Some people can rock a certain kind of style. You’ll see her walking down the street in an outfit that came right out of the 1940’s or 1950’s. She’ll be wearing sky-high heels, and not a hair will be out of place. You’ll think, “I would LOVE to dress like that.” Well, you can, but you might not look as good as she does.
Here are the best sites to find those vintage and retro-inspired threads:
The site might not be pretty, but man, are the prices right. This purveyor of “disruptive clothes” adds vintage, new, and pre-owned pieces that are a true bargain. You won’t find each item in a number of sizes and colors. You’ll find one skirt that you simply can’t live without that happens to be two sizes too small for you, but the price is so good that you buy it, hoping the size marking is wrong, or that new diet you’re on starts working right away. Then you discover sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce and give the skirt to your best friend, who is way tinier than you, but also very preppy, and will never wear the skirt. It’s a tragedy, folks.
Log on to ModCloth.com, and the next thing you know it’s been an hour and you’re late for yoga. Literally. A very cool company started by lovebirds Susan and Eric Koger, ModCloth brings fresh, modern, yet retro-inspired clothing to the masses. Sounds like a whole lot of contradictions, doesn’t it. Well. Sorry. ModCloth also has a vintage section of their website with honest-to-gosh old stuff, but good luck finding something that hasn’t already been sold. One other cool thing they do is their “Be the Buyer” section, where they show you things that they’re thinking about carrying, and you vote on which ones you like.
>>Be the Buyer and Other Awesomeness: ModCloth.com
Mode Merr is sort of THE place to buy “Glamour Girl” clothing. They are the sellers of “The Perfect Skirt,” a skirt that looks good so long as you’re thin in the thigh or have some pretty effective Spanx in action. Joan Holloway, eat your heart out, because these outfits are sexy, curve-hugging, and totally fine. An added plus, the models from Mode Merr have credit on the credit page, and they do very cool shows in NYC with out-of-stock clothing and music. Coolest.
>>Coolest Retro Clothing – ModeMerr.com
Some Like it Vintage
In 2002, Veronica Cizmar went through an absolutely hellish experience with a relationship with a total monster. You can read about it in the Veronica’s Story section of the Some Like It Vintage website. The website, her online consignment shop and vintage boutique, is absolutely delightful, like Cizmar is putting something beautiful in a world where she knows that horror does truly exist. The prices are kind of high, but when you think about vintage clothing as antique (which it technically is) it doesn’t seem so strange to spend $145.00 on a 1930’s evening gown when many people spend lots more than that on war memorabilia or (looks down and shuffles feet) 1912 portable typewriters.
>>Vintage Clothing With A Compelling Backstory – somelikeitvintage.com
My Baby Jo
The website isn’t the prettiest one out there, but some of My Baby Jo’s clothes are definitely above par. With shoes, accessories, and even men’s clothing and accessories My Baby Jo has a great deal of very cool inventory. Another cool thing – they have a page with photos of their customers wearing their, well, wares. So if you buy something from them they will post a picture of you on their website. You’ll be famous!
>>Get your photo on their website – MyBabyJo.com
It might not be the most exciting-looking website, but if you have the time and patience to search for what you want, you can find some really great stuff here. It’s all real vintage – so it’s used, but they have everything from the 1930’s until now. The prices are great for some things, not so great for others, but much like a real vintage clothing store that you visit in person, you have to comb through the online “racks” to find the really special things.
>>online vintage clothing – VintageTrends.com
Tailor your dresses with Lunss
With a selection of authentic vintage clothing as well as some very convincing-looking reproductions, this site is a go-to for many of the brands of the other sites we mentioned, along with the Stop Staring! line, which also offers additional sizes. Their physical store is located in Burbank, CA, but with such a robust and jam-packed website, who needs to shop in person?
>>huge selection of glamorous clothing – Unique-Vintage.com
Plasticland puts the modern into retro in a big way. They offer all sorts of brands of retro-inspired clothing, accessories, shoes, and home decor, and have a really great customer service department. They also have several things that made it to a certain blogger’s Christmas list. Hmmmm.
>>a fun place to shop – ShopPlasticland.com
PinUp Girl Clothing
PinUp Girl Clothing is serious about your subculture. They offer all sorts of brands that cater to the Mad Man – philes, the Rockabilly chicks, the Psychobilly Peeps, and everybody in between and beyond. And, if you’re looking for shoes, this is the place to go. Insanely high heels, deadly sexy boots, adorable flats, and even a pair of “zombie stompers” a certain blogger’s got her eye on.
>>Fun shopping – PinUpGirlClothing.com