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BEST Vintage Clothing

2015 BEST Vintage Clothing

SoWa Vintage Market


If the thrill is in the hunt, then giddiness springs eternal at SoWa’s weekly conglomerate of throwback merchants. Clothing hawkers come and go throughout the year, but you’re always guaranteed a healthy stock of vintage couture, bargain furs, broken-in cowboy… read more»

2014 BEST Vintage Clothing



If you lack the patience to sift through piles and paw through racks to find vintage gems, head to this Harvard Square institution, where staffers have done the treasure-hunting for you. Waiting to meet your closet: sweet Twiggy-era shift dresses,… read more»

2013 BEST Vintage Clothing



The success of a vintage look is generally determined by whether or not it screams “time machine.” That’s why we love Artifaktori, in Beacon Hill. Its iconic accessories immediately make an ensemble pop, without looking like pop-culture throwbacks: a bright… read more»

2012 BEST Vintage Clothing



Not everyone who shops at vintage spots wants to resemble a ’50s pinup gal—including us. We’d rather comb through the brilliantly stocked, sensibly priced racks at Artifaktori for cozy fisherman’s sweaters, gently worn floral Dr. Martens, and beaded detachable collars…. read more»

2011 BEST Vintage Clothing

Poor Little Rich Girl


Score iconic pieces from every era—Edwardian velvet gowns, 1950s sock-hop skirts, and last season’s Marc Jacobs babydoll dresses, for starters—at well-below-typical vintage prices at these twin north-of-the-river boutiques. Scarves, shoes, and funky jewelry round out the selection. Bonus: The Cambridge… read more»

2010 BEST Vintage Clothing, Men's

Bobby from Boston


If you like vintage-inspired menswear from Ben Sherman and Rogues Gallery, you’ll love Bobby from Boston, a time capsule of a boutique owned by world traveler Bobby Garnett. He specializes in filling his expansive South End space with collegiate sweaters,… read more»

2010 BEST Vintage Clothing, Jewelry

Twentieth Century Limited


This tiny Beacon Hill basement shop is like your great-aunt’s jewelry collection, only better (and bigger). The display cases at Twentieth Century Limited are organized by decade (1900s through the early ’90s) and show off chandelier earrings, vintage snake wrap-bracelets,… read more»

2008 BEST Vintage Clothing

Bobby from Boston


For anyone who didn’t have a crazy great-aunt who spent like a fiend, wore things once, and saved it all, owner Bobby Garnett has an unreal stockpile of immaculately kept vintage apparel and accessories. On a recent trip to the… read more»

2007 BEST Vintage Clothing



This is vintage for the finicky. No wading through bins, no discarding racks’ worth of garments for signs of age or questionable authenticity. Co-owner and former high school history teacher Rachel Hirsch works with suppliers from around the globe, and… read more»

2005 BEST Vintage Clothing

Café Society


When it comes to looking good, creativity is key. Learn to express yourself, piece together original outfits, and steer away from mass-marketed merchandise by heading to Café Society. The store’s well-priced mix of vintage shoes, bags, hats, and jewelry—all in… read more»