Wanted: A Good Excuse To Wear A Top Hat


I’m a huge fan of vintage clothing. I don’t wear it often because 1) Target and Kohls don’t sell vintage clothing and 2) I just don’t think I can pull the look off. But I still enjoy a good browse through a vintage clothing store. This weekend Joe and I were at the Circle in Orange and we found a great vintage clothing shop called JoyRide: Vintage for Men. As the name would suggest, it caters exclusively to men. They had some amazing stuff in there. Suits, sunglasses, cufflinks and canes. They also had…are you ready for this…TOP HATS! Legit, formal, black, looks-like-they-just- popped-out-of-a-monopoly-game top hats. Someone needs to invite us to a custome party ASAP so we have an excuse to buy one!

They also had some non clothing items. There were a ton of vintage suit cases, which would make fabulous house decor. Could you imagine a travel themed office with vintage model cars on the shelves and old maps and suitcases lying about? So cute! They also had these pretty awesome belts that were a part of the McDonalds uniforms back in the day. The signature M was on the belt buckle. Speaking of belt buckles, they had some pretty awesome ones. They even had vintage style boxers! (They were definately new and still in the packaging though…thank goodness.) Literally anything you could think of that a guy would want/need to wear, they had it all in vintage at JoyRide.

We really enjoyed talking to the store owner. He was incredibly knowledgable and friendly. He and his wife have been in the vintage dealing business for about 20 years (they also own a store called Elsewhere Vintage that sells women’s clothing). We were lamenting about the fact that Joe’s head was too big for all the hats and the owner told us that alot of hats can be stretched. He also said that clothes were smaller back in the day so while larger sizes do exist, you have to be diligent about searching for them.

I definitely suggest checking out their facebook page and popping into the store the next time you’re traipsing through the Circle in Orange.


About britheblogger

I am an Orange County native who is closer to 30 than 20, prefers comedies to dramas, loves healthy food and crap food equally and believes bad days can be cured with a walk on the beach. Mother to a very smart, funny, energetic and opinionated blue eyed toddler. Nanny to a teen who is athletic, sarcastic, intelligent and always looking out for the underdog. Wife to a man who serves his family selflessly, is incredibly handy and an amazing cook. We have four rules in our home: love God, love each other, eat In N Out and always cheer for the Angels.

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