My, but do the lovely ladies (and gents) of Austin, Texas love their vintage. Here's where they go shopping -- and what they buy there.
Feathers appeals to the girl with a 1970s heart and a bohemian state of mind: Leather fringed jackets, long flowy dresses, and a seriously killer shelf of boots attracts more hippies than hipsters.
Vintage for the emo and steampunk set: Black torn tights, black leather, and black bustiers to encase your black, black heart.
Next door to Feathers lies Prototype, a roomy shop off SoCo with a mash-up of vintage styles. Head here for vintage tees, sunglasses, and extremely helpful styling on the mannequins: The store clerks create cute outfit combinations that surpass my creative capacities.
Sharing a space with the oh-so-delightful Coco Coquette wig/beauty house, Charm School Vintage is a fastidiously edited vintage shop on the east side with late '60s, Warhol Factory sensibilities, as well as loose and long scarves and dresses come summertime. Bonus points for the delightful salvaged wallpaper peeling from the ceiling.
Art photography shop, vintage clothing store, and photo booth all under one teeny tiny roof, South Austin Gallery is a best-kept-secret that I want to spoil. What I love about their clothing is that they take non-sexy vintage -- think Grandma's long-sleeved frilly nightgown -- and tailor it into hip, modern shapes, so that you get a contemporary piece with a throwback feel.
Kicky 1950s and '60s vintage to satisfy your inner Betty Draper. Also includes a promising wall of sequined, feathered, and leotardy items that could very well contain your next Halloween costume.
Love is a many splendored thing, but so is affordable vintage. North Loop is a highly concentrated two-block stretch of vintage wonders, and it is here where Splendor spread its wings: It offered gorgeous, party-worthy, and practically priced pieces inside a tiny space. I say "offered" because Splendor is now a traveling pop-up shop and popular online boutique, so even if you don't live in Austin, you can get in on the goodness: Check out SplendorAustin.com to shop.
Upscale consignment lines the walls of this bright S. Lamar outfit, where you'll find designer hand-me-downs in excellent shape: Chanel, Miu Miu, and Proenza Schouler (and not that one time Proenza Schouler designed for Target, either -- the real kind).