Tacoma Defiance

Defiantly Tacoma’s Guide to South Sound Style

While self-love comes from within, few things make us feel so good as standing tall in front of the mirror and seeing an outfit that makes us look and feel fly. If we could, we’d wear something new every day. Remember that episode of MTV Cribs where Dame Dash showed off that he wears a new white tee and pair of socks then throws them away when he’s done with them? No? Well, it stuck with us.

While that kind of lavish wastefulness won’t fly in today’s climate, the sentiment stands. What we wear is essential to swagger and confidence. Fortunately, we live in a city that’s curated clothing scene rivals any city’s per capita. We have compiled a list of our top 5 favorites and encourage you to check them all out as our city slowly reopens.

All Star Vintage Tacoma

All Star Vintage Tacoma

All-Star Vintage

Two giants of the throwback game acknowledged each other’s clout and instead of clashing, came together. Choosing Lincoln District as their home, the owners Hall of Fame Vintage and Seattle’s Throwbacks NW opened All-Star Vintage, a well-curated shop full of deadstock sports gear that will make your eyes pop. We’ve seen some absolutely (flame emoji) Tacoma Tigers jackets and hats on their Instagram story, which is the best way to buy their gear in the time of COVID-19.


Scorpio Rising

The king and queen of Tacoma’s vintage village are Cheree and Ryan Swain, the owners of Scorpio Rising. The first question that enters our mind when entering their magical shop on 6th AVE is where does all this stuff come from? In search of impossibly rare punk rock concert t-shirts? They’ve got them in droves. Want to show how truly Tacoma you are? They’ve got a 1980’s Sound to Narrows shirt for that. We can’t speak highly enough of this place. A true one-stop shop for all your South Sound vintage needs.

Adorned Adobe Boutique

With a mission to create a heartwarming experience for all of Tacoma, this quaint shop is a perfect place to pick up a locally made gift for Mom on her birthday, or someone you don’t know very well. That’s the beauty of their thoughtful cards and cool small items. Anyone will love them and feel special to be on the receiving end.

eTC Tacoma

Owned and run by Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright, this popular shop and their timeless designs has been popping off so hard over the last few months that they had to temporarily close their online store. Tapped into what’s going on in the country and how it relates to Tacoma, this shop and their iconic clothes are a good one to follow, keep an eye on, and support going forward.


It’s a family affair at this downtown boutique. Owned and operated by sisters Sarah and Lana, the environmentally conscious brands you’ll find at Cocobolo not only support a simpler, more ethically minded lifestyle, but they look sleek and refined in the process. From styles handmade in house, indie brands, and other vintage and handmade accessories, this is a spot the coolest Tacoma lady you know frequents and swears by.

Got any other spots you love to shop until you drop it like it’s hot? Send hot tips, fashion advice, and pictures of your cat to ccatherwood@wertacoma.com.

Defiantly Tacoma

About Tacoma Defiance

Tacoma Defiance is the USL Championship affiliate of reigning MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC. You can follow The Future of Champions on Twitter (@TACDefiance)Facebook, and Instagram (@tacdefiance). We are #DefiantlyTacoma.

We R Tacoma Team Store

The We R Tacoma Team Store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT and we are fulfilling online purchases. Grab your Rainiers gear, your Defiance ‘fit, and follow the team store on Instagram and Twitter.

COVID-19 Information

More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting events at Cheney Stadium can be found here.

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