Under The Sea

Novelty prints have made an epic comeback and taking the pinup world by storm. The original vintage novelty prints are becoming harder to come by at reasonable prices as the demand has skyrocketed and left us budget minded gals wanting. Thankfully the vintage reproduction designers have heard our cries and are now delivering affordable alternatives. This past spring, The Oblong Box Shop announced it’s new Palm Springs 2015 Swing Collection full of delightful novelty prints themes that includes Tiki, Space, Ocean, and more…set to debut at the Viva Rockabilly Weekender. I couldn’t have been more excited to visit their booth to see the entire collection in person and meet the lovely designer Denialle. My heart instantly fell for the adorable little Puffer Fish Skirt and knew it was destined to become a part of my novelty print collection.

Available in sizes S-3X ~ MSRP $95USD

IMG_5971Seeing as this was my very first piece from The Oblong Box Shop, I relied on the feedback from other pinups who confirmed the size charts were indeed accurate. With my waist measuring 27″, I fell right in line with their size Small. Since there is no stretch to the waistband, definitely go by your larger measurement if your waist tends to fluctuate up and down. When my Puffer Fish Skirt arrived, I was literally giddy with excitement; my love of ocean theme prints is turning into a serious addiction. The waist fit snugly, there is no wiggle room if I was any larger since the waistband has zero give. Often with vintage circle skirts it’s next to impossible to determine where the zipper placement is intended to sit…at the back or the sides, left or right? Not thinking, I instinctively put mine on with the zipper in the back only to notice the side seam was right in the middle…Oops! If I had only looked at where the label was placed ahead of time, I would have seen that the skirt actually zips on the left hand side. Live and learn right? The Puffer Fish Skirt features an adorable repeating print, side zipper with button closure and measures 26″ in length. It is made from a quality polyester that is fabulous to not wrinkle unlike cotton. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_5992 IMG_5987The Oblong Box Shop truly delivered on the Palm Springs 2015 Swing Collection, there was something to please everyone’s palate. It was a treat to see how each person styled the same skirt is so many ways, making it uniquely their own. The vibrant colours in each novelty print makes it easy to mix and match with items already in your closet. I really loved the fact that the polyester proved to be very functional for two reasons; one it doesn’t wrinkle even after sitting all day at my desk and two, the gathered fabric provides enough volume that you do not need to wear a petticoat. Overall, I find the Puffer Fish Skirt to be quite practical when it comes to a busy lifestyle, who has time to iron their skirts after every wear?

IMG_5991 IMG_5975When it comes to accessorizing the Puffer Fish Skirt, you can find a variety affordable options at The Oblong Box Shop to create a complete ensemble without breaking the bank. I paired mine with the Black Lil’ Bow Peek Top ($15), Purple Wide Belt ($15), little teal starfish earrings and black Vogue wedges by Remix. They also have charming brooches and earrings that match the Palm Springs Collection perfectly. I personally prefer not to wear a petticoat but if you like a fuller look, this is definitely an option.

IMG_5973The demand for affordable novelty print skirts has been truly well received by the pinup fashion community; The Oblong Box Shop’s Palm Springs Collection continuously sells out every time they are restocked. Make sure to grab your size while it’s there! For even more savings, sign up for their fan club and you will receive monthly discount coupons in addition to their customer loyalty Rewards Program.

Le Bomb Shop: For Every Pinup

Recently Melissa from Le Bomb Shop proposed a fun collaboration with my bestie Amber from Pinup at Heart and we both jumped at the chance to show off our unique styling using the infamous Classic Bombshell tanks. Amber has been a long time Le Bomb Shop customer, where as I was late to the party as usual and recently discovered them this past year. I may have made up for some lost time by hoarding almost every colour in the Classic Bombshell tanks and now just added the new Cross Your Heart style to my collection.

My first look is a very casual look wearing the black tank (size Medium). Although I love my dresses and skirts very much, I often wear denim capri pants when I am on the go. I paired it with my everyday Lux de Ville handbag and Sketcher sandals, perfect for running errands.

IMG_3962 IMG_3984 IMG_3986 IMG_3985For a classic day look or work attire in my case, I paired the marigold tank (size Medium) with my vintage novelty fish print skirt, vintage necklace, white belt, white wedges and vintage barrel purse. This shade of yellow is my absolute favorite; it works well with a multitude of vintage pieces in my closet.

IMG_3907 IMG_3899 IMG_3892 IMG_3885The third and final look is for evening where I paired the fuchsia pink Cross Your Heart Classic Bombshell tank (size Small) with my Japanese novelty skirt, Ceci Punch earrings, a black sparkle bracelet and Chelsea Crew T-strap wedges. The Cross Your Heart Classic Bombshell tank can be worn crossed over in the front or in the back as seen on Amber at Pinup at Heart.

IMG_3954 IMG_3946 IMG_3922 IMG_3918There are a few characteristics that make the Classic Bombshell tanks and Cross Your Heart tank unique to each other:

Classic Bombshell tank

* Lightly padded cups (not removable)

* Sizes S to 3X (in a variety of colours)

* Run true to size

* Unique colours: leopard, coral, deep teal green, marigold, & neon pink

* 1.5″ thick straps (cannot be crossed)

Cross Your Heart tank

* Lightly padded cups & non-padded

* Sizes S to 2X (in a variety of colours)

* Run generous in sizing (size down)

* Unique colours: fuchsia pink, jade, jailbait, olive green, purple, & turquoise

* 1.5″ thick straps (can be crossed in the front or back)

Now that I have taken up collecting vintage novelty skirts and I find these tanks are so perfect to compliment the colours commonly used in the 1950’s prints. The variety of colours available provides such versatility for any pinup wardrobe and at an affordable price of $22.50. The twisted bust detail and rushing make these tops super flattering to a variety of body types. Both styles are made from 96% polyester, 4% spandex, which could be compared to a quality swimsuit material.

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