Vintage seems to be the latest craze in the fashion world, from celebrities walking the red carpet to everyday wear in the States. However, when you’re on a budget and are skeptical of resale clothing, shopping for vintage may seem intimidating.
Your best bet is to remember to keep it simple. One fabulous vintage piece is enough to carry an outfit. Think of pairing a great vintage clutch with a simple black dress, or a vintage coat with slimming jeans. Another current celebrity favorite is giant sunglasses. These are easily found in vintage stores and are always chic (think Jackie O) and are flattering on all face types.
Vintage is possible on a budget; you just have to know how much to spend. Vintage has become more expensive in the past years as its popularity has increased. Thus, stores are charging more for not so special items. If a polyester dress which could easily be found in your great aunt’s closet is more than $50, don’t buy it. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can bargain down the price of the item with the cashier.
Must shop vintage stores in Paris:
Free P Star: metro- Hotel de Ville, 8 rue St. Croix de la Bretonnerie
My absolute favorite vintage store in Paris, located in the heart of the trendy Marais. Always busy, but worth the crowds. You can find everything here: dresses, sweaters, jeans, bags, boots. Be sure to check out the downstairs (but be careful not to break your neck on the tiny staircase!) as everything in the basement is 10 euros (about $12). Be prepared to dig as this store has a mass of merchandise. Great bargains, great atmosphereâ€¦ a must see!
Kiliwatch: metro- Etienne Marcel, 84 rue Tiquetonne
More pricey than the store above, but also a great place for vintage and new merchandise (located in the back of the store). More individualized items can be found such as jewelry, band t-shirts, and leather pumps. Both women’s and men’s apparel sold.
Rag: metro- Hotel de Ville, 85 rue St. Martin
A well-known vintage store in Paris. Popular for an older crowd. The most expensive on the list, but worth the cost. Vintage French designer pieces are here (I had my eye on an Hermes scarf for 85 euros). It is conveniently located near other vintage stores around the Centre Pompidou.
Vintage style on the street:
A. This Parisienne pairs a vintage sequined vest and vintage tote with an all black ensemble.
B. Get creative with vintage: this girl turned a skirt into a dress. Also, belts are a great accessory that are easily found in vintage stores for cheap.