Retro Chic: Our Top Picks for Vintage Fashion Lovers
Everyone knows that Liverpool is a city of trendsetters and while we like our high fashion and designers labels, the vintage trend has a huge following here too. If you’re looking for a totally unique piece of the past, or maybe an old-school designer one-off, Liverpool is the place to get it.
We took a stroll around the city centre to bring you our top 8 retro faves.
Founded back in 1991 Resurrection’s heart is very much still set in the 90’s. With men’s and women’s ranges of causal street wear made up of original Ellesse T-shirts, Kappa trackie tops and of course, every size and shape of Levi’s jeans. Whats more, Resurrection offers an alteration service too, so you could pay as little as £25 for a pair of custom fit 501’s! There’s currently a brilliant mix of shell suit jackets and some seriously 80’s looking footy training tops in at the moment too. Pure, affordable nostalgia. Check it out for yourself, Resurrection, Bold Street. www.resurrection-online.com
Now obviously Oxfam is an internationally known charity and its charity shops are known across the land. But the store on Bold Street is synonymous with vintage fashion in Liverpool and has stocked some of the best one-off retro pieces we’ve ever seen. From faux fur coats and kid gloves, to tuxedo trousers and spats, Oxfam Bold Street doesn’t just sell the clothing, it sells the mood. Original records and amazing 70’s furniture have graced the shop floor for years. We picked up a lovely little white summer dress for less than £6! You just cant leave empty handed! Opening hours and donation details here: Oxfam, Bold Street
Rex – The Concept Store
Joining the eclectic mix on Bold Street, Rex has fit in with the crowd perfectly. Supporting independent businesses in art, fashion, vintage, homewares and jewellery, they stock so many original pieces, you’re spoiled for choice. On our visit last week we could’ve easily bought a retro dining table and 6 chairs, a funky neon, knotty dog lead and a vintage YSL handbag! Now that’s what we call mixing it up! See whats in store now, www.rexshop.co.uk
We think Pop Boutique is single-handedly responsible for the Christmas Jumper trend that swept the nation a couple of years ago. Their collection of absolute horrors (or winners depending on your sense of fun) was stunning! Original crocheted polar bear jumpers, LED santa sweaters and printed Coca Cola truck t shirts flew off the shelves and it was only a matter of time before the major high-street brands got involved too. The store on Bold Street is now a mecca for students and vintage fans alike, with some beautiful cut-out summer dresses and leather pieces in that will make you swoon! Check it out: www.pop-boutique.com
British Red Cross
We were too busy drooling on the window of the British Red Cross, Renshaw Street to actually go in. Because right there in the window, shimmering away in a glass cabinet, lay the most beautiful pair of designer shoes we’d ever laid eyes on. Behold, the stunning jade green, full glitter Vivienne Westwood, Anglomania ‘Melissa’ in pristine condition, and priced at just £50. Obviously we had a total cinderella moment and tried for a good twenty minutes to get them on, but alas, size 4 was just too tiny and so we had to make do with trying on the 60’s day dresses instead. A real hidden gem this store you’d be mad to miss. Opening times and more info here.
69A Renshaw Street
Having traded in vintage wares since 1976, 69a Renshaw Street is a treasure trove of antiques, decorative art and vintage fashion with items ranging from 50p to thousands of pounds. Here you will find Mary Quant leather boots, 1920’s silk embroidered kimono’s and Victorian collapsible top hats just waiting to be discovered. A wander around 69a is more of an experience and history lesson than a quick pit stop for a bargain. Invest in the past with a one-off piece here and there’s no doubt it’ll become and heirloom. Browse the catalogue online at www.69aliverpool.co.uk
Quiggins at Grand Central
Ahh Quiggins, the Queen of quirky fashion in Liverpool. If you’re looking for the best quality woollen overcoats a’la Sherlock or indeed a bowler hat (more like Dr Watson) grand Central will be able to supply it. Not just an outlet for Gothic and niche clothing, wandering around the myriad of smaller shops selling everything from ballgowns to fancy dress items and walking sticks, is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Find out more about whats on offer here.
Okay so Pillbox Vintage is not a store, but a monthly vintage fair that takes place in venues around the north west, from Retro Sundays at LEAF, Bold Street to The Atkinson, Lord Street Southport. Pillbox Vintage are champions of council estate chic, ladies who lunch, nans that knit and men with beards (their words not ours) and with fairs running right up until late November, finding a unique gift for those hard to buy for relatives will be easy peasy. Find out more at www.pillboxvintage.com
There’s no denying that we love to stand out in Liverpool and supporting the independents and charity shops helps spread the love even further!
If you happen to buy the Vivienne Westwood shoes, send us a pic @TheGuideLpool