From family heirlooms to vintage store finds, older pieces have become a very important part of my wardrobe. While everyone needs fresh classics and staples, good vintage typically offers a combination of uniqueness, affordability, sustainability, and excitement that I rarely find when shopping for new things. Luckily, New Orleans is home to some amazing vintage shops and pop ups (both physical & online). Here are 6 of my favorites:
BDFFRNT: Working in CRE, I appreciate good store props that reflect the merchandise. BDFFRNT has some of the best I’ve seen locally (static TV displays & neon signs, old books, magazines, & board games, and a cassette tape collage, just to name a few). As for the clothing, you’ll find amazing vintage blouses & other upcycled pieces from the 70s, 80s, & 90s (best decades for fashion, IMO). The top in this look is from here.
Blue Dream: Nestled in part of a beautifully graffitied Marigny building, this shop really is dreamy (aesthetically pleasing with lots of good energy). My go-to for graphic tees, small gifts, and quality eclectic pieces.
Magpie: Super impressive selection. Lots of designer pieces, beautiful jewelry, and a great sale section. Notable finds include: navy leather Chloe heeled sandals, a pink & lime green shift dress, & delicate opal rings (as seen on my middle finger in this look, if you can actually see them).
Century Girl: Being a lover of history & pretty little feminine things, this store is one of my favorites on Magazine. From stunning, red-carpet worthy dresses (I still want to cry when I think about a silver Versace dress that I missed out on) to jewelry from the early 1900s, it’s almost like stepping into a museum — a glamorously romantic museum that you’ll definitely want to play dress up in.
Shop Juli & Jeri: Technically not a store, but they occasionally host pop ups & their stuff can be purchased via Instagram. I can always count on these two for quality statement pieces. Some of my favorites have come from them.
Funky Monkey: I’ve been shopping at Funky Monkey since I was in high school. While it’s a small store with TONS of stuff that tends to get really crowded on weekends, it’s a go-to for costumes and other fun pieces. Customer experience is not the greatest, however it still holds a place in my nostalgic ass heart.
Get my look:
Top: Vintage via BDFFRNT– other fun options w/ shoulder pads in S, M, & L
Sandals: Leith – similar here, here, & here
Sunnies: Circus by Sam Edelman – similar
Bag: Coach – similar
Jewelry: hoops & moonstone ring via Rocksbox (sponsored – 1 month free membership with code: girlfromnolaxoxo); delicate stacked rings vintage via Magpie
Photographed by: Arianna Echar, my super talented little cousin. <3