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Retro Curious

We're going old school with 10 top spots in Hants & IoW to find retro trinkets, nostalgic treasures and...err, cups of tea.

We love being on the cutting edge of fashion here at Muddy, but that’s not to say we don’t also love a bit of old school glamour as well.

Fashion is cyclical, and with the fads of yesteryear popping up on catwalks and plastered over our Instagram (What do you mean the ’90s are now “retro”?! *sob*) we’ve hunted down ten of the hottest spots in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to grab retro garb, vintage interior bits and a few little bits of extra nostalgia. What’s even better, you don’t even need a time-machine. Groovy baby!

1/ Monis Londres, Portsmouth

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Nestled away on Castle Road in Southsea is Monis Londres. This vintage boutique started out life as a stall in London’s Notting Hill and you’ll often spy its various pop-ups at festivals across the summer. With both womens and mens clothing from the 80s,90s and 00s, this is the place to go for bright logo tees, funky glasses and all the things you wished you hadn’t thrown away first-time around.

2/ Mayfly Vintage, Stockbridge

Mayfly is a veritable treasure trove of, wait for it, Soviet Era industrial furniture. Ok, it doesn’t sound that sexy but they certainly knew how to do a sleek clean line back in the USSR. With a whopping 3,000 square feet of goodies in their Stockbridge store, this is the place to go for functional, but innately cool, pieces to adorn your home.

3/ The Velvet Pig Vintage, Ryde

New kid on the block, The Velvet Pig opened in Ryde just last year and is a must-visit for any label fiends. As well as retro gems from Gucci and Mulberry (for a fraction of London prices as well), you’ll also find that perfect 70s patterned peasant blouse or a jewellery box rammed with vintage cocktail rings if you don’t fancy going full old school.

4/ Pearl’s Pin Up Parlour, Southampton

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I often look at retro hairstyles and think “How on earth did they do that?” With beehives and pin curls a bit of a lost art to many hairdressers, Pearl’s Pin Up Parlour know exactly how to get you rockin’ that retro-do. If you’ve got a 50s theme night in the diary or popping over the border to Glorious Goodwood, head here for plenty of hairspray and the biggest rollers known to mankind.

5/ Gaylords Antiques, Titchfield

This antique emporium just off the M27 is the absolute definition of “hidden gem”. With a catalogue of furniture dating all the way back to the 18th Century, head here for an impeccably restored grandfather clock or a sideboard that comes with a backlog of cool history. And, if you have any inherited relics that are in need of some TLC, Gaylords can also restore and value your items as well.

6/ The Consortium, Winchester & Romsey

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If you’re not set on a particular era or style then a browse around one of the gorgeous branches of The Consortium should give you a well-needed dose of historic inspo. As well as original items (we particularly love the old shop fittings and counters they get in), they also have reclaimed items – taking old and broken bits and creating something new and wonderful – for added uniqueness and extra sustainability credentials.

7/ Stardust Years, Winchester

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Is there anywhere more historic than Winchester? Didn’t think so! So it makes sense that it’s home to a rather fabulous vintage boutique in the form of Stardust Years. Not just any old vintage shop, you won’t find Primark tops from three years ago but instead designer clothes and accessories going back as far as the 1890s. Carrying top names such as Pucci and Mary Quant, go here to find the absolute pinnacle of fashion from the good ol’ days.

8/ Voluptuous Vintage, Gosport

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With Rockabilly swag and a mix of authentic vintage and modern replicas, Voluptuous Vintage is a saucy little number in Alverstoke, Gosport. Specialising in a huge range of sizes, you can grab a slinky little wiggle dress to hug all your curves and even have a bridal section for all you retro-loving brides-to-be.

9/ 19fourteas, Havant

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This quirky little tearoom in Havant really is like stepping back in time. Decorated top-to-toe in 1940s memorabilia and with plenty of nods to local residents from bygone days, you can have a cup of tea and a slice of cake just like your nan would have made. And, if you really want to ramp up the nostalgia it also has regular singalong sessions with local musician Miss Short. Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag….

10/ Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

And for the full immersive vintage experience, Basingstoke is the place to go. The Milestones Museum is a living history museum, complete with cobbled streets, a 1940s sweet shop and even a penny arcade. You can find out exactly how Hampshire used to be in the olden days and try and explain to the kids what life was like before Amazon Prime and Tik Tok.

Know any vintage hotspots? Let us know in the comments!

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