Flossy McGrew’s (credit: CBS)
As Heidi Klum likes to point out repeatedly at the end of Project Runway, “In fashion, one day you’re in and the next you’re out.” What Heidi fails to mention is that the very next day, you could be in again. Fashion is cyclical. Everything old eventually becomes new again, which is why they invented vintage stores. Vintage pieces are a great way to express individual style and to create looks that stand out. Fortunately, Denver has a multitude of vintage shops to satisfy all vintage tastes.
Hours: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Boss Unlimited has been serving the vintage needs of Denver for more than 25 years. With merchandise from several different eras, Boss has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a “Mad Men” inspired cocktail dress or a baby doll dress straight from “Clueless,” this is the store for you. Boss is known for having a broad selection of clothing and a knowledgeable staff. The store carries clothing and accessories for men and women, so hipsters of all types can go find something to pair with their pompadours and skinny jeans.
Hours: Tues- Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
One common problem when it comes to vintage clothing is that it can be difficult to find plus-sized merchandise. Athena’s Closet solves that problem. This store specifically caters to the plus size market and offers a quality selection of vintage merchandise. Locally-owned and operated, Athena’s Closet features a mix of vintage and modern clothing and accessories at affordable prices. The store is clean and organized with a staff that is dedicated to creating a comfortable shopping experience. If you are a plus-sized woman in search of a vintage look, Athena’s Closet is the store for you.
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Hours: Tues – Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Nestled in the midst of South Broadway’s antiques district, Regal Vintage carries merchandise from all eras of the 20th century. This store is a great place to find a retro look for an affordable price. Their clothes are clean and in good condition. The merchandise here also turns over quite frequently, so there is always something new to try on (if you like something, be sure and get it before it’s gone). Visit Real Vintage and find a genuine pair of wide legged jeans to rock the 70s trends that are popular now. Or go pick up a bohemian sweater from the 60s.
Hours: Tues – Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
With a popular location in Boulder, Common Threads has opened a second location in Denver’s Wash Park neighborhood. Common Threads is a consignment store, and they are picky with what they accept. For this reason, you can find some great deals on designer and non-designer clothing at this store. With vintage pieces mixed in with contemporary items, Common Threads is a great place to mix and match and put together an updated spin on a vintage look. The merchandise here is well organized, so it makes finding one of a kind pieces easier, maximizing your shopping time.
Hours: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Also located in Denver’s antique district, Flossy McGrew’s is a full on vintage explosion. In addition to clothing, this store sells furniture and accessories. Stop in for the wide legged jeans and leave with the wide legged jeans, the 8-track player, the roller skates and the disco ball. While this store can get overwhelming with its sheer volume of novelties, it is a great place to find vintage items to add to your wardrobe. It is also an excellent place to go if you need to find a costume for a decade-themed party.
Retro clothing can be a fun way to spice up any wardrobe and to create a style all your own. There are a lot of resources out there for people who want to mix it up and rock the throwback look. Check out some of these vendors to add some flair to your closet.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.