Vintage Clothing

We love vintage clothes. It feels good to own something unique and stylish that no one else has. Fast fashion could never…

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Where can I find the best vintage clothes?

When you’re first getting into vintage clothing it can be hard to find quality clothes at reasonable prices (Depop gurlies, we’re looking at you and your over-priced charity shop finds). *enter Whering*.

We hate gatekeeping, that’s why we’re happy to share our fave vintage hotspots. Sadly, we’re not Mr Worldwide, so we’ve only got suggestions for London and Manchester. Let us know on our socials if you have any favourite hotspots elsewhere so we can expand our guide.

What is the best vintage clothing shop in London?

London is full of vintage shops filled with unique gems waiting to be discovered. Check out some of our vintage shop recs and we’re sure you’ll find quality second-hand clothes to last forever.

FARA Charity Shops - Various Locations

If you’ve never had the pleasure of shopping in a FARA charity shop… you are missing out. They have so many unique items to sort through if you feel like having a mooch, but with their variety of preloved clothes, you’ll be sure to find a bargain in no time.

They have 41 stores in 27 different London communities, raising money for vulnerable children and families in Romania. FARA shops are always vibrant and bursting with second-hand goodness for your wardrobe.

Don’t fancy the trek? You can now shop online too.

Dress For Less - 391 St John Street, London EC1V 4LD

In the heart of Islington, Dress for Less has been stocking classic vintage designers at a great price for 27 years. Find everything from shoes, handbags, dresses, and more, this is a one-stop shop for second-hand steals.

Situated near one of FARA’s charity shops, it's the perfect stop on a second-hand store crawl for you and your friends this weekend.

Nordic Poetry - 141 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG 

For some high end vintage designers, look no further than Nordic Poetry. With stunning clothes for all genders, you’re sure to find something you love. Browse of their curated selection of vintage gems to find something you’ll wear for years to come. 

Here After Vintage, Brick Lane, E1 6A

Brick Lane is a one stop shop for gorgeous vintage clothing, so this is a great place to start if you’re new to vintage shopping. Find every era from 50s to Y2K- there’s something for you.

Here After Vintage has a seriously stunning collection of vintage clothing, so if you’re making a visit be prepared to spend a little more, but you’ll take home something stunning you can love for years to come

Traid - Various Locations 

Traid charity shops are all the range in London. Dotted around the city, you can be sure you’ll find some absolute steals for a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay. Make a day of it and embark on a charity shop crawl with your besties.

Blue17 Vintage - 162 Ground floor & basement, N7 8DD

Blue 17 Vintage is a serious hidden gem. The cat is out of the bag: this is one of the best places to find vintage clothing for a reasonable price in London. We can say no more, you’ll have to trust us and go and see for yourself.

Portobello Road - Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB

Who doesn’t love strolling around Portobello Road on a weekend? It’s busy for a reason! There’s so much cute stuff to see, vintage clothing is only the half of it.

You’ll find everything from vintage clothes, antique furniture, jewellery and handmade clothes - need we mention there’s a food market for when you’ve worked up an appetite. It’s the perfect Sunday sorted. 

Brick Lane Market - F Block, 85 Brick Lane, E1 6QL

You’ll find a range of independent vintage brands showcasing their unique pieces at Brick Lane Market. There’s countless brands to browse, it’s like you’re flicking between Depop profiles in real life

Magpie Vintage - 3 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA

Magpie Vintage brings a curated selection of 70s vintage clothing to North London. If you’re into dresses, crochet, flowy sleeves and frills- you’ll find a huge range of unique pieces all in one place.

ATTIKA - 55-59 Hanbury St, E1 5JP

In the heart of Brick Lane, this two story vintage shop is full to the brim with a wide range of retro clothing. Find denim jackets, jeans, shirts, trousers and skirts- alongside a range of vintage homeware. It’s deffo worth a visit if you’re on the hunt for a new vintage hotspot.

What is the best vintage clothing shop in Manchester?

Manchester has many vintage stores with one of a kind clothes you can’t get anywhere else. Whether you’re seeking vintage clothes in the heart of the city or further afield, there's plenty of vintage stores you need to check out. 

Top of the Town Vintage - Lower Hillgate, Stockport

Situated a little outside the centre, but we promise it's worth the journey. Each preloved item is carefully hand picked, repaired, laundered and curated into seasonal collections by founder Sophia Rosemary, making vintage shopping a breeze for fellow nostalgia lovers from start to finish.

Pop Vintage - Oldham Street

In the heart of the Northern Quarter, Pop Vintage has a range of vintage steals. The ground floor is packed with vintage, pop recycled and pop boutique own brand goodies. The basement is full of quirky vintage clothing, furniture and everything a vintage junkie needs to get their fix.

Blue rinse + kilo sale - Oldham Street

If you're looking for a great mix of vintage, reworked and thrifted clothes, you've come to the right place. Blue Rinse is always full of unique vintage pieces you'll be dying to take home. There's a separate Blue Rinse Kilo store where you'll find cheaper vintage pieces.

Affleck's Studio - Church Street

With over 60 small shops operating at any one time – from tattoo artists to fashion boutiques - Affleck's has become a hive of creativity, and a space for entrepreneurs, artists, creators and makers to start out, experiment and grow.

Beg Steal and Borrow

Manchester's best swap shop, Beg Steal and Borrow is a great place to find affordable vintage pieces. You can swap your old clothes for fresh vintage gems or just shop their affordable and curated selection.

Cow - Church Street

You can always trust Cow to provide gorgeous ethically sourced vintage pieces. Having already stood the test of time, their unique finds range from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and even nostalgic 00s pieces.

Chorlton charity shops - Wilbraham Road

Make a day of it and head to Chorlton, a cute little part of Manchester full of charity shops bursting with gems. There's countless charity shops to choose from, seven on Wilbraham Road to be precise. 

Didsbury Village - Wilmslow Road

This student area has tons of second hand hotspots full of trendy clothes you'll love. You'll find bargains for as low as a couple of pounds. There's charity shops everywhere, but you'll find many of them on Wilmslow Road. 

Is vintage clothing sustainable?

Vintage clothing is a form of circular fashion, so naturally it’s a lot more sustainable than shopping from fast fashion brands. Yet, like any kind of shopping, even though it’s preloved, you should always make sure you’re buying something you actually need that you’ll wear for years to come.

Even when it’s vintage, impulse buying to fill a void is never a good idea. Think whether you really need it and make an informed decision! For those that are still feeling a little lost, we’ve got a guide on how to order items you’ll never want to return to help you out.

To help you make vintage purchases with confidence (because we know vintage fashion can be daring for some of us), you can use our ‘Wear it With’ feature to style clothes you want to buy with items you already own.

Gone are the days of ordering something online and hoping it matches your wardrobe, we’re here to help. 

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What are the best sites for men's vintage clothing?

Men’s vintage clothes are super easy to find online. No matter your budget, they’ll be something out there for you. Here are some of our fave places to shop for mens’ vintage clothes:

  • Depop and Vinted - Keep fashion circular and give unwanted clothes a new lease of life by shopping from a fellow fashion lovers’ wardrobe!

  • eBay - Looking for something more specific rather than just having a browse? Shop for branded and designer clothing on eBay.

  • Vestiaire Collective - Shop from hundreds of men's wardrobes all over the world and discover designer luxuries that you’ll love for years to come.

  • Etsy - Shop men's vintage clothing guilt free knowing that you’re supporting a business doing some good (don’t feed the fat cats and all that).

  • Rokit - You’ll find a range of shirts, jeans, t-shirts, jackets and trainers from all your fave eras.

  • Beyond Retro - We love how Beyond Retro are bringing vintage vibes in abundance but they’re not expensive.

That's our roundup of the best places to source mens vintage, but what about the rest of us who want to shop for vintage fashion online?

What websites sell vintage retail clothing?

To be honest, all the sites we suggested for men’s vintage clothing work for everyone.

Whatever your gender and style preferences, shopping for vintage clothing should be a fun and inspiring experience that helps you feel confident.

So, in answer to this commonly asked question, our fave websites for buying vintage clothing online are:

  • Depop & Vinted
  • Etsy
  • Vintaholic
  • eBay
  • Vestiaire Collective 
  • Beyond Retro
  • Rokit Vintage 
  • Online Charity Shops 

There’s plenty of options for you to try. It’s easy to find vintage clothing online, but how do you find unique and one of a kind pieces?

What is the most unique online vintage clothing website?

All vintage clothing sites will bring you one of a kind vintage pieces, you just need to have a thorough browse. We suggest staying clear from fast fashion marketplaces as these won’t bring you unique or quality vintage clothing.

For the best vintage finds online, decide what item you’re looking for and search far and wide across sites (or just checking out the Whering Marketplace).

You’ll be sure to find a unique version of it somewhere on either Whering, Depop, Vinted, eBay, Vestiaire Collective or Etsy. 

Whering brings you a handpicked selection of stunning vintage clothing from multiple vintage stores, so you can find top tier vintage clothing (that no one else owns!) on our Marketplace.

See and style items you want to buy online with clothes you already own using our 'Wear it With' feature. We’re helping our users make considered purchases they will love for years to come, because even when buying second-hand it’s still important to purchase with the intention of long term wear. 

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Where can I find vintage clothes online?

It’s super easy to find vintage clothes online, The Whering Marketplace has a whole range of preloved vintage clothing from multiple online retailers, all in one place.

Gone are the days of having multiple tabs open, you can see everything in one place- all on the Whering Marketplace. Browse a vast range of stylish and sustainable ethically sourced clothing from the comfort of your sofa. You’re welcome!

We have given you a lot of website recs we love browsing on to find vintage steals, but there’s a few we’ve not mentioned that deserve a shout out:

  • Pop Boutique - This classic vintage store also has an online store, ideal for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to live around the corner from this preloved hotspot.

  • Oxfam Online - There’s a whole host of charity shops online, all it takes is a little google. No matter where you live or your price range, you can get charity shop steals from the comfort of your own home. 

That’s our take on vintage clothing. We did our best not to leave a stone left unturned. If we did miss something, please feel free to get in touch and let us know.

Happy shopping.

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