Oak Street vintage clothing and accessories retailer Confess Apparel is giving back to the community and creating a sense of fun in the heat of the summer with its first annual Medium Stakes Dress-up Contest. The contest will run from August 3rd to August 7th.
Contestants can visit the shop and assemble an outfit, with the majority of the garments and accessories chosen from the inventory. After a photograph is taken, it will be posted to the Confess Apparel Blog (http://www.confessapparel.com/). Online comments, as well as store owner Tiffani Sheriff's eye for style, will determine the winner. The top choice will be given the outfit and appear in a color ad in Gambit, thus ensuring their place as a vintage fashion icon in the city of New Orleans and according them nearly endless bragging rights. One entry per person is permitted.
"I hope we can encourage people to take new risks with their personal style and learn to blend vintage pieces with their everyday wardrobe," Sheriff said.
Sheriff opened the 300-square foot store in January, and it has quickly been established as the place in the city's Uptown for high-fashion, quality clothing from the 1890s-1980s, as well as handbags, scarves, shoes, hat pins, jewelry, original artwork and prints.
Pictured here are Tiffani's Dad and a number of his friends in the late seventies. Fashion of the seventies straddles a strange line. The tight cut and clean lines of sixties mod fashions and the beat revival fashions of Yves Laurent in the late sixties melded with a greater interest in tribal and "foreign" fashions to create a decade with a truly unique palette, strange prints and lots of sequins. The men in these pictures epitomize a restraint and coherence of style in their clothes not usually associated with a decade that introduced some of the rowdiest and shiniest clothing of the 20th century. While their whole-hearted endorsement of platform shoes is somewhat disheartening, the juxtaposed patterns and subtly matched earth tones are incredibly intelligent. Take note of the bellbottomed sailor with a polka dotted shirt and clashing sweater vest managing to look real cool, standing next to a prep living under a professor who happens to be wearing a tie from the 1940's.
The seventies kicked off thrifting and vintage as we know it today. Deliberately repurposed fashion has its true origins in the mid sixties with hippies, yippies and various other counter culture types. In order to express their anti-establishment views publicly they would dress themselves in dated cheap clothing from thrift stores; the more outrageous the better. Our views of sixties fashion formed by movies or fashion books we come across rarely show exactly how weird it could be, see here. The seventies retained the sense of collage and lack of boundaries the weirdos in the sixties epitomized and added to them the novel idea of actually looking good. What makes these pictures and outfits so fun to look at is their seemingly effortless mash-up of prep, mod, forties and black sixties fashions into a genuinely unique and wearable look.
Confess: Vintage Apparel & Accessories has been evolving in many ways to offer you a better vintage retail experience. Our location at 8227 Oak Street in New Orleans is off to an amazing start and we are now documenting our newest inventory and services on YouTube! Visit our channel to watch the videos and subscribe to keep up with the new additions.
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