5 Inspiring Reasons to Wear Vintage Styles

Vintage Pinup Fashion

New #motivationmonday post-

As this post begins, I want to state the below is based on my personal experiences. I realize that not everyone may have the same experiences but hope you are inspired to try vintage style clothing.

It had been years, literally, since I wore a dress or skirt. Not because I didn’t want to but because the styles I found at my local mall did not suit my figure at all. With a curvy hour-glass like I have, wearing a dress not cut for large breasts just makes you look like you’re expecting as you have to buy the dress to fit your breasts then your so roomy in the waist and bam!! You look pregnant.

Skirts too were problem as they did not fit well on curvy hips and small waist as you end up with too big in the waist or too tight in the hips. No happy medium.

So pants were my go-to. I would pair them with sweater tops or twin-sets as these had some stretch so they would fit my breasts and add some basic accessories like a necklace or brooch to dress up my outfit for work. Same routine each day, pants and sweater tops. Weekends were jeans and pretty much the same sweater tops. Boring! Getting dressed was not fun or an experience but just something that was done out of routine and habit.

Then an epiphany occurred, it felt like the universe shed new light upon me when I discovered vintage inspired clothing styles!

It didn’t take me too long to feel absolutely comfortable wearing my 50s inspired clothing styles. Many refer to this 50s inspired look as Pin Up or Rockabilly and if I had to relate to one it would be ‘Classic Pinup” as I totally love clothing from the 50s and the lifestyle. Below are my 5 motiving reasons for wearing vintage pinup inspired clothing style.

1. New Level of Self-Confidence

When I wear my swing dresses or circle skirts I feel incredibly feminine. The dresses have so much style and flair and are cut to really enhance my hourglass shape. I can wear one of my pinup dresses and even though heaps of cleavage can show, it is all done in a lady-like way so not to make anyone around me uncomfortable. All they see is a pretty lady wearing a beautiful dress. I get non-stop compliments; men look but women and girls will come up to me, or follow me through a store to tell me how pretty my dress is and how incredible I look.

Wearing my Pinup circle skirts too has the same effect. I use to think jeans and leggings were the most comfortable clothing options but I have to tell you that wearing a Pinup circle skirt is much better! If you add a petticoat underneath all you want to do is twirl. These vintage style skirts are so much fun as they come in a wide variety of prints and novelty prints and tend to be really colorful and bright. Add a cardigan and brooch and your look is complete. Again, non-stop compliments are what I receive.

Your self-confidence will certainly be taken to a whole new level and you will shine brightly. Smiles, you will be smiling a lot more too!

2. Love Your Body! Body Confidence

I will be the first to admit that before I started my Pinup inspired dressing, I was very insecure when it came to my body. I have very large breasts and ample hips, curvy indeed but I never wanted to showcase any of it, not even in a proper lady-like manner. I have been married for 15 years and thought as long as my husband loves me, and then no one needs to see me, coupled with the fact that mall clothing was not for me. Well, that attitude is not really healthy as it makes you self-conscious and does not let the real you shine through and you go through your years just getting by in ill fitting clothing that really drag you down.

Today, I am a whole new woman! My husband will even tell you that as well, and my co-workers too. I have a whole new confidence and light. I love dressing up each day and take pride in picking out my pretty lingerie, accessories and clothing. I don’t feel self-conscious anymore. I like wearing well made beautiful clothing that flatter my curves and make feel well dressed and beautiful. I am comfortable and confident in my appearance and body. It really feels incredible to have so much body confidence. I don’t want to be bone thin, I love my curves; and so does my husband.

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Motivation Monday – Vintage Bluebirds

 

Vintage Lefton Bluebirds

We celebrate the beautiful bluebird as a symbol of love, hope and happiness. Let’s make the bluebird our motivation for this Monday!

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Vintage Novelty Poodle Purses and Poodle Skirts

It’s official, I am OBSESSED with vintage 1950s Poodle dog purses and novelty clothing with Poodle prints. I think I could easily turn into the ‘crazy4noveltyprints’ or ‘Queen of Kitsch’ if I had an unlimited bank account because these vintage novelty items range anywhere from $75 to upwards of $750 for the beaded items!!

Novelty Poodle Dress

Here are some really collectible purses that were made back in the 50s in wicker, beads, wood, Lucite, some hand painted and even satin. These Poodle bags were for day or evening. Some popular designers and manufacturers are Enid Collins, Midas of Miami, Leslie of Miami, Lady Core Trade, Claire Fashions, Wilardy, Jolles Original, Walborg, Soure, and Gary Gails.

Novelty Print Poodle Skirt

The dress and skirt are from Catnip Vintage and I have the dress ordered, fingers crossed it fits (skirt was out of stock in my size). I can’t wait to share some pics of my dress with a couple of my very own vintage novelty Poodle bags. Stay tuned!!

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Motivation Monday: Let’s Go to the Moon

 

Motivation Monday

Astronaut Pinup Girl

For today’s Motivation Monday post we are going a little back-in-time, or how about 46 years back in time to when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a giant leap for mankind when they landed on the moon back back on July 20, 1969, on the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.

What many don’t know is that it was a woman named Margaret Hamilton who was one of the software engineers that helped get us to the moon. Margaret was a forward thinking woman!! She was part of an exclusive MIT team that was working with NASA on the landing functions of the spacecraft. Can you imagine what it must have been like back in 1969 for a woman to be working on a project so high-profile as this? Back in the 60’s women couldn’t event get loans without their husbands approval signatures!

Does this not inspire and motivate you? What are your dreams? Are you working to make these dreams come true? We are living in amazing times where science and technology are providing us with so much knowledge and imagination that really, as long as we keep moving forward, working on our dreams and goals, nothing is unattainable!! Keep believing you can do it, agree that you can achieve it, and always, Dream Bigger!!

You can read Time’s post about Margaret Hamilton here <http://time.com/3948364/moon-landing-apollo-11-margaret-hamilton/%3E>

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Motivational Monday – Smile

Motivational Monday- Smile

I want to start something new on the blog I’m calling ‘Motivational Monday’ where each Monday you can find a short fun or serious motivational post. Life can be tough and sometimes we feel all alone even when surrounded by friends and family. We might be going through a hard time or are filled with fear and anxiety, maybe even battling an illness; so my hope is that for the time you spend with me on the blog, you feel a sense of purpose, know you are not alone, and I encourage you to take the time to write me via my contact page, I’d love to hear from you.

 

Today’s post – SMILE!

Here is a pic of me and my sweet Luna; a fluffy Bichon Frise dog that is my joy. I snapped a random selfie of the two of us playing in the backyard recently. I was feeling really down and alone that day but looking at this pic you wouldn’t know it as we are playing and smiling, having fun. Did you know that smiling actually has a lot of benefits? When you start to smile, and smile like you mean it,  joy spreads throughout your body and you invite a different mind set. Smiling and laughter can have a healing power and just like the old saying goes ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is true. I know it is not always easy, but just try it, when you wake up in the morning, decide your going to have a really great day and that you are going to smile more today than yesterday. Invite joy and happiness today!!

 

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Happy 4th of July

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Hope you are all having a wonderful 4th of July!! I will post pics from our trip to Sacramento and a fabulous antique mall with tons of retro and mid-century modern goodies in the next day. Stay safe!!

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