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.

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!!!