Monthly Archives: May 2012

Staying Cool in Summer with Backless Clothing

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Vintage Backless Dresses

Vintage Backless Dresses

For those of you who aren’t familiar with backless clothing, it is just as it sounds. Clothing that doesn’t have fabric covering a small or large section of your back. It can be on dresses, shirts, jumpsuits, and swim suits, and even wedding dresses. If you’re gutsy enough to sport the backless look, it can provide cool relief in the summer sun.

In the photo arrangement above, found here, you can see the many beautiful, vintage dresses that are backless. The backless dress is nothing new to fashionistas in previous decades. And at Rubber Soul Vintage, in San Diego, you can find some vintage and vintage inspired dresses like these!

But there are also many new takes on backless clothing. Some dresses have interesting shapes cut out of the backs, and some dress backs are simply see-through. Some wedding dresses use a combination of backless and lace to make exquisite looking designs.

Wether you dress your backless clothing up or down, you’re bound to be cool in the summertime and have a unique wardrobe choice! Photo below found here.

Backless Dress with Bow on Top

Backless Dress with Bow on Top

Vintage-Inspired Shoes Currently On-Sale

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Modern clothing and shoe companies often sell vintage-inspired pieces in order to appeal to what customers want. We, at Rubber Soul Vintage, sell mostly authentic vintage but we like a lot of vintage-inspired shoes that we’ve seen at stores and online.

Seychelles "Modest" 2.5 inch Heels

Seychelles “Modest” 2.5 inch Heels

Seychelles Footwear is a shoe company that sells many vintage-inspired shoes. And with so many shoes on sale, you’re bound to find something you like! We love the 2.5 inch, leather heels that are multicolored, called “modest.” Picture found here.

Anthropologie "Wingtip Wedges"

Anthropologie “Wingtip Wedges”

Anthropologie also has a lot of of vintage-inspired shoes to choose from, like the black and white wingtip wedges with a ribbon tie in around the ankle. The Revelry Mary-Janes are also adorable for ladies who want to dress up their feet without adding height. Picture found here.

Crown Vintage "Adore Leather Boat Shoe"

Crown Vintage “Adore Leather Boat Shoe”

Crown Vintage shoes are also vintage-inspired, as titled. Their Adore Leather Boat Shoe style is very popular especially as summer rolls around. These shoes are great for slipping on and off at the beach. Photo found here.

Irregular Choice "Berry Blend Sandal"

Irregular Choice “Berry Blend Sandal”

And of course, there’s always Modcloth. The Spangled Celebration Heel would be perfect for the fourth of July with its red, white, and blue. And there is no denying how adorable the Irregular Choice Berry Blend Sandal that has strawberry designs all over. Picture found here.

High-Waisted Bell-Bottoms

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Women and children in vintage bell bottoms

Women and children in vintage bell-bottoms

The high-waisted bell-bottom pants as we know them gained popularity in Europe in the 1960s. Shortly after that, they appeared in the U.S. and were very popular in the late 1960s and then into the ’70s and ’80s. The basic characteristic of the bell-bottom is that the pants start to flare heavily from the knee down. They came in plaid designs, wool, cotton, and jean material.

Bell-bottoms have made a resurgence into popular culture yet again, having seen them sold everywhere from tiny boutiques to department stores. Found in a variety of washes, bell-bottom jeans have become a popular choice for many women because of the flattering shape they give women’s legs.

High-waisted bell-bottoms can be seen on every age and even some men are trying to bring the style back. So if you’re looking for some great vintage pieces to add to your collection, check out Rubber Soul Vintage in San Diego, CA for affordable vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and accessories.

Fashionable high-waisted bell-bottom jeans

Fashionable high-waisted bell-bottom jeans

Women with children photo found here. Fashionable jeans photo found here.

Take a Stroll Into Rubber Soul Vintage

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A clothing rack at Rubber Soul Vintage

A clothing rack at Rubber Soul Vintage

If you find yourself in sunny, southern California, in the San Diego area, be sure to stop into Rubber Soul Vintage. The shop sells authentic vintage and vintage inspired clothing from the 1920s on. With affordable pricing and happy shop owners, you’re sure to have a pleasant experience here!

Vintage on Lookbook.nu

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Screenshot of Lookbook post with vintage jacket

Screenshot of Lookbook post with vintage jacket

Have you heard of lookbook? It’s a website designed so that anyone may post a picture of themselves or their fashion designs which can be shared around the world. People post their fashion from every continent and look for inspiration from local cities and international countries.

You can search by keyword, like “vintage.” Or you can search by the top leaders, who are getting the most “likes” on their posts. Though sometimes it’s nice to just scroll through the new posts and see what you will find.

If you have a lookbook account where you post fashion photos, be sure to tag Rubber Soul Vintage if you’re wearing our clothing or accessories!

Screenshot found here.

Medieval Vintage

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Everybody’s doing vintage nowadays. Your grandma’s rocking the real thing, your friends wear the t-shirts that there dads bought at the Led Zeppelin concert in 1977 and movie stars are wearing vintage styles made fresh. But you want something even more vintage, because let’s face it, you’re a hipster and want to do what no one else is doing. Let’s get medieval.

Hope you like tunics and coifs…

First off, everyone wore dresses (or things that look like dresses to modern eyes), so boys are going to have a little harder time with this. But as you can see on the right, everyone who wasn’t royal wore a bland selection of fabric, tied near the waist, with a hood and archaic pantyhose.

However, all the cool kids probably want to emulate the royalty. Now those guys had some style. Kings and queens had exotic fur lining their capes, velvety leggings, and layers upon layers of un-wench-like garb.

As you can see on below, men still wore dresses, but there was a lot more to distract from the lack of separation below the waist. And women got some fun hats. Even if you worked with the royalty, you got to wear a more exciting outfit than the surfs.

The royals got a little more flair.

While you might have a hard time finding medieval garb at Rubber Soul Vintage, at least you’ll be able to find something as unique!

Rocking a Vintage Bandana

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There are many ways to rock a vintage bandana. Some people cut bandanas up and sew the pattern into a dress, skirt, or quilt. Others tie bandanas around their necks. One of the most common ways to rock a bandana is tying it up on your head.

Red Bandana Over a Big Hairdo

Red Bandana Over a Big Hairdo

In the photo above, found here, a woman ties a vintage bandana over a large updo.

Tying Up a Bandana

Tying Up a Bandana

In the photo above, found here, a woman shows the various angles of her bandana tying. With her bangs down but the rest of her hair up in a beehive shape, she really shows how to rock a bandana.

Vintage Bandana on a Singer

Vintage Bandana on a Singer

In the black and white photo above, found here, a woman covers most of the back of her head with her bandana. With a few curls poking through and swoopy bangs, she pulls off the vintage bandana look.

At Rubber Soul Vintage in San Diego, CA, we supply vintage accessories like bandanas. So if you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by!