I have bought clothes in the two vintage hubs of Europe: Stockholm and London, but despite this, Armstrong’s still remains my favourite vintage clothing shop.
Established in 1840 in the Grassmarket, Armstrong’s has a rich history like most of the surrounding areas. Don’t let the small exterior fool you, once you get inside the shop is huge, and almost every style can be found dating back to the Victorian era.
Armstrong’s is a great place to go if you are looking for a fancy dress costume, but I tend to go there to buy clothes for all occasions. There is a huge selection for both men and women, both casual and formal. If you’re a guy, and you go for a sort of grungy look like I do, there are plenty of flannel shirts, and band t-shirts. Recently I found a hockey jersey of my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs at a very reasonable price! The stock changes regularly, so it’s worth going more than once – particularly quiet times of year.
The staff are always friendly and helpful, and it shows that they all have a keen interest in fashion too, which goes a long way.
Most items are very reasonably priced, and when “vintage” tends to mean expensive elsewhere, it’s a godsend that this is not the case here.
Armstrong’s is, quite simply, my favourite clothes shop in the world.