By Natalie Garza
Sometimes, I think I should just avoid going into Cream Vintage. I can’t explain it, but there’s some sort of magnetic pull that drags me in. It never fails; I ALWAYS find something. This dress, which is perfect for spring, is a result of one of those visits.
When I spied this dress on the rack, I was immediately drawn to the color and print. I don’t usually wear all-over, bold prints, but this dress was just too perfect. It’s made of cotton, so it’s comfortable and breathable and the fitted waist is really flattering. When I first tried it on, I decided to get the hem taken up to fit my proportions better. It wasn’t until after it was already hemmed and in my closet that I realized the sleeves could be made a little smaller. A little tailoring just might make this dress become one of my favorites.
I decided to wear simple nude Target shoes with this dress. I added the necklace, also from Target, as a finishing touch. I wore a GAP denim jacket in the morning when it was 60°, but took it off by early afternoon. Here’s to another great purchase from Cream Vintage.
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.
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.
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.