Streetwear stan: Where to buy the best 90s brands

6.22.2018


 Are you a streetwear stan? In 2018, who freaking isn't? 

Our Instagram feeds and fashion week street style snaps are continuously filled with Hype Bae approved brands, most of which are a throwback to the 90s. 

To name a few that have had an almighty return in recent years: Kappa, Champion, Kangol, Umbro, Fila - the list goes on. 




But, how do you go about buying all the has-been brands from the past? 

From the moment numerous noughties brand got the green light I've become somewhat of a pro at hunting them DOWN.

Side note: You have to look extra hard to purchase them without an inflated price tag, which for me is high on the criteria, because look *enter brands name*, I know I managed to score a sick Fila jumper on my £15 pocket money back in the day and now you wanna be charging me £65! Erm, let me just think about that - nope, sorry, that jumper is going to be as single as Alex in the first week of Love Island. 


I digress.

So, over the past year or so I've discovered the best ways to get your hands on throwback streetwear brands for less and thought I would impart my wisdom, because sharing is caring, right? 

1. eBay

Firstly, lets talk eBay. 

If you're a subscriber to my YouTube channel then you will know that if there was an 'eBay anonymous' I would be signed up. 


For example, right now, as I write this I'm sat here in a pair of cycling shorts that are cutting off all circulation to my waist, with the initials of some school kid in the back. They said 30" waist, I thought they were adult size, they were not. Always read the small print kids. 

Anyway, cycling shorts as an exception, eBay is fab for grabbing yourself a Kappa tee for under a tenner or buying yourself a Playboy handbag in tribute of Hugh Hefner the day he died. What can I say? I'm sentimental. 




2. Vintage shops

When I'm not being 100% lazy shopping on eBay I freaking love scouting out vintage shops for hidden gems. 

A few of my faves include Rocket Vintage in Covent Garden and Beyond Retro in Shoreditch. They are without a doubt my all time faves. 

There's something just so satisfying about uncovering a treasure in a vintage shop. Sure, winning a bid on eBay is one thing, but leaving a store with a tangible item is another.


After losing a ton of bids on a Kangol hat on eBay (yes, A-KANGOL-HAT, literally they were going for like £25 - NO THANK YOU). 

I was lucky enough to stumble upon a vintage shop in my uni town York when I was visiting with my besties. I managed to find a awesome red Kangol hat for £7. I know the Up North part helped, but still it was a freaking steal. 

So, if you want to get out of the house, which I strongly suggest, go vintage shopping! 



3. Urban Outfitters

Nowadays because a lot of these brands have become, once again, 'mainstream' a lot of high street stores are selling them, from Topshop to ASOS. 

However, I've found that by far the best shop is Urban Outfitters, AKA hipster central.  I know what you're thinking, you're thinking "that's stupid, the prices are premium!"

But, a little research and you will find otherwise. 


Sure, when I was at uni I used to go into UO and spend more time looking at the hot hipster guys than I did at the cash register. 

But, as I've got older and savvier (yet still single) I've learnt that it is the best, mostly because it does the best deals, you just have to find them.

If i'm online shopping I will most certainly spend at least 20 mins searching for a discount code at the checkout (because you gotta save that dollar, right?) and UO always comes up trumps. 


For example, a quick scroll on Groupon and you can find a full list of perks, such as free delivery, student discount (if you are lucky enough to still be a student), £15 off codes and 2-for-1 deals.

Also, as a extra sartorial win Urban Outfitters do a ton of exclusive collaborations with 90s brands such as Umbro and Champion.  This jersey dress is in fact from the Umbro x Urban Outfitters collab, which puts an immediate modern twist on the brand so it's ready to go.




So, what are you waiting for? Ready, set, shop! And remember, to save them pounds by checking out Urban Outfitters promo codes.



41 comments

  1. Love sports style! The umbro dress looks cool with white shirt under it.
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  2. Such a good post as I love 90s fashion and your personal style! Asos marketplace and vintage stores like in Brick Lane are definitely my go-tos :)
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      ASOS marketplace is another fab place to find gems :)
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