5th Annual "Where-To" Guide to NYC

photo by Rachael Soloman

Where to Shop:

A. Vestments

Do you want your outfit to say “flirty,” “dykey,” “strait-laced,” or “punked-out”? It’s all here, either first or second-hand.

Rags-A-Gogo 218 W 14th St (btwn 7th & 8th Aves), ragsagogo.com. Buy cheap, but look a million bucks, with cute second-hand fashions from this lesbian-owned West Village shop.

DITC Online @ ditc.net. Labels can be good, on DITC’s punky girl-attracting shirts, workdresses, and undies.

World of Style Vintage 172 Newark Ave, NJ (btwn Erie St & Jersey Ave), Jersey City, NJ, worldofstylevintage.com. Get dressy, then party on, with WOSV’s shopping opps and fashion events.

Privacy Wear See website for store availability, privacywear.com. Score streetwear with substance; buy one of PW’s pink tees to support breast cancer research.

Diesel 1 Union Square W (@ 14th St), and other locations, diesel.com. The best sexily industrial threads and good jeans live here, in cooler-than-thou flagship stores.

Atrium 644 Broadway (@ Bleecker St), atriumnyc.com. European and American brands duke it out in this denim-heavy label-whore’s paradise, where good stuff abounds and sales racks are advised.

H&M 640 5th Ave (@ 51st St), and other locations, hm.com. Fight herds of tweens for all things bright, stretchy, trendy, and frugal, with hip-hop as your blaring backdrop.

Bloomingdale’s 1000 3rd Ave (btwn 59th & 60th Sts), bloomingdales.com. This retail mansion is so large, you may get lost. Keep your friends close and your personal shopper closer.

Rigged Out/fitters Online @ riggedoutfit.com. Boy meets boi with subversive, often funny, appliquéd men’s items tweaked to fit the fairer sex.

Brooklyn Industries 284 Lafayette St (btwn Houston & Prince Sts), brooklynindustries.com. Wield your baggage well with one of BI’s minimalist satchels, and pick up a cute dress while you’re there.

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