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!
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.
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!
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!
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!