Corsets for the Petite Ladies

After a fun and relaxing vacation visiting my best friend in Minneapolis last week, it’s back to reality! Thankfully we have some fabulous guest writers who are eager to share their helpful tips with the Pin Up Persuasion readers when I need a little break from blogging.

From the moment I started dabbling in the world of waist training, I always yearned for the day we short waist gals would finally have a corset specially designed to fit our bodies without the hefty price tag of a custom piece. The very first corset I ever tried was Orchard Corset’s top selling style the CS-426 underbust; which you can imagine was way too long in the torso for those of us with a petite frame. It was complete heartbreak as this style is perfect for those with extreme curves to create an hourglass shape. Luckily for us, there were other styles like the waspie and CS-411 that worked wonderfully but they did not have the same contouring powers that would accentuate quite like the CS-426. Orchard Corset must have heard our despair as they recently released the CS-426 Short in a full line up of fabrics and colours!

Available in size 18-46 in cotton & satin ~ MSRP $75-89USD

426short 426shortbFor those of you who don’t know, I am not a regular waist trainer and only wear corsets occasionally. If you are looking to start daily corset training, I highly recommend Lucy’s Corsetry as a great resource of information. When it comes to finding the right size in corsets, it’s best to contact the experts at Orchard Corset as there are several different factors that come into place. With my waist fluctuating between 26-27″ lately, I can comfortably wear a size 22 corset. I was utterly excited when mine finally arrived as it had been over 2 years since I tried the original. Considering I am not a regular corset wearer, it does take a little longer to properly season them but this is not a step that you can skip otherwise you’ll compromise the longevity of your corset and/or damage it. The CS-426 Short are specially designed for those with a short to average torso; the front measures only 10.5″ in length which is a full 3 inches shorter than the original. The new shorter design fit my torso impeccably and it had all of the same contouring powers of the original. The spoon busk design (slight curve right at the base of the busk) helps conceal the excess tummy bulge when tight lacing. A helpful tip to prevent back and bottom spillage is to leave a two finger space at the top and bottom when tightening.

426shortf 426shortcThe CS-426 Short truly accentuates the curves in the figure flawlessly. With the flared bottom, it accommodates the hips without too much compression. For those that need even more room in the hips, the CS-426 is also available with hip ties and was designed by Lucy from Lucy’s Corsetry. These ties are fully adjustable to allow for less or more room and doesn’t affect the fit of the corset elsewhere. It took me a couple tries to secure them properly simply because there is so much tension when the corset is already tight laced on the body. Due to my narrow rib cage, it is a challenge to lace my corsets evenly as the top can almost close completely meanwhile my waist and hips can’t take that much compression since I don’t waist train regularly. With more seasoning and regular wear, I could surely lace down further in the waist.

426shortd 426shorteOrchard Corset genuinely listens to their customers and delivers! Finally an affordable off the rack corset for us short waist gals that won’t break the bank! The CS-426 Short will be just as popular as the original; a staple for all those who want to accentuate their curves to create that dreamy hourglass silhouette.

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How To Take a Retro Dress From Day to Night by Kastle of StilettoCity.com

*Guest Post by Kastle of StilettoCity.com*

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Although life gets so busy sometimes, looking good day and night is still a priority. I find my love of retro clothing and getting the look down takes time. I’m often running late, fussing with that one troublesome pincurl or putting my red lipstick on just right. But it’s sooo worth it, especially in this day of Instagram and wanting to take photos to capture a hard-shopped and styled look. So I decided to challenge myself to take a vintage outfit from day to night just by swapping out some accessories and a couple of changes to my makeup and hair. Because there have been so many times there just weren’t enough hours in the day to go home and change!DayLook1

I started with the base – a good vintage dress. I found this one as never worn deadstock in perfect condition and I love the cut and colors. I call it my “Betty Draper dress” because it just reminds me of something the character would have worn on “Mad Men” with its prim pleats and cap sleeves.

For a day of window shopping in sunny Los Angeles, I paired my dress with some cat-eye sunglasses and a vintage basket weave purse in a pop of bright yellow. This purse actually belonged to my mom. (She has great style and saved a lot of her – now retro – clothes, lucky me!)

DayLook5I grabbed a denim jacket to take with because the wind can be chilly even on a warm day in Los Angeles, and some places blast the AC to Arctic temperatures inside. I added a set of gold earrings with matching brooch that I picked up for under $5 at a garage sale by a girl who used to run a vintage shop – score!

DayLook4For shoes, I reached for my brocade, black, Mary Jane flats I purchased at Viva Las Vegas one year when I brought the world’s most painful shoes! They’ve been my go to walking shoes ever since and are great for logging some blocks while shopping.

DayLook6I did my hair in classic victory rolls with loose curls at the bottom and did my makeup with a soft petal pink lipstick.

DayLook2 DayLook3When the sun went down, it was time to add a little drama to my look for a night out outfit. I pulled a few accessories that were easy enough to fit in a tote bag I could keep in my car or at work for a quick switch-out in a ladies room.

First thing I did was put my hair up in the back. I kept the victory rolls and just used a few hair pins to tuck my loose curls into a French twist. I updated my makeup look with a classic red lipstick.

NightLook3 NightLook2To add some glamour for nighttime, I slipped on a rhinestone, sparkle star hair comb from Pinup Girl Clothing and some rhinestone drop earrings to match. Then I paired that with silver metallic accessories – a silver evening bag and silver spring-o-lator style shoes.

NightLook4Then nothing says drama like a fluffy fur collar and gloves so I popped on my faux fur, cropped jacket and black evening gloves. Neither are vintage but they have the right look, especially when paired with an authentic vintage dress, and are perfect for a dressy night out.

NightLook1Then just strike a pose and wait for your date to arrive!

Hope this helps you with some ideas to take your vintage and retro clothing from day to night with a few portable accessories. Let me know what you do to go from a day to night look when you don’t have time to go home and change.

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For more outfit ideas and where to wear them in Los Angeles, check out Kastle’s blog! http://www.stilettocity.com

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Button Up The Essentials

Mix and match separates are the fundamentals to any pinup wardrobe, making your hard earned dollar go much further with a multitude of outfit combinations. Finding great staples that are suitable for the workplace and can be transitioned to evening are certainly going to give you the most versatility to create a multitude of looks. I have been eyeing the Heart of Haute Ella Tops forever and finally decided it was time to give them a whirl. Seeing at I am a sucker for the colour green and absolutely love fun Atomic prints, I went with the Ella Top in Green Chemistry.

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $52USD

IMG_5608As we all know, finding the right size with button down style blouses is essential to avoid the dreaded pulling effect when it’s too snug across the bust. Since my bust measurement (36”) falls within their size medium but my waist (27”) is a size small, I was debating which would be the best choice. Since the Ella Top didn’t look overly fitted, I took the risk and ordered a size Small. Thankfully my instincts were right and the fit was spot on, with ample room in the bust allowing the buttons to lie perfectly flat. This particular style appears to be cut rather generously all over, there was ample room in the waist as well so if you’re in between sizes…I think you could safely size down. The Ella Top features high collar with a charming necktie, a button down front, sleeveless, and fitted silhouette.

IMG_5595The Ella Top is known as a customer favorite and I have to agree that it’s one of those pieces that truly merits being labelled a wardrobe staple. With such a classic vintage design, it’s not only super stylish but so comfortable as well. I really liked that the waist is cut a little more generously allowing for ease in movement and not having to be self-conscious of what I look like sitting down all day at a desk. Normally I avoid anything with a high neckline just because it tends to swallow me up with a petite frame but the Ella Top was just the right amount of cuteness with the necktie to balance everything out. An added benefit with this classic design is that it can be worn either tucked in or out, both look equally as delightful. The green Atomic print is even more fabulous in person; both very eye catching and the perfect shade of lime green that doesn’t overwhelm. Luckily, the Ella Top is available in a wide variety of colours and prints if this particular combination isn’t quite your fancy.

IMG_5589 IMG_5611With versatile separates like the Ella Top, styling can be limitless by using what is already in your closet. Choosing a classic office look, I paired it with my basic black pencil skirt (which I’ve had for probably 10 years), black round toe pump and my signature red cat eye glasses. For a more casual look, switch it up with a pair of high waist capri or cigarette pants and ballet flats. Adding some chunky plastic bracelets would seriously tie everything together beautifully.

IMG_5602 IMG_5610It’s so easy to instinctively gravitate towards all the gorgeous dresses that we see but they are quite limiting in comparison to versatile separates. These wardrobe staples are often underrated and go unnoticed until we actually experience how incredible they truly are. The Ella Top by Heart of Haute is one of such hidden gems sure to please anyone who discovers the limitless potential of mixing and matching within their existing collection.

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Define Your Inner Style

Once thing I truly believe is that our fashion tastes often mature and become more refined as we get older. This journey of personal growth allows us to experiment with new styles and really find what we feel defines our personalities. Many of you already know that I absolutely adore floral motifs; as they exude nature’s elegance and such effervescence. The possibilities are endless and the anticipation of summer always brings the most splendid new designs from our favorite clothing designers. From the moment Collectif released their Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook, I lusted over the Tamara Watercolour Floral Chiffon Dress and knew it would be mine! I literally stalked their website regularly until its release.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £55.00

IMG_5926With Collectif sizing, I find that their size 10 (Small) works the best for my measurements (36-27-38) throughout their entire collection. With the Tamara Dress, the Chiffon is designed to drape over the figure therefore you would want to ensure that it is not overly tight in any area for the best fit. Although the size small is a little roomy in the waist, I am confident the size is just right for this particular style. The Tamara Dress features a delicate key-hole element along the bust, a soft vintage cape detail, side zipper closure, and flowing full skirt with matching belt. Luckily the keyhole button is functional as it proves to be a bit tricky to pull overhead with the side zipper access. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt length falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_5908 IMG_5904 The Tamara Dress is a timeless beauty with the softness and elegance of the watercolour floral print. The colour combination of the large soft pink roses and sea foam green is a match made in vintage heaven. Normally I would shy away from a design with a large collar or in this case the cape due to my petite frame (shoulders), but the delicateness of the chiffon allows it to drape seamlessly and not be overwhelming. The Tamara is created similar to the Violet whereas the exterior chiffon is layered over a solid lining to create the contrast and draping effect. The flowingness of the design is very figure flattering and forgiving, both making it ultra-comfortable for all day wear.

IMG_5910 IMG_5920Depending on your setting, the Tamara Dress can be styled with a variety of accessories you already have. Thankfully Collectif offers a wide assortment of budget friendly jewelry that is so versatile to mix and match, I honestly wear them more than any others in my collection. In this case, I wore their Pink English Rose Studs, Pearl Bracelet with Diamante Box, B.A.I.T Demi mint wedges, finished off by the super cute Sun Jellies Amelia Tote in pink. These totes are not only durable, but they hold A LOT of stuff! Case in point, I stuffed 3 pairs of high heel shoes, a makeup bag, large sunglass case and cellphone the day we went to shoot blog photo and…there was still room for more believe it or not! They are so practical and multipurpose.

IMG_5905 IMG_5915It is always rewarding feeling when something you have wanted from the moment you laid eye on it lives up to your every expectation like the Tamara Dress did for me. Once your individual style becomes refined, you will just know what works best for you and how best to showcase it. Although we all have a passion for vintage, we each find our voice through our own personal journeys.

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