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New Years Eve Dresses

30 Dec
Wondering what to wear for New Year’s Eve? We have the short-list of looks that will have you ready to celebrate the closing of 2013 and look forward to 2014!
New Years Eve Dressed
We tried to come up with the top four looks that will make heads turn and jaw drop. Each of these dresses is in a hue that will be sure to have people asking you were you purchased your dress. For 2014 we envision gold, black, with jewel tones. There is something timeless about the black and gold look. Of course, if there is a shimmer to it, even better! The alternative for the gold and black is the jewel tones of a sapphire blue. With any of these dresses you can add statement necklaces and sky high heels.

What do you plan on wearing? Be sure to Tweet us photos or tag us on Instagram so we can see how you are rocking these classic looks!
Love,
Your Team at JBR Clothing

Magic in the Air

12 Feb

We are t-minus 7 days from leaving for our trip to the Magic Trade Show. As always, we wanted to let you know that we will be hitting the Fashion Market searching for the best of all the latest styles from your favorite brands.

In order to better plan our trip, we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to tell us about any of the brands that you would love to see us carry. We can’t promise that we will carry them, but we will try and stop by and see what they have that may fit with our shop.

Magic is one of our favorite events to attend because we are able to meet with some of the designers and ask them personally about their lines. We are also able to see and touch the dresses. If there are certain brands we do carry that have specific pieces you are looking for make sure to leave us a comment and we will get you info on material and when they will be shipping to us.

Again, we are super excited so stay posted to the blog to see what we have in store.

Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing

Women We Love: Lucille Ball

1 Nov

During October, when we were coming up with our DIY Costume ideas, we thought about some of our favorite leading ladies of the 1950’s. These ladies are icons for their fashion choices as well as their acting abilities.

While we were thinking of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, and Marilyn Monroe, one of my friends had me over to her house for dinner and a movie. During the course of the evening we ended up watching I Love Lucy. I have never really watched a lot of the show before, but with each passing episode there were several things I noticed.

Lucille Ball was portraying a housewife to a moderately successful Cuban singer, she was in a leading comedic role, and during each end credit it stated that she was part owner of Desilu Productions. What struck me is this, Lucille Ball is always noted for her comedic skills, but underneath her well timed slap-stick, she really was a woman to admire.

While Lucille Ball may have played the housewife on TV, she was so much more than that. She was a trail blazing woman, breaking ground for female comedians. What she did on I Love Lucy was innovative for the time. The show ran for 180 episodes. During each show she was always well dressed, known for mostly wearing swing style dresses. She often times wore dresses that had two toned collars and had a string of pearls. She was the embodiment of a 1950’s housewife in all the best ways possible.

Some of the most common costumes that are sold stating they are “Lucille Ball” outfits have some sort of polka dot print, like the picture below.

What we loved about Lucy was her pioneer spirit. She knew what she wanted and she made it happen. When the creators of the I Love Lucy show first approached Lucille Ball, they wanted another actor to play her husband. Lucy stated it would have to be Desi Arnaz or no one! She obviously got what she wanted.

Not only that, but Lucille Ball got married much later in life (later than most women of her time) at the age of 40! She had spent most of her youth acting, modeling, and doing radio. After she was married at 40, she had two kids, another feat not often heard of for a woman of her age.

When it comes to being the first woman to run a television studio, there is nothing but admiration for Lucille Ball. Oftentimes when people look back on history, especially in terms of women’s roles, they only want to look at the negative, but we here don’t think like that.

As part of our motto to start a vintage revolution, we want to look at the positive impact that the past has played on the present, and Lucille Ball is definitely a part of that movement! She was a feminist before we needed to start burning our bras. If she saw something, she went after it, and we love her for it!

Just like with Bettie Page, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, all of these great women paved the way for something more, and when we fail to see that, we fail to admit to an important part of women’s history. Just because a women may play the housewife on TV, doesn’t mean that her only role was to be domestic, Lucille Ball proves it.

We want to hear about what women from the past have made an impact on you and why! Share some of your favorite stars and what they represent to your love of vintage. How did they start a vintage revolution for you?

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing

DIY Costume Round Up

26 Oct

All right dolls, Halloween is just 5 days away and we want to make sure you are all prepared for the big event. While many people joke that Halloween is just a chance for women to let their inner sex kitten out, we at JBR Clothing disagree! Halloween is a great reason to shop for dual outfits! There is nothing better than buying pieces for a Halloween costume that you can recycle for a different purpose after the holiday.

With this thought in mind, our resident buyer Rachel, has been putting together some costume ideas based off your favorite JBR dresses! We will give you a round up on what you might have missed!

This is of course one of the most iconic women of all time, Mrs. Jackie Kennedy Onassis! You can recreate this look with the Stop Staring! Flawless dress, pearls, pointed tow pumps, and the over sized sunglasses. If you want to take the look a little further, don’t forget a pill box hat and a large purse.

This is for those women who love Alice in Wonderland. You can turn yourself into The Queen of Hearts with Hell Bunny’s Poker Face dress! This dress is a fun twist on the Queen of Hearts, the dress has a deck of cards scattered all over. Add a crown and scepter and you are ready to make heads roll! If you want to take this dress a little further, go to your local gardening department and buy a pink flamingo to use as a croquet club.

Here we have a look inspired by one of the sexiest cartoon characters to ever hit the big screen, Jessica Rabbit. Take the Stop Staring! Gathered Ava in Red, add a pair of elbow length purple satin gloves, a flowing red wig, and some high pumps and you will be beating off the men all night!

You can also be one of our all time favorite Batman villains, Poison Ivy with the Stop Staring! Moda dress. Instead of trying to find a green unitard (totally scary on some!), swap out our dress and pin vines of ivy. Add a face mask, pumps and gloves, and take over the night. This could be cute if you have a die hard Batman fan in the family (think of pairing this with your son/husband/boyfriend) it could be a hit at any party!

I am sure most of you can guess what costume idea this is, the wonderful Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn. This is most definitely a dress you will wear again, because what woman doesn’t need an LBD? Get this look with the Stop Staring! Love Fitted dress in Black. You will HAVE to have some great costume jewelry and a high and tight bun with a tiara. If you want to add a little more, be sure to carry a small white bag with a donut and a cup of coffee.

Our last costume idea is one of America’s biggest sweethearts, Miss Minnie Mouse! You can get this look by taking the Hell Bunny Cutie Pie dress, adding a pearl necklace and earrings, mouse ear headbands and black or yellow pumps. If you live somewhere that is going to be cold, you can layer with a black long sleeve and black tights to make the look more authentic.

We love all of these dresses on their own, but if it gives us a reason to make a purchase for Halloween it is even better! There is nothing worse than wanting to get into the holiday, but then ending up with an outfit you can never use again. I mean, how many of us really want to wear the same costume a few years in a row?

Be sure to share with us your Halloween DIY costume ideas! You can do this by tweeting us @vintagerevblog, or if you are creating a DIY costume based off a JBR dress, snap a photo and tag us on Instagram! We love being able to see how you get creative. You can tag us on Instagram @jbrclothing.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing

The “Hipster” Stigma

1 Oct

All right dolls, this week we have something we would like to discuss with you all, labels. And we are not talking about clothing labels! We know here on the blog we talk about lovers of rockabilly, vintage, and pin-up as a way to identify those people who are interested in what we love and how we live our life. Our blog, in many ways, attempts to help people who are new to the scene identify what it is they love and find others in the community who are interested in the same style of clothing that we are.

All of that said, recently when I have gone and worked outside of the JBR circle I have been called a “hipster.” As the resident blogger, I spend most of the time at JBR HQ, but sometimes I work with young adults in the pursuit of their education. Because I live a vintage life, I wear all my dresses out and don’t just wear them to special events. I feel that is what really makes us different. Retro is life.

Over the last three or four weeks I have had my pupils tell me “I love your sense of  fashion, you are a really cool hipster.” I laughed the first time I was told this. I really didn’t know what a “hipster” was. I have heard the term, and I am I not that far removed to not have an idea about what a hipster was, but I wanted an exact definition to get a better idea if I really am in fact a “hipster.” What I decided to do was go to ubrandictionary.com and find out what the new label meant, and this is what I learned “Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter […] are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.”

With this new label I mentally went through a checklist of how I dress. I wear black Ray Ban glasses (check from list), I was wearing my Heartbreaker Monique Blue Gazebo dress the day I was first told I was a hipster (check from list), a pair of ballet flats, my hair was pulled back, and my make up consisted of thick black eyeliner. I know I hit two points out of the three in the list.

The thing was, I kept fixating on this new label. It is not that I live my life through other’s definition, but it seemed that being a lover of vintage felt different than being a hipster. I mean, I am creative, I like witty conversation and art, but what really made me different from these hipster kids?

What I did next was this, because I also work with students, I sat out on campus and tried to identify this grouping of people. What I noticed what this: while there are definitely people like myself who wear vintage design clothing, these people who are called hipster are a riff on vintage lovers. Yes, they wear clothing not of this time, but they seem to focus more on mixing eras. 80’s sweaters with 50’s oxfords, 2000’s length shorts and skirts. It feels more like a hodge-podge of fashion versus a cohesive look. Many of them wearing glasses didn’t have lenses in, I most definitely have to wear my glasses for purpose than style.

Now, I am not in any way bashing those who identify themselves as a hipster, but I just wanted to figure out if I was one without knowing it. I think that in many ways we cross paths, but I can’t say that I am a full blown hipster.  I think that being someone who lives, loves, and wears vintage/retro/rockabilly is truly different than a hipster. Not only do I work for a clothing company that sells everything I love to wear, much of how I live my life is vintage inspired. I am currently planning my wedding and I am trying to make sure that as much of it as possible has a 1950’s feel to it. My fiance wants to wear a hat and I am toying with the idea of a tea length gown. Much of how I style my home is vintage inspired. I have decorations that were passed down from my grandmother, figurines and dishes that just aren’t made today. I truly feel that while I wear vintage inspired clothing, my love of vintage doesn’t stop there, it carries over into all I do.

Now, what I really want to know is what all of you think. Have you been called a hipster? Does the label even bother you? Or should we all just be happy knowing that vintage will live on in some sense for all eternity? For me, I am much happier telling people I live for vintage versus being a hipster, but that is just one woman’s point of view.

Tell us your experiences, the JBR Dolls are dying to see if we are the only ones!

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing

Retro-Fitted Summer

6 Jun

June is officially here and we are ready to break out our bathing suits, sandals, and sun-dresses! We wanted to make sure that all of our favorite fans are as prepared for the summer season as we are, so we are giving you a quick guide to make sure you are able to bring your love of vintage with you to the beach, lake, pool, or beyond!

One easy way to prepare yourself for a retro-fitted summer is to purchase a straw item. We love using straw purses or shoulder bags to carry all our necessary items.

This purse from Target.com is a great option. It is called the Straw Dangle Tote in natural. It is perfect for throwing your latest gossip magazine in, some sunblock and a bottle of water for your quick trip to the pool.

The next item on the list is a FABULOUS hat. We are talking over the top, large brimmed hats, the kind that make you look like a startlet on vacation in Palm Springs.

While we can make plenty of suggestion of stores that carry such hats, we have found some of our most memorable sun hats at weekend swap meets, flea markets, or consignment stores. Our philosophy is, why spend a fortune on a hat we will be exposing to water? But a hat is a must, it helps protect your face from UV lights as well as making you look a little more mysterious as you lay out and people watch from beneath your brim.

The last thing you need in order to be ready for the summer is a perfect swimsuit. What’s that, a groan? Oh no ladies, when you are looking to carry your retro vintage style over to the summer season look forward to finding a swimsuit!

While you may think that Audrey is wearing a dress, she is not! she is wearing a swimsuit! For anyone that knows vintage, it is all about embracing a woman’s silhouette and making it look good. You do not need to over-expose yourself to look like a bombshell. And don’t be scandalized, you can still wear a two-piece, there are so many options you won’t believe it!

For your one piece ladies, we have some great options (which will hopefully be brought to you by JBR soon!). The above is the Audrey swimsuit by Fables by Barrie. This bathing suit is a classic cut, where the backside fully covers your rear and the front ends at the top of your legs. It provides slightly more coverage on your lower half than most other swimsuits, that are normally cut high on the rear and thigh.

Another one we love from Fables by Barrie, is the Lauren! This one, like the Audrey, features a sweetheart neckline, halter top, and comes to the tops of your leg. What we loved about this one is the houndstooth print on it! It makes it seem like such a formal swimsuit! This is one that you would want to take with you if you are planing on going to a high end spa or resort! The red contrast on the waist gives it that bright pop you need for the summer months!

And now for all you two piece loving ladies, don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you!

Here you have the Sophie Top in Black and White, with the Amelia Bikini Bottoms in Black and White. We love these two pieces because they are close replica’s to what the women in the 1940’s and 1950’s wore. The bikini bottoms come up higher on the waist, but not in a fashion that would remind you of an older woman. These are very young and flirty designs.

The other great thing about these bottoms is that you can mix and match them with a top from any swimsuit! If you are going for the vintage look, just buy a pair of these bottoms and take them with you when you go shopping to find a top you like! Pair it with a bandeau top, halter, or any other combination that tickles your fancy.

Just because it is the summer time, it doesn’t mean that you have to leave your vintage lifestyle by the wayside! No, what we say is find a way to carry it over to the warmer months!

If there is a way you make your love of vintage stand out in the summer leave us a comment and tell us how! We love to hear how you are creating your own vintage revolution.

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team