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The Best Boutiques and Vintage Shops in St Andrews, Scotland

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Updated: 29 June 2017
Thanks to its star status as a hub of golf, history and academia, St Andrews isn’t exactly Scotland’s shopping capital. Still, the select handful of boutiques and clothing emporiums are a true saving grace bestowing flocks of fashion followers with endless sartorial satisfaction. From one-off vintage finds to bespoke numbers, here is our edit of the best St Andrews clothes spots.
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Sam Brown

A breath of fresh fashion air, Sam Brown is a cracker of a boutique showcasing swoon-worthy wares instilled with that special sense of je ne sais quoi, all at appealing prices. Each piece is meticulously picked from a range of desirable designers — think Luella, Avoca Anthology, French Connection, Great Plains London, Onjenu London, Pom Amsterdam and Superga. Let’s just say Sam Brown never fails to add fireworks to an already on-point outfit!

Sam Brown, 84C Market St, St Andrews, Scotland +44 1334 461517

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Avid shopper or not, there’s no denying the satisfaction of finding a diamond in the rough during a glorious rummaging session. When in St Andrews, the only place that will do is Rummage. This cabinet of all things wondrous plays host to literally everything and anything you could ever imagine, from shabby chic second hand furniture and castaway jewellery, to fabulous vintage clothes, new Argentinian espadrilles, retro accessories and bespoke one-off gems. Suited to vintage queens and fashion fiends who like to make a statement, Rummage is a place of perpetual style possibilities. They do say one person’s rubbish is another’s regalia!

Rummage, 138 South St, St Andrews, Scotland +44 1334 478625

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Johnstons Of Elgin

Whether in the market for a quintessentially Scottish tartan scarf, or timeless oversized cashmere jumper to pair with those perfect jeans, look no further than Johnstons of Elgin. This iconic cashmere house, a true pride and joy of Scotland, is favoured by design greats from Christopher Kane to Chanel. Standing out amidst St Andrew’s pocket of select boutiques, Johnstons of Elgin is a one-stop shop for investment pieces and classic winter woolies.

Johnstons Of Elgin, 4 Pilmour Links, St Andrews, Scotland +44 1334 472216

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The Golf Shop Of St Andrews

As the world’s ‘home of golf’, there’s no better place to pick up the crème de la crème of golfing gear. Those set on getting suited and booted to the nines in pastel polos, tartan trews and everything else in between will find what they’re looking for at The Golf Shop of St Andrews. This compact shop has that boutique feel and contains a surprising number of polos in all colours, brilliant golf hats and shoes, amidst other necessities. You don’t have to be a golfer to add a high fashion preppy edge with a diamond patterned vest.

The Golf Shop Of St Andrews, 4 Ellice Pl, St Andrews, Scotland +44 1334 476 996

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If there’s one thing to know when it comes to nifty thrift store shopping, it’s to flock towards the places graced by stylish fashion-forward people, or wealthy folk. Thankfully, St Andrews ticks all boxes, with its host of worldly residents spanning from retirees to students. Oxfam, along with the likes of Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation, is always worthy of a gander. You never know what may be awaiting you, perhaps an authentic Chanel blazer castaway, Mulberry handbag or perfect condition ball-worthy dress.

Oxfam, 135 South St, St Andrews, Scotland