Topshop has recently launched its ‘Archive Collection’, an online selection of vintage clothes mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. The cherry-picked range includes the best of the British high street alongside some top designer names of the past including Biba, Mary Quant, Radley & Ossie Clark, with new items added weekly.
The collection is mainly made up of dresses, including maxi dresses which are enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment. As these pieces are genuine vintage, rather than reproductions, only one of each item is available, so if you see anything you like, you have to hope it will be in your size.
The other factor to consider is the cost. Even the non-designer items cost more than your average Topshop dress and way more than any charity shop find – prices start at around £60 for a mid-length dress and £120 for a maxi dress. But if you want something unique without the hassle of trawling round numerous shops, this could be the answer.
To see the full collection, visit the Topshop website.