Best Vintage Clothing

School of Vintage

We are so glad this LBI shop survived Sandy, because losing its cache of impeccably edited vintage (sorbet-hued tulle gowns, full-skirted 50s dresses, many accessories) would be losing a very stylish side of history.

1509 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, NJ | 609-494-1171 | Website

2012 WINNER, Vintage Clothing

Malena’s Vintage Boutique

101 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA

Now settled in bigger, brighter digs just down the street from its former spot, Malena’s has more room for its thoughtfully edited, well-priced selection of vintage from the Big Names (Chanel, Herms, Halston) and the equally cool No Names. On our short list: a 1930s pastel slip, a 1940s hat, and the coolest-ever Azzedine Alaa… Read more »

2011 WINNER, Vintage Clothing

The Katacomb: Vintage

1514 Pine Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA

For some, the search is the best part of shopping vintage. For everyone else, there’s Brooke Dillon’s appointment-only boutique, where the best stuff (read: Chanel and YSL and Oscar) has already been found and dry-cleaned for you. Read more »

2010 WINNER, Vintage Clothing

Scarlett’s Closet

1034 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA

The hours are spotty. The location doesn’t seem like a sure thing. That tropical-scene-splashed circle skirt you just have to have is missing its price tag. And everything seems to bear a subtle trace of eau de ashtray. But odors come out at the dry cleaner, and nowhere will you find a deeper selection of… Read more »