I’m The Strawberry Bombshell, and I am a Practical Pinup. It’s my mission to show you that your pinup pieces are endlessly versatile for styling – and totally worth the money you’re paying for them. Like Jessica, I like to do pinup on a budget so I can get the most bang for my buck when I’m buying.
Let’s rewind to about a year and a half ago: I was working two jobs and had a pretty expensive shopping habit – I was making about two Pin Up Girl Clothing orders a month (internationally – and ladies you know how much we need to pay to get that free FedEx!). My financial circumstances shifted a bit when I was forced to quit the second job, and I had to scale back the orders. When my roommate moved out my excess cash flow halted and I had to cut them off completely.
What to do for this hapless pinup addict, then?
I began rifling through my closet to see just what I had, and how I could put it to work. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all! It was time to get creative with styling.
I was a little skeptical about my ability to create several outfits at first, but the process was surprisingly easy (albeit a bit messy!) when I got going. I pulled one item out of my closet at a time and went through all the different pieces that might go with it. I was shocked to find that one item could be styled at least 5-10 different ways – without me having to buy anything new!
For example: the Dixiefried Perfect Pencil Skirt in Lime Green. I was hesitant to buy it at first because I didn’t know what to pair it with. (So much BRIGHT!) I ordered a couple of vamp tops at the same time and decided the two looks would be enough to justify the purchase.
After a bit of practice and observation, I found I could pair it with much more! My experimentation is mostly with colour combinations.
We’ll stick with a green theme today (because what looks better on strawberry blonde bombshells than green?) and demonstrate again with the Lauren top in olive. The Lauren is quite literally the puuuuurrfect staple piece. You can pair it with high-waisted shorts and jeans for casual looks, swing skirts and pencil skirts to dress it up. It’s elegance embodied. And the colour is to die for – it instantly makes any colour it compliments look richer in contrast. Observe!
Sadly, I don’t have any of Laura’s high-waisted trousers or shorts to demonstrate, but luckily you can head on over to Pinup Girl Clothing’s website to see the lovely Doris Mayday model it in several shots with those very items. PUG CEO and Supreme Overlord Laura Byrnes has also been photographed many times elegantly styling the Lauren tops with her high-waisted shorts and trousers.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, I’d suggest starting a pinterest board to squirrel away ideas. Run a search on ‘lime green skirt’ and see how many hits come up – ladies from all over have found unique and beautiful ways to style a tricky colour. You’ll be able to come up with many solutions for colour combinations, print mixing, and accessorizing in no time.
Here’s the best part! Using inspiration boards and styling practically actually justifies the purchases you’ve been itching to make. I often use my style board to help me decide if it’s worth buying an item that’s been taunting me from my checkout basket. I make it a little challenge to myself: How many different ways I can style it? If it’s in the 5-10 range, then I pull the trigger. And you know what? I always win.
PUG’s separates are luxurious, ethical AND a practical purchase. How can you go wrong? They’re my go-to staples, and I’ve built a good deal of my daily look around them. I hope this post has inspired you to do the same – go raid your closets, ladies! You’ll be amazed how much you find once you get going.
Thank you so very much to The Strawberry Bombshell for sharing with us such helpful advice to maximizing your wardrobe to create versatile looks with a few staple pieces.
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