Monthly Archives: April 2012

Exclusive Photoshoot: Vintage Cars and Clothes from Revival Outpost

Revival Outpost recently asked if I wanted them to do a special photo shoot just for Slow Southern Style. How could I say no? Joining several other secondhand, vintage, and antique shops on Magazine Street, Revival Outpost specializes in vintage and retro clothing. They also do fantastic, professional photo shoots, pulling all of their clothing from their own store. Revival has also teamed up with Blue Dream Vintage, which now functions as a store within a store. Many thanks to Christina Flannery and Akasha Rabut for supplying us with the beautiful images. Check back in next Tuesday when we share the rest!

All images taken by Akasha Rabut
Clothing from Revival Outpost and Blue Dream Vintage

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Campus style, what’s yours?

This post was written by Rachel Gulotta.
           
  Can a college campus have a specific style? On campus tours prospective college girls, maybe even some guys, pay attention to the buildings, curriculum details, and members of the opposite sex. Most girls, when not comparing the cuteness level of every boy they pass to those of other schools, are actually paying attention to what the college ladies are sporting to class. Davidson College is a small liberal arts college just north of Charlotte–– by geographical definition it’s a Southern school. I expected Lilly Pulitzer, cowboy boots, lots of blond hair, and Polo. I visited the campus for the first time as a sophomore in high school. It was a beautiful summer day to see such a mesmerizing campus; I was hooked when I saw a swing hanging lightly from the branch of a water oak. The only thing I didn’t see much of that day were the students–– the campus’ personality, lifeblood, and style.

Since my freshman year I’ve developed a personal sense of style that is a resulting combination of my time spent abroad in France and my more recent addiction to fashion/food blogs. My family back home in New Iberia has owned a store since the late-nineteenth century. What was once a closet-sized shoe repair store grew into a western wear/work clothes megastore. My uncles are keeping up the family tradition, and they help to keep my boot collection interesting.
Davidson is a rigorous school and students tend to spend one too many all-nighters in the basement of our library. They emerge bleary eyed from the morning sun usually wearing the famous Nike short/white tee combo, or if it’s cold the more appropriate legging/Ugg/white tee with a vest combo.  Both outfits seem to be mainstays on college campuses these days. I like to think that if you put on athletic shorts but have absolutely no thought of running, frolicking, pole vaulting, etc. then a cute dress or some jeans are a better route. Although Davidson is a Southern school, we have lots of New Englanders and Californians who like to sport some interesting outfits. The Northerners love the novelty of almost year-round hot weather, so they try to make spring and summer last as long as possible by wearing shorts. Who says you can’t change the weather with some cute gladiator sandals? The west coasters love the sun already, but what they have yet to experience are the seasons. So they get really excited for scarves and snow. I fall into the latter category (I have a not so guilty drawer filled with Roy G. Biv coordinated scarves, can’t get enough).
Rachel and her best friend, Whitney
Being one of so few from Louisiana I got to introduce all kinds of new things to this place. Mardi Gras Perlis polos, King Cakes, the concept of Mardi Gras and why it exists, Cajun expressions, alligator leather belts (Did you know that the tannery in Lafayette has a Christmas sale every year? It’s worth it!), FleurtyGirl tees that say things like, “Neutral Ground Side,” and gumbo. They love the gumbo. I’m still convincing a few friends that it’s a praline and not a pray-line. That’s what we call confession.
Davidson has been a great place for me to experiment with personal style, what works and what doesn’t. North Carolina is also an interesting mixture of beach, mountain, and city style because they have it all. Davidson is a town of around 7,000, and when the 1,800 students are around this town bustles. We have an adorable Main Street filled with restaurants, a coffee shop, multiple bike shops, a gnome museum (the guy who designed the roaming gnome is from Davidson), a boutique called Monkee’s, and an art gallery/classroom. North Carolina is filled with eco-friendly agricultural and fashion options, which means that there are plenty of local food and boutiques waiting to be discovered. Asheville is one of my favorite cities to visit for both reasons. Tupelo Honey’s biscuits are worth the two-hour drive.  
The crossroads between New Iberia and Davidson is one of good times and the kind of sweet southern stillness you can find in the mountains of North Carolina or the Cajun country bayous of Southwestern Louisiana. Davidson College’s campus is filled with tulips and green worms amidst the red brick buildings and towering Corinthian columns these days. The ladies and gents who walk the halls of Chambers building everyday may not have a definitive groupthink style, but it’s a good place to let your personal flair shine or blend into the scenery as it were. If you’re a campus-dweller, do you fit in or do you stand out?    
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Tumble Over To Buffalo Exchange

Every blogger has a reason why they started their site, and my biggest personal motivator behind creating Slow Southern Style back in September ’09 was my day job. I’ve been a Buffalo Exchange employee for the past seven years, which means I’m essentially a professional thrifter. Working in a secondhand store goes beyond what a normal retail job entails. All day long we inspect clothing for construction, fit, fabric content- the list goes on. Keeping up with current trends, studying vintage, and staying abreast of what customers want to wear lends itself to an unending stream of information.  With all of that knowledge taking up space in my brain, I felt the need to share it with the masses. Nothing like a little Southern hospitality, right?

Here are a few pictures I snapped for the Buffalo Exchange Tumblr, which showcases all sorts of fun employee outfit photos, new merchandise that’s being shipped to the stores, and plenty more. There’s also a Buffalo Exchange blog and be sure to head to a location nearest you to snap up the spring edition of the Buffalo ‘zine. It’s free! And make sure to say hi if you are hitting up the New Orleans store.

Elijah, Buyer Trainer at New Orleans Buffalo Exchange
Inspiration: Italian inspired, discreet, minimalist
Prada long sleeve mesh shirt
Casio watch, buckle bracelet in sterling & gold
Seersucker skinny slacks
Frye loafers

Charle’, Buyer at New Orleans Buffalo Exchange
Inspiration: Hair from Consider Me Lovely blog
Vintage scarf, frames, and retro shorts with Libby Edelman platform sandals

Kaci, Buyer at New Orleans Buffalo Exchange
Inspiration: having fun, mixing prints with pops of color and kitschy, bold accessories
Polka dot top- retro rayon from Salvation Army, $3.0
Printed skirt “Staring at Stars” from Urban Outfitters via Buffalo Exchange $14
Silver bow necklace from Buffalo Exchange $9
Wedge shoes from Target $25
Black sequin and leather cuff, gift
Red bow clutch $14 Buffalo Exchange
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Southern Gent: Dressing Well With Kenny Rubenstein

Morris, Elkin, and Sam Rubenstein. Image c/o Rubensteins

Ladies sit this one out- Thursdays in April are dedicated to the gentleman. 


We live in a time when most everyone rushes to the mall, battles for a parking spot, settles for a shirt that fits “good enough”, waits in endless cash register lines, then wonders where the joy in shopping went.Rubensteins is the antithesis of that. Celebrating it’s 88th anniversary this month, Rubensteins is a men’s only store with a department store selection and a boutique service feel. Complimentary valet parking, expert alterations, and impeccable customer service have helped keep them in business since 1924.  And what better way for Slow Southern Style to celebrate than with a very special guest column from General Manager Kenny Rubenstein? Each Thursday in April he’ll serve up some stellar style advice for the modern, Southern gentleman.


When cleaning out your closet, which items are worth holding on to and which ones are okay to toss?   

Excluding jeans, anything with holes, fraying or stains is out.  Otherwise, look around you, and not just at your friends or office mates. Walk down Magazine Street, or Canal Street in the French Quarter. Be observant of what are people wearing. Read fashion magazines and blogs.  Get informed. Or just shop with professional associates at Rubensteins. We will come clean out your closet for free.


What about trends? When should men indulge in them, and when should they stay clear?

Read magazines and again, keep informed. The salesman at Rubensteins know what is lasting fashion.  We may buy a quick trend, but we will let you know it is now only.

Best piece of advice for a man that is trying to get out of a style rut?

    Trust an experienced sales associate or a fashion inclined friend.  Sometimes it is hard to step out in something new. Just because it looks good on someone else, does not mean it will look good on you, but at the same time just because you look best in blue or have always worn cuffs, does not mean the green or plain bottoms won’t look good.  A good salesperson cares about the next sale they will make to you.  They want you to look good so you can be a walking ad.   When someone says to you, “Wow, you look great!”  you can say, “Yes I love it.  Rick at Rubensteins suggested it!”   Find a great store and a true salesperson.  You armed with knowledge gleamed from friends and magazines, and a salesman who is honest and straightforward is all you need to get out of that rut, and into STYLE.

    A Jazz Fest worthy shirt. Image c/o Rubensteins

    Come back next Thursday for more style tips, and some fun stories from Rubensteins history vault.

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    What I Wore: Outside My Comfort Zone

    worst.pose.ever. and no, we don’t use the abacus in the background.  i suck at math.
    I’m currently devouring Amanda Brooks book I Love Your Style, which is a great read for anyone trying to define their personal style. Over the years I’ve come to realize that I always go back to the same silhouettes. Hey, why mess with a good thing? Normally I wouldn’t wear a cream top or a ditzy floral pattern. But the shape of these pieces are tried and true, so it didn’t feel like uncharted territory. 

    I also wasn’t sure how I felt about resurrecting saddle oxfords considering I haven’t worn them since grade school. And trust me, that was a hell of a long time ago. The final verdict is I like ’em.  Pairing a masculine shoe with a feminine piece is always a good combo. Even though I dress pretty girly, I’m all tom boy.
    Normally I feel like white washes me out, so I like to throw on some color for contrast. I wish I owned this scarf in about 4,672 colors because it certainly comes in handy.
    Lots of subtle texture here
    Details:
    linen Violet del Mar scarf
    Alabama Chanin tank top
    Forever 21 skirt
    Bass saddle oxfords
    All via Buffalo Exchange
    So how do you break out of your comfort zone without feeling uncomfortable?

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    STORYLAND DRESSING! An Interview with Threadbeat




    Hey there Slow Southern Style readers! The weather in New Orleans has been crazy… “Hey, it’s nice outside.”
    “OMG! When did it get so cold?”  
    “It’s raining now?”
    “What? It’s only 3PM!”
    I’m wishing for those sunny Saturday trips to City Park to run around like a kid again. So what if I’m a grown up without any kids. I’ll borrow my nieces for the day and play dress up! Don’t you remember the feelings of freedom and carefree joy when walking into the Storyland Village in City Park? 
    Threadbeat brings back those memories of a time where peter pan collars and ruffled slips where for every girl. She recreates the idea of Storyland dressing for the modern wardrobe. Great fitting garments and girlie charm in all the pieces she creates.
    If you have a chance today go outside and smell the crisp fresh air, the nice breeze. Hey, why not go ahead and climb a tree or enjoy a picnic. If you’re stuck to a computer like “moi”self, read this interview with Rebecca from Threadbeat and check out her Etsy store for some Storyland dressing inspiration!
    QnA with Rebecca at Threadbeat
    What does Threadbeat do?
    Threadbeat is a line of custom clothing that is made specific to an individual’s measurements. I try to take into consideration what areas of the body they feel most confident about, adjusting the design slightly to highlight that area, or to downplay another.
    What’s your fashion/design philosophy? 
    Keep things simple, and wear something that fits you.  If you dress the body that you have right now appropriately, versus dressing for the body that you would prefer or that you covet, you will ultimately feel the most confident, and project that confidence. 
    How did you develop your design skills and personal style? 
    I am basically self-taught as far as skills go, I grew up with my mom sewing quite a bit, but I don’t remember being taught. I must have just absorbed it somehow.  Growing up, I was raised on a really tight budget- every year we were allotted 2 pairs of pants and maybe a few shirts. I started thrift shopping when I was in 6th grade at ‘Keenagers’, an elderly run volunteer thrift shop on my walk home from school- this blew my mind right open- I was able to have things that nobody else had, for next to nothing- when I really liked something, I would make it fit.
     After I graduated college, I worked at a huge costume shop for a couple of years that mainly catered to theatrical productions, initially I worked the make up counter- then I moved on to costume rentals, alterations, and finally to pulling costumes for theater companies. This is where I really learned what sizes looked like- I became really adept at looking at a garment and generating the measurements within an inch- same goes with looking at a person.
    When I moved to Savannah a little over 2 years ago, my friend taught me how to construct the basic pattern set, from there- I made it a point to make one thing per day- so I practiced a lot, now I can work really fast, without having to think about what I am doing- which helps.
    What’s your go to outfit when you don’t know what else to wear?
    I pretty much have 2 seasonal uniforms- this winter it has been straight cut jeans, red gingham cowboy shirt, with a light-weight wool Pendalton work shirt for warmth. I have worn a version of this all winter. As far as the lovely warm months, I have about 60 dresses all of a very similar cut that I will wear everyday. That is the beauty of having clothes that fit you; I never am at a loss for something to wear.
    I read you live on a farm in Savannah, GA? Your sundresses seem perfect for the steamy summer days we have in the south. How does your style and clothing line reflect your life or your clients’ life?
    I live on a small hobby farm about 10 minutes outside of downtown Savannah. My clothing is directly related to the steamy weather- I use a lot of classic cuts and styles that promote airflow, and breath-ability within garments. Natural fibers like cotton and linen help to wick away the sweat. I don’t think my clothing is weather specific, though- I am from Wisconsin originally, so if I have a client asking about a fall or winter dress, and they are from Maine- I will know to adjust things accordingly with a flannel lining and so forth.
    Who or what do you draw your inspiration from when creating new patterns, picking fabrics, etc.?
    I am still really inspired by my intensely beautiful, feminine surroundings; the wonder has not worn off yet.
    What’s your hands down favorite thing you’ve ever made?
    A really good sturdy beautiful wool backpack. 
    What’s your favorite dress cut or design features?
    Well, as you can probably tell by my shop- I really like a scoop neck and a fitted waistline- pockets on a dress are always good, too.
    What do customers love most about your garments?
    Probably my willingness to heed requests and listen to the customers input, after all they are the one who will wear the clothes.
    I see a bunch of vintage fabrics, eco-friendly cottons and floral prints. Can you describe your ideal client or whom you design for? 
    My ideal business situation would be a client base of 30 regular or bi-monthly customers that I am able to get to know, work with and exchange ideas with- if I have the confidence that I understand someone’s taste, my job and their shopping experience is so much easier. Right now I have a small group of regulars that I am getting to know, and if I see a fabric that one of my clients would love, I will buy it- usually my instinct is right, and they are happy to know that someone in the world that they only know through a computer was thinking about them.
    These are just for fun…
    What’s one item you owned as a kid you wish you could have now?
    A yellow goggle flipper and snorkel set, just because I am not sure if I had dreamed that I owned it when I was little, or that I actually did. I just want to know the truth.
    What movie would your wardrobe fit in best?
    I immediately thought the ‘Sound of Music’, which is funny because I am positive that I have never seen it. I must have heard people say that somewhere down the line. I am going to put that on my Netflix queue right now.
    Thanks Rebecca for showing us your inner workings and inspiration for your line Threadbeat! Hope you enjoy the Sound of Music!
    All photos courtesy of Threadbeat. Words by Amber Guidry.

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