Halloween Inspiration at NYC’s Best Vintage Stores

Out of costume ideas? Dress like your fave stylin’ New Yorker this year!

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This Halloween, walk into every party decked out as your favorite New York style icon—from Lucille Ball’s ’50s fit-and-flare skirts to Jennifer Aniston’s timeless tees (bonus points if you rock the “Rachel” cut!). Luckily, the city has plenty of vintage stores to score authentic duds for any look.

Screaming Mimis

It is so much fun to shop the highly curated, fashion-forward treasures from the 1920s to the 1990s here; SM carries everything from satin gowns (if you want to dress like Daisy Buchanan for a Gatsby-themed party) to lace tops to tempt the ’80s-era Madonna in you. And if you’re looking for a haute, high-end look à la Carrie Bradshaw, this vintage destination spot harbors an entire penthouse of decently priced specialty garments, all of which have earned a seal of approval from some of the city’s top stylists. 240 West 14th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Chelsea

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Spark Pretty

If you want to trick-or-treat as a ’90s club kid—or the members of TLC—head to this fabulously stocked shop, where animal prints, bold florals, leather, velvet, and lace abound. Browsing here is a blast and worth it just for a quick pick-me-up! 333 East 9th Street (between First and Second Avenues), East Village

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Early Halloween

Are the ’60s more your thing? This 32-year-old vintage rental operation (it most often works with film companies and fashion houses) has an incredible collection of clothing, accessories, and luggage from the era for those who’ve always dreamed of stepping out as Jackie Kennedy or Edie Sedgwick. The 8,500-square-foot loft is open by appointment only. 130 West 25th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Chelsea

Ritual Vintage

Here you’ll discover gorgeous pre-1950s clothing for men and women, as well as a curated selection of more contemporary pieces, like an exquisite 1990s Patrick Kelly dress with bow embroidery. If you have visions of dapper Don Draper or Holly Golightly glamour this year, you will likely uncover the perfect threads to pull it off at Ritual. 377 Broome Street (between Mulberry and Mott Streets), SoHo

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Mr. Throwback

If former New York Knick Patrick Ewing, Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, or Spike Lee is the inspiration behind your sports-legend ensemble, look no further than Mr. Throwback, which specializes in vintage athletic apparel—jerseys, Chalk Line jackets, and snapback caps—from the glory days of the ’80s and ’90s. The store’s owner, Michael Spitz, is one our favorite people who make New York special! 428 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), East Village

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LoveDay 31

Simply put, this is where the Broad City girls might very well have stocked their eclectic and fabulous wardrobes. Expect to find ’70s faux-fur–trimmed coats, jumpsuits, polka dot rompers, adorable vintage sunglasses, and handbags at any given time. The selection is always fresh, and your costume won’t cost a fortune. 33-06 31st Avenue, Astoria

Beacon’s Closet

You’ll find almost everything you need in one go at this 2,000-square-foot vintage gem—from a Lady Gaga–esque selection of avant-garde high heels to baby-pink velour jumpsuits from J.Lo’s days on the block. We love Beacon’s Closet for its racks upon racks of well-curated fancy tops, casual flannel and polyester shirts, glamorous skirts, shimmering dresses, unique hats, purses, and scarves. We get our Halloween duds here, but usually end up buying a lot more for our daily wardrobe, too. 74 Guernsey Street, Greenpoint

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