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BY HANNAH ELLIOTT, Robinson High
The dated clothes we used to see only in movies or old family photos are making a comeback, a sort of greening of fashion as we recycle things Gram or Mom gave up years ago. High-waisted pants, cat-eye glasses, Peter Pan collars, crop tops, oxfords, florals and bohemian looks are all back in the spotlight, at least for now. If you are as intrigued with this blast from the past and your grandparents’ closets are not close by, go do some research. Here are three places that are vital go-sees if you are looking to embrace the trend, or even if you just want to figure out what vintage is all about. The hunt is half the fun.
Misred Outfitters, 615 Central Ave., downtown St. Petersburg
The store focuses on vintage items you would see recreated in Urban Outfitters, but cheaper. Most items hover around the $20 mark. This store mostly showcases ’60s and ’70s hippie-inspired vintage, so you won’t run into any disco boots or flapper dresses. Misred has a fashion-forward feel and doesn’t come across as costume-y like some vintage stores.
Squaresville Vintage Clothing & Retro Home Decor, 508 S Howard Ave., Tampa
This shop has built its reputation on an epic collection of old band T-shirts, along with retro sports team memorabilia. Squaresville also has an assortment of retro furniture that looks like it was donated from the set of the movie Almost Famous. The eclectic mix of classic rock ’n’ roll covers costume-y and authentic. The hodgepodge of T-shirts, furniture and trinkets is a great option for unique birthday presents or additions to your closet.
La France, 1612 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City
La France is the grandmother of all vintage stores. You won’t really know vintage until you have seen this antique-chic mecca. From the first glance in the front door, you are transported back in time. The store is packed with endless clothing and jewelry — and a mad hat collection. Attention, boys (if you even ventured to read this): La France also houses a great men’s section, with the raddest Hawaiian shirt and tie collection I’ve ever seen. It explores many eras, even back to the 1920s. This is a more upscale vintage choice, so the prices tend to be a little higher.
These are only three of the bay area’s great selection of vintage stores, so jump into the DeLorean and go shopping. There’s a world of style waiting to be brought back to the future.