Ballard's Lucky Dry Goods is primed for real-life dress-up.
A multi-vendor setup precludes Bon Voyage from sticking to a single style—pretty floral dresses mingle among faded band tees. But from the heavily stickered dressing room to the rack of handmade items from local designers like Janelle Abbott and Anti-Couture, the grungier aspects of Seattle fashion feel alive and well in Pioneer Square.
You could spend hours in this downtown Fremont basement without being ever the wiser. Dozens of merchants vaguely organized into their own mini shops means there’s something here for everyone, from retro Seahawks gear to mid-century barware to cheeky earrings made by locals.
Indian Summer sits on a corner in residential Capitol Hill, a jewelry box of slinky ’60s dresses and shimmery ’90s crop tops nestled next to a convenience store with a bright red Coca-Cola sign. Though its doors are currently shut, owner Adria Garcia stays busy posting an immaculate selection for sale on Instagram: Look to Indian Summer for a size-inclusive lineup of the mind-bogglingly glam finds that drew you to vintage in the first place.
Avoid the emotional trauma of finding your high school crew neck at a vintage shop: the Ballard sibling of the U District’s Lucky Vintage primarily stocks dressier, higher-end vintage items, from ’80s blazers to ’50s house dresses. Buying through Instagram DM is easy—Lucky Dry Goods posts new pieces with measurements daily—but visit its cozy (and literal) brick-and-mortar for an enthralling search without the potential overwhelm of racks on racks.
Craft an entire retro aesthetic with this Summit Ave shop’s vintage and vintage-inspired party dresses, fur capes, and kitten heels, all practically made for wearing while sipping champagne and pretending to be a Golden Age Hollywood starlet. Speaking of champagne: Pretty Parlor is your best bet in the city for a classic wedding gown.
Red Light advertises itself as Seattle’s biggest vintage clothing shop, and we haven’t seen anyone mount a convincing argument to the contrary—its racks of clothing from every decade in the past century seem to go as far as the eye can see (and, behind that, there’s a back room full of even better deals). Plus, this University Way mainstay serves double duty as a costume store: Dive into a treasure trove of ’90s dresses, or find something flashy to wear to a house party once we’re all safely vaxxed.
For die-hard Seattle fans and those who simply appreciate quality vintage, Throwbacks NW is the city’s go-to stop for old-school jerseys, pristine snapbacks, and comfy crew necks in the fonts, colorways, and teams (we miss you, Sonics) of an era that’s bygone, but not forgotten.