A firm favourite in the world of vintage, Blackout 2 has been providing bright and beautiful clothes, handbags and shoes for decades. The Covent Garden spot is bursting with one-off items, from 1930s cocktail frocks to full-skirted ’50s dresses and a few slinky numbers. Menswear consists of suits, jackets and overcoats dating from the ’40s onwards. The store also has an exquisite range of 1920s flapper dresses to hire, so you can dress to kill without killing your bank balance.
Fashion-conscious bargain hunters travel from all over the world to buy threads from London. Shopping in London’s myriad vintage stores is a great way of tapping into retro trends.
There are laods of of reasons to forego new garms in favour of second-hand clothes. They’re more affordable (obviusly), way more eco-friendly and, finally, you’re far less likely to turn up at the pub wearing the same thing as the person on the next table. The downside? Rummaging through the rails can be a real time suck. Still, if you just stick to the best places, you’ll be alright. From carefully curated boutiques to piles of vintage denim waiting to be plundered, here are the best vintage shops in London.
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