At a time when reusing and recycling are trendy, the best vintage clothing shops in Washington, D.C., could be called fashion forward. There’s a chance you’ll find something unique, something affordable and maybe even something that was worn to the White House. After all, you’re shopping in Washington, D.C.! – Kathryn McKay

Inga’s Once Is Not Enough

4830 MacAruthur Blvd.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-3072

This is not the place to shop for jeans and t-shirts, nor is it likely to please the twentysomething crowd. But for sophisticated ladies who dine at the country club, the Press Club or on Capitol Hill, Inga’s is one of the best vintage clothing shops in Washington, DC. In this second floor consignment shop, Inga carries Christian Lacroix, D&G, Prada, Valentino, YSL and other top couturiers. There’s a whole section devoted to Chanel. It’s also a glorious place to go for gowns and furs. After all, you don’t need a fancy date to dress like you have one. Closed on Sundays.


2104 18th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-6546

If Inga’s is where moms shop for Vintage, Meeps is where their daughters go. Catering to a young and hip crowd, Meeps is one of the best vintage clothing shops in Washington, D.C. And if you’d like a locally made t-shirt and re-purposed denim jacket to wear with the 70s warp skirt you just found, Meeps has you covered. You can even add a handcrafted leather cuff and funky earrings. An entire rack is devoted to new, local designers. Men might something fun here, too.

Annie Creamcheese

3279 M St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-5555

It may seem a bit incongruous in conservative Washington, D.C., but Annie Creamcheese’s other location is in Las Vegas! Locals looking for designer-star quality in names like Gucci, Valentino, Dior, Pucci will find rack upon rack of women’s clothes from the 1940s through the 1990s sold on consignment. Located in the heart of Georgetown, one of the best vintage clothing shops in Washington, D.C., makes dressing up fun and affordable.

Mercedes Bien Vintage Clothing and Decor

2423 18th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 360-8481

It’s hard to believe a shop could do well in Washington, D.C., (or anywhere) without a Web site and with only weekend hours, but Mercedes Bien has cultivated a loyal following after decades in the vintage clothing business. Everything in the shop is personally picked by Mercedes, the owner, who can mix and match clothes and accessories from several decades for unique yet lovely looks. No matter what the season, there’s always a bountiful selection of belts. In the back of this small walk-up shop is a section for men. Vintage lovers looking for personal service and a careful selection will find Mercedes Bien to be one of the best vintage clothing shops in Washington, D.C.