Americana: July 4th, Fashion and Style

As you don your red, white, and blue and head out to enjoy the beach, social gatherings and fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday, what favorite all-American style in fashion history will you be wearing?


This classic white sundress featured in Vogue Magazine, July 2012, should be a staple in every womans wardrobe.  Years after this Ralph Lauren made it’s debut in stores across America,  it is considered a staple whose “trend”  life extends beyond the pales of being current.   Well designed fashion will always be in style no matter how many years have gone by.  It’s equally as fashionable today as it was back in July 2012.


Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2016 RTW inspiration boards were pasted with printouts of vintage posters and pictures of all kinds of handmade, homemade souvenir embroideries. That summer,  sundresses, printed scarves, sandals, straw hats and bags—things that women from all over the world could enjoy wearing while celebrating patriotic holidays.  While this specific dress was actually inspired by Italian living, American women can cetainly take ownership!

The 2016 collection use of stripes which ranged from soft and subtle to bold and extra large in horizontal, vertical or diagonal patterns and remains timeless.  Perfect for the fourth of July.


From the time Esquire first introduced America to the Varga Girl in 1940,  Alberto Vargas’ classic choice of fashion, many of which were patriotic, remains inspiration for July fourths today and for decades to come.

Alberto Vargas (PinUp) is a great source for Americana and patriotic fashion inspiration. Inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris, The Ziegfeld Follies was a series of elaborate theatrical revue productions (and the more elaborate high class Vaudeville variety show) on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931.

Alberto Vargas was painting in a store window in May 1919 when he was asked by a representative of the Ziegfeld Follies to show his work the next day to Mr Ziegfeld … he was to become the most famous and prolific pin-up artist of all time.


Whether you choose to wear a UNIF Americana Denim Jacket, a classic Ralph Lauren white dress, Dolce & Gabbana stripes or if your style is to inspire others with fabulous fashions of the past, remember two things:

1) Have a happy July 4, 2017 holiday!
2. Have a safe July 4, 2017 holiday!


75% sale on all Nordstrom brands (repost)

(Screenshot) Presidents day sale…You NEED to take advantage of these prices!
This is a re-post for anyone who may have missed it over the weekend.

Rockabilly in a rural town

For close to 35 years I’ve lived in and around Palm Beach and Broward counties (Florida).  For the majority of those years, through all of the boyfriends, apartments, jobs and cars I’ve been through, the one thing that has remained consistent is my personal style.  I have always been a small town Rockabilly girl in a big city where fashion and personal style says just as much about who you are as a person as does the company you keep.

Rockabilly do rag.

One of my favorite accessories is the do rag.  I like it because for most of my life I’ve only had long hair.  I have a big forehead so bangs of some sort have also been a part of my forever look.  The thing about a do rag is you can never have a bad hair day, and in a city of high humidity, that’s pretty cool.  It’s also pretty cool that I don’t have to take a shower and get all gussied up just to run to the convenience store for a pack of cigarettes.  Dirty hair?  Who cares?  I’ll just tie it up, covering my roots and off I go like a fashion plate!

So anyway…  back to the story of my my Rockabilly look!  I’ve recently moved to a very rural, agricultural town where the mjority of the population either works for the Sugarcane industry or for CAT corporation (Caterpillar Inc).

Suffice to say, the do rag doesn’t mean what it did in the big city…  The agricultural community knows my secret!  Do’h!!

In a small, rural agricultural town, a woman wearing a do rag is not sending the same fashion forward signals that it sends in Palm Beach.


In the palm Beaches I had style inspired by history, vintage posters and WWII.   But for my new agricultural neighbors,  they know exactly why I’m wearing my do-rag!  They know my hair is dirty or that I’m having a bad heair day.  While they still get a kick out of it because it’s not worn as commonly as it once was, the do-rag is closer to their roots.
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There’s a great vintage Ralph Lauren Western Wear Rockabilly skirt I would have kept for myself but it’s a size or two too large.  The link above will take you there.

75% off Sale on all Nordstrom brands!

(Screenshot) Presidents day sale…You NEED to take advantage of these prices!


St. John Knits – A Classic

This is actually a vintage St. John Knit dress in black “santana” knit. You can’t tell by looking at it. It’s sort of like a Chanel or Gucci, always in style. This was one of my finds today. Funny how I say that I am more versed in contemporary fashion yet here I am with three highly desirable vintage pieces today. One of my finds was actually a vintage German Schatz 8 day clock. So, my final tally for the day was a Bally top handle bag, a vintage St John and a great clock. It was a fun day!

There were two current St John tops that I passed by.  I’m not sure why but St. John just doesn’t do well alone anymore.  If it doesn’t come with a jacket, a skirt or pants then I won’t bother.  I used to sell them as separates but with the eBay buying population it just doesn’t fly anymore.

Bidding starts at $22.22..  link and info below the photo.


Kirstenraye’s eBay Autions

Bally Top Handle Kelly Bag

I found this AMAZING Bally Top Handle, Kelly style bag today. If that wasn’t a pleasant enough surprise, imagine the sheer delight I felt when I reached in and pulled out the matching wallet.  Isn’t it fantastic!   I’ve listed it on it on eBay!

Opening bid is $44.44   and the link/info is below this photo.


Here’s the full set and link…  KirstenRaye eBay Auctions


Pics show what the bag looks like with and without the shoulder strap.  It clips in place.

$22.22 Fine Designer Clothing Sale

I don’t have a lot of extra time today so I’m going to make this a non-article post and keep it short and sweet!

I’ve decided to get rid of the eBay Buy it Now format on a trial basis and will be listing my designer fashion in auction format with an opening bid of $22.22. I’m pretty sure the majority of what I list will sell at opening bid and I am OK with that.  It’s an experiment in patience for me as I don’t have an extensive client list yet.  Maybe this same time next year will be different, or at least I hope it will be.  I’m really struggling and really can’t afford the lack of profit but I’m also aware that it’s a part of doing business.  You win some, you lose some.

Today I have listed a Valentino skirt suit, damaged Tory Burch shoes, St. John Knits and Oscar de la Renta.  There isn’t much there, only 9 listings.  More will be added by Friday.

KirstenRaye $22.22 auctions