You know what they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Unfortunately, despite the endlessly iconic sportswear of the '80s, '90s and early '00s, a lot of brands have chosen to move in new directions (much to our dismay).
For those of us who love the old classics, shopping online at our favourite sporting stores often leaves us longing for the days of logomania and matching tracksuits. But just because the big brands no longer stock it, doesn’t mean we can’t get our hands on it.
Thanks to the explosion of resale sites within the last decade, the vintage clothing industry is booming, and sportswear hasn't been forgotten. From printed hoodies to classic kicks, the demand for retro sportswear is bigger than ever, with Gen Z quoting everyone from Princess Diana to Sporty Spice as influences in its resurgence.
Though the streetwear boom has seen many brands create homages to archive collections, there's a clear demand for authentic vintage sportswear. From Kim Kardashian being spotted wearing adidas popper pants to Rihanna sporting a Fila jersey, vintage sportswear is alive and well – and we know exactly where to find it.
If you're searching for the perfect Champion hoodie or The North Face fleece, click through to discover the best places to shop vintage sportswear...
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If you've heard of Brick Lane Vintage Market staple Proxy Vintage, you need to get to know its sister brand, Hiba. Focusing entirely on womenswear, the online retailer is known for its curated collection of vintage designer goods but it also offers a ton of sports luxe looks. From oversized sweatshirts to one-of-a-kind Dunks, Hiba is a one-stop shop for vintage treasures.
If you're looking for vintage sportswear with edge, Frankie Collective is the place to shop. Reworking a selection of basketball jerseys, tracksuit bottoms, hoodies and bomber jackets, the brand is best for those who enjoy an Americana vibe. Among the rows of baseball tees, there is also a selection of vintage football shirts and racing jackets for those who want to rep their home team.
ASOS Marketplace has been on our radar since its conception in 2010. Sitting far away from its gigantic e-tailer sister site, ASOS Marketplace mixes vintage finds with reworked collections. Among the goods is a solid selection of vintage sports tees, caps, trainers, hoodies and more. While the site lends itself to seamless searching, some of the best bargains can be found at @oldbutgoldvintage, @messinahembry, @sestrisvintage and @ravevintage.
Depop is one of the biggest names in the secondhand marketplace but while other apps fall victim to oversaturation, the platform still manages to source a ton of unique sportswear. A lot of shops sell modified collections of tie-dye logo T-shirts and cropped hoodies but many keep to simple vintage classics. Our favourites include @quaintclothing_uk for '90s windbreakers and body warmers, @blaisesbitsandbobs for hoodies and sweatshirts and @clothvintage for puffer jackets and tees.
Vestiaire Collective has made a name for itself with its selection of pre-worn designer garments. While it's mostly known for Jimmy Choos and Chanel handbags, the site also stocks a selection of sportswear, the best of which can be found in the trainer section. Whether you're hunting for the perfect vintage SB Dunks or a pair of wavy Air Alaris, Vestiaire Collective is the place to look.
If you're looking for the hall of fame of vintage sportswear, somewhere like Thrifted.com is ideal. Stocking a never-ending supply of adidas tracksuits, Champion hoodies and The North Face fleeces, the vintage superstore has pretty much all the basics on lock. Plus the prices make it twice as nice.
Ah, bricks-and-mortar shops, remember those? Just because the current COVID-19 lockdown has us staying inside, doesn't mean you have to miss out on the glory of vintage stores. With some of the UK's biggest vintage shops producing online versions of their inventories, you can find most classic sportswear looks among the piles of fur coats, dungarees and novelty sunglasses. Our mainstays include Rokit, Beyond Retro and COW, all of which have an unending supply of such classics as logo fleeces, tees and ski jackets.
During its 26-year reign as the internet's best known marketplace, eBay has constantly reinvented itself. Offering users a chance to get their hands on cheap pre-owned goods, the site sparked a secondhand revolution for fashion lovers with its selection of vintage finds. It may not offer a sleek curation of specific sportswear but eBay is all about going after the items you want and hoping the internet gods have your back. If you're on the hunt for a mint condition 1980s adidas baseball jacket, eBay is where it's at.
If you have a particular love of sportswear from the '80s or '90s, Desire VTG is the site for you. From Umbro fleeces to reversible Nike football jackets, the sheer quantity of "Park Life"-worthy gear is something to behold. Plus, if you have a taste for the spontaneous, the website also offers a Mystery Box filled with vintage sportswear delights.