the store has gone digital by bringing its inventory online. With thousands of new items added every week, I'd suggest following its dedicated Instagram shop to see the best of what's new.
18. Persephone Vintage
19. Retro Woman
Retro Woman is the kind of vintage spot that's well-known among Londoners and one that you immediately want to try everything on when you walk in. This store acts as a kind of clothing exchange, selling pieces from the closets of chic fashion girls across the capital. This means that you'll find some real designer gems, both new and old—like this '90s Dior bag. Follow Retro Woman on Instagram to sell your own pieces and see the latest arrivals.
20. The Corner Store
Founded by Stacey Nishimoto, this Instagram-first vintage store has been described as "magical" by some—and it's clear as to why. Her chosen pre-loved pieces appear to be taken straight out of a dollhouse (in the best way possible). If you're looking for a showstopping party dress, stop the search and get to The Corner Store's website right now.
22. House of Vintage
House of Vintage is my favorite East London shopping destination. I always come away with something special that isn't overpriced but also isn't the complete tat you'll often find in thrift shops. My last purchase was a purple wrap top from Yves Saint Laurent, though the team is particularly good at picking out Victorian and turn-of-the-century items that feel current, as well as cool vintage T-shirts and menswear staples.
23. Guermantes Vintage
One of the best stores I've found that specializes in much older wares is Guermantes on Etsy. This shop has some really intricate, delicate pieces from the 1920s to the 1940s. This is one store with an impeccable rating and even an online catalog that acts as a digital museum.