Archive | July, 2012

Olympic Flare

27 Jul

It is here!!!!!

The Olympics are moments from happening and most people are anxiously awaiting the opening ceremonies. The event that only happens every four years gives every country the opportunity to wear their patriotic gear proud! With that, we want to give all of our fans different ideas on how you can show your American patriotism during the games with some vintage inspired outfits.

Just in time for the festivities, Gap has come out with a line of retro inspired tee-shirts. The tees come in both women and men’s sizes and feature our favorite cotton/poly blends that make then SUPER soft! Not only that, but Gap has chosen to feature different host countries for each tee. You can choose from France, Tokyo, London or the USA! It is a fun a laid back way to show some pride!

We also really liked these tees because they are in the “boyfriend” style, which means they fit flowy and loose. You can easily pair any one of the shirts with a pair of capris or high waisted shorts.

You can also take inspiration from Team USA designer Ralph Lauren and go for a classic Americana look.

Ralph Lauren is all about clean lines and prep-school inspiration, and while that may not be what you think of as vintage inspiration, there is a way to put your own twist on this. We suggest creating the following look that is influenced by Ralph Lauren’s designs.

Start with a pair of AH-MAZING wide leg pants.

Both pants are by Ralph Lauren. They give you the nautical sailor look in the blue or white. You can pair these pants with a solid colored top and you are good to go. You don’t have to add anything else to make the outfit a hit! Not only can you wear these pants to any Olympic party you may be headed to, but you can definitely wear them long after the games are done.

You can also find a pair of capris in white to create a Ralph Lauren inspired look. Capris can be a more casual look instead of the wide-leg trouser pants.

The next step to get a look inspired by Team USA is to find a stand out accent scarf!! We suggesting looking for a scarf with a print in the Red, White and Blue!

We wanted REAL vintage scarves for the look, so we got on Esty and did a search of “red, white, and blue scarves” and these are just a few of the favorites that we found. If you follow our link above, it will take you to the page we went to when we were looking for our accent scarves!

Remember, the key to picking an accessories is that you want to added some pazzaz to your out, don’t let your outfit become boring! Look for funky prints and geometric stylings. Because we are taking our cues from Ralph Lauren, things can be stiff. Use the scarf as an opportunity to give you look the retro edge. You can either tie the scarf around your neck, in your hair, or find one large enough to wrap around your waist as a belt.

If you feel like you need just ONE more thing to set apart your outfit then look for a hat or accent jewelry to be the icing on the cake.

We found this fun hat by Jessica Simpson on the Nordstrom website. If you plan on taking your festivities outdoors this hat may just be the choice for you!

To finish off this All-American look you need to have the right foot ware, and if we are talking Ralph Lauren then the only choice can be a pair of Sperry Topsiders!

These shoes scream American pride and East coast sailor! The Sperry Topsider would pair well with capris. We love these shoes because they are very comfortable and they can be worn with almost any outfit. We have seen some women pair the shoes with their dresses to give them that “I just got off a yacht” feeling.

We are so excited to start watching the games and cheering on our favorite athletes and Team USA! Let us know how you are celebrating the 2012 Olympics! Are you hosting a party? Wearing Red, White, and Blue to the office? Leave us a comment and share your Olympic Flare!

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing

Contest Deadline Fast Approaching – Win Your Very Own Waspie Corset

27 Jul

For all our fans who missed this before, make sure you check out Jessica’s blog to win a Waspie corset!

Pin Up Persuasion

A little reminder to all of you lovely ladies…the deadline for all entries is Friday July 27!!!

Don’t miss out on your chance to win your very own Waspie Corset from Orchard Corset!!!

Click Here for the details on how to enter.

Good luck to everyone!

xo Jessica

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Win Your Very Own Waspie Corset from Orchard Corset!

16 Jul

We are huge fans of Jessica and we think you should check out her blog and see how you can win a corset!!! Win Your Very Own Waspie Corset from Orchard Corset!

The Price of Vintage

16 Jul

Happy Monday Dolls, we hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Our weekend was spent hunting through vintage stores looking for pieces to add to our new storefront for decoration. With our move from Fullerton to Brea, we have the chance for customers to come in and see our dresses and try them on. We want to make sure from the moment you step inside our store we embody the details that we love about the rockabilly/pin-up scene. That being said, we have been searching for pieces that will do just that!

In our search for store accessories, we have been introduced to new stores in our area, but it has also posed some questions for us that we wanted to share with all of you, and that is, what is the price of vintage?

OK, for all of us who LOVE this lifestyle there is no limit to the price we spend on dresses, shoes, handbags, or accessories, but really what are we willing to spend and why? We want to discuss a few points and would love for you to leave us your thoughts about this for us!

First of all, if we didn’t love vintage, we wouldn’t work for JBR Clothing and show our support for the awesome clothing we carry! We are lucky enough to say we love what we do and who we represent, but sometimes in our search for more we find ourselves spending more than we would like in boutique stores.

When it comes to shopping around there are a lot of things to consider. We know that the dresses that we carry are reproductions of silhouettes and prints from a different era. We also know that the material our dresses are made from tend to be a higher quality and will last us through a few seasons and several trips to the dry cleaners.

So, when we spend our weekends searching for new dresses or accessories from vintage stores, we ask ourselves is the cost worth the quality of what we are getting in return?

Vintage is “in” right now, there are a lot of hipsters running around trying to recreate looks many of us have worn for years, and this has driven the price of many of these items up. When we go shopping there are four things we look at before determining if it is worth the price the store is selling the item for.

1) We look at labels: Who made the item (regardless of whether it is jewelry, furniture, dresses, etc)? Become familiar with your favorite designers and know what their trademark is. This weekend when we were looking for decorations and we saw cute cups and dishes we looked for labels at the bottom of glasses. Did it have the trademark stamps we were looking for?

2) Material: We try to make ourselves familiar with the popular materials used during the time period and what the designer preferred. Oftentimes when you go into a store and they are selling “vintage” pieces, they are from the 1950’s & 60’s, but they are low quality. When you feel them, the dresses are usually a polyester blend that will not end up holding up. It may look good because it was just freed from a house during an estate sale, but it also hasn’t been worn in over 3 decades. BEWARE!!!! Ask yourself: for the price, will this material hold up after a few washes? It will help determine it’s worth of purchasing.

3) State at Purchase: This may seem simple, but you want to make sure to inspect the item you are about to purchase. Look at the seams, check hemming, or the pockets. You want to make sure you are chief inspector and that you aren’t surprised to find a hole in the back of the dress you just purchased.

These three steps will help you determine the worth of the item. Price gouging is common and we hate to be taken advantage of, we want all of you to be experts when it comes vintage living!

Of course, the final step is this:

4) The Worth to You: You are the only person that can determine whether or not you really want to pay for the item you found! Sure, your friends may think you are crazy, but if in the end you HAVE to have the item you are the final judge. There have been a few times we have been out and we have spent more than we normally would, but it was because we found something that drove us over the moon with excitement.

Make sure to set real expectations for yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t ALWAYS find what you want at the price you wanted it for, but don’t be blindsided! Determine what the price of vintage is for you.

For many of us, we spend a little more than the average shopper, but that is because the price of living a vintage lifestyle if worth it. Tell us how you determine the price of your vintage lifestyle. What are the boundaries you set for yourself? What other tips can you share?

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing

The Hoot (as in Hootenanny) Wrap Up

11 Jul

We did it!! We survived our first event!! And we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who came out and saw us, all our new and old fans, we had a blast meeting everyone!

Because this was our first event, we didn’t know what to expect, but we were surprised by how much fun it was! For those of you who are not local, or unable to go to the Hootenanny, it was hosted in Irvine, CA at the Irvine Lake.

It was an adventure for us to get there! We got lost several times and drove in one big circle! Then when we did get there, we found out our spot had a little bit of a hill on one side, so all the run-through prepping our buyer Rachel ran us through didn’t prepare us for this! But we handled it like champs and this is what our booth ended up looking like:

We were so proud of the way it turned out! Here are some of the detail shots of how we set up our tables:

We brought with us our Lux de Ville purses and accessories,as well as our Bettie Page accessories!

We were lucky enough to be near the entrance of the event and got to see everyone as they were walking towards the main stage to see the bands. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot! We could hear all the bands that played on the main stage, and can we just say, there were some AWESOME musicians there! Some of our favorites were the Wreckin Katz, Goddam Gallows, and The Bouncing Souls. All of us were swaying to the melodies while we worked at the booth.

There was also a car show towards the back of the event where owners of vintage rides could set up and show off their sweet wheels. One of our favorite cars was a tricked out hearse. It had been remodeled, painted a deep burgundy, and given new velvet hangings in the back. But the BEST part was the casket hot rod they had built. It looked like a soap box cart, had Herman Munster made it for Eddie! It was seriously one of the coolest things we saw all day!

We got to meet a lot of new people, some who had never even heard of us! We were so excited to be able to share our clothes with new fans!

This is one of our new fans that we met! She came to our booth with her boyfriend who wanted to buy her a dress. She knew she wanted a fitted dress so Rachel set to work pulling looks and we found a winner, the Stop Staring Lockheart Red Fitted dress! But can we tell you it was such a riot working with her!

She looked great in everything we could have dressed her in but when it came to the color choice, dilemma! The choice between red and black was tough. She really liked the black but the red really made her stand out in the crowd!

After asking her boyfriend, friends, and us, we all came up with red as the favorite! She was a girl after our own heart, she HAD to wear her dress to the Hoot and changed right there in our booth! Her boyfriend said, “You’re going to wear that now?!? It’ll get messed up in the Hoot!!!” she didn’t care. The only thing that mattered was looking good at her first event, and we loved her insistence on this point!

When we had some free time we took turns walking around and checking out the other booths and vendors.

Here is our buyer Rachel having a little fun taking photos!

The whole thing was a great experience for our team! We can’t wait to do more shows and festivals! If you go to an event and think we should be there, email us and let us know! We would love to hear from you and find out where we can bring our clothing to!

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing

Vintage, Retro & Classic Style in Red, White and Blue

3 Jul

We absolutely love how all these items help us wear our patriotism and show our obsession with vinatge inspired clothing!