In our book, there's nothing cooler than REALLY good vintage clothing. The styles of sartorial decades gone by are unique, rare, and can be very, very gorgeous. It almost makes us feel bad for new clothes, since it can be hard to measure up. The thrill of the find is half the fun, but to make the hunt a little easier, we've rounded up the finest in Chicago vintage to make sure you'll score. Happy hunting!
1. Seek Vintage
Seek is West Town's old-school darling. The shop is adorable, the staff is incredibly sweet, and the selection is downright impressive. We love this spot for gift-giving, especially if you know someone who could use some great vintage barwares. Who knows, you might even need to gift yourself with a cute vintage pencil skirt before you leave. Seek Vintage, 1432 West Chicago Avenue (at Bishop Street); 312-526-3164.
2. Dethrose Vintage
If you want to go back, way back, to when a full skirt and teeny button-up cardigan was the epitome of sexy, you need to check out Dethrose Vintage. This is the finest selection of classic feminine fashion we've ever seen, and almost everything is in pristine condition.
3. Axis of Evelyn
Among the unbelievable furniture finds at Post27, you'll also find a handpicked selection of vintage clothing from Axis of Evelyn. We think the collection is a stellar edition to an already amazing store, and we love that we can cruise Eames era couches and 1930s-style outerwear at the same time. Post 27, 1819 West Grand Avenue; 312-829-6122.
For the days when the weather is too crappy for vintaging (tragic), we've luckily got BackGarage, a website full of vintage housewares that makes us seriously consider redecorating. You will absolutely lose it over mid-century furniture, kitchenware, and art. We don't know where they find it, and we don't care. Just give it up, now.
5. Lenny and Me
You know that feeling you get when you're walking down Milwaukee Avenue, and you suddenly realize you want everything in the gigantic widow display you're staring at? Yeah. That means you're at Lenny and Me. Furniture, fashion, you name it, Lenny and Me's size alone pretty much means you'll uncover a winner every single time you shop there. We do. Lenny and Me, 1459 North Milwaukee Avenue (at Honore Street); 773-489-5576.
6. The Roo
If you're looking for a vintage trophy piece that you'll be complimented on for the rest of eternity, you should probably pay a virtual visit to The Roo. These girls don't just put anything up on their posh site, they make sure that what you're sifting through is top notch. Let us know what you find, too—we won't be jealous. Just proud.
7. Dollparts Vintage
Dollparts is known for having a mind-blowing selection of vintage clothing, but we're also huge fans of the shop's styling approach, too (so many ideas! so little time!). We're also totally into the outerwear collection that Dollparts is sporting right now. C.J. Todd pink leather jacket? Yes, please!
Your one-stop shop for all things '80s is just around the corner in West Town. Kokorokoko's racks (and racks) of slammin' styles literally can't be beat. The store is also known for having rad parties where you can score discounts on those seven tops you just fell in love with. Kokorokoko, 1112 North Ashland Avenue (between Thomas Street and Haddon Avenue); 773-252-6996.