Since I’ve found my admiration towards vintage again, no long time had to pass until I tried London’s offerings. I wrote about my experience in TopShop’s basement vintage section and how I found one of my best Levi’s 501 jeans and one of my latest treasures – a Levi’s denim skirt – found at Urban Outfitters. Since then I tried Beyond Retro’s store as well in the near of Oxford Circus but being a inpatient person I am, I couldn’t find anything. However, their online store is a whole different story.
Maybe lets start with the fact that they offer free delivery above 50 quid (it’s a bit slower tough than the usual ones) and free return in the UK. That’s already a good deal because you don’t have much to loose, right?
Secondly, they have a pretty big selection from Levi’s (mainly 505), Lee and Wrangler jeans but everything else really. Also there could be found some nice designer items too, if you’re lucky and persistent enough you could easily find anything.
Thirdly, you can make every kind of filtrations based on size, brand, era, type of clothing, color, price. And this thing makes the whole shopping more convenient. I just set the filters and completely ignore everything else. This is the most useful feature ever as my biggest problem with personal shopping is that I struggle finding my size so give it up easily.
Also there are different kind of informations – like condition and sizes – on the page which helps you decide whether the purchase is worth the time and (temporary the) money. If you decide to take the risk, you’ll get your stuff it in 5 working days, trying everything at home and if you don’t like it from whatever reason you’ll just send it back via Collect+, get money back in 1-2 weeks (I suppose). And that’s it.
The first time I ordered two jeans (by Lee and Wrangler), a cropped Hawaiian printed shirt (because YOLO) and a printed t-shirt, and instantly loved two items out of them. The Lee jeans and the panther t-shirt. The former one has a true retro mom fit with extra high waist, beautiful mid blue color and 100% cotton in mint condition. I also love the fact I could try something other than Levi’s. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Levi’s 501 but there is more room in my heart than that. 🙂
The t-shirt: well, it’s a black t-shirt with a cool panther print on it. What I really like (besides the print) that’s the fit (which has shrunken from size L, which is kinda funny) the heavier material and the fact that it has no twist or any other fault. I believe that both of them will be highly appreciated in my wardrobe.
Sadly I didn’t take any photos of the other items but the jeans was a similar one just with a bit darker color, tighter fit and no back pockets which was an instant deal breaker (I have no idea how couldn’t I notice it but I did not). The shirt wasn’t bad either and I really liked it on the website because its cropped and tied style but it was quite big for me and somehow I didn’t like pale yellowish, leafy print on me.
But I liked the whole experience so much that I had to order an other bunch of clothes, including two more jeans (love those super high rises) a discounted short and another printed tee. I also was thinking on a printed sweater but eventually I took it out of my basket. Will they be good? I dunno, but it’s definitely worth the try as you can easily find unique, quality and cheap clothes which could be last forever as they’re above any trends.
Do you have any experience with online vintage shopping? Would you recommend it?
PS: I promise I’ll take pictures about everything this time. 🙂