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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

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Vintage Living

8 Aug

This week we decided we wanted to do a post on vintage living, it is something many of you already take part in. Vintage living comes in many forms, it can be the way you dress, how you present yourself, or how you keep your house. Here at Vintage Revolution, we try to give you the total package, touching on everything. For this week’s post we wanted to bring it back inside your homes!

For many of you living in the United States, it is that time of the year where the kids start going back to school and you have the house to yourself (for some of you). It is a great time to clean up and add some new items to your interior design collection and perhaps send some tired pieces to their final resting place.

While vintage pieces are our favorite, for some people it may not be as practical for usage issues. Again, women who have children know that you need items that will stand the test of time and rough housing kids. We wanted to give you some ideas on how you could do this on an affordable budget. We looked at Ikea, Target, and Etsy.

We really like Ikea because they offer affordable options, ship worldwide, and carry a variety of items. Depending on which era you really love, you can find an accent piece that will meet your design desires.

For those of you who enjoy more of the 60’s mod look, we love this ceiling light. You can use this in your kitchen or over a dining table. This is the Fillsta Pendant lamp from Ikea, coming in at $39.99. This is one of the few items NOT sold online, so you would have to check with your local Ikea to see if it is available near you.

We also really love this lighting panel, also from Ikea, called the Gyllen. This panel comes in at $20! They offer the panels in multiple colors, you can use this as both a wall accent piece as well as for lighting. We love the white on clear over a dark painted wall.

Target.com has some great storage ottomans that we are huge fans of! We love these because they are offered in a variety of prints and colors. While the price comes in from $189-$299, we know these are versatile pieces that can be moved around the house. I know that one of our JBR dolls in the office uses her’s in her bedroom at the foot of her bed to store extra throw blankets.

Another easy way to create that vintage look we are all going for is to use white washed picture frames for your favorite photos. White picture frames have a way of opening up the look of any wall, while the use of black picture frames makes things look sleek and more modern.

For those of you who need a little more COLOR and pazaz in your house, there are these great pieces from IndigoPearlStudio on Etsy. In her shop she has some colorful mirrors that can be used to brighten a room and open up a space.

We are always excited to have a reason to shop, and we love adding to the collections in our houses! Leave us a comment and tell us how you are living with your love of vintage inside your houses.

Love,

Your Vintage Revolution Team at JBR Clothing

P.S. Be on the lookout for a sneak peek video blog of our new storefront for the Grand Opening!