Monthly Archives: March 2012

How to Get Around: Vintage Transportation

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If you can’t walk to where you need to be, then you’re going to have to use some sort of transportation. And if you love all things vintage, like we do at Rubber Soul Vintage in San Diego, then it’s exciting to think about the many vintage transportation options.

Zooey Deschanel Riding a Vintage Inspired Bike

Zooey Deschanel Riding a Vintage Inspired Bike

For places that aren’t too far, there’s always the cruiser bicycle. Just the look of the cruiser screams “vintage summertime” like nothing else. You can even outfit your bike with a wicker basket, bell, pannier, and funky seat.

Vintage Vespa Scooter

Vintage Vespa Scooter

When you need to get a little further and love the feeling of the wind in your hair, there are plenty of vintage inspired scooters and vespas to choose from. There’s even one company called All Vespa which restores vintage scooters that are then sold to the public!

Vintage VW

Vintage VW

And if you’ve got the extra income to spend on a vintage automobile, that can really amp up your vintage style. Wether the car is a 1926 box saloon, an old VW bus, or a Ford Capri– which Katy Perry gave to Russell Brand for a wedding gift- any vintage car has a cool factor.

Bicycle photo found here. Vespa photo found here. VW photo found here.

Vintage Accessories

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Gloves can spice up your vintage look

Gloves can spice up your vintage look

Do you have the perfect vintage outfit but need a little something extra? It’s often those little extras that can make the whole look complete. Here’s a few ideas:

1. Gloves: Often associated with cold weather, gloves come in a variety of styles for warm and cool weather. They can bring that pop of color or take your vintage outfit to a new level of authenticity.

2. Brooches: If you love a little sparkle, this is a great way to incorporate it into your outfit. There are hundreds of designs out there, so you can get one that really speaks to your personality.

3. Hats: There have been times in fashion history where a man and woman would not leave the house without a hat. Some styles have fishnet, some velvet, some with ribbons and buttons.

4. Cameras: We’ve been seeing a lot of vintage fashionistas using vintage cameras. Sure, polaroid film is expensive, but you’ll look cute snapping away on a timeless camera and slinging it over your shoulder.

5. Sunglasses: This accessory is hip and practical. We’d suggest Ray-Bans, cat eyes, crazy colors, and flip-ups but pick the style that looks best with your face shape.

At Rubber Soul Vintage in San Diego, we carry all sorts of vintage accessories. So if you’re in town, be sure to stop in and take a look!

Gloves photo found here.

Accessories galore inside Rubber Soul Vintage

Accessories galore inside Rubber Soul Vintage

Mad Men Returns: Season 5 to Bring More Vintage Fashion

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A photo from the show Mad Men

A photo from the show Mad Men

We update our blog every Tuesday and Thursday, but we want to make a special posting today about the return of Mad Men. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, here is how AMC describes it, “Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.”

 Regardless of wether or not you enjoy the show’s content, it’s easy to fall in love with the shows costume design. The clothing that the characters wear are have that 1960s timeless feeling. And fashion designers have taken notice of the show’s popularity which has influenced their lines.
Banana Republic launched a Mad Men line inspired by 1960s clothing, and Etsy has popular searches for Mad Men dresses, which popped up as I began typing Mad. At Rubber Soul Vintage in San Diego, you can also find clothing from the 1960s.
Be sure to catch the 2 hour season 5 premiere tomorrow at 9:00 p.m./ 8:00 p.m. central time on AMC. Or if nothing else, be sure to read about the fashion the next day!
Photo found here.

Finding Vintage Inspiration on Pinterest.com

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Many savvy bloggers have probably heard-of or use Pinterest. For those of you who haven’t heard of Pinterest, it’s a website that uses virtual pinboards to organize things you like online. According to the official site, “People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.” And of course, fashion is sneaking in.

There’s a search bar in the upper left hand corner of the site that allows you to search anything. Search for “vintage fashion” and a pinboard appears with anything tagged or labeled “vintage fashion.” Pins are about clothing, hair, accessories, art, and miscellaneous. One pin result was a Yves Saint Laurent vintage dress, a designer we mentioned in last week’s blog.

If you join Pinterest, you’ll have the opportunity to pin anything you want, including things you see online about Rubber Soul Vintage– your favorite San Diego vintage store!

Screenshot of a Pinterest search for Vintage Fashion at pinterest.com.

Screenshot of a Pinterest search for Vintage Fashion at pinterest.com.

 

Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff: Shout Out to this Vintage Inspired Shoe Collection

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Screenshot from rachelantonoff.com

Screenshot from rachelantonoff.com: Her designs.

Designer Rachel Antonoff Poses

Designer Rachel Antonoff Poses

According to the the Bass shoe website, Rachel Antonoff introduced herself to the fashion world as a freelance writer. She’s written for Nylon, Blackbook, Teen Vogue, and Lula Magazine. In spring of 2009, she launched “Rachel Antonoff” and has been a growing fashion influence since.

Why we, Rubber Soul Vintage, like her so much is because many of her designs are vintage inspired. And her collection of shoes “Bass loves Rachel Antonoff” are filled with polka dots, florals, bizarre color blocking, penny loafers, bow ties, and all things considered- they’re just adorable!

Don’t get us wrong, we love authentic vintage more than anything. But vintage is unique and one of a kind which makes is nearly impossible to carry a shoe or a dress in all sizes. So if you need a vintage style shoe that you can’t find at Rubber Soul Vintage in San Diego, we suggest the Bass loves Rachel Antonoff line. But keep in mind, Rachel Antonoff shoes are going to be much pricier than shoes in our store!

Rachel Antonoff posing photo found here.

Yves Saint Laurent: a Designer is Remembered

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Vintage Photo of Yves Saint Laurent

Vintage Photo of Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent's Dress Design

Yves Saint Laurent's Dress Design

Any vintage fashion lover out there looking for somewhere to go or something to do this spring break? One option is to visit the Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

The exhibit aims for viewers to look at Yves’ career from early inspirations and pieces in the 1940s all the way up to his evening gown collection in 2002.

Yves Saint Laurent has often been credited for his innovation with the ladies pant suit and for using geometric designs.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective will be showing until July 8, 2012. Purchase tickets to this exhibition at the Denver Art Museum website.

To see more work and to purchase garments, visit ysl.com.

Photo of Yves found here. Photo of his design found here.

Love For Downton Abbey Vintage Fashion

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Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

For those who aren’t watching the PBS Masterpiece Classic, Downton Abbey, at least look at the fashion within the show. The series began in the early 1910s and in the last episode of season two, World War I was declared over. Downton Abbey is the name of the mansion that the royalty and their servants live in and everyone’s wardrobe is notably exquisite.

The character Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) is getting a lot of attention for her costumes in the the show. Being a young woman in a royal household, she is expected to dress in expensive gowns to distinguish her class and please potential husbands. Even in the height of the war, her dresses were elegant and beautiful.

Lady Mary’s sisters, Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) also dressed-up but in different ways. Lady Edith had a more practical but playful look, while Lady Sybil was more daring. She once wore a dress that had pants on it, which was scandalous for the time.

There’s something we all kind of love about nostalgia, which makes watching Downton Abbey a joy for the many people out there who adore vintage fashion as much as we do at Rubber Soul Vintage.

Downton Abbey photo found here. Lady Edith and Lady Mary photo found here.

Lady Mary in Downton Abbey

Lady Mary in Downton Abbey

Lady Edith in Downton Abbey

Lady Edith in Downton Abbey