Don’t get us wrong, we love the high street- take a peek into any of our wardrobes and you will see a lifelong dedication to fast and fun fashion. Having said that, now and again a girl wants something with a little more, well, history and for when those hankerings hit, we turn to vintage. From the classic cuts, effortless elegance to pure romanticism, nothing sets our hearts a flutter quicker than stumbling on that perfect vintage find.
So, with that in mind, we give you our most tried and tested, famed and favourite vintage shops in town.
Day Glow Vintage
For when trudging around the shops, praying for the perfect party dress to fall into your pretty paws isn’t an option, enter Day Glow Vintage. A wonderfully curated selection of vintage clothes and accessories, this handy little website even ships worldwide. What’s more, they even stock new retro-inspired delights to really help you mix and match that vintage look.
Day Glow Vintage, www.dayglowvintage.com
Déjà vu Vintage
We have to be honest; we find it pretty hard to leave this wonderfully central vintage haven empty handed. Located in Milenia Walk, (which also has a huge Howards Home storage and Twelve cupcakes too) expect some of the finest vintage Singapore has to offer. From silver brocade dresses, fun and flirty skirts to even vintage designer – this is a must-see for any vintage vixens out there.
Déjà vu Vintage, Milenia Walk, #01-70 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore, 039596, 6388 8013, www.dejavuvintage.com
Chances are if you have taken a wonder down Haji Lane, then you have happened upon Dulcetfig. A marvelous medley of new and old (Dulcetfig stocks vintage alongside their own label and curated cult US and Australia brands) we can always count on this lovely little boutique for a vintage bag we can’t live without or perfect day dress. What’s more, if they’re not asleep, the in-house kitties can help you pick out your ensemble.
Dulcetfig, 47 Haji Lane, Singapore, 189234, 6396 5648, www.dulcetfig.com
One of the very first on the vintage scene, Dustbunny Vintage is not to be missed. Not only does this little treasure trove (it sits pretty under an HDB) have some of the best vintage Chanel, Gucci and YSL we have seen on these fair shores, their non-label goods are just as good. With owner Pia on hand to talk you through the history of each piece, from jewellery, dress to shoes – Dustbunny is the perfect one stop vintage shop.
Dustbunny Vintage, Block 112, #01-203 Bukit Purmei Road, Singapore, 090112, 6274 4200, www.dustbunnyvintage.com
Granny’s Day Out
Peninsula shopping centre isn’t exactly where you would normally find us, (the mainstay of this off the beaten track, 80s built mall is discount sports goods and comic book stores) but we always make an exception for Granny’s Day Out. Right at the top on the third floor, mainstream vintage is this friendly little boutiques forte, with 1950s cotton dresses, 70s print shirts and more jewellery and shoes than you could shake a retro stick at.
Granny’s Day Out, 03-25 Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore, 179804, 6336 9774, www.grannysdayout.com
Nostaligia Vintage Queen
If there is one thing we love more than stumbling across a new vintage shop, it’s finding out the owner of said shop is as lovely as her wears. An absolute treasure chest of retro (most of the clothes are 1960s and above) delights, we spent hours in this tiny Dhoby Ghaut find, trying on and chatting away. What’s more, they even run a loyalty card scheme, giving you money off each time you purchase – what could be better than that?
Nostaligia Vintage Queen, #01-75 Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, Singapore, 9765 8257, www.nostalgiaqueen.com
There are two types of shoppers: the dash and run diva and the rooter, and if you fall into the latter, you will love Oakham Market. Only open at weekends, this quirky underground market is a mix of fab where- did-you-get-that finds (think cute 80s shirts and perfect day dresses) and the more off-beat (think day-glow shorts and Notorious B.I.G printed shorts.) If you love a rummage, and don’t mind a bit of noise (we half expected to find a nightclub on our way into it) then we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Oakham Market, 45 Haji Lane, Singapore, 189238, www.o-mighty.com/products
The Vintage Diary
They say some of the best things in life are the unexpected ones, and The Vintage Diary certainly falls into this category. Part vintage shop, part comic book shop, this is a veritable Alladin’s cave of shirts, skirts and even the odd bit of menswear. To be honest, it can be more miss than hit, but what The Vintage Diary lacks in consistency, it certainly makes up for in offerings, having served up an amazing cricket jumper, Chloe-esque blouse and silk to-die-for maxi skirt in its time.
The Vintage Diary, China Square Central, 18 Cross Street, Singapore, 048423, 6557 2571, www.thevintagediary.com
Don’t be put off by the fact that visiting World Savage is by appointment only. This doesn’t mean that it is either out of this worldly expensive or fantastically fussy, it just means that the owners are normally out hunting down goodies and don’t want you turning up to a closed door. Selling everything from lamps and dresses to jewellery and pictures – this is a vintage aficionados dream. With the shop’s slogan being ‘You can park paradise here,’ and with some of the most unique things we have ever seen – they might just be right.
World Savage, 70 Bussorah Street, Singapore, 199483, 6536 8590, www.worldsavage.com