We are bringing you a new feature this week, the Fan Feature. Unlike Fan Mail, where we focus on a fan wearing our clothes and the reason why, we are expanding to feature one of our fans and the blogging she does about retro clothing! If you are interested in being featured as a fan, we will include the information at the end of this interview!
We have been a long time fan of Jessica Meloche! She has purchased from JBR many times and writes some great, and honest, reviews of the dresses she purchases. She runs her own blog, Pin Up Persuasion
, where she talks about vintage make-up tips, jewelry, shape-wear, and retailer reviews! If you haven’t come across her blog already, make sure to check it out!
Name: Jessica Meloche
Home Town: London, Ontario Canada
Vintage Revolution (VR): Where did you love for vintage styled clothing come from?
Jessica Meloche (JM): From a very young age I had a deep appreciation for the arts, and more specifically, tattoos. I always noticed the girls in the tattoo magazines had a unique style of clothing that really caught my attention, which is now known as rockabilly/pinup. Over the years, my tastes have matured into the vintage/retro era’s. The classic beauty of the women of the 40’s and 50’s are my true inspiration.
VR: Why choose vintage over other styles?
JM: I personally adore vintage inspired clothing because it flatters women of all shapes and sizes. The style really accentuates women with curves and also creates the illusion of a sexy silhouette for those with a slim build. For many years I felt terrible in all the clothes I purchased and always shied away from anything form fitting. I window shopped online for a long time because there were no local retailers in my area that carried vintage/rockabilly clothing. My first purchase was a swing style dress and I have been hooked ever since. My confidence grew with each item and I eventually purchased a wiggle style. For the first time in my life, I was proud to show off my curves because of how well the clothes fit.
VR: Can you tell us a little about your blog. What is it about (for fans who don’t know) and why did you start it?
JM: The idea for Pin Up Persuasion came from a private Facebook group that I created for women who shared the love of vintage inspired clothing. We discuss product reviews, retailer reviews, sale notifications, share photos and so much more. Several ladies were seeking my advice on sizing and or/ personal feedback about specific items I had purchased. It was time to expand to a larger audience, and as I love helping others, a blog seemed a perfect outlet to reach more people.
For those who don’t know about the blog, Pin Up Persuasion is about the online world of retro/vintage/pinup shopping. It features detailed product & retailer reviews, sale notifications, and beauty tips, just to name a few! Being your average career women on a budget, I strive to reach out to others in likewise situations. I have no aspirations of becoming a model, I am doing this out of a a desire to share what I am most passionate about.
VR: What is your favorite fashion item you own and how does it express your own style?
JM: Without a doubt, that has to be my Rago 1294 open bottom girdle. Rago is your classic vintage inspired shapewear from the 40′ s and 50’s. This girdle truly makes me feel sexy and elegant in all my vintage/retro clothing. I cannot live without it.
VR: Do you have any style tips for fellow shoppers?
JM: Don’t be afraid to try clothes that are outside of your comfort zone. I can guarantee that you will fall in love with the clothing and the new you!
VR: Why did you choose some of these styles of dresses (from JBR Cltohing)? What do you like about them?
JM: The Hells Belles
(as seen above) & Hotsy Totsy
(pictured at start of interview) were two styles I considered very sexy but elegant items at a very reasonable price point. The Hells Belles long sleeves and straight neckline were features I have not come across very often. Hotsy Totsy was fun, simple and cute. Need I say more?
VR: What type of events do you wear your JBR purchases to?
JM: I wear all my JBR purchases to office at work or an evening out for dinner. All these looks can be transformed from day to evening very easily.
VR: What is your favorite JBR purchase and why?
That is without a doubt, the Midori dress from Stop Staring!
(as seen below) This dress truly makes you feel like you’ve walked off the set of Mad Men. The Midori is so well made and fits you like a glove from top to bottom, definitely underrated as far as I’m concerned. Lastly, olive green is my favorite wardrobe color.
It is always fun to see what our fans our up to and how they are living their vintage lifestyle! Everyone does this in different ways, but we love the sharing! We would like to thank Jessica for all of her support! She really is a gem out there in the blogging world. You can even follow her on twitter if you want, we do, @jessimeca44.
If you are interested in being featured as a fan, or if you want to share your own fan photos with us, email the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can tweet us @vintagerevblog!