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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!

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.

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Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Kustom Culture Lifestyles

Retro Kitten Apparel is lucky enough to be based in Pismo Beach, California, one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful vacation spots and home of The Classic Annual Car Show. Since the early 1980’s, Just Cruzin’ Productions presents one of California’s largest, most reputable, car shows in the nation – The Classic. This 3-day event is traditionally held on Father’s Day weekend, but it’s more than just a great day for dad with hundreds of vendors, local shopping, wineries, and, of course, the beach! Families come from all over to see over 1,000 Hot Rods and Show Cars. With spectator’s reaching approximately 175,000 parking is limited, but the event is always a hit.

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For Retro Kitten Apparel (RKA), The Classic is a week of entertainment watching the coolest cars rolling into town, and the most unique, vintage-themed characters who drive them. Being located just 4 blocks from the beach, we bring out the lawn chairs during twilight and enjoy the atmosphere of the Kustom Kulture lifestyle. RKA cater’s to these subculture connoisseurs who live for car shows and add a sense of nostalgia mixed with cartoonish horror to the event. Hot Rod’s and Pin-up girls go hand in hand in the Kustom Kulture lifestyle, a term coined in Southern California in the 1960’s by the people who built custom cars and motorcycles to describe artwork, vehicles, fashion, and hairstyles during the 1950’s.

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In the 1950’s and 60’s, the scene greatly consisted of Greasers, Drag Racers, Skinheads, and Mods. These cats were visionaries, they were cool, and there was so much room for experimentation. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth is held in high regard as a pioneer in the Kustom Culture lifestyle. As one of the hot rod custom originators, Ed Roth was a custom car builder, pinstriper, artist, and cartoonist, and he is probably best known for inventing the hot-rod icon Rat Fink. Rat Fink was the anti-hero answer to Mickey Mouse with a big bulging belly, bloodshot eyes, and big yellow teeth. His character soon became the symbol of the Hot Rod and Kustom Kulture scene during the 50’s and 60’s.

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Out of the 70’s, came Lowriders and Punks Rockers. As fashion and music evolved so did the cars becoming extremely inventive, and colorful. People who most likely would never walk side by side to gather together in the street were coming together with one common goal – cars! Rockabillys, Metaler’s and Scooterboys emerged in the 80’s, and sub-genres like Psychobillys came on the scene in the 90’s. All groups and subgroups contributed, customizing the lifestyle through art, music, movies, fashion, and, of course, cars.

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Retro Kitten Apparel invites you to come on over to our second-hand store, and browse our wide array of Kustom Kulture clothing for the next big car show or event you are planning to attend. We have everything you need to get dressed up for such a special occasion for pennies on the dollar! Quality, hand-picked garments for your whole family. We are available 24/7 online at retrokittenapparel.com.

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