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  • The Week In Fab or Drab: Sept 30- Oct 4

    Welcome back, gals!  You look fabulously rested! Let's get to it, shall we?

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    The "Mad Men" star was spotted last week emulating her inner secretary and we adored the whole look. From hair to hem, we thought it was sharp, with just a hint of retro! You gals, however, didn't quite agree. Since we didn't get our usually vocal darlings to participate, we decided it would be fun to see what her fellow Mad Women might think about the situation. Hit it, ladies!

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  • UV Staffer Faves: Elizabeth our Community Manager

    Meet Elizabeth, our social media community manager. (Ah, that strawberry blonde pixie cut, isn't she a doll?!). Most days she can be found answering your messages on Facebook, pinning adorable new products to Pinterest, or @ replying to vintage fiends on Twitter. Today she takes a peek out from behind the scenes to share some of her personal favorite Unique Vintage finds.

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  • Brand Spotlight: Stop Staring!

    There's nothing better than hearing "I love your dress!" and our absolute favorite reaction is "Stop Staring!" Not to reject the compliment of course, but rather declaring the brand we've come to know, love, and wear quite frequently around these parts. We are thrilled to offer selections and exclusives from the Los Angeles-native Stop Staring! line, the retro-inspired brand that has been a cornerstone of pin up culture and fashion for over a decade! Slide into your heels and walk with us as we take a look at the latest & greatest from Stop Staring!

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    Stop Staring! is known for the divine fit of their dresses, and the Hazel Wiggle Dress is no exception! A classic tan colored pencil dress, complete with a delicate embroidery detail at the natural waist with button detailing at the shoulders and a criss-cross style back, Hazel is a stunning addition to any gal's closet. Understated and chic- Stop Staring's forte.  Pair it with matching accessories to make the contrast embroidery pop!

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    A good dot goes a long way, dames! The Dashing Wiggle Dress is a red and white dotted wonder! Stop Staring's signature fit, complete with a fun little cha-cha hem! A deep-V neckline is perfect for a little cheeky cleavage, while a small cap sleeve tops off this divine look. Make sure to make us proud and pair it with red accessories!

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    Have you met Tara? A fabulous forties inspired dress from the bygone era of Old Hollywood! Complete in an eye and light catching metallic silver, this wiggle style dress is complete with a criss-cross knot detail in front, while a pencil style fit is perfect for a little shimmy and shake. Dress up the Tara Metallic Wiggle Dress with a classic 1940's ivory or white hair Dahlia and metallic accented shoes!

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    When matching one's lipstick to one's dress, red is always the way to go, gals!  The Jenna Wiggle Dress, in all its crimson glory, is the perfect addition to any fashion rotation! A pencil style fit, complete with the staple of Stop Staring!- the low neckline! A red satin contrast at the shoulders ties in the back as a bow as well. They won't have to wait for Christmas to unwrap something!

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    And lastly, wave hello to the Duchess! A stunning all black wiggle with a fantastic 1940s flair! A lace-doily style peter pan collar and contrast center front buttons add a splash of detail to this otherwise classic LBD. Make sure to accessorize The Duchess Wiggle Dress accordingly with proper cuban heel stockings and even spice it up with a fabulous hat!

    Stop Staring! has brought body-conscious dressing to the forefront of fashion and pin up culture to the mainstream in the most fabulous way possible. Wiggle over to our Stop Staring! section and greet your new wardrobe, darlings!

  • Freshly Picked for Summer: Cherry Prints

    If you're anything like us, then you love summer. What better way to compliment the bright sunshine and warm weather than a refreshing summer fruit print? Style these playful prints with some bright cherry lipstick, and your ready for vintage-inspired fun in the sun.

     

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    The Heartbreaker Fresh White Cherry Sweetie Dress is oh-so-cute with a flirty halter neckline and tie back waist. Style the playful circle skirt with one of our petticoats for a darling retro-inspired look.

     

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    Sweet, scrumptious, and ready for the beach. Whether you love a one piece or a bikini, these cherry printed darlings are made for lounging in the sun. For a classic look, try our vintage-inspired black cherry print one piece perfected with ruched accents, a feminine sweetheart neckline, and a halter neckline. Or, if your feeling a little more down home, our Red Gingham Maraschino two piece is sweeter than cherry pie with high waisted bottoms, delicate bows, and polka dotted accents.

     

    Not ready to commit to a cherry sweetened ensemble? These accessories are the perfect accent for dressing up your style with retro flair. The Picking Cherries Black Chain Necklace and the Classic Hardware  Retrolite Cherry Earrings are a charming way to add a touch of classic pin up style to your wardrobe.

    Nothing says summer like a big bowl of freshly picked cherries. Taking inspiration from one of our favorite summer treats, these white and black cherry print Bettie peep toe shoes feature nude details, peep toes, and breezy pleated accents. Try pairing them with your favorite sun dress or a pair of high-waisted shorts for effortless style.

    Some say diamonds are a girl's best friend but we think no girl should be without classic cherry red lipstick. Besame's Classic Cherry Red Lipstick is the perfect red for all skin tones. The cool blue undertone will brighten your smile while adding a vibrant pop of cherry red to your pout.

    Whether you're lounging poolside or headed to an island getaway, our delicious fruit prints will lend effortless retro-inspired style to your summer wardrobe.

  • Get The Look: Marilyn Monroe

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    If there ever was a grand supreme icon here at Unique Vintage, it would be none other than the incomparable Marilyn Monroe. Often regarded as the epitome of a vintage body type, Ms. Monroe and her now famous mystique are, and forever will be, an inspiration to pin up girls worldwide. Now, let's take a peek at a few Marilyn-esque pieces every gal needs!

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    Being known for a killer hourglass shape, a pair of high waisted jeans that accentuate the high, natural waist is a versatile and classic piece. New from Kustomville Design, these high waist stunners are a dark wash denim, complete with gold button detailing and top-stitching. In proper Marilyn fashion, pair it with a cheeky gingham top that ties, or a basic white cotton blouse.

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    Marilyn was known for we famous wiggle. Achieve the same shimmy and shake with a fabulous 50's style pencil skirt. New from Steady Clothing, the Nikki Pencil Skirt is an all-stretch skirt, complete in a slimming black.  The allure of Marilyn was due to the fact that she moved like no one else, and the tighter the skirt, the more fabulous the wiggle became.

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    The little black dress is a staple of vintage and retro clothing, and remains a fabulous piece for any gal's closet to this day! Ms. Monroe was well aware of its importance, as evidenced by the above photograph. If anything, the slimming quality of a perfect LBD is the best kept secret to a truly happy pin up. Our new Lydia Wiggle Dress is a pristine tank style wiggle, complete in an all stretch Bengaline. With slight pleating for fit in the bust, and a tight pencil style skirt, the classic LBD has arrived for all of our modern day Marilyns.

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    And lastly, a night of glamour calls for a little something special. Marilyn, like many of the classic stars of Hollywood's days of yore, knew that getting noticed in a crowded room only took the right hairstylist and one stunner of a cocktail dress. The new Champagne Radiant Dress from Stop Staring is a perfect blend of modern day sex appeal and classic Monroe allure. A tight wiggle fit is complimented by a lightweight stretch fabric- perfect for one and all.

    Here at UV, Marilyn will always shine just a little brighter than some of the other stars in the classic Hollywood sky. Her stunning style could never be replicated, but will forever be a point of inspiration for aspiring style starlets like us.

  • Get Ready for Summer with Unique Vintage!

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    New dress day is like Christmas here at UV: everyone wakes up at the crack of dawn to unwrap their goodies, and someone ends up crying out of sheer happiness. Which is why we've learned to apply a layer of water proof mascara and greet the day fabulously! Our new collection of summer-ready exclusives have arrived and have exceeded our expectations in every which way! Grab your handbags and take a walk with us as we take a peek at UV's latest and greatest!

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    Summer has arrived in full force with our famous Flirty Swing Dress- now in a cheeky purple floral print! The classic halter style swing dress is pleated and ruched to perfection for a unique fit that only UV can deliver. For added flair, add one of our crinoline slips to the ensemble for an authentic 1950s look.

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    For an easy, breezy work-appropriate frock, try our Strapped For Time Wiggle Dress! A two tone beige and black combination is matched perfectly by a cocktail ready, pencil style dress. A sensible neckline is contrasted with a V-neckline in the back and the classic straight skirt is both body conscious and fabulously retro. Transition from day to night in true diva form!

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    We think you'll mesh together nicely with this next one. Our Sheer Elegance Dress is a fantastic new addition to our brand! Complete in a brushed cotton, this cocktail dress is pristinely 50s- from its mesh neckline to the gathered swing skirt. And get ready to hear your two favorite words: belt included!

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    Our classic Seeing Stripes Swing Dress has been updated for the season in a nautical navy blue! A strapless style top is made complete by a full, gathered swing skirt. Perfect for a night of doing the Watusi or Hand Jiving. For added volume, add one of our crinoline slips for a little extra boost of fabulousness.

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    And lastly, what better way to greet the season than in a ravishing red? Our Lydia Wiggle Dress arrived and stunned us all! This perfect tank style wiggle dress is pegged to perfection for all your pin up needs! A delicately pleated bodice is met with a tight, 50s-style pencil skirt silhouette. Channel your inner Joan Holloway in this red-hot stunner!

    There you have it gals! This was just a taste of all the fabulous new pieces that have just arrived, so throw on your sling backs and shimmy over to our Unique Vintage Brand section for a peek at your future wardrobe! Fabulously- and exclusively- at Unique Vintage!

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