Top 10 Vintage Clothing Stores in New York City
Vintage wear tends to trump most fashion trends -- or, in other words, old is the new new. Lucky for the trend conscious among us, New York's wealth of vintage stores make it simple to look chic and seasoned to perfection. Check out our favorite vintage shops around the city...
10. Tokio 7 -- (Above) Not to be confused with Tokyo Joe's just a few blocks away, Tokio 7 prides itself on its "unusual" and "funky" vintage styles, with a smattering of high-end designer labels at reasonable prices. Clothes and merchandise are changed daily, and the store is often bustling. Animal-bodied cherubs dangling from the ceiling breakup the store's blasé décor and pallid lime walls. 83 East 7th Street, 212- 353-8443
9. Amarcord -- It looks like the 1970s let loose on the décor and clothing in this colorful shop -- though it carries items from the 1940s to 1980s, the many sequined, sparkled, and downright groovy outfits seem partial to one fashion era in particular (disco fever, anyone?). Carrying exclusively upscale European vintage clothing, the price range might be a bit steep, but the looks are well worth it. 252 Lafayette Street, 212-431-4161
8. What Goes Around Comes Around -- This upscale shop knows how to pull off cowboy couture without screaming kitsch, or even spaghetti western. A bit pricey perhaps, but one look at the fine quality of the women and menswear--whether lacey, leathered, denim, or somewhere in between -- and you know you're getting your money's worth. Come here to fuse big city style with old western charm. 351 West Broadway, 212-343-1225
7. Beacon's Closet -- Obvious, yes, but no vintage list would be complete without it. With branches in Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Park Slope, Beacon's Closet promises a higher percent payback than any other clothing exchange store. The selection is enormous and color-coded for your convenience, and prices hard to beat. Not the place to go digging for high-end designs, but for everyday wear and bargain buys, this spot is great. 88 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, 718-486-0816
6. No. 6 -- You can find this gem on a quaint side street in Little Italy, tucked between Grand and Broome Street in NoLita. Buzz in, and the store's warm staff welcomes you to their handpicked vintage styles, select pieces from contemporary independent designers, as well as a few items designed specially for No. 6. They also host occasional music and art events. 6 Centre Market Place, 212-226-5759
5. Mafalda -- Remarkably, Mafalda is an entirely one-woman effort, run solely by its owner Christina. The showroom boasts one-of-a-kind fashion rarities as well as more affordable everyday pieces. Located in sleepy Boerum Hill, this boutique shares a street with a few other fashion and consignment destinations. Not to miss if you're in the neighborhood, but certainly worth the trip even if you're not. 360 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-987-3470
4. Vice Versa -- When you enter this Williamsburg sartorial hotspot, don't be overwhelmed by the fire engine red engulfing your surroundings. The store's color scheme may be a tad imposing, but the clothes -- and especially their price tags -- more than make up for any initial misgivings. If you're looking for authentic vintage style for everyday on the cheap, check out their scores of seasoned tees, knits, jeans, and boots. 241 Bedford Avenue, 718-782-8847
3. Screaming Mimis -- Since the late 1970s, Screaming Mimis has attracted unabashed fashion mavens for its eclectic array of quirky styles and accessories. Outfits sampled from the latter half of the twentieth century can be pieced together into bold displays of East Village chic. Make sure to check out the costume section for truly unique wardrobe accents -- if you've never worked a tutu before, now's your chance to start. 382 Lafayette Street, 212-677-6464
2. Shareen -- This second story dress boutique is inconspicuous to passersby -- an unassuming pink party dress hanging from a fire escape serves as the only subtle indication of what hidden treasures lie within. Inside, racks brim with dress designs ranging in era from the 1920s to the 1990s, with prices similarly varied (look for items without a "red dot" on the tag for choice buys under $70). 13 West 17th Street #2, 212-206-1644
1. Fox and Fawn -- Located just off the Nassau Avenue G train or a pleasant ten minutes' walk from the Bedford Avenue L, this Greenpoint vintage mecca attracts walking fashion anachronisms for its great rotating selection of clothing at affordable prices. The wealth of assorted fashions contrasting one another in curious juxtaposition, and the organization scheme -- arranged by color, rather than style -- prove delightfully tongue-in-cheek. 570 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-349-9510
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