If you like the sound of one-of-a-kind statement pieces and dresses that scream ageless beauty, vintage clothing stores are calling out for you. These shops boast apparels that are either inspired by the vintage era or are actual pre-loved pieces from decades ago.
You’ll find everything from polka-dotted pieces, to classy halter dresses with Audrey Hepburn vibes, and even old varsity jackets. And you sure won’t see anyone wearing the same piece of clothing as these are usually one-of-a-kind.
Retro Gate bases its collections off American and Japanese streetwear culture, featuring brands from Tommy Hilfiger to Champion and Polo Sport. These comeback brands have been warmly welcomed by many youngsters but their out of season items are also worth copping as well.
Offering pieces like oversized windbreakers and sweaters with colour blocking, Retro Gate’s clothes are affordable, with prices as low as $20. And you won’t feel guilty about spending the money because they are all authentic.
Address: #04-16, Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588
Opening hours: Daily, 1PM-8PM
Telephone: 8321 4965
Baju Mama Vintage offers garments from the 50s to 90s era, each piece carefully restored with a contemporary touch to ensure that they are fit for wear while still maintaining their original design.
The store is co-founded by Miss Lou, a local singer who has made vintage glamour her trademark. Besides dresses, you’ll also find vintage accessories like ear studs, brooches, and clutch bags, to give yourself a complete makeover.
Deja Vu Vintage’s collection includes rare finds from the 1940s to 1980s, all in top condition and personally selected and imported from the U.S, Europe, Australia or Japan.
Aside from sweet dresses and accessories to pair with them, Deja Vu Vintage also provides in-house alteration services because it isn’t the perfect dress if it doesn’t have the right fit.
Address: #01-70, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
Opening hours: Daily, 11AM-9PM
Telephone: 6338 8013
Filled with 40s pencil sheath dresses, 50s fit and flare dresses, and sailor shift dresses from the 60s, Dustbunny Vintage has it all. And their cute retro shop decor is just another perk that makes you want to step in even more.
They pride themselves on providing actual vintage items that are iconic of different eras, including flattering halter necklines and retro checker prints. On top of these quality picks, they also provide tailoring services to makes sure your favourite pieces will fit you beautifully.
Address: 2-A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089110
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 12.30PM-8.30PM | Sat and Public holidays: 1PM-7PM
Telephone: 6222 0116
If you thought vintage was all about granny dresses with frills, pop by Grammah for their youthful items that boast a 90s grunge style. You’ll find colourful jackets and windbreakers, great for sprucing up a monochrome wardrobe.
Besides items that look like they could be found in the closet of a 90s American high school jock, Grammah also features many dresses with a 1920s flair. We’re talking peter pan necklines and chiffon knee-length skirts.
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As much as we ladies love shopping, the truth is it can become tiring and unpleasant when we have to squeeze through mountains of people. But Dark Horse Vintage makes things easier with their online boutique.
With detailed specifications for each garment – product overview, measurements, wash and care directions – you can be sure that whatever you pick will fit you like a glove.
Their picks include pretty 1960s sundresses, floral maxis from the 1970s, as well as accessories like big sunglasses and pearl necklaces. You can also look forward to new releases every week.
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Loop Garms was started by a pair of students whose youthful energy is evident in the exuberant selection for their clothing store. Their collection mimics that of vintage shops in Japan, featuring 80s and 90s apparel such as fishing vests, plaid pants, sports jackets and a variety of colourful graphic tees.
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You’ll also be able to find real vintage sportswear here, inclusive of brands such as Nike, Adidas and Fila. With their huge variety of items and affordability – prices start from $10 for t-shirts and caps, $35 for outerwear and $50 for bags – they are proof that you don’t have to spend much to look stylish.
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Dayglow Vintage is a shop that designs and handmakes their own vintage-inspired clothing with each piece demonstrating the seamstresses’ skill of professional pattern drafting and dressmaking. They also have a line of ethnic clothes like Cheongsams that are equally stylish.
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They often use fabrics with quirky patterns featuring animals, fruits and even comic book prints for a fun twist.
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Address: #05-10, Braddell Tech, Blk 13 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, Singapore 319261
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10AM-3PM | Sat-Sun (closed)
Telephone: 9770 4026
Vintage clothing might be “old second-hand outfits” but knowing that they each have a different background and history makes them so much more valuable. Be adventurous with your style, and head down to one of these stores to pick up an old treasure!
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