They don’t make things like they used to. In some cases that’s a good thing, in others, it’s leaves you nostalgic. Fashion is continuously changing, but you can always incorporate the old with the new. From concert t-shirts to peddle pushers, you can still find clothing from decades ago. Whatever look you are going for, you can find some fabulous vintage clothing at these locations.
Nomad Yard Collective
411 New York Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(929) 322-3397

The New York Avenue neighborhood, or NOMA, has been completely transformed over the past few years. Now there are high rise apartments and condos, an outdoor summer movie series, Union Market, and more. As the neighborhood continues to bring in the new, one store is offering some of the old. Nomad Yard Collective is a beautiful vintage store, with clothes for men and women. They are a collective of artists, curators, and collectors, offering handmade and vintage items that will stand out in your wardrobe and in your home.

Smash Records
2314 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-6274

Record shops were on a steep decline, but with the resurgence of vinyl and nostalgia, record shops are hanging on. Classing vinyl and vintage clothing is something that you can indulge in at Smash Records. The Adams Morgan shop has been a part of the D.C. punk music scene since 1984, a surviving memory of an important music era. Along with some cool records, you’ll find vintage band t-shirts, sneakers, accessories, and more. Support local and support record shops.

Mercedes Bien Vintage Clothing And Decor
2423 18th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 360-8481

Another Adam’s Morgan gem is Mercedes Bien Vintage Clothing shop. Only opened on the weekend, this vintage shop is specially curated by it’s owner Mercedes Bien. The hand picked items range from cashmere cardigans and mink shall, to cowboy boots and California Ranch button ups. Whether you want a realistic costume for a party, want to pull off an 80’s movie montage, or have been hunting for that final piece for your outfit, stop by this vintage store for inspiration.

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Joint Custody
1530 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 643-8614

U Street has a number of cool bars, restaurants, music venues, and various shops. Joint Custody is one of those shops that you pass by on your way to El Centro or Busboys & Poets, and always think to stop in sometime. You should definitely check out this vintage store that sells records, audio equipment, skateboards, art, and clothing. They carry clothing for women and men, from the 30’s to the 80’s that you might not be able to find anywhere else. And all their footwear is unworn. Stop walking by, and start going in.

716 Monroe Street NE, Studio 5
Washington, DC 20017

Like NOMA, Brookland has also been getting a face-lift. One of the best additions to the neighborhood is the Art Walk at Monroe Street Market. Analog, a cute handmade and vintage shop, is one of the business at the market. The shop has a mix of stationary, jewelry, decor, clothing, and more. You can find beautiful spring dresses, shoes, ties, skirts, sweaters, coats, and other clothes that you’ll love. The next time you’re at the Monroe Street Market, stop into Analog and checkout what they have to offer.

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