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  • Homecoming...Here I Am

    (note: that's not me)

    The year was 2005. I had long hair, an affinity for the color pale pink and George W. was still President. The first month of my senior year was coming to a close, and Homecoming was staring me right in the face; urging me to grab it and shake it.

    Up until this point, my usual routine for each dance had been to show up, dance and be fabulous. My senior year had gotten off to a quiet start, but was slowly coming to a boil. I wanted it to be special, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it differ from my previous experiences. How do you make something that feels stale feel vibrant again?

    Flash forward two weeks. I found myself riding into a football stadium sitting on the back of a vintage convertible Chevrolet. Black rimmed glasses, a 1960’s era tartan bowtie and a skinny suit. I had been chosen as part of the homecoming court, and I was representing all the fabulous gay teenagers who dreamed of the day they would have a reason to use that “British royal” wave they had been working on.

    My goal was never to be popular, nor was it to make high school the highlight of my entire life. But this, like other small moments in high school, was a little piece of myself that was able to shine through some of that adolescent fog.

    High school isn’t forever, but it’s important while it’s here.  I ended up winning Homecoming king. Not because I was popular, but perhaps because I was myself.

    -Stan Salas, UV Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger

  • The Domestic Fashionistas of the Fifties

    Looking back at American history, the 1950s were a period of domesticity. The man went to work and the wife took care of the household chores; cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. This domestic life was often perceived of as "perfect" and actually molded the fashions during this era (the perfectly cinched waists and the appropriate knee-length hems).

    What gave these styles a sense of whimsy were the exuberant excess of florals, crinolines and lady-like qualities that fashions from years past had actually been starving for.

    During this time, women were at their most beautiful and image was everything. The 1950's woman was put together at all hours of the day; from matching accessories to perfectly poised pumps.

    In the '50s, women felt a sense of security within the domestic life they created and their clothes reflected that.

    The 1950's created some of the most iconized silhouettes in fashion history. It's no wonder so many fashion designers today are constantly paying reference to these beautiful, perfectly pulled together, domestic fashions of the past.

    Stan Salas-Unique Vintage Customer Service Connoisseur

  • According to Coco

    “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”

    - Coco Chanel

  • Unique Vintage Icons: Dita Von Teese

    Few women have captured the eyes of the fashion world quite like the incomparable Dita Von Teese.

     

    With her porcelain skin, perfectly coifed hair and deep dark eyes, this modern day pin-up is a style icon here at Unique Vintage.

     

    A question we are commonly asking ourselves is: “Well, would Miss Dita Von Teese wear it?”

    At Unique Vintage, the mere mention of Miss Dita sends women and gay men alike into a frenzy of applause, tears and a slight sense of being overwhelmed.

    So we salute you, Dita! You are an official Unique Vintage Icon.

    Stay fabulous.

  • New at Unique Vintage: Shoes!

    “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”

          Carrie Bradshaw ("Sex and the City")

  • According to Coco

    “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
    Coco Chanel


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