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Fashion Trending in an Alternative Direction!

Since the beginning, fashion trends have come and gone. With such a wide array of clothing designs to choose from today, we can take pieces from each era creating different styles by combining old favorites with new, putting a new spin on fashion trends from days gone by, and bringing them up to date. For awhile, we can call it our own, but, like everything that is genuinely awesome, it will be copied and eventually mass-produced. Then it’s on to the next best trend. The fashion industry is fast-paced and fabulous any way you look at it, and I like to look at it from an alternative fashion forward perspective!

80s girls fashion style revived

80’s style revived. Photography by: Jeremy & Claire Weiss Photography.

As a young Punk Rocker, enthralled in fashion, I was combing every thrift shop in town for pre-owned items that I could nip, tuck, and morph into whatever I wanted. I, personally, didn’t pay attention to clothing labels, because it wasn’t about what I spent on my clothing, but what I looked like inside them. I didn’t have enough money to keep up with who made what anyway, but I knew I loved fashion! Now I own a unique Vintage Rockabilly Pin up & Punk Second-Hand store called Retro Kitten Apparel full of all things alternative and my love of fashion, thrifting, and affordability has found its way into my everyday life.

Punk Rock People

Punk Rockers hanging out. Photo by legley.

We’ve all seen it. The revival of the 60’s on the cover of every fashion rag, because a reputable clothing designer decided his Spring line’s theme was “Flower Power”. The next thing you know women everywhere are sporting brown suede fringed vests and moccasins complimenting loose-fitting bohemian blouses, an old faded pair of jean shorts, accessorized by a brown leather belt, and maybe a pretty hand-made flower headband. And there’s my favorite, Alternative fashion. With endless styles, genres, and sub-genres one can come up with some of the coolest fusions combining one with another. Just adding a few accessories and, before you know it, you’re outfit is headed in an entirely different direction!

60's Flower Power

60s revival woman in fringe vest. I do not own the rights to this photo.

Rock-N-Roll, of course, is the origin of a myriad of trends, cultures, and sub-cultures. We now have the luxury of what it really means to be hip. The Beatniks gave new meaning to the color black, art pop culture, coffee shops, and snapping. Mods brought the 50’s back on scooters. Skinheads gave the working class citizen something else to wear. Punks, well Punks just smashed stuff, but thousands of youths jumped in head first, and “Do It Yourself”! became cool once again. Kid’s like me shunned grandma’s dress patterns and went straight for a large sewing needle, some dental floss,  and a favorite music band’s clothing patch nipping and tucking virtually destroying the original design of what could be scavenged from the local thrift until it was wearable again. Goths glamourized darkness and mortality with theatrical black and white movie style. Pin up girls in their form-fitted sweater tops and high-waist shorts gave the girl next door a sexier image, and soon America was staring at Bettie Page in her darling underpants. Men in the military were absolutely thrilled! Then along came the combinations of these like Rockabilly, Psychobilly, and Steampunk. I am in absolute fashion heaven!

Bettie Page America's Pin up Girl

Bettie Page America’s Pin up Girl

Rockabilly Fashion Retro Kitten Apparel

Rockabilly Fashion Meghan Petty Copyright Retro Kitten Apparel.

Here we are in 2015 with every fashion trend combination imaginable. We no longer constrict ourselves! Today it’s okay to be who you are even if that’s many different fashion styles combined into one beautiful you! Tattoos aren’t even taboo and piercing your body has become an art form all in itself! Check out some of these great products from Urban Body Jewelry.

Looking for a few great stores to shop at? Here is a list of shops for some of the many genres of Alternative clothing and accessories:

Retro Kitten Apparel Everything Alternative from Pin-up, Rockabilly, Punk, and Vintage Clothing and Accessories

Lindy Bop for your Pin up Girl Dresses

Too Fast Apparel Punk Clothes and Accessories

Infectious Threads Gothic Clothes and Accessories

Feel free to leave me a comment if you have a store and would like to be added to the list! RKA is huge supporter of all things alternative and we would love to exchange links with you!

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Retro Kitten Apparel An Online Rockabilly Pin-up & Punk Thrift Shop

Retro Kitten Apparel An Online Rockabilly Pin-up & Punk Thrift Shop

Retro Kitten Apparel has been serving you since 2008, specializing in quality Vintage, Rockabilly, Pinup, and Punk second-hand clothing, shoes and accessories for every one in every size from every era! Our goal is to dress you in designer fashions at a fraction of the retail cost. Retro Kitten Apparel’s owner, Lindsay Dominguez, is dedicated to bringing you to the style forefront on a budget!

Retro Kitten Apparel is the first online alternative thrift shop, and voted the #1 thrift shop of 2014. We carry very unique fashion styles for sub-culture lifestyle enthusiasts, adding “new”, used merchandise to our web store daily! Come on in and grab the only one left everyday! You can be certain that you will be the only one wearing your outfit today! If you are interested in Jewelry Plugs & Ear Tapers At Low Prices Online | UrbanBodyJewelry.com this is a great place to go!

Miss Sarah Valentino modeling Retro Kitten Apparel

Miss Sarah Valentino modeling Retro Kitten Apparel’s Vintage Pinup fashion.

We love what we do and our customers benefit! Lindsay’s love of thrifting began in Junior High School as she developed her own unique style in the (r)evolution of Punk Rock. In 1986, unable to walk into the local mall to purchase fashion to match her passion, she found herself in the local thrift shops instead mixing and matching pieces from this section and that, crafting clothing to meet her pleasure. The Do It Yourselfer’s were emerging and she was first in line.

Inevitably, Retro Kitten emerged in the information era well aware of the importance of recycling. Reducing waste, reusing whatever we can, and doing our part in the restoration of our planet. With her love of fashion, DIY, and the planet we live on Lindsay is a proud supporter of humankind!

Our customer’s are extremely important co-habitants in a wonderful new age, and we would like nothing more than to hear from you! Your feedback is 100% important. Not only will it help us help you get what you want out of our thrift boutique, but it’s fun too! Join in our discussions; check out our blog often for the latest news at Retro Kitten and for interesting topics; and let us know what you think! We want to hear from every single one of you, and we know there’s a topic we’ve started that will interest you! If not, let us know and we will start one! We value all interaction with our customers. Your comments, suggestions, ideas, and input help us, and all of you too, so feel free to join us here or in one of our many online communities!

Miss Sarah Valentino modeling Retro Kitten Apparel's Rockabilly fashion clothing!

Miss Sarah Valentino modeling Retro Kitten Apparel’s Rockabilly fashion clothing!

Do you have a question to be answered before you order? Need to talk about an order issue? Call our store @ 559-326-0130. Need some fashion advice, or want to become an affiliate? Call Lindsay directly @ 805-904-3640. We are always happy to help with whatever you need. We also have a little box you can check during checkout for every order you place enabling us to send you an email so that you can send us feedback and give us a rating after you’ve received your order.

Check Retro Kitten Apparel out all over the web. Let us help you get started with the just a few links to some really cool stuff, or read about our store in our more helpful sections, and friend us in some of our favorite platforms…

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 Why You Should Become A Second-Hand Shopper

Although secondhand has always been around with people giving away their used goods for others to use as hand-me-downs, gifts, and donations, the first secondhand retail shops didn’t appear until the 1960’s. Secondhand is significant in that items that would have otherwise been thrown out and ending up in our landfills get used whether it be clothing you’ve outgrown, furnishing your house, or toys for your children to play with. Today, with many of us becoming concerned with our planet’s Eco-system, and all of us becoming aware of our downed economy, secondhand has become a household word.

People can no longer afford to buy as much at regular retail prices, and more and more of us are turning to secondhand stores. Everyone is looking for a great deal, more bang for your buck. With all of us “going green” secondhand, or “thrift”, shopping fits right in. The Thrift Shop no longer holds that embarrassing stigma, as it not only helps us save money it assists us in saving our environment.

You can bet you will always have fun inside a thrift shop! Depending upon your style you can be sure you will come across something that catches your eye. Whether it be last seasons designer trends, or maybe you are a vintage fashion enthusiast you are bound to come out with a bag full of unique finds for pennies on the dollar, and a huge smile on your face!

There are so many different kinds of secondhand stores today. Some are built for non-profit organizations like a local church, or charity, and operate solely on donations. Some are run under consignment and help you sell your used items for a percentage of the profit they bring. While others are privately owned by Eco-conscious people who have a knack for trade and profit, and many of the privately owned secondhand stores will buy used goods from customers for a little cash or store credit. With the growing popularity of secondhand goods you can even shop online from the convenience of your own home via online thrift shops, or through auction style bidding forums such as Ebay. No matter how they are set up, who owns them, or why most secondhand stores turn everyday used goods over to the rest of us for a fraction of the retail cost. So whether you are a looking to buy, sell, or trade secondhand is more popular than ever!

Join me, Lindsay Dominguez, owner of Retro Kitten Apparel, an online Retro, Rockabilly, Pinup and Punk Secondhand Store, in my crusade to rid the world of waste, recycle used-goods, and clothe the hip in unique fashions at www.retrokittenapparel.com!

Last, but not least, I’d like to use this blog to find more secondhand retailers, shoppers, lovers, etc. If you love secondhand please tell me, and everyone else, why, where, how, who and share any information you have that you think goes with this blog!

Where to buy cheap Pinup Clothing

Where to buy cheap Pinup Clothing

Calling all Pin-up Girls, Alternative Lifestylists, & Kustom Kulture enthusiasts! If you absolutely adore Pinup, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Punk, & Retro Vintage clothing, accessories, & house décor like I do, and you are looking for the best place to buy cheap (we’re talking inexpensive) authentic & reproduction clothes then you really have to check out our online second-hand store Retro Kitten Apparel!

We carry everything alternative and specialize in timeless Pinup fashion. Pinup girls gave way to style galore! Everything from Retro Sheik, Vintage Vixens, Rockabilly & Psychobilly Babes, Hipsters, and Yes, Business Women worldwide! Pinup clothing hugs a girl in a warm embrace enhancing just the right curves for every woman’s figure. A delicious silhouette fantasy if I may. You don’t have to be pinned down to any one trend to wear “Pinup” clothing, and you certainly don’t have to be any one body type. Every girl can flaunt her best asset in this ever so stylish dress. From the classical “Girl Next Door” to the “Daring Diva” every gal can get away with demure whether sensibly or sassy you’ve got it and you know it! We just can’t get enough! Every dart, taper, and fold will form around your body, yep, your’s too, giving you a pocket full of sunshine.

Our owner Lindsay Dominguez has an amazing eye for thrifting, and she should as she has been perfecting what she calls this “Lifestyle” since she was a kid. This store, recently named  the #1 online Second-Hand store in Arroyo Grande, Ca., Retro Kitten Apparel was built with blood, sweat, & tears. She created Retro Kitten Apparel to be the coolest, most unique online thrift shop in existence. A high-end, yet affordable boutique where you can buy an entire Pinup, Rockabilly, or Punk Rock outfit for than $50, and that includes all the necessary accessories including shoes. This store has it all! Complete with Vintage purses, Pinup 40’s peep-toe high heels, or creepers shoes from the 80’s, Psychobilly faux fur leopard shrugs & black leather jackets, studded belts, Punk Rock band patches. Lest we not forget that classic old Hollywood pearl necklace and matching pearl and diamond clip-on earrings from 1950! Retro Kitten Apparel has everything you need to put together the perfect Pin-up Couture or Rockabilly outfit for any occasion. We’ve had all the greatest Pin-up, Rockabilly, and Punk brands come through the store as well as authentic Vintage garments all at super low prices. I know how expensive it is paying retail with just one item costing $100, and you can get it all here so cheap. Did you know that Vintage clothing is actually considered to be an asset? That appreciates! It sure is. So maybe you wonder why it’s so cheap to buy it at Retro Kitten Apparel. Well here’s Lindsay’s story…

“I’ve dreamed of owning a store like this since I was twelve years old. I spent many a day browsing the rack’s of AmVet’s, Goodwill, & Salvation Army always coming up for air with my arms loaded full of fabulous finds that I could cut here and sew this on that. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that donation centers such as those actually meant something more than that to me, but Man that changed everything! Reduce, Re-use, Recycle ’cause this old planet might be begging us to. I wanted to make a difference and yet I needed to make cold hard cash so it wasn’t ’til about a decade later that I remembered this super cool Rock-n-Roll store I was enamored with so long ago called Valentino’s in Fresno’s (California) Tower District. That’s where all the Punks got their shoes when I was a kid, and if I was lucky I might get a band tee. In fact, I got my first two band tees from Valentino’s – G.B.H. and The Exploited, and not too very much longer The Cramps infamous yellow tee with the big faced creep, which was my favorite. I wonder who that guy was, cause it sure was Lux!…or maybe it was. Anyway, they had brand new Punk Rock clothes and shoes on one side and really old used clothes on the other. Vintage clothing you know, but I couldn’t appreciate it yet. Not ’til now, because you can buy Punk clothes everywhere now, and you couldn’t back then unless you lived in New York – not Fresno. I loved that store [Valentino’s], and this really neat couple owned it. I will never forget them. They were like Lux Interior and Poison Ivy from the Cramps. So cool! In fact, they are still there today! I wanted that store, that life, and, as fate would have it, I got a little bit of everything. I created this wonderful store where everything is second hand, whether it’s new with tags, or lightly worn and loved, and it all falls into a spicy little niche I like to call alternative. See, my husband passed away in 2007 and I’d lived a lifetime at 33 years old, so wise I was, too wise, sad eyes, and I was staring at our little one wondering how was I going to leave her one more day for 9 hours slaving away for “The Man” when a little ad scrolled across my computer that said, “Own your own small business today”. My thoughts raced as images of Valentino’s, thrift shops, goodwill and charity, punks kids on the streets, people lost, the economy broken by war for I still don’t know what and this world was dying, I was dying and then it came to me. Everything was silent. It was midnight and I owned my own small business today and I called it Gypsies Do It Better – well now I call it Retro Kitten Apparel.”.

She has worked hard burning the candle at both ends to make sure Retro Kitten Apparel is also the easiest online thrift shop to navigate through with simple sections laid out in each category listed down the side of the web store on every page so you can jump around adding this and that to your virtual shopping cart. Everything is clearly listed in its own category like Wiggle & Swing Dresses, Vintage & Rockabilly Shoes & Heels, Jackets: Pea Coats, Faux Furs, Cardigans, & Leather; our Separates section lists Pencil & Swing Skirts, Tops, Capri & Cigarette Pants & Shorts; and you must check out our Accessories for a true Retro look. Those gals new how to accessorize. We have Purses, Belts, Gloves, Driver Hats & Caps, Jewelry, etc. Our online store is put together with the customer in mind. Our categories are very simple with everything listed within just one click. It’s super easy! You can just browse, or look up a specific item in our in-store search engine. Just type in key words like Wiggle Dress, or Dr. Martens and all items fitting your description will become available to you on one page saving your valuable time!

We also have a wide array of authentic Vintage and Bettie Page style Pin-up Lingerie. Each garment is hand-picked and inspected for quality. We proudly offer some of the finest undergarments still available. Are you scheduled for an important photo-shoot? Maybe you want to put together a portfolio, or surprise that lucky guy in your life? Valentine’s Day is a hit here.

Here’s the cherry on the cake…we also have a Clearance section! That’s right, our merchandise gets even cheaper when it’s sent to our clearance section to make room for newer goodies because we add fresh clothing daily.

 Retro Kitten Apparel is your one-stop Pin-up, Rockabilly Second-Hand Shop!

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