• Saturday, April 18, 2015

    We all know this scene: you’re at your local thrift store or flea market and you spot a bin of vinyl records. You carefully thumb through them, admiring intricate artwork and the faces of artists both familiar and foreign. Whether you're on the hunt for a rare vintage record or looking to add to your vintage vinyl collection, hunting is half the fun! Suddenly, you land on an album that speaks to your heart- but what next? Whether you’re a casual listener or thinking of beginning a collection, buying vintage vinyl can be tricky, so here are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing!

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    When buying vintage vinyl, you first should inspect the sleeve. Are the edges or spine torn, worn, or frayed? The sleeve of an LP, which is short for long-playing record because of their 10-12 inch diameter, is generally an indicator of the shape a record is in. But don’t fret- if the record's album art is what you’re truly in love with, it may be worth investing in as a piece of artwork.

    After inspecting the sleeve, carefully remove the record from the jacket and hold it up to the nearest light source. It may have a layer of dirt or dust, which can is an easy fix with a dry brush or special vinyl-safe liquid cleaner. Things like fingerprints can be easily removed, and small, hairline scratches in the vinyl, as long as sparse, usually won’t drastically affect the quality of the sound, so don’t let those put you off. When buying vintage records, you should always check for things like deep scratches, marks, and, most importantly, warp in the vinyl- these can cause the sound to distort or record to skip.

    There is also a huge market for vintage records online. From auction sites to specialized websites, if your dream record doesn't make the cut in person, you can always try to find another copy on the internet. When browsing vintage records online, you can determine the quality of the record by the grade given by the seller. There is a grading system used for vinyl that is as follows:

    Mint or (M): Mint means that the record is flawless and appears to have never been handled or taken out of the sleeve, which will also be in perfect condition. This is very rare when it comes to vintage records and can usually mean a much higher sticker price!

    Near Mint or (NM) or (M-): Near Mint means the record is in excellent condition and is relatively flawless. There might a scuff on the vintage record that does not affect the play or very minor wear to the cover, but it is almost perfect.

    Excellent or (E) or (VG++): Excellent indicated that the record has a few minor scuffs that do not affect the sound of the record at all and there is only slight wear to the album cover.

    Very Good Plus or (VG+): Very Good Plus records typically show their wear. They still play well, but their flaws are visible to the naked eye. There will also be some aging to the jacket in the form of yellowing, tears, or marks.

    Very Good or (VG): Very Good records may show their wear, but they still play well. This grade of vintage record usually plays with surface noise (some crackling and popping) and the cover of the record will be visibly worn.

    Good or (G): A Good record will be easily identifiable. It will have visible wear and damage on the vinyl, but will still play. Unlike Very Good records, the surface noise will be continuous and more audible. The artwork on the cover will be worn and there may be a ring where the record was inside. In addition, there may be writing on the cover or tape where the spine has split.

    Buying vintage records using this system can be tricky because one’s Near Mint may be another’s Excellent. The subjectivity of the grading system can sometimes make buying online more difficult than easy, so keep this in mind when purchasing via the Internet! 

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    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether you’re buying in person or online, get the scoop on the record you’ve set your sights on. Where did it come from? How long have they had it? Inquiries are a great way to get a history lesson and learn more about the care previously given to your record, and you may learn a thing or two about the artist or album in question, or befriend a fellow fan of buying vintage records! 

    Once the vintage record is in your possession, make sure you have a plastic sleeve for the album and paper inner sleeve for your record to protect it from accidentally falling out of the jacket and keeping the dust away. Plastic inner sleeves can stick to the vinyl, so they aren’t necessary, especially for those in warmer climates. Speaking of warmer climates, heat can adversely affect vinyl, so always store your precious records away from vents, fireplaces and direct sunlight. One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for vintage records is that it is imperative to store records standing up to avoid warping!

    When you’re ready to play your vintage record, place the disc between faced-in palms on the very edge of the record to avoid leaving fingerprints. Carefully set it on your record player, move over the record needle, turn up the volume, and enjoy the soothing sounds of your latest purchase (dancing optional).


    This post originally appeared on March 28th, 2014.

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  • Friday, April 17, 2015

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    Happy Friday, Ruchettes! Now that tax season is complete and you have the weekend ahead, what are you up to? For a fun-filled weekend or a weekend running errands and engaging in a little spring cleaning, we want outfits that are easy to throw on and head out, but comfortably stylish at the same time. This balance is easier to attain than you think - a light comfortable tee with feminine lace accents or a bold bright skirt for extra flair and flowy comfort have caught our eye this season! Some of our favorite Ruchettes show off how a relaxing or busy day can be even more fun with these sweet and simple styles! Don't forget - it's your last day to enjoy $50 off $150 with code REBATE!

    We're smitten with the adorable Natalia from Curious Natalia as she shows off her soft hued and easy-to-wear outfit for a busy days. We adore how she styled our Country Home Blouse with a pair of light colored jeans and a bright colored bag. Her ensemble is perfectly polished!curious natalia

    We are always charmed by the sweet and adventurous Wears Kelly's Kelly. She's perfected the art of creating simple yet gorgeous ensemble, as seen in her outfit featuring our Falling Feathers Printed Maxi Dress. She paired this maxi dress with accents of delicate gold jewelry and tan leather booties for a quick-yet-chic outfit. Worn to an afternoon garden party or Friday night drinks, this dress is perfect for any occasion and can easily be worn as a statement piece on its own.wearskelly

    Elana of Room 334 has us delighted by her always bright and endearing style. She exemplifies sunny charm in her darling ensemble featuring our Bright New Day Scallop Blouse and a sweet simple skirt. This outfit would be absolutely lovely for a weekend of activities with the gals!shop-ruche-mustard-top-jcrew-skirtHave a favorite on-the-go outfit? Share it with us! And don't forget about the $50 of $150 with the code REBATE! 


  • Thursday, April 16, 2015


    Whether you adore the classics or can hum along to just a few hits of days past, we're certain you'll be smitten with Retro Radio: our oldies playlist! Featuring hits of the 50s and 60s, we gathered our favorite stars like Roy Orbison, Lesley Gore and girl groups like The Crystals and The Marvelettes for an upbeat playlist that channels cheery nostalgia for the days of drive-in movies, colorful diners, in addition to vintage style in the form of fit and flare dresses, and peter pan collars! Perfect for the drive home or keeping the mood light while doing a little cooking or spring cleaning, we adore the classics! 


    While we may be working towards expanding our vintage vinyl collection, we think this playlist will conquer our oldies craving for now. When it comes to adding a retro touch to your closet, stop by Retro Refined for the cutest vintage-inspired styles to update your wardrobe with retro flair. Love this playlist of classics? You can listen to even more of our playlists here



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  • Monday, April 13, 2015

    Now that the sun is shining, where are you headed? Whether you're flying to warmer temperatures, taking advantage of the blossoming buds, or exploring the coast you need a suitcase that's ready for any adventure ahead! If you're looking for some travel fashion inspiration that can easily fit into a cute weekender bag, you've come to the right place. Spring outfits for date night, roadtrip-ready ensembles, and even cute retro swimsuits for an afternoon poolside are all ahead! Shop the full collection here and take $50 off your order of $150+ with code REBATE now through 4/17. 

    Pack your bags, we're ready to hit the road in cute sandals, distressed jeans, and breezy tank tops. If you're on your way to the airport or embarking on a lengthy roadtrip, stay cute and comfortable in outfits for travelroadtrip-outfit

    Now that you've arrived at your destination, it's time for a little sightseeing! Keep your layers light in cute dresses, brimmed hats, and comfortable flats for a picture-perfect outfit. outfits-for-traveling

    When relaxing poolside, make sure you have a confidence-inducing swimsuit! We love retro bathing suits with cute prints like polka dots, gingham, and sweetheart necklines. When you've found you're flattering suit, slip a breezy dress, wide brim hat and sandals to take your cute outfit from the beach to brunch. outfit-for-pool

    For a night on the town, add a flirty touch to your outfit with a breezy hemline and cute accessories like a statement necklace, clutch, and floral heels. date-night-outfit

    Which outfit will you be packing for your travels? Let us know, and don't forget to shop our collection of styles perfect for heading near and far this season. 


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  • Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Ever wondered what type of skirt suits you best? We adore all skirts, from pencil skirts to mini and maxi skirts, but when it comes to choosing the clothes that are best for you, we think that it's best to focus on the inside rather than the outside.We came up with a fun fashion personality quiz to discover the style of skirt that's perfect for you! Whether you're a glam lover that adores full skirts and sparkling jewels, or a career girl that needs a pencil skirt that can take her from 9-5 and beyond, start the quiz below to discover your true skirt personality! 


    Now that you have your results, you can share the quiz, challenge a friend, and make sure to find your perfect skirt

    Ready to take another fashion quiz? You can take our past style personality quiz here


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  • Friday, April 10, 2015

    With the days of pink peonies and picnics at the park in full swing, it's time for delicate breezy pieces for the essential flared ensemble. There's something unmistakably classic about a flared skirt or fit and flare dress! Wondering what exactly a fit and flare silhouette is? You can read all about the history of the fit and flare dress in our Dressentials series! For the springtime adventures ahead, we're drawing an abundance of inspiration from the Ruchettes creating their staple look for this time of the year. These ladies are our style inspiration, demonstrating how to marry dainty pieces with classic spring staples. 

    The always bubbly Gracie of Sometimes Gracefully is a vision of beauty in this ladylike ensemble. She paired our Be A Darling Floral Skirt with a simple navy blouse and nude cutout heels. She played with hues of blue to create this stunning flared outfit perfect for a sweet day out with her husband!sometimes gracefully

    Rebecca of The Clothes Horse never ceases amaze us with her whimsical outfits and unique color palettes. She adorned our Midtown Streets Striped Dress to build an allover ombre look with gradient tights and matching orange heels and tote. This fit and flare dress is the perfect dainty spring piece. Wear it alone, or take some style inspiration from Rebecca to create a refreshing ensemble!clothes-horse

    Warmer days call for feminine pieces and flared floral dresses. Cecilia of Dearest Lou is the epitome of ladylike spring style in this look. She paired our navy floppy hat with a breezy white dress accented with a watercolor floral design in hues of blush and blue. We love this charming outfit perfect for a lovely girls day out!dearest-lou

    We are obsessed with these gorgeous ensembles with a touch of feminine flare and can't wait to see what other charming looks await this season! What are some dainty pieces you're excited to bring into spring? Let us know in the comments, and check out previous style files here for more inspiration!


  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Welcome to another edition of Dressentials! If you're just joining us, this is one step in our journey in exploring the history of our favorite dress silhouettes like drop waist dresses, fit and flare dresses, and shift dresses. Joining our collection of cute dresses featured in our Dressentials series is the wrap dress! Perfect for the office or a day out and about, the wrap dress silhouette is versatile and easy to wear. Read on to learn more about this iconic silhouette and the inspiring story behind its creation. WRAP DRESS MAIN jpg

    The wrap dress has been an iconic silhouette for the past 40 years. Universally flattering and timeless, the wrap dress is a favorite of women everywhere, but surprisingly the wrap dress did not begin as a dress at all. When designer and creator of the wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg first created the look, she combined a wrap top and skirt. Inspiration soon struck when she realized how effortlessly simple the styles looked as a dress. 1974 was the year Diane Von Furstenberg presented her design to the world, and it hasn't fallen out of style ever since - last year, the wrap dress celebrated its 40th birthday! 

    Diane Von Furstenberg began designing clothing out of a desire for a career of her own, even after marrying into Genevean royalty, Prince Egon. She went from designing in her home to opening her own manufacturing business and eventually her own showroom. Her designs continued to grow in popularity, and Furstenberg's status as a fashion icon was sealed. WRAP DRESSES

    The history of the wrap dress is not only about the silhouette, but about Furstenberg's journey to success and the creation of a wardrobe staple. Fans of the wrap dress include celebrities from Michelle Obama to Kate Hudson and Rosario Dawson to Kat Dennings. In addition to Hollywood starlets, the dress continues to be a favorite among women everywhere. Read more about your favorite dress silhouettes here, and find a dress of your very own in our collection of cute dresses!


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  • Monday, April 6, 2015


    We're updating our wardrobe, but we're actually beginning by looking backwards. Follow us while we explore the midi skirts of the 1940s through the perfect balance of feminine yet edgy of the 1990s. While exploring these Decades of Style, we're incorporating our favorite vintage styles into our decidedly modern wardrobe. Wearing vintage or vintage-inspired pieces is actually quite simple - just follow our tips for incorporating vintage style into your wardrobe for sartorial success! We are absolutely in love with the texture and unique touch each of these vintage pieces bring to any outfit. Whether your trying out a groovy pair of bell-bottoms, or classic rounded sunglasses add an enchanting vintage flair to your spring wardrobe with our vintage styling tips

    1940s: Add a modern touch to your midi skirt by pairing it with on-trend chambray. vintage-style

    1950s: Incorporate full skirts into your modern day wardrobe with a basic tee.vintage-inspired-outfit

    1960s: The 60s were full of bold colors and patterns. Don't be afraid to mix prints!how-to-wear-vintage

    1970s: The 70s are a major trend this year! Add statement accessories to a traditional 70s look. modern-70s-style

    1980s: Channel the vibrance of the 80s by softening bright patterns with basics. modern-vintage-style

    1990s: Add a feminine touch to a bomber jacket with a delicate dress. cute-vintage-outfit

    Which decade is your favorite? Don't forget to stop by the Decades of Style collection and see our picks for vintage style inspiration, and learn more about vintage fashion with our Vintage Clothing Guide!



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  • Sunday, April 5, 2015

    If you're like us, you've been a fan of actress Tiffani Thiessen since the beginning of her career as teenager Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell. From appearances on the big screen and small screen, she is now a staple on the cooking channel where she hosts Dinner at Tiffani's and runs her very own blog. Tifffani has come a long way since her high school days, and currently lives in a cozy Hollywood suburb with her adorable family, which is about to expand because she is expecting a second child! You can take a peek into her intimate home life, which includes time with her darling daughter Harper, making lemonade with lemons from their backyard, and tending to their five chickens thanks to the latest feature in Zooey Magazine. We adore her maternity-friendly style, which features a few of our most cherished pieces like our Country Fair Romper, Ethereal Garden Maxi Dress, Natural Grace Cardigan, and Mocha With Whip Midi Dresstiffani-thiessen-momcute-mom-styleoutfits-for-momstiffani-thiessen-nowtiffani-thiessentiffani-thiessen-momjpgtiffani-thiessen-adulttiffani-thiessen-daughtertiffani-thiessen-2015

    Tiffani and her daughter are just darling! We can't wait to see more from Tiffani and her growing family. Read Tiffani's interview and learn more about her daily life on Zooey Magazine now! 


  • Friday, April 3, 2015

    While we love neutral tones and soft hues, there's something unmistakably fun about a pretty print. From striped dresses to polka dot blouses and even quirky prints featuring cats, bicycles, and hearts, we can never get enough prints & patterns! Worn mixed and matched for an eclectic ensemble or paired with understated essentials for a casual outfit, prints can transform any outfit. A few of our favorite Ruchettes are incorporating these necessities and demonstrating how to mix basics with classic prints for a playful touch in their wardrobes!

    Transitional weather always calls for the essential light sweater and Naty Michele of A Love Affair With Fashion looks effortlessly chic in our First Kiss Knit Cardigan. She paired this oversized marled design printed cardigan with casual denim and a camisole for a cohesive ensemble. Naty played with hues of burgundy and white for a sweet daytime look!IMG_8977

    The perfect spring dress is a necessity for any occasion and Elana of Room 334 looks stunning in our Prepster Chambray Striped Dress. The intricate pinstripe print and white collar are perfect for this sweet look. She accessorized with muted hues pairing this outfit a cream belt and peach oxfords. Elana looks amazing in this preppy inspired outfit!shop-ruche-blue-collared-dress

    Julia Louise of Julia Louise Style is simply adorable in our Coney Island Polka Dot Romper! She complemented the bold allover polka dot print and added color to her look with a bright fuchsia cardigan to complete her ensemble. We love how Julia played with prints and colors in this fun outfit!DSC_0046-1024x680

    These Ruchettes are our style inspiration for everything printed. We love the balance of textured prints mixed with basic pieces and can't wait to incorporate these into our spring wardrobe! 


    Are you a fashionable blogger too? Join our Blogger Family! Send your Ruche outfits to blog@shopruche.com for a chance to become featured. *Please note that all outfits must include at least one Ruche item.

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