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How to Dress Pin Up Everyday – Pin Up Style History

Get the “Pin-up” Look

Basic Pin Up style tips for work-days or weekends

There is no doubt that pin-up styles that harken back to the mid-20th century are appealing because of their charm and innocence. With cute, flirty, curve-loving fits, pin-up fashions are easy to translate into today’s world.  But, what about the history of the style and what about having the right pieces to establish a fully stocked pin-up wardrobe?

 

A Brief History of Pin-up Style

Think of the most iconic pin-ups such as Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable or Rita Hayworth and you think killer heels, red lipstick and pulled-up curls with bangs to flatter their foreheads. Wearing a polka dot bikini or an A-line dress, or even black stockings and garter belts (Betty Page style) they were considered pin-ups because their posters were meant to be torn from movie magazines and pinned to a wall.

Swing Dress

You could go ahead and fulfill your pin-up fantasies wearing your favorite style, but you can also make that style toned down and ready for everyday wear with a few key pieces.

 

Piecing together the Pin-Up Wardrobe

In the 1950s, A-line dresses were the rage. Introduced by designers like Christian Dior, these dresses are still in style. Wear them to parties, wedding receptions, or special events. They feature a narrow waist with a skirt that flows outwards like the bottom of a trumpet.

Pin Up Style Dress

Another important piece is a pair of cigarette pants. These taper at the ankles and feature high waistlines. Start with black so that you have a tailored look you can easily pull off at your next meeting. These are also cute enough to pair with vintage bamboo-handled purses, cat-eye sunglasses and an oversized straw hat with kitten heels for a Saturday stroll.

Cigarette PantsPedal Pushers

 

Tops and blouses can be of solid colors but choose a few where a little bit of décolleté is visible. This way you have those which you can wear on the weekend and those you can wear with your cigarette pants to work.

Pin Up Outfit

 

Cropped sweaters are also a plus if you want to look like a true 1950s model. Choose pink for extra femininity.

Pink Cropped Sweater

For any of these above-mentioned staples, you can also incorporate colors and patterns. Flowers, cherries and polka dots are extra vintage!

Cherry Cardigan

And don’t forget to match your nail varnish and lipsticks for that complete look.

Baby Pink Nail Varnish

 

To create a pin-up fashion look any day of the week for any occasion, you have to have the right shoes. Bring together an assortment of high heels in black or red patent leather along with open-toed sandals, kitten heels, and flats. Start your collection with the basic solids like red, black, white and navy.

 

Gloves are for the die-hard 1950s style lover, and why not add them to your look? There was a time where women dressed up just to do the grocery shopping – at least that is what June Cleaver seemed to do. While her character never quite made it to pin up territory she was very au currant for the late 1950s in her styles with white gloves for a dinner out with her husband or for running errands.

 

Headbands are also great accessories to have on hand. Roll a bandana up and tie in a bow at the top. Place around your head and you have instant pin-up worthy hair that you can show off even while painting a garden fence. For this type of weekend activity, you will want to wear a pair of rolled-up Levis and an oversized men’s shirt.

 

The Complete Pin Up Look

Get the complete pin up look below and you will be well on your way to channeling Betty Davis or Marilyn Monroe – strike a pose!

Pin Up Style

Achieve this look by pairing a vintage flared dress with a cropped cardigan and Mary Jane style pumps. Finish the outfit with a matching clutch purse and oversized sunglasses. And don’t forget your eye lashesnail polish and lipstick. The pin-up style is one that has fallen in and out of fashion. But, in today’s ever-changing world, women like you want to keep this innocent but fun look alive. You can do it with these pin-up style tips and some essential pieces.

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How To Nail The Retro Look

The fashion industry has always shown a special interest in the clothing styles of past eras. We have seen these trends making their way back into our closets year after year. Everyone, from celebrities to models to social media fashion influencers are going crazy over the retro trend. If you want to know how to nail the retro trend then you have come to the right place. So, let’s get started!

 

The Polka Dot Dress

Sleeveless Polka Dot Dress

The 40s era was all about polka dots in all sizes. From dresses to tops to swimsuits to skirts to shoes, every fashion article featured vibrant polka dots and women loved sporting them. To nail this 40s trend, grab yourself one of these Vintage Tea Dresses, available in a wide selection of colors.

 

Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cateye Sunglasses

If we could bring back one accessory from the 50s, it would be slim cat eye sunglasses that were made famous by the sultry style icon, Marilyn Monroe. Even though this style is vintage it has a very futuristic appearance which makes it perfect for all the eras. These Retro Cat Eye Sunglasses are all you need to add a touch of the 50s era to your accessory collection.

 

Slingback Heels

Retro Polka Dot Slingbacks

A retro outfit is truly incomplete without a pair of high, open toed slingback heels, especially if they are sporting a gorgeous polka dotted pattern. Top your look off with these retro black and white polka dotted high heeled pumps.

 

Glam Vintage Clutch

Rockabilly Clutch

A vintage clutch will end up being your savior when you’re looking for an accessory to add class, glamour, and charisma to your final outfit.

Complete your look with a cherry red lipstick and a red silk neck scarf for a feminine touch and you will be ready to go. Let us know in the comments where you would wear this retro outfit to?

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Taste of What’s to Come on Pixie Cove – Recommendations

We are revamping Pixie Cove and instead of limiting ourselves, and you our customers, to the small range of products we could physically source and sell, we are branching into recommendations. Let us take the headache out of looking for your ideal outfits. The information overload of looking online for your next perfect outfit will no longer be necessary as we are going to put together some of the best selections of products from trusted retailers. Stick around to see what we come up with and let us know if you want a special style created just for you and your special occasion.

To give you a taster of what’s to come we have put together 4 fall outfits.  Read on to get all the outfit details and links.  We would love to hear what you think about any of the styles we put up, so please send your comments in via email or comment on the Facebook page.

Fall Outfit 1: Casual and Comfy

Fall outfit number 1 is a casual and comfy style.  To get this look match a parka jacket with a pair of low heeled mid calf boots, a fitted tunic and super soft leggings. Complete the look with a warm chunky scarfcross-body satchel and sports watch.

Casual Fall Outfit Inspiration

 

 

 

Fall Outfit 2: Everyday Pin-up Style

At Pixie Cove we love the Pin-up Girl style so that’s our suggestion for fall outfit number 2. Get the complete everyday pin up look by pairing a vintage flared dress with a cropped cardigan and Mary Jane style pumps. Finish the outfit with a matching clutch purse and oversized sunglasses. And don’t forget your eye lashesnail polish and lipstick.

Pin Up Style

 

 

Fall Outfit 3: Chic & Feminine

Fall outfit number 3 is chic and feminine, yet relaxed and comfy. To get this look pair a cropped knit sweater with a layered tulle skirt and matching clutch purse and sunglasses.  We accessorized this look with gold ballet flats and a gold watch. This look can also be dressed down with a fitted leather jacket and slogan tee.

Chic and Feminine Fall Outfit

 

Fall Outfit 4: Warm & Cozy

We feel warmer just looking at this coat and boots combo.  Outfit number 4 combines a mid length winter puffer coat with faux fur hood, super soft leggings, and waterproof arctic snow boots.  To finish the look we have selected a cross-body bagponytail beanie hatwarm chunky scarf and touchscreen texting gloves so you don’t have to get your fingers cold. The top you pick for this outfit depends on how cold it is with you; we suggest either a long sleeved fitted tunic or wicking thermal top.

Warm and Cozy Fall Outfit

 

That’s it for now, we hope you got some Fall Outfit Inspiration! Keeping watching our social media feeds for more outfit ideas.

We aim to make the outfit suggestions wearable, affordable and available quickly from within your own shipping territory.  If you have any problems with the links please let us know and we will do our best to resolve the matter.

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