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Palm Springs Vintage Fashion Scene

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In this desert oasis, every corner and closet holds a story, a piece of history waiting to be rediscovered. Journey through the vintage boutiques and retro shops that dot this glamorous getaway and uncover the secrets of fashion, the thrill of the find, and the timeless allure of clothes that have danced through the decades. Vintage clothes shopping in Palm Springs is where every garment is a gateway to another era, and every purchase is a piece of history brought back to life. Another reason Palm Springs is The Capital of Cool.

In a world striving for sustainability, choosing vintage is a style statement and contributes to a more sustainable future. Palm Springs vintage fashion is chic and fabulous for Mother Earth.

Bazar – 125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

Bazar is a charming boutique that offers a delightful mix of vintage clothing, art, and home decor alongside a curated selection of French apparel. The owner, hailing from Paris, has infused their passion for French fashion into the collection. It’s a place where the past and present merge, creating an authentic shopping experience reminiscent of a Parisian flea market.

A vintage boutique interior with a variety of clothes hanging on racks, assorted retro objects on shelves, and vintage posters on the walls.

The Frippery – 664 N Palm Canyon Drive

The Frippery is a unique Palm Springs vintage fashion boutique that offers a curated collection of vintage clothing and accessories. It embodies the desert lifestyle, perfect for everything from lounging poolside to dressing up for a dinner party. Their selection includes mod, resort, bohemian styles, and a touch of rock n’ roll. They are known for their extensive collection of vintage designer caftans.

Frippery interior

Gypsyland – 2675 N Palm Canyon Drive

You will be greeted by the mannequin with the pink dog makes sitting by the front door. Gypsyland boasts an impressive selection of clothing, accessories, and jewelry that captures the essence of midcentury fashion. Shoppers can browse racks with designer labels, iconic prints, and unique textiles. Whether you’re hunting for a show-stopping cocktail dress, a vibrant Hawaiian shirt, or classic accessories to complete your ensemble, Gypsyland offers a diverse range of items.

In addition to vintage fashion, Gypsyland also has home decor and furniture.

An assortment of colorful garments hanging on racks in a clothing store with price tags visible, indicating a retail or thrift store environment.

M Designer Vintage and More – 185 S Indian Canyon Drive

M Designer Vintage and More is a treasure trove for fashion enthusiasts seeking unique pieces from bygone eras. The store curates high-style clothing and accessories from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. You’ll find something special here if you’re a  Galanos, Gaultier, or Oscar de la Renta fan. Whether you’re after a chic cocktail dress or a funky jumpsuit, they’ve got you covered. Imagine slipping into a beautifully tailored dress that has a story to tell.

Discover one-of-a-kind garments that stand out in a sea of mass-produced fashion. Picture yourself in a flowy caftan, sipping cocktails by the pool.

Insider Tips:

Mix and Match: Pair vintage finds with contemporary pieces for a modern twist.

Accessories Matter: Don’t forget to explore their collection of vintage jewelry. Those accents from the past add character to any outfit.

Vintage clothing items displayed on hangers in a shop with purses and accessories on a shelf above.

Melody Note Vintage – 2277 N Palm Canyon Drive

The story of Melody Note Vintage began with a music enthusiast’s love for vintage clothing and a collection of record tune totes amassed over 25 years. The owner, with roots in running record labels, has infused the store with nostalgia and a commitment to sustainability. Each piece in the collection is carefully selected, ensuring that customers not only find a garment but also a piece of history that resonates with their spirit.

The owner prides herself on providing exceptional customer service. Visitors can expect a personalized shopping experience, where they are given the time and attention needed to leave with something they genuinely love. It’s not just about making a purchase; it’s about finding a piece that speaks to your individuality and becomes a cherished addition to your wardrobe.

An interior view of a boutique with racks of various colorful dresses and garments, two mannequin torsos displaying clothes at the end of the rack, and a sunny view of palm trees through the front window.

Mitchells Palm Springs – 106 S Indian Canyon Drive

Mitchells is not just a store; it’s a gateway to the past. In this Palm Springs vintage fashion boutique, every garment tells a story, and every accessory holds memories. It’s a place where fashion enthusiasts can find pieces that are not just clothes but artifacts of a bygone era. The collection boasts an impressive collection of women’s and men’s vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, and shoes. They feature iconic designers such as Gucci, Alaia, YSL, Chanel, Vuitton, Mugler, Gaultier, Fendi, Cardin, Courreges, Valentino, Norell, Givenchy, Halston, Rizkallah, Pucci, Hermes, and more.

Here, you’re not just shopping; you’re experiencing the essence of vintage luxury. It’s a place where you can find a unique piece that resonates with your personal style and spirit.

mitchell's interior shop

Iconic Atomic – 1103 N. Palm Canyon Drive

A conversation with Cat Slater is like a joyful ride in a time-traveling bumper car. As the Iconic Atomic owner bounces from topic to topic, the virtual calendar in her mind flutters effortlessly through decades of style and quirk. Case in point: “Clothing for me, it’s personal. So we do from 1947, which is the start of Dior’s new look, though not just midcentury, but we go through disco and into the early ’80s and now the mid-80s because they’re back on the runway.”

While Slater’s couture know-how spans centuries, she has found a kindred aesthetic in Palm Springs. “I kinda specialize in midcentury even though my knowledge covers many time periods. But I don’t want to sell clothes from the 1920s; they’re too fragile. Somehow or another, we opened a store called Iconic Atomic.”

Caftans at Iconic Atomic shop

The other half of her royal ‘we’ is Amy Boylan, curator of oddities and awesomeness at the shop. “She’s the golden goddess of stuff,” Cat quips before elucidating their unique collaborative style. “I do clothing – men’s and women’s – and we both overlap jewelry. We both have a good knowledge of what the other does.”

Palm Srings Vintage Market – 2300 E Baristo

The Palm Springs Vintage Market is not just a market; it’s a monthly event where nostalgia and style converge. Held on the first Sunday of the month from October to May, this market transforms the Camelot Theater parking lot into a bustling hub of vintage enthusiasts.

The market offers an eclectic mix of fashion finds, from midcentury modern dresses to retro Americana jackets. Whether you’re seeking a ’70s bohemian blouse or an ’80s power suit, you’ll find it here. With free parking and an entrance fee of only $5 after 8 am, it’s an affordable and fun day out. However, if you want first pics, the doors open at 7 am for a $10 entrance fee.

A variety of clothing items hanging on a rack, including shirts, jackets, and coats in different colors and materials.

preLoved Palm Springs – 668 N Palm Canyon Drive

preLoved Palm Springs is a collection of currently preLoved labels for the fashionably conscious with deep consideration for how fashion impacts our world waste and for an unwavering love of recycling beautiful things. They created a double-duty gesture that brings awareness and participation in stylishly caring for Mother Earth. The owner, Denise Evangelatos, also owns The Palm Springs Hotel.

A display of three mannequins with stylish outfits against a colorful mural wall, featuring geometric patterns and a partial illustration of a woman's silhouette. The center mannequin is holding a sign that says "#preLoved PALM SPRINGS."

Revivals – 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive

Revivals Stores is more than just a thrift store, it’s a community-centric retail experience that offers a wide range of pre-loved items, from clothing to furniture. But what sets Revivals apart is its mission to give back to the community. At Revivals, you can find everything from vintage clothing to modern furniture. The store is known for its quality donations and affordable prices, making it a popular destination for bargain hunters and vintage lovers alike.

By supporting Revivals, you advance DAP Health, a medical and wellness advocacy-based health center with over 10,000 patients.

Angel View – 454 N Indian Canyon Drive

Angel View is an organization that provides services and support to children and adults with disabilities in the Coachella Valley. Hundreds of kids with disabilities receive free services and support through Angel View outreach. You can support Angel View by donating or shopping at any of their community-based store locations.

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