Turns out Peter Allen knew it all along: Everything old really is new again. Whether you are on the hunt for some throwback styles to upgrade your wardrobe, a statement-making outfit from years gone by or something nostalgically special, you can find it in New York City. NYC is home to some of the best vintage shops in the world, each offering a bounty of vintage treasures. Here is your guide to shopping New York’s best vintage boutiques, where being fashion-forward by going back in time has never been more fun.
Once you step inside 10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas, it is easy to see why it has been the go-to for vintage treasure hunters since 2006. You are greeted by rows and rows of men’s and women’s clothing; from on-trend to one-of-a-kind. Shirts, blouses, jeans, hats, shoes . . . they have it all.
Find them on Instagram or at 285 N. 6th Street in Brooklyn.
For those in search of a refined vintage shopping experience, there is Amarcord Vintage Fashion. This is where you will find the wearable art of Gucci and Valentino thoughtfully displayed alongside that of other top European designers. There is also a section entirely dedicated to Euro-influenced men’s clothing.
Find Amarcord online or at 223 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn.
This where fancy, fierce and fabulous meet. It offers wonderfully decadent vintage clothing in a wonderfully decorated environment. Browse vintage slips, teddies, dresses, jewelry and even double-breasted suits while surrounded by giant gold-framed mirrors, peacock feathers and chandeliers.
Find Le Grand Strip online or at 197 Grand Street in Brooklyn.
If you have always pined for a store that had all the best throwback t-shirts, this is it. It’s where Madonna hung Nirvana, Selena with the Sopranos; Prince with Fleetwood Mac. If they were big in the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, you can probably find them hanging at Metropolis Vintage.
Find Metropolis Vintage online or at 43 Third Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets.
This spot is designed to surprise and delight kids of all ages, whether you are young in years or young at heart. Mr. Throwback is where you’ll find vintage NBA snapback hats, old-school movie paraphernalia (Space Jam, anyone?) and pretty much anything from pop culture in the ’80s and ’90s.
Visit Mr. Throwback online or at 437 E. 9th Street.
This is where you want to start, because you are going to find an impressive and well-curated stash of throwback styles at throwback prices. And you just might be handed a complementary glass of wine on your way in. The collection is incredible, full of teddy faux-fur coats, pin-striped blazers and floral blouses. You can check it out on Instagram (@shopthebreak), where photos of their wares are updated a few times a week. But be forewarned, every piece is sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Find The Break at 82 Dobbin St. in Brooklyn.