A surprising thing to come out of the lockdown has been my willingness to buy vintage clothing on Instagram. I’m not going wild, but have got an amazing pair of mustard coloured linen trousers (not sure whether that description does them justice) and an emerald green, very twirly midi dress, which I really need an excuse to wear soon.
Even if you fancy admiring the beautiful images rather than taking the plunge and buying, following these Irish vintage clothing stores on Instagram is a dream come true.
Read on for six amazing Irish vintage stores to follow on Instagram.
If you live near Bray you’ll love this shop, which mostly specialises in casual everyday clothing for men and women. This was the source of the amazing mustard trousers, and I still can’t believe how perfectly they fit. She usually releases a new batch of clothing on her website every Friday, as well as sharing updates and previews on Instagram during the week.
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Strawberry Fields Vintage has a gorgeous range of clothing, with regular Instagram sales as well as selling on her website and Depop. She’s great at providing detailed descriptions of the fit and size with video stories, so it’s easier to understand what you’re getting.
Alf & Roe
Alf & Roe has a shop in Donaghmore, County Tyrone, as well as selling online. The range is slightly more formal in general than other stores, and absolutely stunning. I regularly have to remind myself that there are so many twirly vintage dresses I actually need in my life.
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Lucy’s Lounge has a store in Temple Bar, but is also one of the most prolific posters on Instagram, with a range of different styles of vintage and great value. Items are often shown on the hanger rather than being modelled, so it may be harder to get a full sense of how it will look on.
A newer discovery, Yaaass Vintage models each piece on a mannequin, but has a brilliant range of items, with a lot of dramatic styles and prints and plenty of 80s clothing.
Dirty Fabulous Vintage
If you are looking for (or just admire) vintage bridal and occasion-ware, this one’s for you. Though they do most sales from their store in Monaghan, they are also starting to do special insta-story sales on occasion. With dresses from the 1930s to the 1970s, there is so much beauty it’s a lovely treat to pop up in your Instagram feed.
Many vintage stores do not offer refunds or exchanges, so make sure you’re confident with your purchase before buying.
However, most places are great with providing detailed measurements and answering any questions before you buy (although some items can go quickly, particularly during Insta-story sales).
Even if you’re not confident enough to buy just yet or not looking for anything in particular, it’s great fun to have vintage stunners showing up in your feed every now and again.
What are your favourite vintage stores? I’d love to hear.