Written by Natalie Garza
When I walked into New Bohemia, I was exited to see that the store was filled to the brim. There are great handpicked items from every decade for men, women and even children. I was immediately started picking up dresses, which are always my first go-item in any store. I tried on six different dresses and ended up purchasing this one. It’s not a coincidence that it was also the cheapest thing I tried on. Although the store had a great selection and was neatly organized, most of the things I picked up were between $45-$55, except for this $28 dress.
Vintage dress from New Bohemia
I really like this navy dress, which has an allover bow tie print. It’s really light and comfortable, so it’s perfect for the Texas heat. It’s exactly my style and I already have a lot of great accessories to go with it. It seems like there are an unlimited number of ways to style this versatile dress.
I'd probably wear this version to class. Oxfords are comfortable enough to walk around campus.
These are also comfortable shoes. I feel like this version looks a little dressier than the last, especially with the red belt.
I could never make it to class on time if I wore these shoes, but I love them.
The perfect outfit for my imaginary vacation to the French Riviera.
Which version do you like best?
By Destinee Hodge
On my visit to Ermine Vintage, I spotted a fabulous striped dress that had to come home with me. The dress was made sometime in the 1980s but has style references from the 1930s and 40s.
I have to say that I’m pretty bold with color combinations, but I don’t typically wear blue and purple together. However, something about this dress just works. I can’t wait to pair it with a nice belt (to break up the stripes) and some cute boots to make it come alive.
When I talked to Elizabeth (the storeowner) about the dress, she said it was one of her favorites from the store because it was made by Lanz of Austria. The Lanz brand was started by Josef Lanz and Fritz Mahler in -you guessed it- Austria in 1922. Josef moved to the U.S. and in 1936, started a new store in New York. The brand has spread round the country ever since.
What started as a business based mostly on the manufacture of traditional costumes for Austrians quickly turned into an American favorite. This brand is on the top of the list for those vintage shoppers who go label hunting.
Anderson said she replaced the elastic band in the dress as a part of typical refurbishing she does to items she puts in the store. There are a million things you could rave about, but I think that the best thing of all is that the dress was only $10. That is by any standard, pretty hard to beat.
By Destinee Hodge
106 E. N Loop Blvd. Austin, TX 78751
I learned this weekend that if you want to delve in to vintage clothing culture in Austin, you have to make your way over to the North Loop area. The place is lined with unique stores that offer something for every type of vintage clothing shopper.
This weekend I found my way to Ermine Vintage to get a taste of the vintage scene, and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Elizabeth Anderson, started the store last August. She had been dabbling in wholesale vintage sale for a few years but decided to branch out and have a place of her own.
“My philosophy is to make vintage clothing accessible,” said Anderson. “I love the treasure hunt aspect of it.”
Anderson hand selects all the items and unlike many other vintage stores, takes care to wash, steam and refurbish most of them. “I do alterations for some of the clothes before I put them out, but I don’t do them for the general public,” she said.
The store carries everything from dresses and blouses from the 60s to 70s style eyewear. It carries clothing in all sizes for both men and women.
One thing I absolutely loved about the store was the fact that the items are sorted according to modern-day sizes. Anderson said that she uses J.C. Penny’s sizing system to organize the clothes. She said it makes it easier for customers to make their way through the store. I can definitely attest to that.I can also say that this issue is something that thwarted some of my vintage-shopping excursions in the past. I really enjoy searching for a good find, but I’d rather not take all day to do it. If you share that sentiment, Ermine’s got you covered.
If you love vintage clothes, but you don’t want to sacrifice organization, Ermine Vintage is the place for you.
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.
217 W. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751
Located in the Highland Plaza, Blue Velvet is one of my favorite places to shop for a lot of stuff. Whether it be a plain vintage shirt or a unique accessory, this family-owned business has it all! When I first visited Blue Velvet, I was overwhelmed with a myriad of clothings that filled the store. However, most customers seem to come back to find unique things to coordinate their vintage look. Men’s and women’s shirts and bottoms fill the entire store with accessories including hats, scarves, bags, and more hanging on every side of the wall.
Blue Velvet also sells a lot of costumes. Whether you decide to wear it on Halloween or not, dresses are absolutely one of a kind! Dress-sizes range from XS to plus-sizes, so people can find clothings that fit just for them.
My favorite part of Blue Velvet is the accessories. The store has a lot of unique vintage pieces that I can add to my everyday style or to a night-out clothing.
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 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!