If your anything like me, all this downtime can lead you down some serious internet rabbit holes and my latest one is that of online vintage. I think its important during this period of uncertainty that we show support for small independent businesses that will suffer during this time without us. So as part of my Distancing Diary, I have put together a curated list of my favourite online vintage sellers so you too can browse away and make a few well deserved purchases during these confusing times and at the same time show support for the #slowfashion movement.
Strange Moon Vintage
Photos Courtesy of Strange Moon Vintage
If you have read my previous post on what is inspiring me right now, you will remember I mentioned my love for Strange Moon Vintage. These amazing high quality vintage pieces sourced from Hamburg, are not only well priced but in mint condition. If you love dagger collars and broderie anglais you need to follow this brand. You can tell a lot of love and effort goes into sourcing these items and selling them online, so make sure you check out her weekday drops usually around 7pm UK time.
Photos Courtesy of WinWintage
I think I became attracted to these pieces after seeing these fruity numbers. I have always had a soft spot for a novelty item after my fruit dress of 1998. Think bright, bold pieces combined with a lot of pattern clashes. If your not afraid to embrace colour and print then you need to check out their Instagram based shop. Lots of individual vintage finds that will have people asking where did you get that from?
Photos Courtesy of @retold_vintage
Retold Vintage describes itself as appealing to the modern woman who loves fashion but values the importance of sustainability. Her online platform boasts an array of delicate lace shirts mixed with more structured pieces like this blazer pictured above. There is something for every type of vintage lover and the prices are pretty reasonable and accessible as well.
Wear Not New
Photos Courtesy of @wearnotnew
This is one of my latest discoveries and its one to make a note of. Every month they release a collection of high quality vintage designer pieces. They want to relay current trends through their picks and what they have created is an assortment of items that are timeless and classic. Head over to their site for wardrobe staples such as silk shirts and elegant longline coats.
Photos Courtesy of @anothermatinee
Sarah Brand set her business up in 2019 and since then it has been featured on Refinery29 and The Telegraph's Stella Magazine. With a background in fashion and design, her love for one of a kind vintage pieces shines through and is why people keep coming back for her regular launches of curated vintage dresses. Her limited stock goes quickly so make sure to follow and look out for the latest drops.
Photos Courtesy of @shop_suki
As summer begins to tempt us, I am daydreaming of wearing anything bright and breezy and to channel my inner LA girl alter ego. I can't think of anything more picturesque than sitting by the ocean wearing these shell pattern trousers as seen on the right or having a cocktail with friends in the little electric blue number (on the left). While days of being outside in the sun seem pretty distant, purchasing a little something from Suki may just brighten up your mindset.
Photos Courtesy of Imparfaite
While Miu Miu might be storming the catwalks with embroidered peter pan collars and knitwear, you will find me clicking through the web pages of Imparfaite for a similar vibe for a fraction of the cost. They have become best known for their embroidered cardigans just like the one on the right. Imparfaite works in partnership with french vintage sellers and shop owners to bring to their website a collection of amazing vintage pieces.
Photos Courtesy of Beyond Retro
This has, and will always be my go to for anything vintage. They have an abundance of vintage clothing for you to scroll through. What I think they do best is trousers, dresses and knitwear. They do amazing quality individual pieces that will set your outfit apart from the rest. The trousers on the left have been on my wishlist for a while and are calling my name just in time for summer.
Photos Courtesy of Rokit
If you are a regular on Brick Lane, then you will definitely be aware of Rokit. This British vintage seller's online presence may even rival that of their shops. I head over to their site when I'm in need of some retro sweatshirts and bold pattern shirts. I always know that within all their vintage stock, there will always be something amazing to discover and keep in my wardrobe for a long time to come.
Photos Courtesy of @luciazolea
On the more higher end of the online spectrum, is Lucia Zolea. Think dreamy blouses, billowy dresses and intricate cable knits. They are definitely more investment pieces that will stand the test of time in your wardrobe. Although I love to trawl through the pages of vintage websites, I understand this isn't for everyone and some people prefer a more refined curated collection of items in one place. If thats the case then this one is for you!
I know fashion and online shopping is not a priority at the moment or even on people's minds right now. But I really wanted to create some awareness for sellers that work hard to encourage sustainability and depend on people to purchase from them as a source of income. So if you are looking to treat yourself in the next few weeks look to online sellers like the ones above and make a transaction that supports small teams or even individuals who are working tirelessly to bring secondhand to the masses.