Shopping off the beaten track

Keep your eyes open all you bargain hunters and fa­shionistas out there. Powerful men in kneelength-skirts in tartan patterns – better known as kilts – that´s what you may have in mind when you are think about Edinburgh´s fashion scene. Of course there are a lot of traditional Scottish fa­shion stores all around the city […]

Keep your eyes open all you bargain hunters and fa­shionistas out there. Powerful men in kneelength-skirts in tartan patterns – better known as kilts – that´s what you may have in mind when you are think about Edinburgh´s fashion scene. Of course there are a lot of traditional Scottish fa­shion stores all around the city as mentioned before. So don´t be surprised if you see hairy legs just co­vered by ancient skirts from the 16th century, even if it´s f-f-freezing cold outside.

But that´s not the only thing the fashion world of Scotland´s capital has on offer for all you shopaho­lics. Here you can also find real fashion treasures and the hottest fanciest clothes besides the bog-stan­dard shops you can find in every city. When strolling around your eyes will glaze over at the kinds of fa­shion you can choose from.

So if you are interested in an individual and unique fashion experience you will love the second-hand shops all around Edinburgh. One of the best stores for cool vintage and retro clothing is Armstrongs (83 The Grassmarket & 64-66 Clerk Street), stocked from floor to ceiling with great stuff. There you can find beautiful dresses, jackets and tops as well as great accessories for a costume party. Belts, bags, hats and, of course, exatraordinary shoes from all periods of time will complete your look. And the best part is they are affordable, even on a small budget.

If you not only want to save money but also want to support aid organisations you can have a look in one of the many charity shops especially in Nicolson Street, Clerk Street and Stockbridge. There you can find a huge variety of modern and vintage stuff. Ex­actly the right spots to find desirable fashion.

If you’re more interested in new, yet special clothes – just a bit different – try a visit to Victoria Street with its funky and pretty cool stores like SWISH (22 Victo­ria Street) – easily found because of its purple façade. There you can snatch up playful dresses, rocking t-shirts and huge variations of bags.

Great places to find young and modern clothing are the various shops in Cockburn Street. You definitely should go to Pie in the sky where you will find a huge range of unique dresses, cool shirts and pretty stylish jewellery.

For more – just take a look at some of Edinburgh´s fashion hotspots yourself. It´s definitely worth it!

Edinburgh´s Fashion Hotspots off the beaten track:

Accessories

Fabhatrix (13 Cowgatehead)

If you are a hat-lover, this shop will be the perfect place to go. Here you can get hats in every colour, size and style with an innovative and individual design.

Herman Brown (151 West Port)

This shop offers great vintage accessories like sunglasses, sweet jewellery and of course gorgeous shoes. And for all of you who can´t get enough they also have a small range of 1950s-1980s clothes.

Individual Clothing

Electric Cabaret (7 Forrest Road)

This shop is the very best place to get punky, emo, scenster and gothy clothing at good prices.

Joey D! (54 Broughton Street)

Interesting and extraordinary fashion recycled from vintage clothes and unusual materials made by designers.

Cookie (29 Cockburn Street)

Unique and different are the clothes you can get here. Edgy t-shirts, casual bags and beautiful dresses a little higher up price range but still affordable.

Godiva (9 West Port, Edinburgh)

Very individual and cool clothing created by local design talents, that´s what you can get at this small boutique.

Totty rocks (40 Victoria Street)

Fancy underwear with playful quillings, sweet dres­ses and jewellery, cool knee socks and tights, which will awaken childhood memories in you.

Ragamuffin (278 Canongate)

For every lover of knitwear and woollen clothes you should have a look at this shop. It not only offers hard-to-find designer clothes from Scotland and the rest of Europe but also a more affordable in-house label.

Charity and second-hand shops

The Rusty Zip (14 Teviot Place)

This Rusty Zip is the little sister shop of Armstrongs where you can get funky and fabulous vintage clothing for almost everyone.

Barnardos Vintage (116 West Bow)

This boutique offers a wide range of retro and desig­ner fashion and accessories from different eras.

British Heart Foundation (102 Nicolson Street)

Oxfam (116 Nicolson Street)

Marie Curie Cancer Care (11 St Patrick´s Square)

Did you know…

…that Edinburgh offers one of Europe´s most successful student-run charity fa­shion shows called ECFS every year? For more information and dates have a look on www.edinburghcharityfashionshow.com

Text by Stephanie Haupt

Edinburgh March 2010

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