Besides being home to luxury brands and designer labels, Singapore also boasts a range of establishments where you can find a trove of fashion gems.
Whether you’re looking to strut your idiosyncratic style with old-school paraphernalia from vintage clothing stores or hunt for pre-loved street fashion, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our guide to vintage clothes stores and pre-loved threads in Singapore.
A Vintage Tale
If you’re looking to exude the old-school charm with your signature style, then look no further —A Vintage Tale stocks statement pieces by fashion brands like Chanel, Valentino and Gucci, some of which date as far back as the ‘50s.
Aptly located amid the old-school shophouses of Joo Chiat, this charming boutique is choc-a-bloc with designer handbags, retro costume jewellery and racks of colourful dresses.
Many of the treasures you’ll find here were handpicked by founders Azzurra La Mantia and Jasmine De Brauwer in cities ranging from Miami to Milan, making it a must-visit for lovers of global fashion.
Be sure to keep updated on seasonal sales and new items by checking out the store’s Facebook page.
A Vintage Tale. 277 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427531. +65 9187 0410.
Mon 2.30-7.30pm; Tue-Sun 11.30am-7.30pm.
Run by a duo of former-schoolmates-turned-entrepreneurs with a love for fashion, Loop Garms exudes a charm reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Step in for a dose of nostalgia as you explore racks of vintage apparel—from plaid bottoms and sports jackets to t-shirts with rock band motifs. The store also sells a range of memorabilia that’ll have you taking a trip down memory lane, including Game Boys, portable CD players and comic books.
Keep your eyes on the store’s Instagram account to snap up rare gems like collector-edition sneakers or exclusive pieces.
Loop Garms. 635 Veerasamy Road #01-148, Singapore 200635.
If convenience is as important to you as cost, Refash is your go-to haunt for a spot of bargain hunting.
The brand boasts outlets at various shopping malls across the island, with a range of local and global brands sourced from a community of sustainable shoppers.
The establishment’s wares evolve on a regular basis, but don’t be surprised to find popular brands like Uniqlo or local stalwarts like Love, Bonito. Pro-tip: do a quick scan of their website to see what’s sold out and what’s currently available.
If you’re looking to declutter your wardrobe or find a new home for yesteryear’s clothes, you can also sell your pre-loved threads at any of their outlets.
Refash Headquarters at Ubi Techpark. 10 Ubi Crescent #03-38 Lobby C, Singapore 408564.
For a full list of outlets, click here.
The Fashion Pulpit
As Singapore’s first and largest swapping platform, The Fashion Pulpit has set a high bar for fashion that saves both the planet and your bank account.
Expand your wardrobe by trading your preloved items for in-store ones, which are also donated by other trendsetters. The store’s spacious racks of goods are aesthetically laid out for visitors, and the establishment also offers a range of memberships, with great deals for returning shoppers.
Marina One The Heart. 5 Straits View #01-04, Singapore 018935. +65 8399 5343.
A passion project that’s evolved from a pop-up booth to a brick-and-mortar outlet, Threadlightly sits cosily in a corner of the old-school Queensway Shopping Centre. The store’s three distinct categories of clothing—Rehome, Reclaim and Rework—focus on sustainable fashion, vintage pieces collected by the founder and fashion made from repurposed textiles.
Every item here has been carefully curated and collected, as part of founder Rin Azhar’s vision to encourage sustainable and ethical fashion. Tie-dyed shirts, fashionable blazers and colourful skirts are just some of the pieces you’ll find here, as well as a dedicated section for local brands.
Queensway Shopping Centre. 1 Queensway #02-22, Singapore 149053.