Best vintage clothing shops for men and women: The best online shops for retro clothing in the UK and beyond

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The Internet has forever changed the way we shop. These days it’s easier than ever to find one-off fashion pieces to add personality and style to our wardrobes.

While there’s no end of current and future-forward shops online, vintage and retro fashion shops are turning to the web to revive iconic styles and expose their brand to a much larger audience.

Where before you may have had to paw through dusty rails of clothes in huge warehouses set in awkward real world locations, now finding that 50s skirt or 80s shell suit is just a click away.

Vintage fashion is the term used for all old clothing, but there are further definitions depending on how far back you’re looking.

Anything more than a century old can be described as antique, while something that’s at least 20 years old can be referred to as vintage or retro. New clothes with a historical reference are imitations or reproductions rather than the original article.

With 80s and 90s looks now trends that are here to stay for the foreseeable, it’s never been a better time to shop online for old school cool.

Check out our favourite online vintage and retro fashion stores below.

Best Vintage Clothing Websites:

Sign of the Times

One of the biggest names in the pre-owned luxury market, Sign of the Times first opened its brick-and-mortar establishment in Chelsea in 1976 before heading into the digital realm in 2015.

The brand now has multiple locations across the UK as well as global shipping so you can get your high-end wares delivered no matter where you reside.

It’s a marketplace where you can both shop and sell but there is no hassle involved. SOTT handle it all with authentication, valuation and even photography. Quality is of the utmost concern.

Hundreds of new items are added everyday and from labels like Prada, Alexander McQueen, Acne Studios, Burberry and many, many more.

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Rokit is one of the best known and most beloved vintage stores for its unique, ever-growing and ever-changing selection of vintage wares.

From clothing and hats, to belts and scarves, the stores – in Camden, Brick Lane and Covent Garden – and online offerings are full to the brim with preloved pieces that have been recycled and reinvented.

Shop the store’s own brand Rokit Originals with limited-edition items that are both stylish and sustainability conscious as well as fashion from every decade between the 40s to the 90s.

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Open For Vintage

Opening its digital doors in 2015, Open for Vintage is the go-to destination for the conscientious luxury goods shopper.

The company sells vintage clothing, bags, shoes, accessories and watches for men and women from some of the world's most renowned boutiques at competitive prices, ensuring they stay in circulation for as long as possible.

If you love vintage this is a Promise Land of collectibles.

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Beyond Retro

This Brick Lane institution has become a must-visit when visiting East London – but you can also browse the vintage offering on the retailer's website.

Beyond Retro stocks both its own fashion label as well as retro Adidas, Converse, Dr Martens and many, many more of our favourite brands.

Whether you are looking for a leopard-print coat, Levi 501s or for unique outfits for festivalling, the endless selection of clothing and accessories will have you covered where each item is as bold as the next.

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Metro Retro

With both a brick and mortar store in Dalston and an online offering, Metro Retro will transport you back in time with bright and bold pieces from the 60s to the 90s.

Specialising in Asian-inspired vintage garments, printed tees and original designs, the site offers a more sustainable way to shop with Fairtrade and handmade pieces that have been re-brought to life to revamp your monochrome wardrobe.

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William Vintage

Haute couture vintage shop William Vintage is now available on Farfetch to make second-hand sartorial hunting that extra bit easier.

The go-to Marylebone destination has long been a celebrity and royal favourite and the online offering is no different.

The brand offers one-off clothing and accessories with pieces ranging from the Fifties to iconic Nineties runway finds.

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Modes & More

A must-visit for vintage lovers, this eclectic emporium has been a fixture on the pre-loved clothing scene for as long as the 1920s.

The store’s online selection includes covetable vintage eveningwear and all things from bags and purses, to knit and night wear.

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Charity shop hunting may already be one of your favourite past times and it may come as no surprise to you that Oxfam’s website includes a range of vintage pieces that has made the search for classic pieces easier than ever.

The second hand offering includes vintage leather jackets, eye-popping printed blouses and strappy sandals from the likes of Armani, Ghost, Burberry and more.

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What Goes Around Comes Around

The legendary New York-based designer vintage store offers low international shipping rates with all duties and tax related costs determined so you can shop its impressive range of bags, accessories and apparel without any hidden costs.

Get decked out in all your favourite high end brands – YSL, Prada and Louis Vuitton – with items from iconic periods in fashion history like the 1960s and 1990s that are as chic today as they were back then.

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St CYR Vintage

Shop the latest drop of vintage clothing, jewellery, and bags over at St Cyr Vintage as well as books and magazines.

Revamp your wardrobe with clothing from the 1940s up to the 1980s and statement accessories like 1920s beaded purses and brightly coloured earrings and brooches.

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Pennies’s Vintage

With an endless stream of weddings, parties and festivities, the hunt for unique and timeless occassionwear is on. Pennie’s Vintage should be your first port of call as the vintage store plays host to retro-inspired dresses that are all sequins, feathers and lace.

Make sure you check out the show-stopping wedding gown offering as well as the stunning selection of early 20th-century pieces that are worthy of Downton Abbey.

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Reign Vintage

Head to Reign Vintage for its selection of second hand treasures sourced from across Europe.

The brand is best known for its unique range of items and kitsch designer pieces at fair prices like Gucci loafers and Versace blazers to name but a few.

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Formerly known as Blitz, the minds behind Atika have been styling the who's who of London since opening their Shoreditch doors in 2011.

The mammoth shopping hub holds over 20,000 pieces of used and vintage clothing sourced from around the globe. Expect to find everything from American vintage denim to floral dresses and silky bomber jackets.

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The Stellar Boutique

Devised by a veteran of the fashion industry, The Stellar Boutique is all about boho fashion with a sizeable helping of vintage thrown in for good measure. Alongside vintage clothing and accessories, there's also a selection homewares and a modest selection of mens to check out too.

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Self-described as a 'neo vintage' trailblazer, this LA-based digital vintage shop sells items that are largely from the last 10 years, although there is a smattering of pieces from farther back. Check out the gown section to fuel red-carpet daydreams.

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Vestiaire Collective

There's vintage, then there's designer pre-owned. The French site Vestiaire Collective falls into another category completely; global luxury vintage fashion. Feast your eyes on the unique finds up for grabs in the luxury resale store, which handles watches and jewellery as well as clothing and bags. It's not all eye-wateringly expensive either; eagle-eyed shoppers will be able to spot high street pieces in amongst the high end labels. Prepare to trawl.

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Retro Daisy

Roll up pin-ups, Retro Daisy is the ultimate online destination for all things rockabilly. The site sells themed brands such as House of Foxy and Hell Bunny under its umbrella, all ready to help you nail the glamorous rock star look.

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1st Dibs

This is a site made for lottery winners, oligarch offspring and vintage-minded millionaires. It's luxury vintage at it's finest; think Greek coats from the dying days of the Ottoman era (yes, really) alongside exquisite numbers from the likes of Lanvin, YSL and Halston. Even if your wallet can't quite stretch to some of the gems on the site, digital window shopping has never been so much fun.

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Picture a more luxurious version of eBay and you've just conjured up thoughts of Rebelle, an online platform where you can buy and sell luxury labels. The team behind the site perform authenticity checks so you can rest assured that what you're buying is the genuine article. Sign up for the flash sales which offers stupendous bargains for a short time only.

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Looking for festival or party gear with a 70s or 80s edge? Welcome to Brag, an online vintage stockist with a host of casual pieces from the iconic brands of the times. Retro sportswear for both men and women is the real highlight here, but if you're looking for the perfect Hawaiian shirt, Brag has plenty of those too.

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