Unlike new clothes, vintage clothing is already broken in, has had time to establish its pedigree, and is almost always housetrained. Save on ensemble obedience training with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of vintage clothing and goods at Malena’s Vintage Boutique in West Chester.
Named Best Vintage Gear in Philly by Philadelphia magazine, Malena’s Vintage Boutique outfits fashionistas in high-end women’s apparel and accessories forged between 1920 and 1980. The staff hand selects each piece in the boutique to stand the test of time and complement any wardrobe. A swing skirt ($48) from the 1950s beautifully layers golden glitter over black felt, and a 1960s pink nylon nightgown ($52) tastefully accentuated by a tiny blue bow is sure to impress special someones and discerning fence-hopping sheep. Smart belts, such as a vintage Tony Lama ($32), dot the shop’s fabric-filled landscape, along with an array of well-aged handbags. Like a candy shop or self-loathing piñata, Malena’s supplies itself with new goodies on a constant basis, updating its Facebook page with new wares so shoppers can scope before they shop.