Twiggy poses for Mary Quant advertisement in the Swinging '60s
Mary Quant set up a small shop in 1955 in London and became a sensation in the 1960s. She claims the miniskirt and hotpants (shorts) as part of her fashion movement. But it’s her dresses that keep popping up in fashion history books and google searches for “1960s fashion.”
The dresses in the photo, featured above, represent a more simplistic mod style, but when shopping for vintage ’60s clothing, there are certain things to look for. Many Mary Quant dresses were made with a fiber acrylic, known in the British trade as Courtelle, which was the newest thing at the time.
In Emma Baxter-Wright’s book Vintage Fashion, she explains the common traits of the Quant dress, “The classic minidress featured a zipper down the front with a circular pull-ring.” Here’s an example.
Note: photo attribution found here.
Did you know that Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was a size 12 back in her day? But in modern American sizing, she would be 4-6 sizes slimmer, because people and sizes changed a lot in the mid to late 20th century.
Yet, so many thrift stores and vintage stores, that sell vintage clothing, don’t have dressing rooms. Customers are often forced to eyeball a size and hope for the best.
But at Rubber Soul Vintage, we want you to be confident in your purchase. That’s why we have a fitting room in our store, so you can have the “love at first sight” moment but also try it on. So as Bob Dylan reminds us, “the times they are a-changing,” don’t be discouraged that the sizes are too.
Doesn't it look inviting?
Every great vintage store needs a vintage couch that is both comfortable and inviting. At Rubber Soul Vintage, we’ve got it covered. Our store wants shoppers and friends to hang out for awhile and take it all in.
That’s why we also provide a little reading material and a classic game or two. We want you to stay while!
Farkas Fixture Store, Inc.
Ever wonder where your favorite stores get furnishings? Sure, some shops order furniture and display cases online or hire an interior designer to take care of everything. But at Rubber Soul Vintage, we like to pick-out furnishings ourselves.
Located at 660 Tenth Avenue in downtown San Diego, is Farkas Store Fixtures, Inc. Farkas is a huge warehouse that sells mostly used store goods like mannequins, countertop displays, racks, hangers, and so much more.
The owners of Rubber Soul Vintage recently decided to start carrying hats, so they bought a couple mannequin heads and hat displays. So keep an eye out for the store’s new hats and hat displays next time you come in!
What Rubber Soul Vintage Looks Like
On November 25, 2011, also referred to as Black Friday, Rubber Soul Vintage opened its doors to the public. The store is located in the middle of the East Village of San Diego, California, just steps away from the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter.
Don’t be mistaken: this shop isn’t a fancy boutique with outrageous prices. Rubber Soul Vintage sells affordable men and women’s vintage clothing and accessories. These items are one of a kind, mostly from the 1920’s to 1970’s.