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A Little Pinup Twist

One of my goals for Pin Up Persuasion this year is to bring more variety with reviews and features. It is always very exciting to showcase diverse brands and learn along the way with my readers. Now, what do we all hope to achieve in a pinup wardrobe? That would be to stretch our hard earned dollars farther by creating fun mix and match outfits by utilizing versatile separates and accessories! Basics like cardigans and handbags are both fabulous ways to maximizing various looks. Luckily for us, Sourpuss Clothing is an incredible brand that brings a funky pinup twist to our every day basics.

IMG_4459Seeing as this was my first experience with Sourpuss Clothing when it comes to sizing and fit, I relied on their measurement charts to determine what size to choose in the Sputnik Bella Cardigan. I fell in between their Small and Medium but opted to not size up since most knits are quite forgiving with stretch allowances. My instincts were right, the Small fit wonderfully and there was no pulling or gaping on the buttons despite being 2″ larger in the bust. The Sputnik Bella Cardigan is much more darling in person, I absolutely fell in love with the blue jeweled buttons and soft lace trim. Both in combination with the Sputnik embroidery make this cropped cardigan a true delight. The knit is made from a very soft viscose yarn, which will keep you cozy warm as well.

IMG_4432By adding wardrobe staples like a cropped black cardigan with a little twist, you will find they finish of your pinup ensembles wonderfully. The Sputnik Bella Cardigan is a fabulous stand alone separate as well as complimentary to many pieces in your closet. In the cold winter months, I tend to utilize these cute cardigans to add a little sparkle to my work attire as boring black pants just don’t do it for me. As soon as the brutal cold is gone, I will happily pair this lovely cardigan with tons of pretty skirts and dresses like the PUG Jenny in Harlequin print.

IMG_4427Now, let’s discuss the ultimate woman’s accessory…HANDBAGS! Yes, I too am obsessed with them and absolutely adore vintage inspired styles as they are truly a focal point to any look. When I came across the Sourpuss Houndstooth Deadly Deville Purse, I knew it would be a winner for it’s classic style and print. Little did I realize, the purse is rather large (18″x 10″x 5″) for my taste and feel it would make a fabulous overnight bag instead. It’s large enough to carry your tablet or laptop in addition to all your every day pinup essentials. The vinyl houndstooth exterior is quite durable and washable, featuring a rich faux red satin interior. This lovely print is also available in a barrel purse if you are seeking a smaller every day type handbag like myself.

IMG_4442 IMG_4434Sourpuss Clothing knows that the inner pinup in all of us needs a little pizazz to our wardrobe staples, we are not known to be the boring wallflowers types are we? By mixing fun separates with classic accessories, we can always find the right balance. Don’t forget that you can win the Sourpuss Anchor Betsey Purse in teal and $25 Giftcard in our 3rd Annivesary Giveaway Bash! Make sure to enter now!!!

 

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There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Cuteness

A new year marks a fresh start…and I’m very excited to introduce you all to some incredible brands never before featured here at Pin Up Persuasion. The leisure of internet shopping has granted us the luxury of going beyond any border to shop retailers around the globe. More and more unique independent retailers are springing up from down under; Australia is making huge waves in the vintage/pinup fashion market in recent years. If you have not already heard of Erstwilder, you will soon be seeing their adorable and quirky resin jewelry every where as they are a perfect statement piece to compliment any outfit.

It was a pure delight to pair my new charming friends from Erstwilder with looks pulled from my closet. First up is the gal that captured my heart with her polka dots, Alice the Elephant! The lovely Alice paired splendidly with the Fables by Barrie Scarlett Bustier and Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny Harlequin skirt for a fun and flirty ensemble. The best thing about these precious little characters, is that they go with just about anything…including jazzing up basic sweaters in the cold winter months.

IMG_4331 IMG_4344 IMG_4355Then there is playful little Celicia Seal, a true ray of sunshine. I couldn’t help but choose the brightest yellows and oranges in my closet to capture her essence at heart. Celicia looks splendid with the Gold Bombshell Tank from Le Bomb Shop and Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny Oranges skirt which I finished off with my B.A.I.T Dennise wedges in yellow. I felt like I should take a trip to the circus or carnival so she would fit right in.

IMG_4357 IMG_4376 IMG_4383Erstwilder not only designs enchanting brooches, they also offer their creations in earrings and necklaces as well. Last by certainly not least, Dot the Dozing Deer necklace. The cherry red with blue accents makes Dot versatile to wear with more than just one colour scheme. The extendable chain makes it perfectly adaptable to adjust based on the height of the neckline you may be wearing. The gracefulness of this darling fawn seemed to go wonderfully with the sweetheart bodice on the Pinup Girl Clothing Voodoo Vixen top and Audrey Skirt in red floral border print.

IMG_4393 IMG_4419 IMG_4411There is something truly special with each of the Esrtwilder characters that will capture your heart. I find these little creatures can’t help but bring a smile to my face and brighten whatever outfit they adorn. Brooches are making a huge comeback from the era we all treasure so fondly; these too will become pieces to collect and cherish for years to come. Lucky for all of you, Erstwilder is one of our dear sponsors for our 3rd Anniversary Bash…giving you the amazing chance to win 3 brooches of your choice! Make sure to enter before it’s too late!

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Pin Up Persuasion’s 3rd Anniversary Giveaway Bash!

bannerwI still cannot believe it has been three years since this little venture into the unknown world of blogging began. All I knew was that I had a passion for vintage pinup clothing and I wanted to share that knowledge to help others discover this wondrous way of life. Unbeknownst to me, it would become something greater than I ever dreamed of and that is because of ALL OF YOU!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting this gal’s dedication to what she adores and changing her life forever. <3 <3 <3

Without the support of some of the most incredible companies around, none of our fabulous giveaways would be possible. Please join me in thanking them for continuously providing exceptional customer service and generously donating all the phenomenal prizes up for grabs! In no particular order: Modern Pinup (aka JBR Clothing), Orchard Corset, Rowena/Retroglam.com, Betty Le Bonbon, Uptown Atomic, Sourpuss Clothing, Ceci Punch, Fluff, Collectif, NicCoCo Creations, Luxulite, Erstwilder, The Nylon Swish, Vintage Pip, Heart of Haute, Le Bomb Shop and Miss Mae La Roux.

Now, who is ready to see all these incredible prizes???      

  ModernPinup Erstwilder OrchardCorset Rowena BLBB MaeLaRoux Sourpuss UptownAtomic VintagePip NylonSwish HeartofHaute Luxulite NicCoCo LeBombShop CeciPunch Fluff             Now here’s how to enter…visit Pin Up Persuasion on Tumblr & be sure to enter for each prize! There is no account required to enter, simply complete the various tasks to earn entries to win. Please note, the Rafflecopter app might not work on mobile devices.

>>>CLICK HERE TO ENTER<<<

Contest starts at midnight January 6th and ends at midnight January 31st.

Winners will be selected and announced right here on the blog…so make sure to check back to see if you’re a winner!

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All prizes must be claimed within 7 days of contest end. Any unclaimed prizes will be forfeited and redrawn on the 8th day from the existing pool of entrants.

 

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Recreating the Silhouettes of the 1950s by The Nylon Swish

As brands such as Pinup Girl Clothing, Trashy Diva and Bernie Dexter grow in popularity, more and more women around the world are embracing the elegant designs of the 1950s. One of the aspects of vintage fashion that sometimes gets overlooked is underwear, however without the right shapewear it is not always possible to make the most of your vintage threads. I have made some suggestions on how to achieve three of the most iconic silhouettes from the 1950s.

Full skirts and nipped waists

One of the most popular items of clothing worn by women who are inspired by vintage fashions is the circle skirt. Generally made from a full circle of fabric, these skirts look very full (especially if worn with a petticoat) which accentuates a women’s waist and often make it appear smaller.

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Photo by Lisa Larsen, 1952

Women have previously spent a lot of time trying to achieve the perfect nipped waist to further accentuate the silhouette created by full skirts, they wore corsets, steel boned girdles waist cinchers and other similar garments to help pull them in. If you love wearing circle or swing skirts and want to emulate the nipped waists of the women from around the 1950s, here are some items of shapewear that can help you achieve this silhouette:

1. One of the best ways that you can achieve a nipped waist is by taking advantage of the strong elasticated bands on shapewear, for example, pairing this Rago 1359 with a 2202 longline bra and ensuring that there is some overlap from both garments will mean that the elasticated bands will pull your waist in twice as much.

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Rago Style 2202

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Rago Stye 1359

2. Another great way of minimizing the size of your waist is to wear cinchers, these items are elasticated and very comfortable.

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What Katie Did Glamour Waist Cincher

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Rago Style 2107

3. If you’re feeling hardcore, you can opt for a corset to guarantee maximum waist cinching results. In this situation, I would recommend wasp corsets as they are short and will not compromise physical movement in any way. The added benefit of a corset is that you can wear it over your clothes as outerwear as well as underwear. Orchard Corset make fun and affordable corsets in many different styles and colours.

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Orchard Corset Steel Boned Wasp Corset

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Orchard Corset Steel Boned Wasp Corset

Body Contouring Clothes

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(Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

If you prefer a more understated look and tend to opt for pencil style skirts and tight-fitting tops, you will know that it is essential to choose the right underwear to create a smooth figure and avoid VPLs and bra bulges on your back. Some essentials that will help smooth you out are:

1. Longline bras – The long band of fabric reaching down to the stomach will help prevent bulges under and above the bra strap.

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What Katie Did Cabaret Bustier

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What Katie Did Kate Longline Cone Bra

2. Longline girdles – Both open bottom girdles and panty girdles are great to smooth out problem areas but longlines add even more support.

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Rago Style 1294

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Kiss Me Deadly Jacquotte Longline Girdle

3. All in one foundations – Corselettes and one piece items will provide ultimate support and leave you lump and bump free.

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Rago Style 9071

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Revival Lingerie Polka Dot Corselette

Bullet Boobs

7b6aaffd6771acb46220ef0ead35c190Neither underwired bras nor moulded cups existed in the 1950s, women therefore wore non-wired bras which were constructed very differently to the bras on the market today; these bras caused women’s breasts to be a pointy or ‘bullet’ shape. Depending on how brave you’re feeling, there are different levels of point that you can achieve:

1. Mild point – This is the least extreme version of the bullet bra, so if you want to ease your way into a pointier shape, I would recommend this model.

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What Katie Did Cone Bra

2. Medium point – This bra is not padded so depending on the material that your top or dress is made of, the bra will appear more or less pointed.

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What Katie Did Maitresse Bullet Bra

3. Extreme point – This bra is padded and has been designed to create an a very distinctive point.

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What Katie Did Padded Bra

I hope this helps you to finish off your vintage looks!

Elinor

Blog: http://www.thenylonswish.com

Twitter: @TheNylonSwish

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