For men who love fashion, vintage shopping can be like being out on the hunt — it’s thrilling, and you never know what great things you’ll be able to find. However, finding the right piece can be a little tricky, time consuming, and a bit overwhelming because what you’re buying is from another era and might not be in perfect condition.
There’s a big difference between the real-deal vintage garments like ’70s, Steve McQueen-inspired shearling jackets and thrift store/second-hand finds. “You can find great vintage items in thrift stores, but you shouldn’t find obvious thrift items in a vintage store. Vintage denotes something special — that an item has stood the test of time and has proven to remain relevant for any number of reasons — timelessness of style, [quality], historical or cultural significance or interesting provenance,” says Doris Raymond, who has been buying and selling vintage clothing for over 30 years at the Los Angeles-based store The Way We Wore, to StyleCaster.
Additionally, part of having great style is finding beautifully worn-in, unique, or at the very least rare items and mixing them with style basics from Club Monaco or Nordstrom. Shopping for vintage online can be less overwhelming, which is why we’ve compiled six places for you to check out.
Keep this one thing in mind as you shop: If you fall in love with something that doesn’t quite fit, remember that vintage items can always be nipped and tucked and tailored.
1. Monster Vintage
This site has a large selection and is painstakingly organized vintage. You’ll find everything from vintage Pendleton knits to ’80s leather jackets and old Levi’s. This store has you covered with a wide variety of choices for every man.
2. Beyond Retro
If you’ve ever been to London, then you’ve probably heard of this vintage shop — it’s an absolute must-see if you plan to be in the U.K. Beyond Retro boasts the biggest range of men’s vintage fashion in the U.K., including some serious retro pieces including jackets, shirts, and jeans from brands like Dior, Ralph Lauren, and Wrangler. Vintage options span across eras, from the ’50s to the ’90s, but they’re not just a platter of different pieces. The store is all up to date with the latest trends and streetwear, so you know whatever it is you’re purchasing, and you’re on point.
3. 619 Vintage
Sold through ASOS’s marketplace, 619 Vintage brings together unique, simplistic one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from around the world. Specializing in clothing inspired by the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s, each item is hand picked to ensure quality and authenticity. You’ll find trendy (but vintage) suede bombers, oversize button downs, and tribal print-inspired overcoats.
If you’re looking for designer vintage, then Vaunte is the online store you’ve been searching for. Tastemaker types go here to consign their right-off-the-runway clothes. You’ll find all kinds of daring designer merchandise from Cartier to Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and the list goes on.
For the rugged hipster-type at heart, this store is on multi-retailer marketplace Etsy, showcasing great military-inspired field jackets and flannels.
Farfetch is well known for selling what’s new in contemporary fashion, and is another marketplace for smaller retailers. It specializes in out-there designer vintage from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace. This store stocks some serious collectors items.