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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
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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

Rockabilly Tattoo History

15 Sep

For those of us who live the retro rockabilly lifestyle, it is not uncommon to have a tattoo or two, or maybe even five, but it still seems that society has a way of judging those people who wear their art on their bodies. Tattoos are far more acceptable now than they were in the 1950’s, but we still want to look at those who  helped make the rockabilly tattoos we love today. For the rockabilly lover this is a way of life, wearing your art on your body.

During the 1950’s, when must of the world was celebrating over the end of the two World Wars and suburbs were sprouting up wherever the eye fell, and the music was sugary and sweet came a new sound – rock and roll. Out of rock and roll came musicians who blended swing, blue grass, and blues together, resulting in rockabilly music.

The people who loved this music were the youth that was stuck in the suburbs being told what to do and when to do. This music was revolutionary. It broke the chains of what convention was and played by its own rules. And there would be no turning back.

While rockabilly music was coming into existence there came someone else who would play a role in our story of tattoo art. This person is Sailor Jerry. Now known for his rum, that was not always the case.

Norman Collins (Sailor Jerry) joined the Navy when he was 19 years old and spent much of his life traveling the world. He spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, where he was first exposed to tattoo art. He brought this art back with him to the States and set up shop in Honolulu tattooing sailors.

Tattoos and sailors had always been synonymous. Each tattoo represented a sign of good luck and home to them. It was a charm each man wore on his body, a charm that would hopefully bring him home safe and alive to his loved ones.

The most common tattoos for the sailors were swallows, anchors, and of course the pin up girl. These women emblazoned on each man was a sign of what they hoped to come home to, a woman waiting for them (even if they didn’t have a special girl now, they would find one when they reached land).

Between the sailors that were deployed and longed for home, and the rebellious teenage youth, tattoos became symbols for a generation that didn’t want to be a part of the crowd. Those individuals who had tattoos set themselves apart and wore their art on their body. Identifying themselves through the symbols inked on their skin.

While rockabilly began to fade from 1960-1970, it saw a resurgence in the 1980’s. Many punk bands found their inspiration in the original rock and roll of the 1950’s and took it up with a vengeance, adding electric guitar rifts and so much more. With the resurgence of the music came a resurgence of the lifestyle. Since the 1980’s, there have been people that choose to live their life rockabilly, dressing in rockabilly clothing and going to music festivals to celebrate with other fans.

With this choice to live a rockabilly life is the resurgence of retro tattoos. Now, more than ever, you see women and men with iconic images on display. Just as in the time of Sailor Jerry, pin up girls, swallows, stars, anchors, and musical notes are the most popular images to have. Added to that are images of skulls, dice, and classic cars.

Tattoos are a way to identify yourself. They let you know you share something with someone else, similar interests, similar taste in art. But the thing that tattoos do that is most important, they symbolize something to the owner. Each new tattoo is a piece of your own art that you wear each day, and who the heck cares what anyone else thinks about it?!

We love sharing our favorite information with those people who are new to retro/rockabilly/and pin up, but we love it even more when you share with us! After reading this post if you have an awesome tattoo you want to share with our team feel free to post it in the comments, send us a tweet, or go to our Facebook page and share!

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing