Pinup Summer Essentials

Every pinup fashionista must have versatile separates to keep them looking fabulous while staying cool on those hot summer days. That search if often a serious challenge for many of us who cannot buy off the rack sizing due to our non standard proportions. The struggle is real when it comes to finding great fitting shorts when you have an hourglass figure in addition to a short waist. Luckily for all of us, there are terrific boutiques like Ains & Elke StyleHaus that hand make all their garments to their clients’ measurements. The moment I spotted the Dorothy Jean Shorts in dark denim, I dreamed of finally finding a pair of high waist shorts that would fit my proportions. No summer wardrobe would be complete without versatile suntops like the Angie, Donna, and Tallulah.

Dorothy Jean Shorts in Dark Denim ~ MSRP $65USD

With all items being handmade to order, you simply have to provide your measurements which will include waist, hips, rise and length when ordering a pair of the Dorothy Jean Shorts. If you are unsure how to properly measure, it’s best to always triple check and speak with Alixis from Ains & Elke StyleHaus to ensure they are done correctly. As I mentioned earlier, it is nearly impossible for me to find shorts that fit due my extreme waist to hip ratio (11″+) in addition to having a very short waist. The rise on off the rack styles is always much too long (impossible to have altered after the fact) and I always have to size up for my hips but then the waist is swimming on me. When ordering the Dorothy Jean Shorts, I provided my measurements: waist 26.5″, hips 38″, rise 11 3/4″, and inseam 2.5″. As soon as they arrived, I anxiously went to try them on…literally holding my breath in anticipation. There was a moment of disbelief encompassed by pure joy when I saw how wonderfully they fit, they were seriously a dream come true. They are made from a quality stretch denim, featuring a high waist with large front pockets and contrasting red stitching, a side zipper and button closure. I am not one to be boastful but…DAMN! …the Dorothy Jean Shorts make my ASS LOOK KILLER! They are truly figure flattering to hug all your curves in the right places courtesy of the stretch denim.

IMG_5519 IMG_5502 IMG_5540Tallulah Suntop in Strawberry Print ~ MSRP $50USD

Now who is surprised to see that I chose the adorable strawberry print in the Tallulah Top? ;) They looked so darling with the green ruffles, it was a match made in heaven. When I provided my measurements (bust 36″, waist 26.5″), I also included my underbust (29″) since it’s quite narrow and most times I find tops to run too wide in the ribcage. It’s best to provide all those extra details when placing a custom order, it will only help in creating the perfect fit for you. The Tallulah Suntop is by far my favorite by Ains & Elke StyleHaus, the ruffles are absolutely delightful. The ruffles really give the Tallulah so much character and style. Featuring a sweetheart neckline with halter strap, fully lined and closes with a back zipper. The cropped length is ideal to pair up with high waist shorts like the Dorothy Jean, or your favorite skinny jeans.

IMG_5505 IMG_5509 IMG_5508 Angie Suntop in Boat Print. ~ MSRP $50USD

The Angie Suntop is a true pinup staple with the classic front criss cross halter top design. I absolutely adore this style on everyone as it’s very elegant and sexy while still modest in the bust area. Due to the cross over design, this is where a great fit is essential otherwise the bustline will start gaping. The fit overall was spot on but mine did gape a small bit but it’s nothing I can’t fix by either moving the buttons in slightly or having my seamstress take in the side seams just a smidgen. This happens to me a lot with crop tops or bustiers, due to my very narrow rib cage and shoulders. The Angie Suntop is also fully lined, features a sweetheart neckline with cross over adjustable (button) straps and back button closure. The classic nautical sailboat print is so captivating and a great summer basic. The modest crop length is wonderful for those who are not completely comfortable to show their midsection but love wearing the vintage high waist style bottoms.

IMG_5530 IMG_5537 IMG_5538Donna Suntop in Animal Print ~ MSRP $45USD

Many of my readers know, I am not the biggest fan of animal prints only because I went overboard with my obsession for them as a teenager. That said, I can handle animal motifs in small doses like with the Donna Suntop. Since the Tallulah and Angie fit so well, I was quite surprised to find the band on the Donna Suntop to be considerably too wide. Although I am not a very skilled seamstress, I knew that moving the back buttons over would likely be all that was needed to fix the width of the band. With the help of a large mirror to see the back while I had the suntop on and using a straight pin, I marked how far the buttons had to be moved and then proceeded to measure it all out before relocating them. The whole process start to finish was super quick and easy to do, and the Donna Suntop fit beautifully afterwards. The only thing to note after the alteration, the back buttons are no longer centered but that does not take away from the design whatsoever. The Donna Suntop features a plunging V neckline with center bust pleats, button halter strap and back button closure. This suntop is definitely less modest in length and shows more of your midriff in comparison to the other two styles. The Donna Suntop design is the epitome of a classic pinup bombshell look.

IMG_5516 IMG_5520 IMG_5523The wonderful thing about these separates from Ains & Elke StyleHaus is that they can all be mixed and matched with one another along with your existing pinup wardrobe. Once you find staple pieces like these to add to your closet, you will have endless ways to style them to create fun new versatile looks. Now that I have found my dream pair of high waist shorts, I won’t ever let them go!

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Aurora’s Botanical Garden

Recently, Pin Up Persuasion made an open call to all independent vintage inspired designers in hopes to showcase some fresh new talent and to support small businesses. Many may assume that these entrepreneurs might not compare to the household brand names but you would be quite surprised as their attention to detail and creativity often outshines their larger counterparts. On the flip side of the coin, those larger brands started somewhere years ago and most often than not…it’s these passionate creative minds that followed their dreams. It was so exciting when the lovely Alixis from Ains & Elke StyleHaus reached out, as I had heard such incredible things about her creations from several fellow pinups and can truly foresee the day when we can all say, “we knew her when…”. Luckily for all of you, this is a special two part feature to showcase the variety of designs you can expect from Ains & Elke StyleHaus. First up is the magnificent Aurora Dress in Botanic Print.

IMG_5347 IMG_5357The wonderful thing about purchasing from a small independent shop like Ains & Elke StyleHaus is that most items are made to order therefore sizing can be customized to fit your measurements. In this case, I fell in love with the design of the Aurora Dress and was able to select from the wide array of fabrics that they had on hand. It was definitely like being a kid in a candy store being told you can pick whatever you want! The moment I laid eyes on the Botanic Print, I knew it was a match made in heaven. Since this was a complete custom order, I provided Alixis with my measurements (bust 36”, waist 27”, skirt length 27”) and patiently waited for my Aurora to come to life. Needless to say, when she posted a photo of my Aurora in Botanic Print…I was speechless and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Aurora Dress lived up to every expectation when I finally saw it in person. The fit was spot on from head to toe and I was pretty excited at the fact I could wear a normal bra with the perfect placement of the straps. The Aurora Dress features a darling sweetheart neckline with contrasting faux petal bust detail, a fully lined bodice accented by a nipped in waist with gathered full skirt, and back metal zipper. Since I prefer my skirts to fall a few inches below the knee, I opted for a longer length (27”) although I’m only 5’-4” tall in order to encompass as much of the print as possible.

IMG_5392 IMG_5369The Aurora Dress has a truly a classic elegance that flatters the body beautifully. The fabric is quality medium weight cotton with vibrant and rich botanic print capturing the most gorgeous lush floral print. As you can imagine, the correct placement of the print is essential in making this design; clearly done to perfection by Alixis’s keen eye to detail with the flow of the bodice print in combination to the skirt. I absolutely love how comfortable and lightweight this style is, easy to wear to every occasion. The quality in craftsmanship is superb; I would compare it to Heart of Haute and other small scale locally made garments. A little part of my wishes this dress was one of a kind for selfish reasons but I honestly couldn’t do that to all of you because it’s just too gorgeous not to share.

IMG_5367With all the rich colours in the mesmerizing botanical print, the options to embellish are limitless. I chose to contrast with white accessories (belt and wedges) in order to not take away from the beauty of the bold floral. The wonderful thing about a gathered skirt is that you can wear a petticoat for added volume or go without and still have the right amount of fullness. As I mentioned previously, this particular style and print is versatile for work, an afternoon BBQ, or even a summer wedding. When I wore the Aurora Dress to work recently, I simply added a cute white bolero for added coverage and to keep warm from the chilly air conditioning.

IMG_5375 IMG_5388The splendor of Aurora’s the classic style is truly reminiscent of its name. If floral print is not your particular cup of tea, there are a plethora prints and colours available from Ains & Elke StyleHaus and they also allow customers to provide their own fabric as well. This is definitely one of the great benefits of working with smaller independent designers, with superior customer service and many customization options available. Stay tuned for part two of the Ains & Elke StyleHaus feature…showcasing versatile separates that are sure to become instant wardrobe staples for every pinup.

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Vintage Style for the Casual Pinup

Although it may seem like I live in dresses all summer long, I can’t deny the fact that I like to indulge in wearing tee shirts and jeans on the weekends. Recently I spotted the cutest vintage inspired tee shirts being worn by a bunch of our fellow pinups on Instagram and I immediately set out to hunt them down as they were exactly what I had been searching for. It wasn’t long before I found Atomic Swag Apparel; a USA founded tee shirt Company using designs based on actual vintage prints from the 1940-50’s. It was nearly impossible to pick a favorite, as each design is so unique and versatile for any wardrobe. Atomic Swag recently released several new designs in time for the Viva Rockabilly Weekend this past April, including the Santa Rosa Round Up and Nevada State tees.

Available in sizes XS-2X (Ladies) & XXS-3X (Men’s) ~ MSRP $24-27

IMG_5543 IMG_5556When it comes to tee shirts, I prefer to wear them quite snug to the body over a looser fit. Following the Atomic Swag size chart, my measurements (36”-27”) fell within their size Medium. Normally, I always have to size down in tees for a snug fit but I was hesitant not knowing if these ran true to size. When I’m shopping in a store, I can determine my size immediately by holding up the tee and gauging the width of the waist. In this case, I had to rely on the size chart and hope for the best. When my two tee shirts arrived, I knew right away they were going to be too loose and needed to size down to a Small. Thankfully Atomic Swag has a great 30 Day Return/Exchange Policy for when these things happen. Definitely keep in mind, if you wear tee shirts more loosely…do not size down. Once I had the right size, I couldn’t wait to wear these everywhere as the graphics were truly spectacular. All of their tees are made of 100% cotton, pre-shrunk, and the ladies’ styles are tapered for a feminine fit. Since I sized down, the arm holes were just slightly tight but they quickly loosened the first time I wore them.

IMG_5549 IMG_5552What makes Atomic Swag stand apart from the mass produced cheap tees? It’s the unique printing process used in the 1950’s with soft waterbase inks so that the inks are an actual part of the tee shirt making it smooth to the touch and will never crack, peel, chip or fade away. On top of all of that, they are made in the USA and sold at affordable prices under $30. The Atomic Swag tees are so soft, comfortable and most importantly don’t stretch out to lose their shape. I seriously wear them every chance I get! The Santa Rose Round Up is by far my favorite at the moment; it was inspired by a 1940’s Rodeo poster. The bold image paired with the rich colours truly captures the history of its origins. Miss Nevada State was also inspired from a vintage image; Lady Luck rolling a 7 and losing her shirt along the way. This gal is a little risker; therefore you may want to gauge your crowd ahead of time…I had to skip wearing this one for casual Fridays at work.

IMG_5547 IMG_5554When it comes to styling, the possibilities are endless. I chose to showcase two great casual summer looks; high waist shorts and regular rise skinny jeans. Most vintage ladies style their tees fully tucked in their high waist bottoms, but these tees are also a perfect length to wear untucked. They are great to run errands, casual days at work or simply a fun summer BBQ. I’ve seen many ladies pair them with cute hair or neck scarves, cowboy boots, converse shoes, etc. There’s no right or wrong way, these are the quintessential casual basics for any wardrobe.

SantaRosaTee NevadaTeeFor those of you who are not avid vintage collectors, these types of graphic tops from the 1950s are extremely rare and sought after. That being said, you will rarely find these at a bargain…I’ve seen several sell for upwards of $200-300. Now who is going to actually wear a top that cost them a small fortune? No one! Atomic Swag has truly captured a part of history and allowed budget conscious vintage lovers to own great casual basics ideal for all lifestyles. I can’t wait to see what other iconic images they recreate in their upcoming designs. I’m already planning to order at least another four as soon as my spending ban is over :)

Now here’s the exciting part…TWO lucky readers have a chance to win a Santa Rosa Round Up and Nevada State tees in size MEDIUM only.

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Contest will run from Fri. June 19 and ends Sat. July 4th.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Let’s just state the obvious…I am OBSESSED with all things strawberries! Yes, there’s no denying it…when I see clothing that has these adorable little fruits on them, I simply cannot resist. Some of you might be wondering, how can a person justify owning several things in such a specific print? Let me tell you, it’s not crazy at all because there are so many diverse designs that they are truly unique from one another. Strawberries have such a whimsical childlike feel, they instantly bring back fond memories of summertime. Luckily for all of us fruit lovers, Collectif has been inspired by this delightful little berry and designed some darling pieces in this season’s collection. The moment they released their Ginger Strawberry Print Wing Bust Dress, my compulsion kicked in and I had to have it!

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £65.00

IMG_5459 IMG_5477Seeing as I am no stranger to the Collectif brand of clothing, I know without a doubt my measurements (bust 36″/waist 27″) fit well in their size Small (UK10). If you are unsure on sizing, follow their size chart and whether or not the particular fabric has any stretch to determine if you should size up or not. In the case of the Ginger Dress, the elasticated back panel gives you some flexibility in the waist allowance. When mine arrived, I couldn’t help but be a little giddy because the adorable strawberry print was even more enchanting in person. Second to those, the petal bust design is what makes this dress truly spectacular. The wings can be worn folded up or folded down, creating a little versatility in your styling. The Ginger Dress also features multi-way straps, sweetheart neckline, nipped waist, full skirt and side zipper with contrasting cherry red belt. Initially I was a bit at odds with the elasticated back panel as I found it was puckering oddly but this seemed to adjust much better once I wore it for a few hours. The full skirt is created by numerous panels that flare out from the nipped in waist, this unique design element was quite different than I have ever seen before and worth mentioning. At 5′-4″, the hemline falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_5469 IMG_5483The Ginger Dress instantly became a permanent piece in my collection; its delectable strawberries and chic cherry red petal bust make it a fabulous combination. Personally, I much prefer wearing the wings folded down since the red contrast really makes the strawberries pop. With the back elastic rushing panel, I found pulling upwards on the fabric helped loosen the tension that caused the slight puckering. Made from a lightweight quality cotton, the fabric is quite thick and not transparent with the white background thankfully. The Ginger Dress is superb in comfort and I didn’t find the halter strap to cause any neck unpleasantness for a change. Although I wore a petticoat here, I much prefer the Ginger Dress without due to the tapered panels that start at the waist and gradually flare out more towards the bottom. The petticoat seemed to cause the skirt to not sit as nicely around the tapered area. When I wore it to work without, the skirt draped beautifully.

IMG_5478In addition to all the wonderful strawberry frock designs being released, there is a myriad of adorable accessories to match. Collectif has the perfect accents for their Ginger Dress with the Punky Pins Strawberry Plant Charm Bracelet and Necklace finished off by the Strawberry Stud Earrings. These lovely pieces are hand crafted and printed on lightweight Latvian birch plywood. They quality is quite superb and truly adorable to say the least. Shortly after my Ginger Dress arrived, Collectif surprised us all the with the most incredible Strawberry Bamboo Bag. The stock flew off the shelves, selling out in a matter of days but luckily I nabbed one the day they were released. Since mine didn’t arrive in time for our photoshoot, I paired the Ginger Dress with my vintage beaded strawberry clutch, my red Dennise wedges from B.A.I.T. and Hellbunny white petticoat.

IMG_5487 IMG_5489 IMG_5485This fascination with all things strawberry is nothing to be ashamed of by any means, especially since those close to me actually contribute to the addiction by alerting me when they spot something I might like. Collectif also released the adorable Milena Playsuit in the same strawberry print as the Ginger which can easily converted into a versatile 2 piece set with their Nani Plain Swing Skirt in red. Although the Ginger Dress is currently sold out with Collectif, there are a few online retailers (including Ebay) that still have a few left in stock. Make sure to snap one up if you find your size as they are likely not being restocked for the remainder of the season.

 

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