A list of the best clothing stores in NYC wouldn’t be complete without our favorite vintage clothing stores. Can’t afford $200 Chanel pumps or high-end clothes? No biggie: New York has tons of options to bring your footwear dreams to life and upgrade your closet with one-of-a-kind outfits, getting you out of that Forever 21 rut. After making a profit by selling your outdated duds at thrift stores or consignment shops, go back to these places to pick up that outfit that will make you feel like a million bucks (for way less).
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Best vintage clothing stores in NYC
Countless celebs call Metropolis a favorite shopping destination, including Sky Ferreira, Julian Casablancas and Iggy Pop. And no wonder: The shop boasts one of the best vintage T-shirt collections in the city, as well as leather jackets, sports jerseys and breezy summer rompers. We fell in love with a black leather Coach purse covered in gold studs, along with a purple, black and shimmery silver zebra sweatshirt that brought us straight back to the ’90s.
Owners Patti Bordoni and Marco Liotta stock both locations with decades-old duds in pristine condition, sourced from frequent trips to their Italian homeland. Expect to find well-known Italian designers such as Gucci and Valentino mixed in with other European labels that fit the shop’s edgy, mod aesthetic. We recently discovered a multicolor button-up Versace blouse that’s so bold it needs no accessories, and there’s also a men’s section where you can find Euro-influenced clothing and a plentiful selection of buttery soft T-shirts.
Ladies and gents looking to add some variety to their wardrobes will love the selection at Star Struck—expect to find everything from well-worn Fleetwood Mac, GNR and Pink Floyd concert tees to vintage Christian Dior silk scarves. Complete your rock-star look with a vintage brass belt buckle and a hat from the extensive collection that includes cowboy hats, top hats in a range of neutrals, goes-with-everything fedoras and even pork pies.
In 2011, Michael Spitz quit his accounting job to hawk nostalgia pieces he’d been collecting for eight years. Children of the ’80s and ’90s will feel like they’re back in their childhood bedroom at his men’s shop, which specializes in vintage sports attire like NBA snapbacks beginning at $30, as well as NBA jerseys and—believe it—FUBU jackets. His collection is so well-curated that rappers and celebs (like Kid Cudi and Scarlett Johansson) are among the shop’s fans. It also stocks WWF, Space Jam and Batman paraphernalia, and there’s even a VHS player screening favorites like Mighty Ducks and Home Alone and a giant machine vending stickers for 50 cents.
Situated directly across from Bowery Ballroom, this shop aims to satisfy your craving for late ’80s and ’90s streetwear, and it more than succeeds. Invoke some nostalgia with a hard-to-find Smashing Pumpkins concert tee, an oversized Wu-Tang shirt or a pair of rugged yet sexy Gucci/Timberland printed boots. Accessorize with a Keith Haring keychain or patch and pick up a Troll (remember those?!) as a fun conversation piece to make your trip down memory lane complete.
This vintage mecca, which opened in 2006 and has since expanded to include home-goods boutique Stella Dallas Living (281 North 6th St at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-6898) across the street and women’s shop Stella Dallas (218 Thompson St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts; 212-674-0447) in the West Village, packs an exhaustive collection of affordable men’s and women’s clothing. Shoppers can choose from lived-in concert tees, bright plaid shorts and flannels, a huge selection of on-trend overalls and racks of one-of-a-kind shoes. Seriously, we mean one of a kind: There was recently a pair of white leather kitten-heeled boots with pastel flowers there.
Vintage fanatics, start your engines: Fashion Institute of Technology graduate Lexi Oliveri has raided her stylish mother’s stash to curate a well-edited collection of pieces tagged at surprisingly gentle prices. Grab yourself a head-turning, white crochet bodysuit by Solana, a sexy, black-belted sundress by Jeanne d’arc or a summery, Gucci-inspired pleated skirt by Nik Nik that will turn heads on the boardwalk, beach or city street. The space is outfitted with industrial pipes, French damask wallpaper and a 1960s bamboo shelf stocked with purses and jewelry to complement any outfit you put together.
Former roommates (but still friends) Emma Kadar-Penner and Mary Meyer pooled their design and fashion backgrounds to launch an affordable alternative to high-priced vintage fashion. The boutique’s name is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the ’90s sitcom, and the store carries grunge, goth and classic ’80s and ’90s women’s finds such as a breezy blue floral babydoll dress, summer flat sandals made of thick fisherman rope, chunky black platform boots and a brown-and-black matches-with-anything Dooney & Bourke purse. Once you’ve gotten yourself a retro-chic outfit, pick up some home furnishings to match, like soap, candles and wall-size tapestries in gray, black or blue.
This high-end boutique is known for dressing celebs for red-carpet events and photo shoots, with designer pieces dating back to the 1850s. The store’s fashionable pieces have made their way ontocountless theater and movie sets such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Kinky Boots. Discerning fashionistas with a penchant for pre-loved loot can scoop up Chanel earrings, Gucci strappy sandals with ribbon ties and period cocktail dresses. An appointment-only showroom upstairs houses museum-quality pieces that can be rented for special occasions, so come ready to empty your wallet.
Shoppers with eclectic fashion sense will go crazy over the selection at this downtown shop: All of the clothing and accessories are hand-selected by the owners, and they make a point to choose pieces that you won’t find anywhere else, specializing in items from 1850 to 1950 (though there are more modern threads, too). Recent finds include a deep-green studded Yves Saint Laurent suit from the 1980s and a delicate pair of Ralph Lauren rose-print lace-up espadrilles.