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Thrifting Pin-Up Style by Jen from Betties N Brimstone

***Guest Post by Jen from Betties N Brimstone***

Hi, I’m Jen from the Betties N Brimstone (www.bettiesnbrimstone.com) blog! I’m so excited to guest post today about one of my most favorite hobbies – thrifting! So many people tell me that they never find anything when they go thrifting… but you have to know WHERE and HOW to look! It also doesn’t hurt to go regularly. Some days I score big time, and other times I may walk out with nothing. Here’s a typical trip through the thrift store with me:

I start at housewares.

housewaresI collect Pyrex, so I buzz past there first, just in case…on this particular day, there were two pieces of Pyrex, but they were so dishwasher-damaged that it wasn’t worth it. Pass.

Then, I head over to pictures and frames.

framesI collect religious art, so I sometimes find an awesome gaudy piece for my collection. No such luck today, but there are always a bunch of chunky frames (you can buy these and just pop out the artwork and glass!) that are super cool for brooch display boards and other DIY projects.

Speaking of brooches, I like to wander by the jewelry display case to see what kind of cute brooches or other accessories are available:

broochesCurrently, there are a ton of cute holiday brooches available. I do dream of spotting a Bakelite bangle one day…but it hasn’t happened yet!

Next, I wander through the other housewares and decorative items. Today I found an awesome black cat sculptural ceramic piece that I think I’ll use to hold business cards at art fairs. Score!

Next, I stroll past the skirts, just in case.

skirtsSavers organizes all of their clothing by size, so I’ve developed a pretty good scanning eye for specific fabrics (I once snagged a Hell Bunny dress for $9.99!), and I seem to have most success at finding pencil skirts in vintage-y wool plaid fabrics. I’m always looking for swing or circle skirts, too.

One of my favorite sections as of late is cardigans! I have discovered that it is best not to put yourself in just one size. I’ve found awesome sweaters tagged large, medium, AND small, so you never know. If you have the patience, flip through all of them, and pull out anything that catches your eye. You can try them on later and weed out your faves. It’s amazing how many designer brands you can find on the rack!

bananarepublicI always look for pin-up-ish cardigans with a slightly fitted style to them, which usually means sizing down. Lately, I’ve been scouring for cropped cardigans, as I’m only 5’1” and the cropped style works really great over my vintage repro dresses. Be open minded! I’m always surprised at what works and what doesn’t prior to trying them on! Today I found four possible options that I threw in my cart:

cardigan-choicesI tried them on, and ended up keeping the black cropped cardigan (always a staple piece that one can use!) and the striped tie-style cardigan:

tryonNormally, I don’t go for tie-style cardigans, but I do love me some black and white stripes! I have a black Jenny dress from Pinup Girl Clothing that would be so cute with this! Score!

I have actually built up quite a collection of cardigans from thrifting, both cropped and longer length:

cardigansI actually keep a list of what colors I have, so that when I’m out, I can look specifically for colors that I don’t have, and don’t accidentally re-buy a piece I already have! The best part about thrifting for cardigans is that I typically spend $5-$10 per sweater, sometimes less if there’s a sale or I have a coupon!

Next, I head across the aisle to long-sleeve knits. This section is newer for me. I used to skip over it, until I realized how many awesome boat-neck-style tops I could find for my circle skirts for awesome prices!

boatneck1 boatneck2On the way to the next section, I pass by coats and skim the options. Today there was a super cool faux fur coat that’d be great for a pinup style! I don’t currently need a winter coat, so I passed, but how cool is this?

coatMy new favorite section is the lingerie and nightgowns. I’m on the hunt for awesome vintage nighties and glamorous robes!

lingerieSo far my collection is quite small. Only two vintage nightgowns. But today I found this awesome long sheer black robe/dressing gown that I am so psyched about! I think I’m going to start lounging around the house in this and pretend I’m Dita Von Teese.🙂 All I need now are some maribou slippers.

My final stop on the thrifting rounds is belts and accessories. This is a great place to find vintage hair scarves! I have a ridiculous collection right now though, so I instead focus on belts.

belt-shoppingI’m kind of collecting a whole rainbow of options at the moment. The best part about thrifted belts is that I typically pay $1-2 dollars each, so if they don’t hold up, I’m not too sad about it. Today I spotted three options:

belt-ideasBut when I tried them on, one was too worn out, and the other two were too big. Whomp whomp. Even though I didn’t get any belts today, I have actually had a LOT of luck finding them. Check out this collection:

beltsEvery single belt in this photo was thrifted!

In the end, I purchased six items: two cardigans (one black cropped, one striped tie-style cropped), a vintage Tupperware canister in green, a ceramic black cat sculpture, the long black sheer robe, and a pale pink nightie. My total was $21. Seriously! Awesome!

whatIpurchasedThis was just one trip on one week to the thrift store. Every week is different from the rest. You just have to keep going and looking, and you never know what treasures you’ll end up with! I hope that this post helped you form a strategy for your next thrifting trip, pin-up style – and feel free to drop by my blog (www.bettiesnbrimstone.com) and let me know what awesome items you’ve scored while thrifting!

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Accessorizing 101 by Kara Shaw from The Dressed Aesthetic

***Guest Post by Kara Shaw from The Dressed Aesthetic***

TheDressedAesthetic_FEATUREDHello Jessica’s readers! I’m Kara and I blog over at my little corner of the internet, The Dressed Aesthetic. I’m a marine biologist with equal parts love for science, vintage, and coffee and pretty much live my life in vintage dresses. Yep, even in the lab.

One of my favorite things about blogging has been the incredible community of similarly minded vintage loving gal’s I’ve met and had the chance to collaborate with. So, when Jessica asked for guest bloggers for Pinup Persuasion, I naturally jumped at the chance to work together. Is she the cutest or what?

So, as a bona-fide Professor, I was asked to take you all to school today, for a lesson on Accessorizing 101. It’s a topic I get asked about a lot, primarily from women who love the finished look but have no idea how to get there themselves. It’s definitely something to experiment with, because accessorizing can take you from just fashion to developing your own personal style. I’m here to help you navigate the waters! (yeah, sorry, I should warn you of my nerdiness and the fact that I tend to have a lot of marine-related analogies)

One of the best tools I have for mixing and matching and experimenting with different looks is our wardrobe organization app Dressed – which basically let’s you import your own clothing, shoes and accessories and mix and match to create and plan outfits. Think Cher a la Clueless (if you’re interested, you can read all about it on my blog). Being able to try on clothing form the comfort of my sofa, with a glass of wine in hand, is a major win in my book.

TheDressedAesthetic_DressedAappFor me, accessorizing a look is broken down into four categories (in the immortal words of Stacey & Clinton (//www.tlc.com/tv-shows/what-not-to-wear/): Color, Texture, Pattern, and Shine. And any outfit I have can have varying levels of these four things, but they’re almost always present to some capacity.

All right, let’s dive in!

Color

Before I layer anything on, the key is to start with a good foundation. Whether you love dresses and skirts or denim and heels, the key is and will forever be fit. So, start with a garment that fits you well and that you feel fabulous in.

For this, I started with a base blue dress I bought from Modcloth years ago. The vibrant royal blue ticks off the color box pretty quickly, and the pleating at the bust actually already gives the dress a bit of texture (I was clearly an overachiever in School).

For me, the best kind of silhouette is a fit and flare style – the love a cinched waist and a flared skirt. Though I stray from this occasionally, we’re in a committed relationship and I’m nothing if not loyal.

TheDressedAesthetic_01 TheDressedAesthetic_02Next, I tend to add a complimentary color – I’m not a big fan of matchy-matchy, so I’ll usually choose a color on the opposite side of the color wheel. You can also play with different tones of the same color, which sit next to each other on the color wheel.

Color_Wheel (photo credit: HGTV)

In this case, I went with a gorgeous golden orange shoe. It can be intimidating to try to work out what color “goes” versus matches – but following a standard color wheel is a good place to start. The best thing you can do is play around with it and try a bunch of different things. What’s the worst that can happen? Maybe you’ll even start a new color trend…

TheDressedAesthetic_03 TheDressedAesthetic_04Texture

I always like to make sure there’s texture in my look. If you’ve ever taken an art class, you’ll know some artwork has what is called ‘relief’ – which is where parts of the piece has been raised above the background. Texture helps to give relief in an outfit, which creates depth and gives a bit of visual interest.

I already had a bit of texture in the bodice of the dress. But, I wanted to add just a bit more (I’m a ‘more is more’ kinda gal. Sensing a theme yet?). For those of you who are running headlong into autumn, this is a great opportunity to burst forth with those fun tights! For this, I went with some sheer patterned tights I bought on Modcloth:

TheDressedAesthetic_05 TheDressedAesthetic_06 TheDressedAesthetic_07They’re cute, add a bit of texture without too much, with the added bonus of a bit of extra warmth when cooler weather starts to tighten her grip.

Pattern

Next up – add in a print. Whether there’s a print on my shoe or on an item of clothing, I always think prints really give an outfit and a bit more character, particularly if everything else in my outfit is a solid. This is always an opportunity to play with layers.

The tights were serving double duty as both a print and a texture (gold star for me!), but I also opted to layer a beautiful floral vintage jacket I’ve had for years – the orange flowers tied in perfectly with the orange of the shoe, and it breaks up the solid monotony of the dress. Plus, it has the most beautiful rhinestone buttons (if you’re me, there is always room for more sparkle).

TheDressedAesthetic_08 TheDressedAesthetic_09 TheDressedAesthetic_10A quick note on mixing prints – putting prints together can be an art form in and of itself. If you’re just starting to play with them, a good rule of thumb is to mix up the scale of your print. So, try a big bold floral print with some small pinstripes. Or a polka dot crop top with a scenic print skirt. It also helps to repeat colors – prints that you think would have no business going together can if they share a color story.

Shine

Next up is BLING! This is the opportunity to add a little (or a lot) of sparkle. You can usually add in splashes of sparkle with your jewelry choices.

I tend to be more minimal with jewelry – it’s very rare you’ll find me wearing earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet. I usually opt for one or two, and ensure that they compliment the rest of the look or provide a bit of contrast. For my first element of bling, I wore a necklace that belonged to my grandmother, who we lost early last year. Not only is beautifully sparkly, but the sentimental value kind of makes me shine from within (and isn’t that really the point after all?)

TheDressedAesthetic_11 TheDressedAesthetic_12I also added a bit of extra shimmer with my handbag – nothing over the top, but this stunning vintage basket bag has the most beautiful resin squares on the front, that catch the light just so, which always reminds me of a sunset. You’ll notice I kept to the golden/orange color theme, but mixed up texture, print and shine.

TheDressedAesthetic_13 TheDressedAesthetic_14The Finished Product!

From there, I get to burst forth into the day and feel fabulously accessorized. Clothing speaks so loudly to who we are – why not have it really represent our personality? For me, is the ideal work look that still keeps a bit of Kara-esque pizazz intact, which puts a bit of spring in my step as I skip off to the lab. After which, I usually dance around the garden like a fool, while my superpup Willie looks on in amusement…

TheDressedAesthetic_15(Caption: Outfit styled using Dressed for iPhone)

TheDressedAesthetic_16 TheDressedAesthetic_17 TheDressedAesthetic_18 TheDressedAesthetic_19 TheDressedAesthetic_20 Color, Texture, Pattern, & Shine – None of these are hard and fast rules, because the best way to develop your own style sometimes is to just break the rules, try new things, swim upstream. Truthfully, the most important element of any outfit is going to be your confidence – Rock the body you have, rock the style you want. Because feeling good in what you’re wearing is the best accessory there is.

Thanks again to Jessica for letting me meet you all. Feel free to check out my vintage-wearing shenanigans over at The Dressed Aesthetic. If you have any questions on accessorizing, I hope you message me!

xo

Outfit Details:

Dress: Chocolate Martini via Modcloth

Jacket: Vintage Handbag: Beleza Vintage

Necklace: Vintage, belonged to my grandmother Tights: Achilles’ Zeal Tights, Modcloth

Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell

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Ray of Sunshine by Lauren The Homemade Pinup

Guest Post by Lauren the Homemade Pinup

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Hello dolls! I’m pleased as a peach to be contributing for Pinup Persuasion – this is almost the Holy Grail of vintage and pinup blogs, wouldn’t you agree? Over at my own blog, The Homemade Pinup, I frequently write about me-made vintage pieces or re-dos and I thought I’d share one of those with y’all today.

Environmental responsibility is a big priority for me, and that is part of what makes vintage so appealing. Rather than creating a higher demand for newly made products, I prefer to find a unique piece from decades ago that saves resources to boot.

While vintage is clearly about a certain aesthetic, I also feel that it can be about a certain mindset or way of living. As I’m sure many of you know, during World War II women were encouraged to refashion or repair their old, worn clothing rather than buying completely new garments. For our own time, I’ve interpreted that to mean that while I may not be able to realistically have a brand new clothing item each week, I can find inventive ways to repurpose or mix-and-match what I already have. I’d love a larger vintage wardrobe, but right now, it just ain’t gonna happen! In true forties fashion, however, the Make Do and Mend movement is still alive and well today – or at least I hope to encourage its resurgence!

Grand Ways photoRemaking or refashioning thrifted garments – or even better, ones already in my own wardrobe – is my easy contribution to helping both the environment and my budget, and be perfectly forties to boot! I recently remade a dress of mine that I originally completed back in 2011, which I had named the “Sunshine Dress.” It was certainly not my best work, as I was still learning then, and was showing its age as well as its lack of style. I always felt the dress lacked a certain panache or detail; additionally, it had too short a skirt for my current taste, so apart it came! Here’s how it used to look…

HS photo glove photoIt was originally sleeveless, though even then I covered the bodice with a sweater since the neckline didn’t turn out how I intended. (Also, I couldn’t resist including the latter photo! I’m wearing a pair of gloves my grandmother gave me, which were gifted to her by her father in the forties. Aren’t they divine?)

My newly refashioned dress is constructed from Simplicity 1459, a delightful reprint from a late fifties/early sixties original. This dress was supposed to be the one I graduated in, as yellow is one of my university’s colors, but my sewing machine chose to revolt and conk out when I was about halfway through. Oh, well. Sometimes the sewing fates decide things for you. It was finally finished about a month behind schedule, but better late than never!

Disney photo 1 Disney photo 2 Disney photo 3 Disney photo 4The white collar and skirt panel were done by necessity – I simply didn’t have enough fabric leftover from the last dress to do otherwise – but I think they added so much more charm to this number! And isn’t that just “Make Do and Mend” to a T? Additionally, gingham skirts with a thick white border are quite authentic and I think the effect is darling. (As a side note, there’s some GREAT inspiration here for Mommy/Daughter outfits! Miss Betty Doll, I’m lookin’ at you😉

Florida Fashions 1951 photoI was overjoyed to find the below image from Montgomery Ward 1959 and realize how similar it is to my own dress! Finding a period photo like that really solidified how suitable my design is for the era I’m emulating.

Montgomery Ward 1959The reception of vintage is unlike anything else, I’ve noticed. People respond incredibly well to these classic fashions, from young children to mothers and fathers and grandparents alike. I think there is something wonderfully relatable to vintage era ensembles, as they can be demure, sweet, sexy, adorable, and more all within the same outfit – a very hard thing to achieve, particularly within the limits of modern fashion. What’s your favorite adjective for how dressing vintage makes you feel?

Disney photo 5 Disney photo 6 Disney photo 7Do you, like me, have any specific reasons for dressing vintage besides how it looks? My passion for saving resources and time through my vintage and re-do lifestyle has led me to coin the term #WomensFashionArmy – modeled after the Women’s Land Army of WWII – for those of us who creatively rework our wardrobes to better make use of its infinite possibilities. I’d love to have y’all jump along my bandwagon!

Stop on by my blog for more inspiration and be sure to drop me a line if you do. Thanks for having me!

Until next time,

Lauren || The Homemade Pinup

P.S. Watch out for Part Two of this post, filled with ideas to eek out more outfits from your current vintage wardrobe!

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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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