Antique fairs and flea markets make London a popular center of vintage fashion. Special events celebrating vintage style are a regular feature in the British capital, covering all aspects of retro ranging from glassware and furniture, through to fine art, vinyl records and fashion. Vintage fashion events, some held on an annual and others on a more regular basis, include Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, So Last Century Vintage Market, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, London The Way We Wear, Hammersmith Vintage Fashion Fair and The National Vintage Wedding Fare. Tourists brush shoulders with avid collectors in a shared interest for retro finds.
London is a veritable delight for shoppers of vintage fashion pieces. Its many markets and boutiques make it a treasure trove of retro and vintage, a prime spot for shoppers with the vintage bug. Here we put the spotlight on some of the best vintage shopping spots in the capital.
Cabbages and Frocks is a high-end fashion market open every Saturday in Marylebone. It is a choice place for vintage finds and is very popular with fashionistas and A-list celebrities.
East London’s Beyond Retro has an enviable reputation as the place for vintage fashion. Beyond Retro has the largest selection of vintage clothing in the UK, stocking dresses, coats, jumpsuits, blouses, swimwear and much more. Accessories include bags, hats, sunglasses and scarves, and you can always find a vintage thigh-high boot to go with that 60s mini dress. Beyond Retro also caters to vintage lovers outside London through its online store.
Rokit has grown from its original Camden market stall to its now four bricks and mortar stores across London and an online shop. Their vintage fashion pieces range from the 1930s through to the 1990s and are handpicked for their uniqueness and their appeal to the style conscious.
Rokit stocks inspired vintage clothes and quirky accessories. You can find classic vintage, party dresses, jumpsuits and lingerie, in addition to designer vintage labels including Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino.
You can browse through the vintage wedding collection or even kit yourself out in vintage ski wear. The man on your arm won’t be bored as you shop as the men’s collection includes vintage clothing, braces and bowties.
Fashion at Radio Days Vintage in Waterloo spans the 1920s to the 1980s. In addition to vintage clothing this store stocks books, jewelry and homeware. Every item is genuine vintage rather than retro reproductions. Radio Days appeals to men as well as women, with its wonderful selection of vintage cravats, cufflinks, tie clips and cigarette cases. Radio Days is an Aladdin’s Cave of rare vintage.
Covent Garden’s Blackout ll has been selling vintage apparel and accessories for three decades and specializes in quality vintage pieces. Period clothing ranges from the 1920s to the 1980s. Retro dresses include casual and cocktail, evening gowns and wedding dresses. This is a great store for vintage suits for men. Blackout 11 has featured in Time Out’s list of London’s best shops.