Slow down your fashion footprint with Limerick’s vintage trail

The 90s are back in a big way. Photo: Whack Vintage/Instagram.

THEY say trends always come back around. And if our current embrace of vintage fashion isn’t proof of that, I don’t know what is.

The shift from fast fashion to more sustainable choices over the past number of years has paved the way for vintage fashion to take centre stage.

Fast fashion, generally speaking, involves mass production and homogenous designs to make a quick turnaround for clothing at a low production cost.

This quick turnaround has seen some brands adopt a corner-cutting approach which has been credited as one of the largest sources of water pollution worldwide through use of various toxic dyes and fabrics (including polyester, which is known to shed microplastics).

The cheap and easy access to fast fashion has led to an increase in the disposability of our clothing, with almost 100 million tonnes of clothing ending up in landfill sites every year.

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In a counterculture move to help stem that tide, the sustainable shopping movement has led to a huge demand for fashionable items that don’t just look good, they help contribute to environmental and sustainability goals. Which means shopping vintage can be good for the world as well as your pocket.

This is great news for Limerick shoppers who are looking to ‘slow down’ their carbon footprint, as we are blessed with a great array of vintage shops right here in the city which are perfect for building up those 80s/90s-inspired looks.

The vintage trail here on our doorstep means you can build your entire outfit without ever having to leave the city bounds. Let’s take a look at just a few.

Whack Vintage
Whack is well known for its vintage fleeces and jackets, which have become fashion essentials for festivals and concerts. So, if that’s your style, these are the guys for you.

They retail every weekend at the Milk Market so you can browse the racks to your heart’s content (and, for anyone keeping track, that’s far more environmentally friendly than a bulk Depop delivery).

The Whack Vintage team also regularly run pop-up shops on the University of Limerick campus, as well as other locations across the region, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re looking to bag a fashionable bargain.

Lucky Lane
Lucky Lane on Catherine Street is a warehouse of wonder if you’re looking for some cool accessories that won’t break the bank.

Cosy jumper season at Lucky Lane. Photo: Instagram.

The shop boasts a selection of vintage sunglasses, unique pins, and Draíocht jewellery handmade in West Cork.

Sunglasses can be a real statement piece in any outfit, so if you’re looking to be on trend, support local, and do your sustainable bit all at once, look no further.

The small indie market feel of this place is just as cool and unique as the wares lining the shelves and racks. Definitely one to check out.

VITO Vintage
Vito is a must visit if you’re looking to update your wardrobe the sustainable way.

The brand has a huge selection of vintage items to choose from, from no matter what your style is.

Vintage style and vintage values at Vito. Photo: Instagram.

Their dress and skirt ranges are ideal if you’re looking to add a little spice to your work wardrobe, while their selection of vintage coats will keep you warm throughout winter without the temptation to turn to fast fashion options.

They even have a designer section where you can get high-end vintage pieces at low-end prices. Their aesthetically pleasing Milk Market store is well worth the visit.

The Edge
Another Milk Market vintage fashion stalwart, originally opened in 1984, The Edge is a must on Limerick’s vintage fashion trail.

The Edge first opened in 1984. Photo: Instagram.

Whether its 90s denim and old band t-shirts or shabby chic hoodies and army jackets, The Edge have it all and more.

The Cornmarket Row retailer lives up to its name, helping you stand out with vintage pieces no one else will have.