Everything old is new again when it comes to vintage clothing stores. Why look like just another Urban Outfitter-clad carbon copy of the next guy or gal when you have the option of dressing in something no one else can get his or her hands on?
The popularity (and “cool” factor) of vintage clothing has grown in recent years, so much so that there are a large number of vintage clothing stores right here in the Metro Detroit area.
Even if you’re a fashion connoisseur who only follows the latest trends, you might find something that suits your personal style at one of the following vintage stores:
Lost & Found Vintage, 510 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, carries vintage clothing from the 1900s through the 1980s. You can peruse dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and more in store, or purchase them online through the shop’s Etsy store.
You’ll find beautiful and unique items like a 1970s elephant pendant necklace, 1920s flapper dresses and beaded gowns from the 40s.
If you need further validation, or celebrity endorsement, actress Eva Mendes gave Lost & Found a shout out in the September 2013 issue of InStyle magazine. If it’s good enough for Ryan Gosling’s girlfriend, it should be good enough for you. Because that’s the closest you’ll ever get to him.
Regeneration Clothing, 23700 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge, is a blast from the past. Storeowners Melanie Williams and Nicole Freud buy and sell vintage clothing to eager Metro Detroiters who have been frequenting the store since it opened in 2007.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are “buy days,” where you can bring your best olden day threads to the store from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If they choose to buy and sell your items, you’ll be offered either cash or store credit. Good motivation to finally clean out your closet, ‘eh?
Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe, 23716 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, is a vintage boutique full of affordable pieces that can be purchased online or in-store. Sweater dresses, beaded tops, high-waisted skirts and blazers are all popular items, in addition to jewelry and purses.
Each year, owners and best friends Renee Yacoub and Ann-Marie George select the Face of Ray-Ann’s Wardrobe to represent the store for that year. The search for 2015’s “face” begins in November, so get those portfolios ready, ladies.
Keep in mind, these are all final sale items, so make sure you absolutely can’t live without something (and that it fits, isn’t torn, etc.) before swiping your credit card.
The Getup Vintage, 215 S. State St., Ann Arbor, sells vintage clothing and specializes in garments from the 1940s through 1970s. While perusing the racks, you’ll also find items from as far back as the Victorian ages and as recent as the 1980s. No matter what era or style you covet, you’ll find something to suit your personal tastes at The Getup.
Reware Vintage is a Metro Detroit-based online vintage store, where you’ll find everything from clothing to earrings to scarves. Reware Vintage is run by local resident Bethany Nixon, who launched her website in 2005. Items from Reware Vintage can be purchased on the official website as well as Etsy.
In the words of fashion maven Coco Chanel, “in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Vintage clothing is one way to set yourself apart!