Whether you’re browsing or buying, it’s fun to poke aroundthese new and used clothing stores. Repositories of Seattle’s fourquintessential “looks,” shopping them is an urban adventure.
With styles from the past 100 years, Red Light Vintage Clothing feeds into every discodiva/hippie freak/folksinger fantasy by offering cool threads andan Afro wig the size of a 1972 Volkswagen Bug. 4560 University WayNE, (206) 545-4044; and 312 Broadway Ave. E, www.redlightvintage.comor (206) 329-2200.
Items at Crossroads Trading are well organized by color andstyle, and this isn’t your everyday thrift store―you’ll haveto search elsewhere for acid-washed jean skirts or ickypilled-acrylic sweaters. 325 Broadway, www.crossroadstrading.comor (206) 328-5867.
Chubby & Tubby is the authentic source for thelogging/fishing look, from hip waders to stocking caps. 7906 AuroraAve. N, (206) 524-1810; and 3333 Rainier Ave. S, (206)723-8800.
The flagship store of REI has enough fleece and Gore-Tex tooutfit every Eskimo in Alaska and then some. 222 Yale Ave. N, www.rei.com or(206) 223-1944.
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The tiny tops, punky hair dye, and funky denim at Retro Viva will give license to your daring side. 215Broadway, (206) 328-7451; and 4536 University Way NE, (206)632-8886.
At the Metro Clothing Co., there are enough platform boots in everyconceivable material (faux fur, holograph plastic, patent leather,reptile skin) to properly outfit an army of drag queens―orvery dangerous women. 231 Broadway, www.metrobodypiercing.comor (206) 726-7978.
The Chinese silk robes and Greta Garbo sunglasses at Le Frockwill make you contemplate quitting your job in favorof lounging by a pool while drinking champagne cocktails. 317 E.Pine St., www.lefrockonline.com or(206) 623-5339.
The owners of Pretty Parlor have cultivated a knack for picking smartdresses and sharp suits that would do Lucy and Desi proud. 6729Greenwood Ave. N, (206) 297-9115.