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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!


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.


Kym Whitley Wears Stop Staring!

On January 15, 2016, by Hilary Rudd



Kym Whitley wore the Stop Staring CADETE-03 in Army Green on the Steve Harvey Show recently and it looks stunning on her! This dress is made in our most popular stretch millennium fabric and we still have this dress in stock in Navy, Black and Army Green! You will love the way this fabric his your curves with enough give to feel comfortable. Check out our other hot styles that are made in millennium by clicking HERE!  Or visit www.stopstaringclothing.com to see what looks other celebrities are wearing!


Ways to Incorporate Your Vintage Style Into Your Home

On January 13, 2016, by Andrew Corbett

Your home says so much about you, which is why your interior design choices should reflect your overall style. Whether you live in an old Victorian, a quaint cottage or a cramped studio apartment, we’re offering up some tricks to help incorporate your vintage style into your home décor.

Trunk Show

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Make good use of your storage with vintage trunks and chests. These large compartments are ideal for housing blankets and memorabilia, and they decorate your space beautifully. Even better, this style is being integrated more and more into other furnishings such as office desks and coffee table designs for a cohesive touch.

Shabby Chic

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You’re likely familiar with the shabby chic approach to decorating. From reclaimed wood with a weathered feel to distressed paint finishes, these pieces capture the undeniable beauty in wear and tear. In fact, you can even recreate many of these imperfect styles yourself through DIY projects.

Industrial Strength

Another approach to vintage-inspired style is industrial interior design. This masculine décor features a blend of metal and wooden accents and tends to center on utilitarian storage and efficiency. This style is one of the simpler ones to incorporate into your modern home thanks to modest additions like hardware, doorknobs and drawer pulls. Repurposing furniture with metal legs or adding wire backdrops to open shelves is another excellent way to capture an industrial feel.

Finishing Touches

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Furniture shopping can get expensive fast. Rather than sink lots of money into costly sectionals or elaborate bedroom suits, look for smaller ways that you can incorporate a vintage vibe into your overall décor scheme. Stoneware pottery is a gorgeous way to display floral arrangements or hold umbrellas, while antique vases and Roseville pottery add colorful charm to your space.

Textile Style

The fabrics you decorate your home with can also greatly add to its overall vintage theme. Lace is an elegant accent that takes you back to a fancier time, and it’s easily found in tablecloths, curtains, bedding and pillow embroidery. Similarly, velvet adds rich texture to any room, whether via a sectional or a modest throw pillow.

Out of the Woods

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Embrace wood details in your home by leaving them exposed, staining them or whitewashing them for a weathered finish. Whitewashing can completely transform a room, particularly when it’s done on hardwood flooring or repurposed wooden doors.

Serving a Purpose

Embrace vintage dishes and cookware. Spongeware adds personality to a dining room or side table with its charming blue and white print, and the classic style complements any color scheme. Display matching dishes, trays and serveware in a china cabinet to further decorate a bare corner.

Apply Yourself

Vintage appliances and accents can similarly reinvent your living space. Look for antique ovens, refrigerators, claw foot tubs and even basic plumbing features like faucets and exposed pipes.

A Vintage Frame of Mind

Nothing finishes a room quite like framed art and pictures, so showcase yours in order to set the vintage mood of your home. Choose artwork that speaks to you, or make some yourself! Applying a sepia filter to your pictures can give them an old-time feel, while rustic frames can give add an antique vibe.

Which of these vintage approaches to interior design do you like best? Tell us your favorites in the comments below!


Vintage Clothes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

On January 6, 2016, by Andrew Corbett

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Anyone who’s searched throughout flea markets and consignment shops for second-hand treasures knows first-hand that vintage fashion can be good, bad… or even downright ugly. We’ve rounded up the best fashion staples along with some of most infamously misguided styles as a cautionary tale of what happens when bad vintage happens to good people.

Shoulder Pads

You know the story well. You see the perfect dress or jumpsuit, and it fits you like a dream from the décolletage down… but what is going on with the shoulders?! Unfortunately, many otherwise amazing styles were designed with freakishly oversized shoulder pads sewn inside, and even cutting them out doesn’t offer much of a solution given the excess fabric required to house such monstrous devises. The idea behind shoulder pads makes sense when it comes to enhancing an hourglass shape and balancing shoulders and hips. But when used in excess, this style is dated and cartoonish.

Gaudy Prints

Any color has the propensity to wow when styled correctly, but certain combinations are altogether wrong. Mismatched, dated and oftentimes geometric patterns usually don’t do anyone any favors. We’re sure that some skilled ladies out there can find clever ways to style neon floral motifs, but as a general rule, it’s best to leave them be.

Awkward Collars

You know exactly what we’re talking about! From square sailor collars to crochet doilies, some collars are just bad. This is primarily differentiated against based on the overall style of the garment, so as a basic guideline, a big collar looks more refined when paired with a minimalistic dress. Once you add polka dots, pearl buttons and pleats, the collar only adds to the visual confusion.

Sloppy Sweater Vests

There’s nothing worse than a sloppy, oversized vest that’s designed to be fitted. These are typically cut so that they swallow your frame, and most vintage styles seem to have that signature holiday theme. There’s no way to wear these effectively other than attending an ugly sweater party.

Frumpy Jumpers 

Oversized, shapeless jumpers are found in abundance at vintage shops, but they don’t do much for a woman’s figure. Metal buckles can look particularly dated, as well. Unless you can find a style that suits your frame or is easily cinched at the waist, these are hard to master.

Failed Florals

Generally speaking, florals are pretty and feminine. However, there are some bad flowers lurking in the garden. Whether it’s an oversized, randomly placed rose on a corduroy vest or a series of vines scattered across a sweater, these prints should stay buried.

The Good 

Don’t let these vintage bad guys make you fear shopping for older styles! There’s so much good waiting to be discovered between those holiday vests and sailor collars. Keep an eye out for dresses and suits with fitted silhouettes for a streamlined look that never goes out of style. Belted waists, coordinating sets and monochromatic hues all help to make a garment timeless and flattering.

Another benefit of vintage clothing is that most items are made of durable fabrics, which is something today’s fashions are largely lacking. In a world where everything is now sheer or “semi-sheer,” it’s comforting to know that these older models were made with modesty in mind.

What are your favorite vintage looks, and which styles make you shudder? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section!


How to Mix Modern and Vintage Into a Cohesive Look

On December 30, 2015, by Andrew Corbett

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to wearing vintage clothing is trying to pull off a head-to-toe vintage look. Doing so usually results in a costume-y ensemble that seems stuck in a different decade altogether. Instead of limiting yourself and your overall style, embrace modern accessories and trends by incorporating them into your vintage aesthetic.

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One of the simplest ways to avoid looking like you’re dressed for a theme party is blending signature pieces from different decades. Pair some ‘70s flare jeans with a tie-front blouse, or wear a knee-length trumpet skirt with a silk blouse and embellished headband. Just be careful not to go wild. A few vintage finds are all it takes to stylishly mix and match without looking overdone.

Makeup and Hair
Any LBD or pantsuit can take on a vintage feel with the right hair and makeup. Upgrade a sweater and pencil skirt duo with ‘20s-era finger waves, or wing your eyeliner to achieve a classic cat-eye. A faux bob can completely transform long locks with inspiration from the Roaring Twenties courtesy of a few strategically placed bobby pins. If you usually wear menswear styles, wear your hair long and straight for a ‘70s vibe, or go glamorous with pin curl waves or a feminine bouffant. The choices are endless!

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Accessories have the power to completely transform an outfit from top to bottom, and they’re a wonderful way to either balance your vintage attire or add some vintage charm to modern basics. Little lace gloves and a beret can reinvent a plain dress coat. Similarly, a fitted denim jacket can tone down a tea dress for more casual wear. The trick is all in balancing these pieces accordingly.

Color Schemes and Prints
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Another ideal way to blend today’s looks with beloved classics is through mixing and matching colors and prints. A plaid A-line skirt looks perfectly fresh when paired with a polka dot sweater, while a floral polyester blouse can brighten up a plaid dress when layered beneath it. Look for opportunities to make your outfits more interesting with these unexpected couplings.

Modern Basics
Pair vintage-themed shapewear with your regular clothes to feel like a modern day Bettie Page. When you picture the glamour of old Hollywood or famous pin-up girls, you’ll likely think of shaping garments like bustiers, garter belts and thigh highs. Even though these items aren’t made to be seen, they can still play a major role in your overall style. Plus, modern shapewear is far more comfortable than its predecessors, so you won’t have to suffer in the name of beauty.

Modern and vintage styles are by no means mutually exclusive. In fact, they bring out the best in one another! Pair these complementary pieces to give your wardrobe ample and unique versatility. How do YOU combine your vintage favorites with your modern clothes? Tell us in the comments!


Fan Gallery

On December 23, 2015, by Andrew Corbett

At Stop Staring!, we love our fans! In fact, we’re inspired by your social media posts each and every day. Whether you’re sharing styling advice, creative outfit pairings or images of your favorite celebrity muses, we always keep an eye on what things are catching yours!

Social networking sites like Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are wonderful tools to utilize if you want to connect with us! Share your current vintage inspiration, dreamy wedding day looks, theme party photos and random Pinterest finds with us, and you may see them featured right here on our Fan Gallery!

Our Fan Gallery also happens to be the place where we regularly feature pictures of the latest celebrities spotted wearing our exclusive designs. From red carpet events and movie premieres to street style sightings, check back early and often to see who is wearing what!

Vintage style isn’t limited to just fashion. We also love seeing your vintage-inspired makeup looks and hair transformations. Show off your faux-bobs, finger waves and beehives by tagging us in your photos. These finishing touches make our vintage dresses all the more fun, and your picture might end up on our site!

The Stop Staring! Fan Gallery is our dream board of all the things we love, from vintage styles and hairstyle tutorials to our favorite thing of all: our fans!


Star Wars Premier-Celebrity Wears Stop Staring!

On December 18, 2015, by Hilary Rudd



STAR WARS is here and check out how great Chantel Jeffries looks wearing our fitted Alexis dress at the premier! This metallic festive one shoulder look worn by celebrities is perfect for the holidays and we only have a few left. Click here to see what’s left in the Alexis Dress. If you like the metallic look of this style you will also like our Fortune dress. Click here to see the Fortune dress. Find the styles the celebrities wear and shop our selection of holiday dresses at Stop Staring!

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On December 16, 2015, by Andrew Corbett

We’re not going to lie… we love the spotlight! Stop Staring! has been featured in numerous magazines and fashion blogs as a brand that gives shoppers the vintage styles they crave. Our designs have appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Allure, Nylon, Marie Claire and InStyle.

In addition, our styles are regularly donned by Hollywood celebrities at film premieres and red carpet events. Celebrities like our vintage designs so much that they’re also caught wearing them out and about in street style snaps by the paparazzi.

Check our Press gallery often for the latest mentions of Stop Staring! in your favorite magazines and blogs. We’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest Stop Staring! sightings… hot off the press!



On December 9, 2015, by Andrew Corbett

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It’s no secret that Hollywood loves Stop Staring! Our designs are regularly featured at star-studded red carpet events and film premieres worldwide. Celebrities have worn our vintage dresses on the covers of mainstream magazines and in countless films and televisions shows, as well.

Our vintage-inspired styles have been donned by starlets such as Eva Mendes, Ashley Greene, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Zooey Deschanel, Trisha Yearwood, Susan Sarandon, Aisha Tyler, Britney Spears, Brittany Snow, Cheryl Burke, Christian Serratos, Denise Richards, Gretchen Rossi, Heather Graham, Janel Parish, Jessica Lowndes, Melanie Griffith, Miranda Lambert, Molly Ringwald, Regina King, Sarah Silverman, Shiri Appleby, Tara Reid, Virgina Madsen, Paris Hilton, Olivia Munn, Nigella Lawson, AnnaLynne McCord, Lake Bell, Jillian Barberie, Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, Krysten Ritter, Eva Longoria, Taylor Dayne, Emmy Rossum, Kelly Brook and Giuliana Rancic.

Our Celebrities gallery is constantly updated with the latest sightings of your favorite stars wearing their favorite Stop Staring! styles. Whether you’re looking for fashion inspiration or simply curious to see which big names are wearing items from your own collection, this is the gallery to keep you up-to-date on Hollywood’s love affair with our unique vintage styles!