Pinup Winter Essentials

One of the most common questions I receive from readers, is how to make a pinup wardrobe suitable for the cold winter months? Even I struggle with this dilemma every year living in blistering cold snowy weather almost 6 months of the year. Until recently, I always resorted to fun retro cardigans with basic dress pants for my work attire. The big discovery came when I started seeing gorgeous swing trousers being designed by our house hold repro designers…but would they work for various body types? For those of us who are vertically challenged, buying pants online usually ends in major disappointment. More and more, I saw dames in all shapes and sizes rockin’ trousers like nobody’s business so I knew it was time to take the plunge. Being a sucker for floral print, I was instantly taken by the Voodoo Vixen Natalia Trousers and coordinating Dita Top in burgundy.

Available in sizes S-XL ~ MSRP Trousers £38.00, Top £25.00

img_8569Over the years, I have always found Voodoo Vixen sizing to be cut more generously overall and quite precise with their basic size chart. My waist (28″) put me in between a Small and Medium but my hips (41″) definitely made sizing down a big risk. The decision became much easier since the size Small was already sold out. I opted to go with a size Medium in the Natalia Trousers and size Small in the Dita Top. The trousers arrived first from Voodoo Vixen, promptly as always and I immediately ordered the Dita Top from Retroglam to create the perfect ensemble. With bated breath, I tried them both on together and was blown away at the reflection in the mirror. The Dita Top fit like a glove and had ample stretch get in and our effortlessly. The Natalia Trousers felt like I was walking on a cloud; the waist fit spot on due to the back elastic and the fabric draped beautifully to hide my wide hips. Inspired by fashion Icon herself, the Dita Top features a high neckline with keyhole accent, gathered and puffed sleeves, and made from thick stretchy fabric. The Natalia Trousers feature a high waist with cinching back elastic waistband, wide flared leg design, and of course…front pockets! Made from a luscious silky polyester, the Natalia Trousers are absolutely divine due to the bold floral and leaf print set on striking black. At 5′-4″ tall, I had to wear 3″ heels for the hem length of the trousers.

img_8558 img_8553With every season, I find Voodoo Vixen is blowing us away with better than ever designs. A year ago, I would have never of dreamt of trying the Natalia Trousers and now I could not survive winters without them. They truly feel like you are wearing silk pajamas and you’ll never want to take them off. Initially I was concerned that my tummy pooch would be accentuated due to the high waist and/or the rise would be too long for my short torso but the superb draping of wide legs conceals those trouble areas flawlessly. The elasticized back waistband really helps to give the illusion of a nipped in waist and makes these trousers so darn comfortable. As for the Dita Top, I normally steer clear of puffy style sleeves but I find they are more subtle due to the longer sleeve length and your eyes instantly gravitate to the lovely keyhole with button detail. I was very impressed with the quality and thickness of the fabric, it stretches effortlessly and very complimentary to the figure. These two are a power house when worn together, yet very versatile to be mixed and matched all year round.

img_8572 img_8552What I appreciate the most in a bold floral print is the endless possibilities to accessorize. The deep rich hues in the Natalia Trousers made it a no-brainer to pair with vintage bakelite bangles in burgundy, green and black, finished off with a 1950’s vintage black crochet handbag and basic black pumps. Seeing as I do not wear 3″ heels to work, I will be hemming the trousers a bit shorter in the near future.

img_8565 img_8564Winters just got a lot better now that we have fabulous trousers like the Natalia to get us through until dress season returns. For those of you searching for more versatile separates, the Dita Top will become an instant wardrobe staple for you as well. Currently available in three colours (red, burgundy & bright blue), I hope Voodoo Vixen releases them in a variety of shades like emerald green, black, plum and many more!

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The Return Of Retro Swimwear by Susan Bodack

Susan Bodack manages the blog and social media for InStyleSwimwear.com, an online boutique specializing in designer swimwear, beachwear, footwear and accessories. For more articles on swim fashion, visit the Beauty and the Beach blog today.

We’ve all heard the adage “an oldie but goodie,” and nowhere is it more evident than in the world of fashion. Trends seem to revolve on a generational turntable as fashions recur over and over again with just slight variations or updates. Some may even argue that there are really never any new fashions, just old ones resurrected and made popular again.

One fashion trend that took the world by storm, and took many breaths away in the process, was the sexy yet glamorous pinup girl look. The retro fashion of the 1950’s saw a unique contradiction in fashion as increased sex appeal shared center stage with an emphasis on feminine features. Perhaps no other era had such a dazzling, classy look as the ladies of this time with their siren red lips, perfectly styled hair, and clothing cut to emphasize curves of all shapes, sizes, and places. Luckily for women today, these same trends are hotter than ever and as flattering as they were 60 years ago.

Although today’s mainstream fashion has certainly seen a retro revival, perhaps the pinup resurgence is most easily seen on the sand. Not only did the sex symbols of the 50’s rock the fashion world, they also changed the swimwear industry forever. Debuting in the late 1940’s, the two-piece swimsuit was really brought into vogue by the classic pinup girls of the 50’s. Featuring bustier tops, high-cut bottoms and ultra-feminine designs, these swimsuits simultaneously helped flatter any woman’s figure while radiating subtle sex appeal.

Today, these classic two-piece fashions, as well as their one-piece counterparts, are loved by women everywhere for their incredible versatility and universally flattering fit. A woman who is challenged in the chest area will love the added oomph a pinup-inspired bustier top can provide, particularly one with extra hoist provided by thick fixed halter straps. On the other end of the spectrum, any lady with fuller, curvier hips will be grateful for the extra coverage provided by a high-waist bottom, as they help to hold you in and slim the tummy. Women of all sizes can be intimidated by the dreaded thigh or backside area, but yet again, pinup fashion comes to the rescue as boy-cut shorts and ruched skirted bottoms provide additional coverage in those troublesome spots.

Not only are the cuts of the classic pinup era universally flattering, but the prints and designs are timelessly fun and flirty. Today’s hottest swimwear designers are sticking to the classics–if it’s not broken, why fix it? Think pinup-inspired one-pieces and two-pieces featuring polka dot prints in an array of color combinations and sizes. But if you’re not into polka dots, look for styles featuring luscious cherry prints, sweet gingham patterns or sailor-chic nautical designs. For solid swimsuit lovers, look for retro styles with sweetheart necklines, ruched bodices, little bow details, and/or subtle ruffle trim. Regardless of the style you choose, you can guarantee a youthful yet ultra-glam look.

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A very warm thank you to Susan for guest posting on Pin Up Persuasion. Would you ladies like to read reviews on retro inspired swimwear in the future???