Vintage clothing; whether you’re just starting to give it a go or it’s a big part of your everyday style, buying it online can be tough. The sizing is different, you can’t see all the hidden imperfections and a lot of places don’t accept returns. But when the best 90s dresses are only stocked in Manchester, and London’s Brick Lane is a six hour round trip, what’s a girl to do but log on to the internet’s best selection of vintage boutiques? There’s no rummaging, nobody fighting you for the last beaten-up Barbour jacket and, the best thing, the selection is tightly edited, so no more dodgy 80s ruffles when what you really want is a 60s minidress.
To save you trawling the online vintage scene, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up the best online vintage sites you can shop from now, no matter your budget.
Sure, it’s a charity shop, but don’t you know that vintage shop owners head to their local high street as soon as doors open to scoop up all the best stock? Oxfam online separate last year’s H&M from the true vintage – just sort from price high to low to see the best stuff first. We even spy a dress from 1910, which is over 100 years ago by the way… now if that’s not vintage, we don’t know what is.
Size guide on site? Garment measurements listed with each item
Yup, ASOS do vintage too – check out their marketplace, where ASOS-approved sellers can set up (virtual) shop, no matter their location. We love Loot for super-cool pieces at affordable prices, Bags 2 Bitches (mainly for their name) and Revolva for their vintage sports and casualwear.
Size guide on site? Sizing details should be listed under each item
You might already be using this app to shift your unwanted wardrobe items for a bit of extra cash, but did you know sellers like vintage queen Dita Von Teese (who told us all about her vintage fashion here) and blogger Chiara Ferragni list their old vintage too? You could be snuggling into Dita’s old sweater with just a few clicks…
Size guide on site? Details should be mentioned under each item, but message sellers for more details
With physical stores in Birmingham and Manchester, Cow vintage has made a name for itself over the past few years as one of the best places to score affordable vintage. From t-shirts, flannel shirts and crop blouses to endless dresses and heaps of shoulder bags, Cow also have an amazing selection of re-worked items cut into more modern styles. There’s a sale section, too…
Size guide on site? Yes
Curvaceous vintage lovers who are sick of sack-like clothing - you need to know about Plus Equals. The new online treasure trove is all about upcycled and vintage gems, in sizes 14 to 26. We're digging the denim right now...
Size guide on site? No, but each piece is matched with the sizes you'd normally shop
Rokit are a London vintage staple, but their online store means everyone can get in on the action. As well as clothing (band tees are their specialty), you can shop nightwear, jewellery and silk scarves, without the hassle of digging through dusty piles. Look hard enough and you’ll find the odd designer bargain, but most of Rokit’s stock is pretty reasonably priced. There’s a re-worked range, too.
Size guide on site? Yes. Sign up with your measurements and the site will filter results tailored to your size
Beyond Retro has an extensive collection of vintage dresses, from the 50s right through to 2000. You’ll definitely need to set aside an hour or two to peruse everything this online vintage store has to offer, but we promise it’s worth it. To make things easier, filter by trend, decade, fabric or brand, and don’t forget to pick up a few accessories to finish your look.
Size guide on site? Yes, and an extensive guide on how to measure yourself properly
Frock On Vintage
Don’t want to venture pre-1980? Frock On Vintage started out in Birmingham, but their cool styling and cherry-picked selection have seduced vintage lovers the country over. You might have seen them stocked in Topshop, but you can shop the edited selection from the comfort of your own home. Make sure you’re following their Instagram to be the first to see what’s new on site.
Size guide on site? No, but items are listed with their modern size equivalent
William Banks-Blaney is an icon of vintage fashion, and is often referred to as The King. If you’re looking for high-end vintage couture from the likes of Balenciaga, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, William Vintage is your go-to for gorgeous evening gowns, full skirted fifties frocks and sixties shifts. These are authentic vintage pieces, so prices do creep up from £200 to £20,000, but you can pick up William’s coffee table book 25 Dresses for just £25.
Size guide on site? Precise measurements for each garment are given
House of Liza
Specialising in designer vintage from the late 70s to late 90s, House of Liza allows customers to refine their online hunt by designer. Pre-Jeremy Scott Moschino? Just as quirky. Tailored Yohji Yamamoto? Take your pick. This is one for the fashion-forward vintage lover, but prices run high – a vintage Hermes scarf will set you back £480.
Size guide on site? Yes, and precise measurements given
Like an upmarket eBay, Vestiaire Collective is the place to buy and sell your second-hand designer threads. You never know who might be having a closet clear-out, but keep your eyes peeled for Alaia, Dior and Chanel. We are seriously lusting after those quilted double Cs. All items are authenticated and quality checked before being sold, so you can be sure your cash is for a good cause (your wardrobe).
Size guide on site? Yes, but leaving measurements is the responsibility of the seller
Want all the vintage, but none of the trawling? Farfetch.com brings together boutiques from all over the world, all of which you can search with just a few well chosen filters. Head straight for ‘Vintage’ and snap up Issey Miyake, Prada and Hermes…for a pretty penny.
Size guide on site? Oh yes