Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cream of the Crop

By Natalie Garza

2532 Guadalupe Street Austin, Texas 78705

Cream Vintage has had a huge influence on my personal style. It was the first vintage store I’d ever been to. Now, it’s the place I shop at most often. It seems as though there’s always some perfect dress just waiting for me to find it in the racks. I went into the store  yesterday with the intention of taking some pictures and interviewing the owner, Rob Jasinski. NOT shopping. I don’t know who I was kidding. As I walked in, I saw an awesome dress on the mannequin in the window display and just had to try it on. Ironically enough, it was a cream-colored dress.

Store Owner Rob Jasinski

Rob opened Cream Vintage in 2002 after realizing that Austin was in dire need of a hip vintage store.  He’d helped some friends in California with designing and setting up their own vintage stores and quickly realized how well this could work in Austin. The store sells clothing, accessories, and shoes for both women and men. With handpicked items from LA, Miami, and Houston, Cream has some of the best quality vintage clothing from around the country.

One of the reasons that Cream is so different from other vintage stores in Austin is that it offers on-site alterations. The pricing is pretty decent, starting at $7 for clothing bought at the store. You can also bring in clothing from other places, but it’s slightly more expensive.

Cream Vintage also has their own “up-cycled” clothing line  called Whipped Cream. The line is made up of redesigned vintage clothing,  made to look a little more modern and even more one-of-a-kind than before.

While I was in the store, I heard a guy say to his friend, “This is the nicest, neatest vintage store I’ve ever been to.” I completely agree. As you can see in the photos, Cream is really organized. It’s not a huge store and there isn’t an overwhelming amount of clothing. It’s nice not having to dig for great finds, unlike at thrift stores. Check out last week’s visit to Savers for a comparison.

Of course, I ended up buying the cream dress. It’s currently being altered to fit perfectly. I can’t wait to pick it up when it’s ready!

For the campus store location, click here. For the South Congress store, click here.

A One of a Kind

Why vintage? Because it’s one of a kind! Styling is a form of expression and communication. One of many reasons why people choose vintage style is to show who they are through pieces they cannot find at typical stores in the country. For example, if I purchase a hoodie from Hollister, I see at least ten other girls wearing the same thing on campus.

One local store near UT campus is Buffalo Exchange. It is a thrift store located in many different states, but items you find is one of a kind! Though I do not find things that fit my style all the time, the fun comes from shopping through hundreds of clothings and accessories and finding an item just for me. Last year, I purchased a handbag that I absolutely love to carry with a various style of clothings.

(STEVEN from Steve Madden)

The quality is also decent. Items especially from thrift stores can be worn off and unusable. But anything ‘vintage’ is high in quality even through time.

Life Inside the Box

By Destinee Hodge

They say that you should “step outside the box” every now and then. My opinion is that sometimes, you should step into it.

I don’t happen to be a huge fan of graphic tees and such, but I must say that this vintage Audrey Hepburn Box purse does all the right things.I regret to inform you that it seems that you can find more information about Rebecca Black on the internet than the box purse. All I can tell you is that it originated in the 30s or 40s with a more rectangular shape and eventually took the current shape that is more accommodating to cigar boxes.

My grandmother actually gave me this purse a few years ago when she owned a nice trinket store. I think it’s a good example of the idea that vintage does not always mean that the item itself is ancient. I’m pretty sure this was made in the early 2000s. What it does say is that box purses and Audrey Hepburn are to be admired….and who can disagree with that?

I’ve worn it to add a little interest to a casual outfit (i.e. t-shirt and jeans). I must put a disclaimer on this accessory- it does make people take a gander. But honestly, who can blame them?

Check out my slideshow  below that has four other views of the purse. I love that it’s sturdy (ie. wooden back, hinged opening. I also think that the jeweled handle and latch add great finishing touches. Enjoy, and take a trip to the past with a version of a box purse that works for you!

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What does it really mean to be “vintage”?

By Destinee Hodge

The word “vintage” is thrown around so loosely at times. I think we  probably all have a general idea of what the word means, but would have a difficult time coming up with an accurate definition. I took it upon myself to do a little research.

The word “vintage” in its (quite literally)  most organic form, has to do with viniculture. The dictionary defines it as “The yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season.” Interestingly, the definition has a second part, “Wine, usually of high quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin.” So in other words, vintage in a colloquial sense refers to wine that came from a really good year for a particular grape harvest.

No one seems to know how or why we decided to use a word completely unrelated to fashion to describe clothing. But then, things don’t always add up in our beloved English language.

When we say “vintage” now, we’re using it because of certain implied characteristics; it’s old and it’s good.  It means we’re drawing from one of the better fashion “harvests” as it were, of the past.

In fashion, vintage doesn’t necessarily mean that the clothes are physically old, but that they reference an older era for style. You’ll see Ralph Lauren or Dolce and Gabbana with lines that have “vintage” elements. That’s because just like wine connoisseurs know the vintage wines, fashion designers know vintage clothing.

So, as a point of reference, on this blog we’re looking at vintage clothes because they are some of the best styles from the past. Whether they’re literally from 1937 or just made in 2007, we’re going to go to stores that are dedicated to these items and any other places where they may pop up.

Savers: Thrift Store Heaven

By Natalie Garza

 

I’ve always been a fan of shopping at Goodwill, so when I heard that Savers is even better, I was pretty excited. I went for the first time last Wednesday, which is my only free afternoon of the week. I figured I’d probably be there for at least an hour and a half. That’s the thing with shopping at thrift and vintage stores. You have to be willing to dig through a lot of stuff to find the hidden jewels, so it’s not usually going to be an in-and-out kind of deal.

My technique for shopping in places with a LOT of clothing is to pick up the items that my eyes are drawn to. Basically, I first look at colors, then I check the material and feel the texture, and finally I check the size. I try to imagine it with other things in my closet and if I can think of with at least two outfits, it goes in my cart. Yes, they have shopping carts!

If you’re lucky, you can find a vintage item at a thrift store. I didn’t find any on this trip to Savers, but there’s always next time. Keep in mind that the sizing is different and you’ll probably be about 4 to 6 sizes larger than your regular size. For example, I’m an 8 in modern clothing, but the last few vintage dresses I bought were 12’s and 14’s. I also get a lot of clothing, mostly dresses, altered to fit perfectly.

After trying on about 12 things, these are the items I bought:

I'm looking forward to wearing the tunic on the right with my white skinny jeans and some wedges.

Dresses are always my favorite finds.

This fur scarf will be perfect with cardigans next winter.

I got everything for $32. On Wednesday’s, students get 20% off each item. Just remember to take your ID!

Here’s a great tutorial about thrifting, written by a Elissa, a blogger I met at the recent Texas Style Council Conference. This is just Part one of the Dress with Courage Thrifting 101 series. She’s written nine!

Here’s a great blog post about shopping for vintage clothing.

Why I Love Vintage & Thrifted Clothing

By Natalie Garza

There are a lot of reasons, so I think this might be better explained in pictures. In all these photos from my style blog, I’m wearing at least one vintage or thrifted piece. These are definitely some of my favorite outfits of all time.

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As I’ve become an avid vintage clothing lover and thift store aficionado over the past few years, I’ve seen how it’s transformed my wardrobe and style. I love mixing my modern Target and Forever 21 clothing with my thrifted and vintage treasures. Being able to express my style in such a unique way is not only fun, but also rewarding. I get such satisfaction from finding an awesome vintage skirt and then realizing that the GAP blouse already hanging in my closet will go with it perfectly. And this top from H&M will look good with it, too. And this one from Old Navy! And my denim jacket!

You get the idea. I’m slightly obsessed.

I’m often asked where I buy my clothes. I really only have a handful of places I shop at regularly, mostly because of lack of time. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of shopping at Cream Vintage, Goodwill, and Savers. I’ve also recently become hooked on visiting online vintage stores such as Market Publique. I’m hoping that through this blog, I’ll be exposed to a whole world of vintage and thrifted clothing here in Austin.