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!!!

 

Perfect Pin Up Style Handbags by Nick Williams

Pin-up style to our readers is nothing new; but it is fast becoming an on trend hit amongst everyday fashionistas. Glamorous, feminine style became ideals for strong, independent women exploring their sexuality and strength in a male dominated society.

Matching a beautiful handbag with your fabulous pin up style is perfect for completing your vintage outfit. There are a variety of iconic styles and designers to choose from when complimenting your chosen pin up outfit. Handbags, like many fashion accessories changed throughout the years and top pin up styles were prominent between 1920’s and 1950’s.

History of Pin up Style Handbags

1920’s – The beginnings of handbags as a fashion accessory

This era saw handbags become a fashion accessory rather than a bag for practicality and function. The handle-less clutch was introduced named ‘the pochette’ which was usually worn tucked under a ladies arm, this style bag was often embellished with motifs and geometric designs. Influential styles were also taken from the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and glamorous jewels and striking motifs were prominent in handbag design.

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Art Deco Bag by Judith Leiber

1930’s – Celebration of Art Deco

By this time handbag design was much like it is today, the statement handbag with handles, clutch bag, satchel and shoulder bags had all been invented. This era saw the use of other materials to create designs including plastics and the first use of zips. Handbag motifs and designs celebrated the movement of the era, Art Deco embraced clean lines and abstract style, a prominent feature in handbag styles of this period.

art-deco-monocrome1940’s – A Military handbag style

During the world wars, handbag styles took a military feel and with materials in short supply, design took a rigid and more practical feel. Drawstring bags were also present in this era and were often handmade by the wearer.

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by Glamourdaze

1950’s – The rise of the fashion accessory

In this period handbags really took off as the ultimate fashion accessory. The economic boom after the war enabled ladies to accessorize and experiment with colours, materials and styles. Designer handbags were popular with iconic labels such as Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton embracing the change in fashion culture.

Handbags also became smaller to represent femininity and sophistication and coordinated with outfits and looks.

GetImage.ashxBuying your vintage piece

There are so many beautiful examples of vintage handbags including designer styles & classic statement bags. Vintage designer handbags can be a stunning investment piece and match perfectly with your gorgeous pin up style.

Nowadays your options in regards to finding original pieces are pretty large. Vintage online shops and major e-commerce sites (such as Ebay) have all started to stock vintage items. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you could always cruise car boot sales or even head to one of the many vintage markets which have popped up.

You shouldn’t be worried about breaking the bank, as vintage bags are typically less expensive than today’s examples. Whilst reproduction vintage bags are out there; for similar money you can have an original piece of fashion history. Also; wearing an original vintage piece makes you feel different, and you can’t put a price on that!

Check Mela Mela’s selection of original vintage bags and see if any will complete that pin up outfit you have been working so hard on putting together.

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A big thank you to Nick from Mela Mela Vintage for sharing some insightful vintage history about the evolution of women’s handbags.