I love clothes. And accessories. And putting together outfits. And dressing up! I would love to look like a perfect pinup every day! However sometimes (my) life just doesn’t work that way. There are days when I feel like making a little extra effort… and then there are the days I just can’t be bothered! And when it comes down to it, the honest truth is I’d rather sleep or an extra half hour than get up earlier to give myself more getting ready time (I tell myself it’s efficiency, not laziness!). Not to mention, when you have an eager 4 1/2 year old assistant, sometimes it’s best to keep things simple! If I left the styling choices to her, I’d be decked out in velvet, sequins and sparkles every day, as well as wearing those beautiful but rather impractical shoes to do the grocery shopping…
This post is about being able to look great and feel good everyday… without having to take a lot of time or costing a fortune! Glamour and style don’t have to come at the expense of practicality and comfort… sometimes imperfection is well… just perfect. It’s all about balance! Sometimes my lipstick is smeary or not there at all, but you also won’t find me leaving the house in trackpants. Or ugg boots. Or… I can’t even say it… crocs. Or anything polar fleece… you get the picture!
S o here are my 5 key ingredients in the recipe to being the (im)perfect pinup!
Comfort, comfort, comfort!
Well fitted and comfortable undergarments and if you like, shapewear will make you look and feel good! I personally can not wear a bra or pair of panties that digs into me in any way shape or form… this tends to make me very grumpy! Get a bra fitting if you haven’t had one in a while, many of us wear the wrong size, and if we fluctuate in weight, so too do our bra sizes. Undergarments that fit well will give you a nice shape and line under your clothing…. and feeling comfortable is the first step in feeling sexy and confident in my book. It’s hard to feel fantastic if your knickers are riding up your bum or your bra underwire feels like its drilling a hole into your armpit…
2. Good maintenance goes a long way!
This idea works pretty well for me in many aspects of life! Doing a little often, and keeping up with things saves that mad scramble when the mother-in-law is coming to visit on short notice and your hovering up cereal crumbs, throwing dead flowers out the window and hiding unwashed dishes in the oven 😉
Likewise, getting your brows tinted and shaped regularly, find an “easy-care” hair style that suits you and keeping your cut and colour maintained means you are starting from a good foundation and minimal effort is required, unless you choose to make it! Most weekday mornings my hair and makeup is pretty simple. On the face, tinted moisturiser, concealer under the eyes to hide those ever present dark circles, a bit of blush or bronzer on the cheeks, and mascara and and lipstick… total time around 5 minutes. If I have time, I’ll do eyeliner and flicks to get a nice retro look. Of course there are plenty of mornings when I only wear tinted moisturiser. When my brows are nicely groomed, I still feel good even with an (almost) bare face. I love to spend time putting a nice face on and practising vintage makeup looks but for me this just isn’t practical every day. Or maybe I AM just lazy! Hair is usually a bit of sea salt spray for texture, and a hair flower and a few pins, or a head scarf or a hat! Head scarves and hats are my best friends on bad hair days. Poof, bad hair be gone! A head scarf tied in a 40s style, or a cute beret in winter are a couple of my best grab and go hairstyles – no effort required!
3. Rules, Shmulz
Love vintage, but don’t want to have to put together a complete “look” every day? Or keen on adopting a vintage style but don’t want to go crazy and replace your whole wardrobe at once?
Throw away the rule book too. There are a million and one different one ways to wear and love vintage styles! You don’t even have to stick to one era. Mix modern clothing with vintage reproduction, thrifting finds and genuine vintage and the possibilities are endless! And there’s nothing wrong with making a modern look your own with some vintage flair.
4. Essential wardrobe pieces
It’s always good to have some key go-to items in your wardrobe, that match well with everything, look good and fit comfortably! And no those favourite pants that totally fit last winter but you have to undo the top button to sit down don’t count! There’s nothing that feels worse than wearing something too big or too small, no matter how much you love it! Depending on the garment, clothing can be taken in quite inexpensively. Or think outside the box, a dress that is too tight in the bodice might be easily transformed into a skirt. Swap or sell items that don’t fit and can’t be altered, and invest in some good wardrobe staples.
Here are some of mine!
A good pair of high waisted trousers in a neutral colour – black or brown. I love a 40s style pant like these from Heyday vintage. They are also not difficult to find vintage and good condition for a very good price.
And these black sateen high waisted pair (link here) from Pinup Girl clothing are some of my all time favourites! I am planning on doing a post soon on vintage style pants 🙂
A swing skirt, you can change the look so easily with different belt and petticoats (if you like a full style)
A good pencil skirt
Cardigans! The most versatile piece of a pinup wardrobe, there are so many different colours and styles, and these can be found either luxury, or super cheap. Plain colours can be dressed up with a pretty brooch, or even an iron on transfer and new buttons from your local craft store.
A cropped jacket and a long swing style coat for cooler months will cover most bases!
Basic pinup style tops in easy to co-ordinate colours like black, red and white to layer or wear one their own. Chain stores can be a great source, Pinup Girl clothing has some beautiful styles such as the Vamp and Zooey tops in a range of easy to co-ordinate colours.
And lastly… a slinky robe to feel glamorous at home in! There are some days when you just want to get home and let it all out… and lazy weekend days you don’t feel like getting dressed at all. A robe says I’m not lazy, I’m going for the movie star glamour look 😉 My all time favourite is the Bettie robe from Bettie Blue’s Loungerie, or for a bargain try lingerie outlet shops or online on etsy or ebay for vintage finds, there are some great deals to be found!
5. Have fun, and accessorise!
Wear what makes you feel happy! Colour can be a great way of livening up your day. If your more of monochrome girl, add some colourful accessories. Accessories and trying out new combinations of colour are a great way to maximise your wardrobe and get more wear out of pieces you already have. I’m a complete sucker for a pretty new dress, but if I can resist the temptation I am often pleasantly surprised by what I can come up with from my own wardrobe! The same dress, with a pretty cardigan over the top can take on a completely different look. Or add a brightly coloured belt and matching shoes. Online inspiration from personal blogs (cough cough shameless self promotion), instagram and pinterest are a perfect way of seeing your own clothing in a new light! Thrifting is great for finding unique accessories, and even buying a pretty new scarf, brooch or belt won’t break the bank. Here in Auckland I love Rita Sue in St Kevin’s Arcade for a great range of retro and vintage styled accessories – from jewellery and handbags to locally crafted lovelies such as fabulous hair fascinators from Pop That Cassette!
Hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for reading!