Rockabilly Culture

Some of us are still living in the past, surrounded by vintage decor and adorning their bodies in old-fashioned clothing! Isn’t it beautiful?

It may be 2014 to the rest of us, but for the subjects in Jennifer Greenburg’s photographs, it is still 1951.

The assistant professor of photography at Indiana University Northwest has been photographing America’s Rockabilly community for more than ten years; people that not only dress like it’s the Fifties, but also drive perfectly preserved Cadillacs and decorate their homes with furniture to rival the retro sets of Mad Men.

‘At first I thought the culture was about fashion,’ the 36-year-old photographer told MailOnline. ‘Then I realized it was much, much, more than that. I realized that this was a culture of people who functioned as a community.’

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Read more and see the photos in the article:

The people who are STILL living like it’s 1951: Captivating portraits take a look inside America’s Rockabilly community

 

Ariana Grande’s Grammy Dress

Ariana looked so gorgeous and classy in her Grammy dress! You hardly see this kind of elegance on red carpets anymore. As beautiful as she was, not everyone’s a fan of modest fashions. Perez Hilton found the look offensive and nearly made her cry with a hurtful tweet!

Do you like it? Blue Velvet Vintage wrote a great piece in her defense that you might like.

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“Now as someone who regularly wears and makes a living selling clothing that looks similar to this,  I am well aware that there is a market for this look.  Just as there is a market for many other kinds of looks. That’s what makes fashion so interesting.  It’s a fun way to express your own unique self! There are many choices for many different tastes.  And I, for one, think her dress is classy, feminine and timeless.  It is refreshing to see a young woman dressed this way and I hope she continues to do so.  I think it makes an outstanding signature look and she could be a role model for women her age.   I am very tired of seeing the same old skin tight, cleavage and thigh baring outfits on young women, which,  IMHO,   just lacks imagination.”

See more at: http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/vintage_style_files/2014/01/30/unlike-perez-hilton-i-really-like-this-dress/#sthash.ubvIxpSm.dpuf

Your Worst Enemy

The worst enemy of any lover of vintage clothing… the clothes moth.

 

“Here’s a question….Who are tiny, greedy, can make you cry, loves vintage just as much as you, and can live in your wardrobe for up to 2 years? The bastardy clothes moth!…

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“Yes, the absolute worst has happened; moths have invaded our little home and seem to have set up camp for the long haul. We first noticed them flittering about last Spring, but they seemed to disappear, but in our ignorance, we didn’t relaise that the larvae can live for up to 2 years in your clothes, happily nibbling away and destroying your precious vintage! We’ve tried a few things… a noxious spray that makes you choke like your lungs are on fire, cedar wood hanging things and have just invested in anti-moth strips. The annoying and upsetting thing, is knowing that the larvae is there and that you can’t see it, while your lovely clothing is getting slowly destroyed.” - Yesterday Girl

How can you get rid of these monsters? Yesterday Girl suffered losses and did her research in order to combat them. Learn some of what she learned with her blog post “Enemy Number One for Vintage Clothing.” Let us know if you have any advice!

Fashion is Shape

Fashion is an ever-changing shape. The ideal figure that trends seek to perfect has been changing throughout history. Women can take drastic measures to be perceived as beautiful in the eyes of their societies. This has always been fascinating, but the practices of the past were even more amazing in how incredibly severe they were. When you look back at the history of fashion, it’s easy to feel grateful for the advances in technology that created the soft, flexible, and glamorous pieces of shapewear we wear today!

The different shapes of beauty and the methods used to alter the body in the name of fashion can be seen on Fashion Era if you’re interested in knowing more about it. It just proves that looks could quite literally kill.

Fashion is a shape, a changing shape. That shape is mainly formed and controlled by some device which affects part of the body’s natural outline. What is considered beautiful in the eyes of one race may be thought horrific in another. Beauty then is in the eye of the beholder, and for centuries beauty has been shape.”

The Vintage Doll

The gorgeous Pin Up model, The Vintage Doll, expresses her love for her newfound perfect brand of shapewear: Rago! She knows how important proper foundations are for that flawless vintage look. ;)

Read it on her blog: http://rockitroost.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/shapewear-by-rago/#more-138

“For a pin-up model, it is important to have a great line of shapewear with you at all times.

It’s like our red lipstick; we always have to have a tube somewhere. Without these items, we feel naked.

The problems with shapewear that we tend to come across are: stiffness, to coarse of fabric, not enough support, or just plain lack of sexiness. As a pinup, and just women in general, even if it is under our clothes we want it to be beautiful and sexy; it makes us feel confident.

I recently came across the shapewear line “Rago” and let me tell you, it truly is a shape wear line all women can love. I not only wore it shooting my recent spread for Lash & Ink but I also wore it under my dress at a wedding, and while out dancing all night long. It looked beautiful in my photos, slimmed and held everything in under my dress for the wedding. It was comfortable and sturdy enough to hold me in and keep up my stockings while I jived all night long (without any uncomfortable pinching, rubbing, or the garter clip unhooking).

I am a very petite woman, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t use the perfect lines and smoothness that shapewear provides. I am also a mom, so there are always little areas that I would prefer to be smoother and supported while wearing a slim fitted garment. Rago provides a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes for every woman with every need; in addition to the support and smoothness under one’s dress.

So whether you are a pin-up girl, a business woman, or just need a little something sassy for later, Rago shapewear has you covered.

XoXo,

The Vintage Doll”

Pinup Persuasion Reviews a Rago Girdle

This awesome vintage fashion blogger has reviewed yet another Rago product! Her blog, Pinup Persuasion, has plenty of reviews of beautiful vintage pieces. If you’re looking for some great recommendations, her blog’s a place you’d want to check. She’s written a great piece on the adorable pink Rago #1294 girdle under her “Vintage Shapewear” tab.

Check it out here! http://pinuppersuasion.com/2012/07/31/a-clos-runner-up-to-the-rago-1294/

 

 

Girdle Newbies

 

Never worn a girdle? If you’re curious about it, this blogger covers the basics of what you need to know!

So you want to wear a girdle? Then you may want to read this post. There is no doubt that a proper foundation do a lot for the way clothes hang and vintage clothes are made for women who wore that. If you look at these two pictures, it’s the same dress (albeit the second one has added sleeves) and the same me in a dress after a 1950’s pattern. In the first picture I wear modern shapewear, in the second a corset and a fuller petticoat, but the same bra and body weight. I think you will agree with me that the fit is a lot better in the second one…”

Read more on the Fashionable Forties blog!

http://fortieswardrobe.blogspot.com/2012/01/so-you-want-to-wear-girdle.html