Happy Monday, mavens and bargainistas. This week’s “Looks for Less” feature is taking a detour from recreating designer looks on a Brick City budget and focusing on introducing you to the unique pairings created using items from Newark-area thrift stores. (All items are available for purchase at our private, appointment-only showroom in North Newark.)
Many regard fashion as the domain of a) the rich or b) overly-indulgent folks that are irresponsible enough to live beyond their means to appear rich. Here at Brick City Varsity, however, we’ve built an entire brand around the belief that great style can be achieved irrespective of one’s budget. So, check out this smattering of memorable stylings from the look-a-day postings we provide for our loyal Facebook and Instagram followers, and take note of the jaw-dropping affordability. Oh, and we’ve thrown in a little fashion commentary for good measure. Dig in!
7.11.12. This look captures the tension between two warring impulses of the Victorian era: restraint and excess. While the muted flesh tones and demure sleeve and skirt lengths celebrate subtlety, the lacey ascot, the gaggle of pearls and the dash of teal insist that girls just want to have fun!
#TipsFromTheStylist – Matching belts to shoes is Fashion 101. In this styling, we’ve used the belt as an opportunity to sneak in a modern tone-on-tone print that offers a counterpoint to the traditional pearls. For Autumn, a purple hue would also do the trick, but this summer styling aims instead to incorporate the model’s lovely eye color.
Created to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Newark Riots of 1967, this look was a nod toward the psychedelic prints of the late 60s and their place within the sweeping changes that were occurring throughout the fashion world.
Whereas fashion had previously been aimed at a wealthy, mature elite, the tastes and preferences of young people became important in the 60s. At the beginning of the decade, the market was dominated by Parisian designers of expensive haute couture garments. By the time of the Newark Riots of 1967, Americans were snatching fashion out of the hands of the elite even as they were fighting for freedom in the streets.
7.19.12. This look is bold and beautiful, pairing a semi-sheer lace blouse (XL) with a graphic black and white print skirt (Sz 14/16). The pop of yellow keeps the look young and summery and adds a third texture to the understated ensemble. While the length of the skirt celebrates leaving something to the imagination, the opacity of the top insists “Not so fast! We’re still keeping it sexy!
07.21.12. This look is tailored for the weekender that wants to transport his designer digs in style. The vintage garment bag takes center stage, setting the beige, hunter and peach/salmon color palette. The short-sleeved button-up follows suit with its coordinating vertical stripe while the plaid belt break things up and adds a bit of blue. How’s that for easy and breezy?
07.27.12. This look is a throwback to our brand’s favorite moment in fashion history – the late sixties. This flower-power-inspired mini dress (Size 6/8) features a crisp white collar and cuffs as well as the perfect length and flow for warm summer days. Add a yellow, periwinkle or red belt, and you’ve created an outfit that doubles as a beautiful time capsule!
History: “Colored Francie” made her debut in 1967, and she is sometimes described as the first African American Barbie doll. However, she was produced using the existing head molds for the white Francie doll and lacked African characteristics other than a dark skin. The first African American doll in the Barbie range is usually regarded as Christie, who made her debut in 1968.
Note how at the very moment in which riots across our nation were creating a sense of racial solidarity and political agency, the market responded by providing African-Americans with products that reflected their emerging needs… even as it struggled to capture the unique features of the culture.
Tuesday’s look is a nod to one of our favorite girls: the urban bohemian. A little Cree Summer, a little Lisa Bonet, she’s drawn to earth toned ensembles and natural hair. Her 7 for All Mankind jean jacket brings the urban edge to the Forever 21 boho blouse. Her inner hippie finds expression in the 1970s suede moccasin belt whose fringes dangle past the length of her Abercrombie jean shorts. Shout outs to the artist and activist Noelle Lorraine Williams and make-up artist Jihanne Joanis, the two Brick City bohos that provided inspiration for this look.
This look is a nod to the fashion editorial BCV shot just this weekend, “I Shot the Secretary.” The high waistband on this skirt was the jump off point for this prim and proper pairing, which brings the vertical panels of the tuxedo-style blouse into conversation with the crisp plaid pattern. To break things up, we’ve added a snakeskin belt in yellow and a teal two-tier bow tie.
We’ll be releasing the images from “I Shot the Secretary” exclusively to GlocallyNewark, so stay tuned to see how we revved up this look for our high fashion editorial!