Monthly Archives: April 2012

Maxi Dress: 1960-70s and Now

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Vintage maxi dress

Vintage maxi dress

During the 1960s and parts of the 1970s, much of the youth culture experimented with fashion that reflected the times. It was a time for free-love, hippy hair, and the maxi dress. The maxi dress was part of the rebellious, counter culture. Many of the youth in this counter culture were the children of middle class parents, rejecting the capitalist/corporate lifestyle.

The maxi dresses back then could be lace, floral patterned, ruffled, or colorful. The fact that they were long, flowing, and boundary-less appealed to the then-rebels.

For awhile, the maxi dress went away but now, the maxi dress is part of the mainstream culture. You can find these dresses anywhere from Target to Forever 21. It is being worn by young women and their mothers. Though the dresses are still cute, they have a different symbolic meaning then what they used to.

At Rubber Soul Vintage, we have a lovely selection of vintage and vintage inspired dresses from the 1920s on. If you’re ever in the San Diego, CA, area, feel free to swing by and check it out for yourself!

D&G Vintage-Inspired Maxi Dress

D&G Vintage-Inspired Maxi Dress

Vintage maxi dress photo found here. D&G maxi dress photo found here.

Vintage Headbands

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The criss-cross style headband

The criss-cross style headband

For some outfits, accessories take center stage. One accessory that can really make a bold statement is the headband, and vintage headbands from the 1920s are absolutely beautiful. Somehow, these headbands are the essence of being fashion forward (at the time) while simultaneously looking classically chic.

In the early 1900’s, headbands were used to relieve headaches, but they seemed to stick more because of the fashion and style. There were many styles and adaptations to the headband, as well. Some headbands made a criss-cross pattern on the top of the head, made with wide but thin fabrics. Some headbands were once around, with the focus of the band laying on the forehead. Some were decked out with jewelry.

The 1920s headband style is still being worn by vintage and modern lovers. There are dual purpose knitted headbands made for fashion and warmth. Many brides have been seen wearing 1920s style headbands down the aisle. Some people are wearing minimalist headbands with no ornamentation on it as fashion statement and to keep hair out of their faces.

You can sometimes find headbands and other accessories in our store, Rubber Soul Vintage. So if you’re in the San Diego area, be sure to swing by!

The different styles of headbands

The different styles of headbands

Criss-cross headband photo found here. Headband variety photo found here.

Swinging Sixties Icon: Twiggy

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Twiggy applying her signiture makeup look

Twiggy applying her signiture makeup look

Twiggy's swinging sixies street look

Twiggy's swinging sixies street look

Lesley Lawson, aka Twiggy, is a fashion icon from the swinging sixties. She is a celebrity of many trades, including modeling, acting, and singing and known to many as a fashion icon. Originally from England, Twiggy became an international star.

Many consider Twiggy to be the first supermodel and was known for her distinct look: She had short, blonde hair and big bright blue eyes. She put on extensive and complicated eye makeup that when done now, still says “Twiggy.” When she modeled, she had pouty lips and an apathetic look. And, it worked for her.

She modeled and wore short dresses, exotic prints, and boxy clothing that didn’t show many curves. It was the swinging sixties, and that was what was in style. Her modeling was seen all over the world during that time and she is now a symbol for the swinging sixties as a whole. And if you love Twiggy’s sixties style, you can find vintage clothing of the era at Rubber Soul Vintage  in San Diego, CA.

Makeup photo found here. Street look photo found here. Photospread found here.

Twiggy photo spread

Twiggy photo spread

Vintage Clothing for Kids

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Vintage girl dressed in DIY clothing

Vintage girl dressed in DIY clothing

 

Vintage, vintage-inspired, and retro clothing is a popular choice for adults, but now it’s also starting to be seen in children’s boutiques and online shops. Patouche, based in Toronto, Canada, is one such store designing beautiful, vintage clothing for kids that even some adults would be jealous of.

There’s also been a DIY kids clothing resurgence. Vintage Style for Kids is one of the many books that has vintage patterns and designs for parent’s who sew outfits for their kids. There are also websites, like Green Parenthood, who blog about being sustainable and eco-friendly, even when it comes to kid’s clothing.

And of course, there’s Etsy. Wether you’re looking for baby bow ties, knitted cardigans, or DIY clothing patterns, there are many options for kids who desire that vintage feel. And though we, Rubber Soul Vintage, do not sell children’s vintage clothes, we’re happy to supply you with vintage clothing and accessories for adults.

Patouche vintage-inspired children's clothing

Patouche vintage-inspired children's clothing

Vintage girl photo found here. Patouche photo found here.

Cooking in the Kitchen- Vintage Style

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Vintage Wood Jam Cupboard

Vintage Wood Jam Cupboard

Many people enjoy sleek, modern, updated kitchens, but there’s no denying that vintage-inspired kitchens have made a resurgence. A simple google search will prove the many options for buying vintage and or vintage-inspired kitchen goods.

Sur La Table has included “vintage-inspired” in the titles of many products from aprons, tea & kitchen towels, oven mitts, and pot holders.

Anthropologie may not name their kitchen products as “vintage-inspired” but it’s easy to see that the products were inspired by the past. Many items look like they could be found in your grandma’s home. Some products are antique-looking dining room measuring spoons, feminine and nautical aprons, and beautiful glassware.

But if you’re like us, at Rubber Soul Vintage, you appreciate authentic vintage too. A quick search on Etsy will show thousands of options to outfit your vintage kitchen. We found a vintage scale, farmhouse sink, and a jam cupboard.

Anthropologie Kitchen Design in a 2007 Catalogue

Anthropologie Kitchen Design in a 2007 Catalogue

Jam Cupboard photo found here. Anthropologie catalogue ad photo found here.

Beautiful Vintage Inspired Weddings

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Aiguille Gown

Aiguille Gown

Comme Il Faut Dress

Comme Il Faut Dress

BHLDN, a wedding design company, may not necessarily describe their products as vintage inspired but they certainly look it. We started seeing wedding dresses from this website popping up on Pinterest. Then, we found out that Anthropologie got behind these dresses, a store known for its vintage inspired dresses.

Some wedding dresses look as if they are straight out of the 1920s glamour of the Great Gatsby, like the Aiguille Gown. Some dresses, like the Sweet Tea Gown, look like its made for a vintage inspired western movie. There is even the Comme Il Faut Dress which looks like it could be straight out of Mad Men.

You don’t have to be a bride to enjoy the BHLDN website. There are bridesmaids and partygoer dresses, lingerie, shoes and other accessories, decor, and gifts. One of the pages on the website is also good reading with articles like “wedding hair” and “three days in Paris.”

 

Screen shot from the BHLDN "headpieces" page

Screen shot from the BHLDN "headpieces" page

If you like vintage inspired weddings, be sure to check out our shop, Rubber Soul Vintage. We have a lovely selection of vintage and vintage inspired clothing for men and women in our San Diego, CA store.

Aiguille Gown found here. Comme Il Faut Dress found here. BHLDN screenshot found here.

Photography: How to Get That Vintage Look in Your Pictures

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Lomography Diana Deluxe Package

Lomography Diana Deluxe Package sold at Urban Outfitters

Wether you’re on vacation or taking photos of your day-to-day life, there’s a lot of excellent products out there that can get you the vintage vibe.

1. Instagram: This is an application, or app, that has been around for a couple years on the iPhone and was just released to Androids. It is one of the fastest growing apps of all time for good reason. Just open the app, snap a picture, and then choose from photo filters. These filters make your photo look like it’s from any decade you choose.

2. Lomography Cameras: These are new cameras that look like vintage cameras. Sold online and in popular stores like Urban Outfitters, and some even come in a package with all the accessories you can imagine.

3. Polaroids: For awhile, Polaroid stopped making their instant cameras, but when people demanded it back, they supplied. They now sell a Polaroid Z340 which is a combination of instant and digital but still has that cool vintage look. There are also a lot of old Polaroid cameras being sold on Etsy for little to nothing. But keep in mind, the film isn’t cheap.

Lomography screenshot found here.