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How to Style Your Groom to Match Your Vintage Style

On February 10, 2016, by Andrew Corbett

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When it comes to weddings, brides tend to steal the spotlight thanks to their luxurious dresses and ethereal hair and makeup. But what about the groom? Don’t ignore your fiance’s wedding day attire – after all, it can perfectly complement your own vintage bridal look! Style a dapper groom by following these helpful guidelines that help achieve that vintage style you both love.

Vests

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The simplest way to transform a modern man’s look into a blast from the past is with one easy addition: a vest! This single item makes a huge difference when paired with a suit, and it hearkens back to a day and time when men really dressed up for special occasions. Three-piece suits have largely been replaced in today’s world with basic jackets and slacks, so adding a vest to your groom’s look is a great way to achieve a vintage aesthetic.

Suspenders

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Suspender straps are wonderfully reminiscent of the Jazz Age, which makes them an excellent choice for vintage style. Commonly referred to as “braces” in the world of vintage fashion, suspenders are an easy addition to a basic white button-down and trousers, and they look especially good when planning a rustic-themed wedding.

Fabrics

Certain fabrics just stand out from the rest. Tweed, checkered houndstooth prints and velvet are all opulent choices for a handsome groom as well as his well-styled groomsmen.

Collars

Collars are an aspect of men’s vintage fashion that doesn’t receive a lot of attention, but they’ve certainly changed throughout the years. Paying attention to these small transformations can work wonders in achieving an authentic look of vintage menswear. Shirt collars used to be more circular, so look for rounded styles to mimic shirts of days past. Wing collars are another vintage alternative, while collar pins are a great addition to fasten collar tips underneath a necktie.

Accessories

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Accessories can take a modern suit into vintage territory with ease. Instead of a traditional tie, opt for a bow tie at the neckline. Pocket watches make cute boutonnieres, while cuff links, cravats and hats can top off a look with ample charm.

Get Inspired

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On a final note, doing your homework on vintage groom style doesn’t have to be boring. Turn to period movies like Gone with the Wind, The Notebook, Moulin Rouge and Pride and Prejudice for some helpful cues on men’s vintage styles throughout the decades. Pop some popcorn and grab your sweetie for some good old-fashioned movie nights!

Your groom’s suiting is a major part of your vintage-themed wedding, so dress him accordingly! He’ll enjoy taking a step back in time as he prepares to take that walk down the aisle.

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Actress Anne Von Keller Wears Stop Staring!

On February 8, 2016, by Hilary Rudd

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Actress Anne Von Keller attends the Zurich Film Festival wearing the red fitted AKAHANA Stop Staring Dress to impress for the crowds! CLICK HERE to see this dress online!

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We have: Cocktail DressesBusiness AttireSexy Dresses, Retro Dresses, Celebrity Dresses, Vintage Style Dresses of all kinds and much more!

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Vintage Hairstyles Throughout the Decades

On February 3, 2016, by Andrew Corbett

Beloved style icon Iris Apfel once said, “If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything.” She makes a good point – your hairstyle is a major component of your style that directly affects how you feel on a daily basis. Great hair days have come in numerous forms throughout the years, and we’re stepping back in time to take a look at some of the most iconic and influential looks associated with each decade. Get ready for some serious hair inspiration, ladies!

The Roaring Twenties

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Recreate classic 1920s flapper style with the decade’s signature bob. This chin-length style was worn by film stars such as Tallulah Bankhead, Louise Brooks, Myrna Loy and Clara Bow. If you’re too afraid to make the cut, simply opt for a faux bob by tucking your hair under and securing it in place with bobby pins. The ‘20s are also known for Signature Marcel finger waves and embellished headbands. This decade known for its decadence is represented well in films such as The Great Gatsby, so study Carey Mulligan and Mia Farrow for style inspiration.

The Turbulent Thirties

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In the 1930s, hairstyles on average got a little longer with looser curls and slightly undone updos. An emphasis was placed on the nape of the neck for a romantic twist that looked softer and more lived-in. Actresses like Fay Wray, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford all embody iconic ‘30s style with their gentle curls and neck-grazing cuts.

The Flying Forties

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The 1940s saw the rise of Rockabilly style as well as glamorous, cascading waves. Best known for its unique take on bangs, this decade gave us Lena Horne’s iconic forward rolling bangs (also called victory rolls) and Bettie Page’s super short baby bangs. Fluff bangs were also popular among ‘40s babes, while pompadours, pin curls and pin-back styles took center stage. Veronica Lake’s flowing waves and Rosie the Riveter’s scarf updo held their own, as well.

The Fabulous Fifties

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You know their names, and you covet their timeless looks. The 1950s introduced us to some of the most iconic Hollywood bombshells in history, and their hairdos were just as impressive. From Marilyn’s platinum waves and Audrey’s polished pixie to Elizabeth Taylor’s Italian cut, these styles helped define this fabulous decade. To capture the essence of the ‘50s, pull long hair back into a high ponytail or chignon. For ladies with shorter hair, flip the ends of your bob out a la Jackie O., or brush them under to mimic Grace Kelly’s Hitchcock-blonde locks.

The Swinging Sixties

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Who doesn’t love ‘60s hair? Free-spirited and bold, the hairstyles of this decade are effortlessly feminine and range from the shortest pixies to the longest tousled waves. Mia Farrow’s pixie cut for Rosemary’s Baby is still the source of modern haircutting inspiration, while Jean Shrimpton’s hot roller curls have the perfect amount of body. As any Pinterest girl can report, Brigitte Bardot’s flaxen bouffant and peekaboo bangs are still as lust-worthy and relevant as ever.

The Disco Seventies

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The disco era brought us more than the Bee Gees and “Stayin’ Alive.” It also gave way to some incredible hairstyles that ranged from minimally chic to wild and free. Think Farrah Fawcett’s wispy wings, Peggy Lipton’s stick-straight strands and Cher’s soft perm. Center parts took precedence with straight styles, while the pageboy offered a new take on short cuts.

Which of these vintage hairstyles is your personal favorite? Tell us which decade you love in the comments section below!

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Kirstie Alley Wears Stop Staring!

On January 30, 2016, by Hilary Rudd

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Kirstie Alley visits the Rachael Ray show wearing our fitted Celebrity dress in navy with white dots! Check out this and other sexy dresses, fitted dresses, cocktail dresses, evening dresses or just plain retro dresses in general by visiting us at:

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Monthly Sample Sale Tomorrow!

On January 28, 2016, by Hilary Rudd

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Get ready to shop some retro dressessexy dresses and cocktail dresses because Stop Staring’s monthly sample sale is here again! Put us on your calendar and don’t miss your chance to browse our selection all offered at a discounted price!
Attend this event at our LA location January 29th from 9am-3pm:

~California Market Center~

110 East 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90079

Suite A-296 on Second Floor.

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Charlotte Ross Wears Stop Staring!

On January 28, 2016, by Hilary Rudd

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Actress Charlotte Ross on the red carpet premier of Disney’s “The Finest Hours” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on January 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

wearing the Stop Staring! Uma fitted dress in army green. Look as stylish as the stars in a new dress today and visit us at Stop Staring! Take a look at this and many other fitted dresses, retro dresses, plus sizes dresses, cocktail dresses or sexy dresses in general!

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Eileen Davidson Wears Stop Staring!

On January 28, 2016, by Hilary Rudd

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Eileen Davidson from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as the Young and The Restless, was spotted looking amazing for her audiences in both our ivory JOLIE halter dress and our LINDSEY dress in peacock blue! Shop where the celebrities do and visit Stop Staring today! Find Celebrity dresses, cocktail dresses, fitted dresses, plus size dresses and much more!

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Cute Vintage Wedding Inspiration Ideas

On January 27, 2016, by Andrew Corbett

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Planning your wedding day takes a lot of preparation, creativity and patience. There are so many components to consider, and it can at times feel overwhelming to make sure that every little detail is planned to perfection. Cut yourself some slack and focus on how these little details can actually be incredibly fun! If you’re hoping for a vintage-themed walk down the aisle, we’re offering up some helpful tips for your wedding day inspiration.

Rustic Details

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Part of what makes a wedding feel vintage-inspired is its finishing touches, but these can get pricey depending on the look you’re after. A rustic theme is a great alternative to elaborate styles, and it can look absolutely stunning in its simplicity. Think of burlap accents, outdoor scenery, baby’s breath, mason jars and reclaimed wood accents. The look is timeless, modest and ethereal with a light color palette of earthy hues.

Dishing Out Antiques

Add elegance to your guests’ dining tables with antique dishes and serving sets. Spongeware, silver-plated trays and decorative matching sets look effortlessly polished and fancy. For an unexpected twist, place flower arrangements inside vintage teapots, or tuck them inside glass cloches or metal birdcages.

The Case for Lace

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When it comes to vintage weddings, nothing is as important as lace. Whether you go all-out or simply include a few small lace accents, this is the one must-have to ensure that your wedding captures that vintage mood you crave. Lace is easily incorporated into your big day through your wedding dress or veil. To continue the theme, drape lace cloths atop tables or attach lace bows to the back of guests’ chairs. From the invitations to the baking cups, lace is the perfect way to capture vintage style.

Vintage Touches

The accessories you choose for yourself, the groom and the entire wedding party can go a long way in achieving a vintage look, as well. Pearl necklaces, parasols, unexpected boutonnieres and decorative hair accessories all add to the overall theme.

Knot Your Average Cake

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Besides the bride’s dress, all eyes are sure to be on the cake! Take that opportunity to further your decorative ambitions with vintage embellishments. From pearls and lace to hand-painted florals and metallic shimmer, your cake can make a vintage statement with the right accents.

Colorful Beginnings

One of the easiest ways to incorporate vintage style into your wedding décor is through your chosen color palette. You can alter color schemes based on your personal preferences or use specific styles to guide you. Rustic themes typically consist of rust-colored coppers and earth tones such as brown, green and ivory. The trick is to mimic nature with simple flowers and basic décor. Shabby chic decorations generally include pastels and floral prints in colors like soft pink, sage and Tiffany Blue. If you’re feeling bold, saturated Victorian shades of burgundy, emerald and sapphire look regal when paired with decadent fabrics like velvet.

Are you personally planning a vintage-inspired wedding? Tell us your design details in the comments section below!

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We Can’t Stop Staring At Rachel Jensen

On January 22, 2016, by Andrew Corbett

Rachel Jensen Stop StaringFashion blogger and vintage aficionado Rachel Jensen is bringing major style to the Windy City, and we’re lusting after the aesthetic she features on her Chicago Chic blog.

Like a flaxen-haired Dita Von Teese, Jensen knows how to dress her enviable hourglass figure in the flattering designs of the ‘40s and ‘50s, and her era-specific finishing touches are pure perfection. Known for her vintage-inspired outfits set against the backdrop of beautiful Chicago, Jensen’s cinched-waist looks are stylishly combined with elegant accessories such as lace gloves, back-seamed stockings and coordinated hats. A modern day muse for Old Hollywood glamour, this platinum blonde with porcelain skin looks as if she just stepped out of an Alfred Hitchcock production. Sigh. RachelJensen7 12-31

The admiration appears mutual, as Jensen regularly features Stop Staring! designs throughout her blog posts. She recently styled our metallic Alexis dress with eye-catching turquoise accents and black faux fur accessories, and she looked pretty in pink in our fitted Paige dress with a halter neckline, sweetheart bust and peplum detailing along the waist.

We’re honored to help this gorgeous fashion blogger curate her wardrobe, and if you’re equally impressed with her signature sense of style, check out her Chicago Chic blog for a steady stream of vintage inspiration. We think you’ll be glad you did!

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Ideas for Memorable Vintage-Themed Engagement Photos

On January 20, 2016, by Andrew Corbett

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You’ve found the person of your dreams and set a date for your big day… but first’s things first: you’ll need to take some engagement pictures! You’re sure to cherish your engagement photos for years to come, so you definitely want them to best represent your style and relationship. More and more couples are foregoing modern photo shoots in favor of vintage-inspired backdrops and themes. We’re taking a look at some creative ways to capture your engagement in the perfect vintage setting.

 

    Pack Your Bags for a Midnight Train

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There’s something so effortlessly romantic about an old train station, which is why it makes an excellent backdrop for your engagement photo shoot. Throw in some vintage suitcases and decade-specific clothing, and you’ll look like you and your honey just took a train ride back in time. Be sure to include some pictures of the train tracks for a rustic setting, as well.

    Star in a Golden Age Hollywood Romance 

Your love story is just as special as the ones featured on the big screen. Incorporate an old movie theater into your photo shoot for a throwback to the golden age of Hollywood. You can even list specific information about your wedding date on the marquee and use the photo as part of your save the date invitations.

    Spend an Evening at the Carnival

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You know that scene in The Notebook by heart: Noah Calhoun jumps onto a ferris wheel and proceeds to ask Allie Hamilton out on a date in one of the most romantic moments ever captured on film. Okay, so Noah acted a little recklessly and easily could have died, but there’s definitely something magical about a carnival. Capture that magic in your engagement photos with a ferris wheel ride under the stars or a hand-in-hand stroll with your sweetheart amidst the carnival excitement. This scenic backdrop captures young love in a perfectly vintage way.

    Share a Sweet Treat at the Diner

True love means sharing your milkshake with your sweetie, and a diner is a great spot to share a photo shoot together before your wedding day. Whether you’re playing some tunes on the jukebox or wearing a poodle skirt while eating some fries, this setting captures the ‘50s scene flawlessly.

    Take a Drive 

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Utilizing an old automobile instantly takes your engagement shoot back to a different decade, and it makes for great photos! Park the car downtown or on a deserted backstreet, or drive off into the sunset with your husband-to-be.

These ideas can help take your pre-wedding photo shoot to a different time altogether, and it makes your engagement photos truly stand out in terms of creativity and uniqueness.

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