High street, high end and everything in between. Full of pride, we take a look at the style derived from our widespread culture.
In Birmingham we’re lucky enough to have an endless array of current fashion stores. Our fast-paced and innovative attitude as a second city has led us to keep well on track with the ever-changing fashion industry. With the Bullring, Mailbox, Grand Central and Selfridges all on our doorstep, there’s really not much we can pine for.
However, on a totally opposite style spectrum, Birmingham backstreets are also laced with some alternative youthful scenes. Bursting with culture and spectacular graffiti art, we’re passionate about this raw side of Birmingham. Vinyl shops, warehouse venues, vintage boutiques and quirky cafés; Digbeth is the centre of our urban streetwear and the heart of our generally eccentric fashion.
So, next time you plan a big shopping trip note Birmingham’s diverse culture surrounding us and don’t be afraid to branch out further than the main shopping centres. From high-street stores to vintage markets, we’ve picked out the best places to source key wardrobe items.
The Perfect Fit
Straight leg, boyfriend and mom jeans: Although Topshop does boast a fine collection of Mom jeans, the real winner is COW Vintage in Digbeth. From customised, re-worked denim to classic cuts, you’re sure to find something that’s one-of-a-kind and unique to your own personal style.
Skinny fit: New Look, H&M and Topshop all offer quality ranges at affordable prices. If you’re having a bit of trouble finding the right fit, opt for a complimentary personal styling appointment with the Topshop Personal Shoppers. They’re able to advise, guide and suggest the best items for your needs within the luxury suites – for free!
Floaty, a-line styles: Flamingo Vintage in the Custard Factory has a great selection of 50’s – 70’s dresses. Failing that, many Oasis Market stalls compile a mixture of patterned day dresses.
Fitted party dresses: With a primary focus on partywear, Missguided’s concession within Selfridges, Bullring is the go-to store for all your night out needs. If you’re sick of buying dresses online only to return them a few days later after being left disappointed, heading in-store is really worthwhile.
Jumpers and Sweaters
Vintage sweaters: If you search hard enough you’ll find a vintage version of either an Adidas, Fila or Tommy Hilfiger sweater in most independent vintage stores, along with a range of fuzzy graphic jumpers. However, if you’re looking for a new retro-inspired sweater, high street store Urban Outfitters will always provide a great selection of re-invented vintage.
Knitwear: From light, soft knits to crop jumpers, Zara is your go-to store for all things cosy. Whether you’re looking to cover up on cooler summer evenings, or travelling in style, a decent jumper will never go out of style.
Checked shirts: Flannel checked shirts are widely available in a rnage of vintage shops across the city. Check out Urban Village in The Custard Factory for a mod-inspired collection or for quality denim shirts, Oasis Market is a must.
Classic shirts: If you’re looking for a crisp, white shirt, Mango is our high street favourite for simple, minimal clothing.