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Miami: Five top spots for vintage fashion

When it’s time for a well-earned break, we like to take our sun, sea and sand with a little pinch of shopping on the side. And for us that means only one city – Miami.

Savvy style hounds will already be well aware of the breadth and depth of Miami’s shopping scene: the department stores and big name retailers at Aventura Mall; luxury fashion at Bal Harbour Shops and the Shops at Merrick Park; new and innovative designer brands in the Design District, and the major commercial boulevards of central Miami Beach – Lincoln Road Mall, Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive and Espanola Way.

But there’s an unexpected treat in store for sartorially-inclined visitors hankering after something retro or reincarnated:  Miami is also home to a fabulous vintage scene, so there’s no excuse not to get your (new) gladrags on. Here’s our pick of the best vintage hotspots in town…

C. Madeleine’s

Generally regarded as the best and most extensive vintage store in town, C. Madeleine’s is 10,000 square feet of retail space filled to the brim with gorgeous shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and, of course, every conceivable type of clothing you can think of. Organised by the decade – with pieces dating right back to the 1900s – you’ll find everything from 1920s Egyptian revival dresses to 1950s cinched-in waist taffeta ballgowns and 1970s animal print pantsuits. Expect to be browsing for a very long time.

C. Madeleine’s, 13702 Biscayne Blvd, N. Miami Beach


Fly Boutique

A fire forced the massively popular vintage emporium Fly Boutique out of their Lincoln Road boutique into another location just around the corner, but they’ve since opened a much larger store on Biscayne Boulevard, which also stocks some luggage and furniture items. Look out for simple collectibles like retro concert t-shirts among the rare Versace, Chanel, Valentino and Prada gems.

Fly Boutique, 7235 Biscaye Blvd, N. Miami Beach

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole prides itself on an affordable, hand-picked range of items, which includes everything from 1970s Grecian-style maxi dresses and men’s cowboy boots to demure 1940s nightgowns and needlepoint purses. The store is a brilliant trove of discovery, with a focus on items you’d really want to wear – and combine with the rest of your wardrobe – and it’s clearly all been pulled together with skill, creativity and lots of passion.

The Rabbit Hole, 791 NE 125th Street, North Miami


Las Tias

In between Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, Las Tias‘ range of vintage goodies runs the gamut from clothing, bags, shoes and beautiful hand fans to furniture, lighting and all kinds of home and garden accessories. In fact, if you come here just for clothes you’re likely to walk out with more than you bargained for. This is a store for those treasure hunters whose love of vintage runs through every aspect of their lives.

Las Tias, 2638 SW 28th Lane, Miami


Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market

Not a store and only held every other Sunday from October through to May, but the Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market is one of the best reasons in Miami to skip your weekend lie-in. This South Beach institution with a street festival atmosphere normally has around 125 vendors displaying their wares. At the fashion end of things you might spy pristine editions of 1970s and 80s Vogue magazines, antique jewellery, classy sunhats and still-perfect Hermes silk scarves. And look out for super-sleek clothes and accessories from Miami’s Art Deco-era heyday too.

Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market, Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach

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