Heart of Haute Blog
Heart of Haute is known for those beautiful, figure flattering dresses with the swooping full skirts, the incredible prints, and unique vintage designs. While this may be true, we are also VERY, very busy when it comes to making all those solid basics every Haute Honey needs in her wardrobe. We know you mix and match your pieces to get that perfect pinup look. We also know that our Marilyn Top, Etstelle Top, and Sweet Sweater have been at the top of your shopping list! If you don't own one of these awesome staples yet, today may be the day to try one...or all three!!!
And if you DO have one of these, just remember that they all come in an array of different colors and prints. Here are some of our top picks and best sellers that every Haute Honey needs in her closet this season!
1. The Aimee Dress in Sunshine Daisy
In a world that may be turning gray, you can still brighten up the day in this beautiful Sunshine Daisy print! Just the right colors to welcome in the Fall. We've done it up in our classic Aimee dress.
2. The Sweet Sweater
It is an undeniable truth that the Sweet Sweater is one of our greatest inventions! You will never have a better sweater, we promise. This baby is there right when you need it. Compact enough to roll up and hold in your purse until you need it. The Sweet sweater also comes in tons of great solid colors, so you can mix and match with your closet as needed.
3. The Haute Circle Skirt in Patriot Plaid Flannel
I bet you didn't think you could wear flannel outside of some comfy PJ's or when your boyfriend let's you borrow his flannel at camp, right? WRONG!!! A few years ago, Heart of Haute took a great liking to a line of flannels and decided they were fashion worthy. This means warm, cotton dresses and skirts for you! Not everyone can hang with wool, I get it. Our flannels are high quality and light weight. If you don't know, it may be time to find out.
4. The Diva Jacket
So far proven to become a favorite among the honeys and fashion bloggers like Miss Amy May and Teer Wayde. This fitted jacket with the adorable peplum is chic, stlyin', and will automatically make you feel like...well...a DIVA. Don't believe us? Find out for yourself. In fact, we had such a great response from ya'll, we added this style in MORE COLORS!!!! Don't forget the matching skirt!
5. The Estelle Blouse in Chambray Dot
The Estelle Top is the sweetest blouse vintage fashion enthusiasts have seen yet! This has become a swift favorite for its classic very-vintage styling. Honeys LOVE to pair this blouse with our skirts.
6. The Vogue Pencil Skirt
Classic lines for you classic lookin' gals out there. The Vogue skirt is a high-waisted dream boat of a skirt with a matching belt, stretch twill to hug your lady curves, and a sensational walking slit. Knock 'em dead, Honey. The Vogue Pencil skirt comes in black, navy, and red.
7. The Manhattan Dress in Caramel
The Manhattan Dress was a complete success last Autumn when we first released her to the world! Now, we've added a delightfully dapper new color. Feast your eyes on this Caramel color Manhattan dress.
8. The Doreen Dress in Watch Plaid
Back to School Babes, be glad! Mandie Bee's spin on this classic print will have every head turnin' while you waltz your way through the commons. It even has 2 front pockets to hold your phone when you're on the go go go!
9.The Elsa Top in Tartan Plaid
The Elsa Blouse is the long-sleeved sister of our popular Estelle Blouse. It's the perfect blouse for layering up with sweaters and skirts. To keep things classic, we chose this red Tartain plaid to
10. The Super Spy Dress
Ah yes, will we ever get tired of this dress? 10,000 happy customers agree that this is the dress of the century! Modeled by our pal, Bernie Dexter, The infamous Super Spy Dress has been a part of our line since 2005 and it is STILL a best selling item every Fall and Winter season. Honeys even admit to re-ordering when their original one begins to show its wear....it's timeless. It's sexy. It's got a cool name! (I sometimes like to believe it was the inspiration for Lana's wardrobe on the Archer TV show.)
Bonus Feature! Because Our Super Spy Dress is such a hot seller, it only made sense to offer the same classic cut as a top!
An interest in the exotic (and largely imagined) lifestyle of the South Pacific has been a part of American fashion and culture since the 1920s. In the 1940s, many served in the South Pacific during World War II, and returned home with tales of palm trees and rum. Hawaii's 1959 statehood and the advent of quick and more affordable jet travel made it a popular - yet still exotic - travel destination. "Trader Vic" Bergeron opened his first restaurant in California in 1934, serving an approximation of Cantonese food and concocting cocktails like the Mai Tai. Mid-century America was crazy for Polynesian pop culture in the 1950s and 1960s: Tiki bars, backyard luaus, and Exotica music and movies were everywhere.
The tiki trend vanished from the mainstream in the 1970s, but it has recently found new devotees and an increase in popularity. Those who still still celebrate the sips, styles and sounds from this era meet up at various tiki weekend parties all over the country, and Tiki Oasis is the biggest and longest-running event.
Each year, Tiki Oasis has a different theme. For 2016, the theme is Party on Monster Island - “From rubber Godzillas tearing apart the South Seas to surfin, Go Go dancing Frankenstein and Wolfman, creatures have always been lurking in paradise.”
If you attend Tiki Oasis, you will probably want a couple of outfits that work with the Party on Monster Island theme, plus some of your best and brightest aloha wear, whether vintage or new. Here are our ideas for Tiki Oasis 2016:
- The 1940s brought us loads of creepy monster movies, from Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man to The Cat People. For a 1940s scream queen look, try the Madison Dress, the Manhattan Dress, or the Diva Suit in Navy, Red, or Black. The Betsy Blouse or Gretta Top are great separates to complete your “sexy scientist who saves the day” look. For a ton of movie gossip and inspirational images, check out Heroines & Scream Queens of Classic Horror: The 1940s.
- For a classic 1950s damsel in distress look, try our Diner Dress, the Elizabeth Dress in our new border print Bethany Floral, or the Haute Circle Skirt in Picnic Gingham. Get ready by watching Creature from the Black Lagoon or Plan 9 From Outer Space. Shop Vampira’s closet with the Ella Top in Black Stripe, The Mod Dress in Black, and the best-selling Super Spy Dress.
- Some of the monsters in vintage media came from other planets. As space exploration increased in the 1960s, so did our imagined fears. To create a retro 1960s space babe look, try our Doreen Dress, Coco Skirt, Twirl Skirt in Cosmos print, or the Fifi Dress in a Navy or Orange space age star print. Need more alien invasion inspiration? Check out this awesome list of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films of 1960s.
If you are looking for some tiki bar basics, don’t miss out on our Paradise, Sweetie, and Rebecca Dresses, all available in our tapa cloth inspired Tiki Serenade Print. Don’t forget to pack a new hair flower, and a sweater to ward off any air-conditioned chill. We have colors and styles ranging from basic black to fashionable coral. Need to save some money for mai tais? Check out our Sale Rack for some exclusive South Pacific Style savings, including:
Enjoy your visit to Monster Island, and if you wear Heart of Haute at Tiki Oasis 2016, don’t forget to tag yourself as a #hautehoney!
“Made in California with Love & No Regrets!”
(Pictured: Monique Dress in Tulips Black)
You may ask yourself, what exactly does that mean? At Heart of Haute it means a great deal to us that we are able to assure our loyal customers that we produce all our beautifully crafted clothing right here in Southern California. In fact. all our skirts, dresses, and tops are cut and sewn right here in San Dimas at our Headquarters along with the services of three local sewing factories in Los Angeles, that each follow the same ethical practices we follow.
Buying clothing Made in the USA comes with many ethically great practices that you support and contribute to positively. Some factors to take into consideration when buying from Heart of Haute - Made in the USA clothing:
We are contributing to fair wage standards that are maintained in the United States. Unlike mega chain fast fashion retailers that we won’t name, but you know who they are, we believe it is important to pay all employees a fair wage so that they are able to live a comfortable lifestyle. That includes the employees in the production facilities who are sewing your clothing together with the employee who is delicately wrapping and shipping out your order from headquarters.
We are also helping our planet earth! You may ask “how?” According to www.takepart.com, Americans produce an estimated 11 million pounds of textiles to be thrown away every year. We encourage everyone to use proper recycling methods and donation facilities but, most of the time that is not the case. When consumers buy clothing from fast fashion retailers the clothing is purchased at a very low price. The quality of the material being used will not withstand many washes and will therefore tear and have to be thrown away faster. Most of the time the non-biodegradable clothing end up in landfills which means that the clothing will sit in landfills for at least 200 years until the textiles start to decompose. When purchasing clothing at Heart of Haute you are getting great quality fabric that will be sure to last you a long time.
Heart of Haute also works closely with local colleges who are educating the next generation of fashion professionals. These ethical and socially conscious students can see first hand the importance of their contribution while learning how to carry forward these best practices.
At Heart of Haute we take pride in producing our clothing in the USA. It is important to us, and we hope after reading this blog post it will be important to you as well, and make you more aware of your purchases the next time you go out shopping.
Heart of Haute Fashion Marketing Intern from Cal Poly Pomona
It's time for our annual Holiday Boutique!
We know you'll be out and about Thanksgiving Weekend- make a point to stop by our 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique Sale!!! Support Small Business onSmall Business Saturday
We are teaming up with 2 of our employee's lines for the day.
Check out Lily Duenas' Lil' Lou Lou , classy hand made hair accessories, children's clothing & more! Also featuring Linda Heredia's special custom geeky chic and comic book girly looks from 1138 Clothing!!!
10am - 4pm There will be snacks!!!
949 N Cataract, Unit M San Dimas CA 91773
Everyone that walks in the door will be entered to win a goodie bag full of accessories, a HOH gift card, and more!!!
Yes, we KNOW so many of you wont be able to make it because you don't live here, so we will be offering the Haute Honey Happy Hour throughout the day for all of our Instagram followers to get in on the deals AND ALSO be entered to win another goodie bag full of great stuff you don't wanna miss out on!!!
It's going to be a fun day of shopping, sipping & snacking! See you there!