Best 5 Vintage Clothing Shops in New England
Alexandra Hall writes about all things lifestyle in New England, but at the end of the day (and often at the beginning), her biggest question is: “What the heck am I going to wear?” She’s the editor-in-chief of the digital magazine COUP Boston and co-author of multiple Moon Handbooks and Moon Spotlight guides to New England, but her personal weakness is for vintage fashion. Herewith, she chooses the best vintage clothing shops in New England.
Who Is Sylvia?
The shop’s eponymous question may be a legitimate inquiry, but most beautiful clothing is best cast to history and mystery–so why bother dwelling on it? The best answer lies in the intricate sequin- and satin-swathed frocks (everything from 1900 to 1960) hanging across racks in this darling boutique, which has been peddling its glorious wares since 1980. Don’t miss the hat selection, or its forsaken beauty will haunt your dreams. 26 Central St., Woodstock, VT. 802-457-1110
Bobby From Boston
Bobby Garnett is a master of time-capsule creation, amassing a collection of menswear that veers from dapper ’30s suits to impeccably preserved fedoras, age-tempered designer belts, and pure-fun eccentricities like ’50s ice skates, handsome tie pins, and pocket scarves. While you’re browsing, check out the women’s collection, too. 19 Thayer St., Boston, MA. 617-423-9299
Tova’s Vintage Shop
From ’80s Givenchy to ’20s cocktail dresses and forward again to impeccably presented mid-’70s bellbottoms, the cross-section of flat-out stunning statement pieces rolled out here makes you wish you had a reason to change outfits at least three times a day. Oh, and the accessories? They make you want to throw a party, just to have a reason to wear them. 1330 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT. 860-395-1955; tovasvintage.com
The Closet Inc.
Walk in expecting to scour the racks for ho-hum consignments from last year … walk out with some of the most gorgeous finds from the last six decades. Maybe it’s an ’80s Dolce & Gabbana silk tuxedo suit, or an ultramarine cocktail dress by a relatively unknown designer. Either way, your closet will never be the same. 175 Newbury St., Boston, MA. 617-536-1919; blog.closetboston.com
Oona’s Experienced Clothing
Racks in this Harvard Square institution are arranged by decade, but statement-making pieces pervade the entire place, regardless of timeline. The women’s pants collection is unrivaled, but so is the men’s jacket section–some of the sharpest shoulders you’ll find in any era. 1210 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA. 617-491-2654; oonasboston.com