Vintage and retro clothing is proof that fashion is indeed cyclical. Much like history tends to repeat itself, the classic and playful pieces of the ’50s ’60s ’70s and ’80s are some of the easiest and more affordable ways to add a unique and creative flair to your closet. Whether rocking retro finds styled to a completely new take on a classic frock or combining your vintage favorites with clothing and accessories you already own, the options are limitless when you incorporate a touch of vintage into your wardrobe. For a blast from the past, try on the vintage styles available at these five retailers and boutiques.
5890 Ellsworth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
For more than 30 years, Hey Betty has been a favorite among vintage-loving fashionistas for its eclectic and authentic collection of vintage clothing and accessories. Whether you’re searching for quality vintage jeans, ’70s retro t-shirts, hats or ’50s-style dresses, you’re guaranteed to find it in this Shadyside store. The real gems of Hey Betty, however, are its outstanding collection of vintage costume jewelry and accessories. Don’t be fooled by Hey Betty’s small storefront; there are plenty of retro treasures tucked inside.
5858 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
If you want only the most diverse and quirky selection of vintage pieces to choose from, make Avalon Exchange among your shopping stops. Because the store is constantly acquiring top-quality accessories and clothes, you’re sure to find the hottest retro wear, from leather and denim to dresses and jewelry. Men and women will love the trendy pieces that feature designer and vintage fashions, including jackets, footwear, belts and ties, handbags, scarves, skirts and shirts. Avalon Exchange is located on Forbes Avenue in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
4740 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
It doesn’t matter if your style is more retro rocker or vintage Vuitton, Clothes Minded has hand-selected fashions that the most discerning vintage shopper craves. Clothes Minded carries vintage looks for men and women, including clothes, accessories and shoes from designers and brands like Dior, BCBG, Chanel, Bisou Bisou, Michael Kors and 7 For All Mankind. While the quaint store is one of the city’s newer vintage boutiques, there’s a surprisingly unique inventory on display and all at exceptional prices. If you’re in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield area, take a few minutes to browse all that Clothes Minded has to offer.
1411 E Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Kate Colussy, owner of Highway Robbery Vintage, is proof that rocking the trendiest retro clothing isn’t just for high-end fashionistas or vintage-style connoisseurs. Colussy believes that vintage makes its wearer look and feel great, and she’s spent years collecting various fun, affordable and versatile pieces that do just that by combining fashion with function. All of the accessories and clothes at Highway Robbery Vintage are from the ‘50s to the early ‘90s and designed to be worn with pieces you already own to give you a casual and easy way to wear your favorite retro finds. Highway Robbery Vintage is located on East Carson Street in the South Side area.
1722 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
From dresses, skirts and handbags to denim, shirts, shoes and jackets, if there’s a certain vintage item on your must-own list, you’re almost certain to find it at Ambiance Boutique. High fashion abounds at this Squirrel Hill storefront with pieces from designers Zac Posen, Burberry, Chloe, Alexander Wang and more. Browse unbelievably priced clothes and accessories that will rival even the trendiest fashions of today. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at the moment, put your name on the customer wish list and let Ambiance Boutique contact you when your dream item comes in.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.