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Best Vintage Clothing

2016 BEST Instagram for Vintage Clothes

Greatest Friend (@greatestfriend)

While Greatest Friend’s Kensington showroom is worth a visit, it’s the well-curated Instagram shop that has us clicking the refresh button with alarming frequency. Owner Angela Winter Means posts tidy images of lacy frocks, ’70s gowns and mid-century Japanese dresses, complete with measurements and prices. All it takes is a quick DM to make them yours

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2014 BEST Vintage Clothing Shop

Malena’s Vintage

101 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA

This is where designers and stylists for brands like Free People come to score vintage inspiration. Ask nicely, and Malena might walk you around the corner to her new, semi-secret private showroom, packed with treasures (arranged by decade) that will make vintage hounds go weak in the knees. Read more »

2013 BEST Vintage Clothing

School of Vintage

1509 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, NJ

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. Read more »

2012 BEST 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 BEST 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 BEST 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 »