ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

When I first started really selling vintage clothes online in 2002, the 80s were back in a big way in indie circles. I had people buying from different boroughs of New York and from all over California. Simultaneously, vintage clothes collectors were really buying up 1950s items. So it seemed it was the 80s/50s revival. Once fashionably hip and forward groups pick up on something, the rest of the world follows, and they did. I sold vintage 80s clothes and accessories all throughout that decade. Now, about 10 years later, Walmart is the last to show up on the 80s neon craze which started hitting highs with mainstream a couple years ago. Once it hits Walmart, you know the trend is completely dead and another is in full swing and spreading with key hipster groups.

A major trend that has happened since then is the 50s mania turned to 60s, thanks partly to Mad Men, but mostly due to the natural progression of things. And now, you guessed it, the 70s are HUGE in hipster groups, and that is happening simultaneously with a major 90s revival. I was horrified when I realized the 70s colors, themes and designs are coming back, even in suiting. But the truth is, creative minds can make all things bright and beautiful!

I saw a guy wearing a retro style suit as a guest on a major news show recently and he looked absolutely AMAZING. He stood out from everyone on the panel in a very good way. Didn’t hurt that he was super attractive anyway, but he gained credibility for understanding how to look good and set himself apart in a professional yet bold way.

This was what we had in mind as we designed our first suit, Cordifornia. It is a 1970s inspired corduroy three piece suit with wider lapels, leather buttons, dual vents, and a modern fit. (This means slightly shorter length of jacket, slightly higher arm holes, and shorter, more fitted pants. It gives a trimmer fit overall). This new suit also features spread button cuffs with leather buttons. Because it’s vested, it gives incredible versatility. The vest looks great under a tweed blazer, with or without the matching suit pants. Or vest and pants alone for a more casual day, or jacket and vest paired with dark brown pants, the list goes on.

Do you remember a time when you realized something was back in a big way?

 

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR YOUR WEDDING (OR FOR LIFE)

We sell wedding suits, but we happen to know a lot about nutrition. For brides and grooms planning a wedding, here are some great tips to get you on the road to health for life. Also great for best man or anyone in wedding party who want to slim down before they stand up with their friend.

Of course I have to say first- consult a Dr. We have been studying the correlation between disease and diet almost every day for four years. We have learned a lot about weight loss along the way. We have found the quickest way to get rid of minor ailments (like acid reflux!) and get on the right track to kick major ones is to have a green smoothie every day. This really works. Just FILL blender with organic greens, add a little water and blend. Then add a frozen banana or half if your used to things being not too sweet (break it into chunks before freezing). You can add variety by putting in apple chunks and ginger, or a peeled orange and peaches, all types of frozen fruit taste good. Blend once again after the fruit addition and your all set. We use a Blendtec, but Vitamix works just the same. The average cheap blender will last for about 1-2 months of this type of smoothie before retiring itself. This really only takes about 5 minutes, and it tastes great and will help with so many things, including weight loss.

If you combine this with eliminating grains and sugar, you can lose a LOT of weight in just a few months. This sounds difficult but if the people who live with you get on board, it really isn’t such a tough change. Matt is the owner of Monkey Suit Vintage and has lost 40 pounds in the last 6 months. It has been from eliminating sugar and grains and instead eating desserts with honey. He still eats a lot of desserts. Just Google paleo recipe and you’ll find plenty of ideas that appeal to you. One of the biggest things to eat at lunch instead of bread and packaged foods would be buttered vegetables with real butter. In our experience, increasing animal fat and milk fat actually reduces cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and greatly decrease inflammation. Matt had crazy high blood pressure and labored breathing. He now has perfect health and at 6’2″ went from 238 to 199 lbs. It doesn’t mean you can’t eat great food, it just means changing your perspective to eat more like your mama/grandmama cooked. Meat, buttered vegetables and small portions of buttered potatos. Just bust out the crock pot if you hate the kitchen. It’s worth it and it works!! (They say you should consult a Dr first, I am not a Dr.)

What have you experienced with diet, weight loss and health?