Fashion Treasures from Istanbul

I always like to search for cool clothes and accessories at affordable prices. Every fashionista has this innate urge to stand out with a piece that is unlike any other. To find these treasures, I’ll visit vintage stores and small boutiques hidden in passages(a smaller version of malls) with different authentic shops inside. But to find the most unique, one of a kind fashion treasures I opt for the small shops and clothing bazaars around Taksim Square area in the European part of Istanbul.

In my discoveries, I find that the best area for major clothing and accessories bazaars is in an area called Terkos. You can find all kinds of textiles and clothing, like dresses from trendy affordable brands at reasonable prices. Personally, I buy dresses, T-shirts and accessories from Terkos. The vintage inspired dresses that I discover there are not easily igonred.

Also, I always check out Atlas Pasajı – a passage , small shopping mall with shops selling coolest and trendy clothes for men and women. There you will find the most beautiful vintage broaches, rings and handbags, very cool handbags. If you like trendy pieces there’s always some eye-candy to quench your thirst there.

Also I always check out Atlas Pasajı – a passage , small shopping mall with shops selling coolest and trendy clothes for men and women. There you will find the most beautiful vintage broaches, rings and handbags, very cool handbags. If you like trendy pieces there’s always some eye-candy to quench your thirst there.

If you are looking for gift shops and scarves theres a small bazaar on Istiklal Street around Nevizade strict with the best selection. Nevizade is a Street with nightlife comprising of bars, restaurants and rooftop lounges where you can see the great Bosphorus Strait, which is a channel of water that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. It’s also a beautiful area to be exposed to the different views and sounds coming from the various lounges and restaurants that form this vivid and eclectic area.

For truly unique pieces, Beyond Retro Vintage store on Istiklal Street has been known to supply vintage clothes for historical films and tv shows and advertise their products with popular film posters. It’s  really interesting to see all the different kinds of retro/vintage costumes that are found there. And being a T-shirt, Dress and handbag addict, I find that it is the best place to find them because of their massive collection.

So if you are ever visiting Istanbul and are in the market for unique fashion finds, you will have no other choice but to invest a large amount of your visit to the overwhelming variaty of products that you can discover in these vibrant areas of this historical city.

WORDS AND IMAGES: BURCU ACEM