Ultimate 1950s Pin-Up Style Guide: How to Dress Like a Vintage Icon

1950s Pin-Up Style Guide: Dress Like a Vintage Icon
1950s Pin-Up Style Guide: Dress Like a Vintage Icon

Get ready to go back in time and step into the glamorous world of 1950s pin-up style! With this guide, you’ll be able to channel femininity and elegance with all vintage vibes. From classic cars to timelessly chic fashion statements – get ready for a journey through an iconic era where red lips were always in vogue and cat-eye winged eye liner was essential. Let’s travel back together as we learn how modern women can recreate these sassy looks today! This beginner’s guide will teach you all you need to know about dressing in the1950s pin-up style!

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1950s Femininity – Embracing Your Inner Pinup Girl

Yasmina Greco is Crazy4Me PinupGirl In Bernie Dexter Dress

Yasmina Greco is Crazy4Me PinupGirl In Bernie Dexter Dress – Photo Credit: Shameless Photography

I’m a modern woman living in 2015 but when I look back on the 1950s, I can see feminism had some good points.

The 1950s was a decade of elegance where women wore the most beautiful clothing silhouettes, accessories to match and stunning cat-lined eyes with ruby-red lips. Pearls, gloves, and garters were part of every-day-life for these women who were ultra-feminine and had the time to spend pin-curling their hair or going to the hairdressers to look beautiful and very put together. True, in their roles as 1950s housewives and mothers, it was up to them to help their husbands get ahead in the work force so keeping a sparkling clean home, looking stunningly gorgeous and having the boss over for dinner was just a way of life.  Today in 2015, I have never heard of the boss coming over for dinner.

In the 1950s people still looked out for one another and had a sense of community. You went next door to check on your neighbor or came over for a cup of sugar and stayed for coffee and a visit. Folks looked forward to Sunday dinners with their friends and family instead of loathing them and no one pulled out mobile phones to disengage and spend time texting, catching up on social media or playing games. Kids and teens were respectful and had manners, they were not of the entitled mindset we see today. In the 1950s women took pride keeping their homes beautiful, raising their children and taking care of their husbands. Many women didn’t work outside the home, the economy was such that you could live off of one income. Though there were women that were secretaries and worked in department stores as well.

Yasmina Greco Crazy4Me Pinupgirl in Heart of Haute Estelle top in Atomic Cats sold by Pinup Girl Clothing

Yasmina Greco Crazy4Me Pinupgirl in Heart of Haute Estelle top in Atomic Cats sold by Pinup Girl Clothing – Photo Credit: Shameless Photography

Today, in modern times, two incomes hardly cover the cost of living but women have come a long way; some are Queens, heads of state, diplomats, CEOs of billion dollar corporations and they can achieve whatever they put their minds to. Many agree that it is still a man’s world and that women have to diminish their femininity in order to compete in that world  to achieve status and that big job title; especially in the world of high tech.

For those of us that live in modern times and want to bring back some of the glamour from the 1950s and incorporate it into our daily lives, you have to start by knowing it is ok to look feminine, wearing dresses and skirts that enhance your curves and figure. It is ok to take care of your family, home, and take pride in working hard and climbing the corporate ladder. Many women would get an incredible confidence boost if they embraced their inner 1950s Pinup Girl. It feels incredible to wear full circle skirts and dresses. Even wiggle dresses and 50s style cardigans and blouses are incredibly flattering. Embracing your inner PinUp Girl will get you the right attention too as people will look at you in awe, you’re gorgeous and standout, all in the right way. Start by adding some 50s inspired clothing to your daily wardrobe with a dress or skirt, try a red lip or add a little drama to your eyes with winged eyeliner. Why not add a pretty flower hair clip to your coif. Presenting yourself in an elegant and feminine manner will make an impact on those around you and your self-confidence will soar. I encourage you to go for it!! You can always contact me via my contact area.

These are a couple pictures from my recent photoshoot; thought they worked well here.

Top photo Dress is from: Bernie Dexter

Bottom photo: Top is by Heart of Haute in the Estelle Atomic Cat Print, sold by PinupGirlclothing.com, Glasses are by Tiffany.com

Pinup Girl Vintage Living

Crazy4Me Pinup Girl Vintage Flamingo Circle Skirt

Happy Memorial Day blog friends!! A lot of exciting things have been happening and I wanted to share it with you. As many of you know, I love the 1950s-1960s and but what you may not know is that I have a real affinity for clothing of the 1950s. The 50s lifestyle; the values of yester-year where family, a glamorous wife, a handsome husband, and a beautiful home that was stylishly decorated and hearty dinners were served every day of the week all while wearing a beautiful dress, and having hair and makeup all done up. Wearing beautiful pinup girl dresses that have just the right cut and style to enhance women’s curves beautifully.  That magnificent cat-eye winged eyeliner and vintage victory roll hairstyles.

I am embracing the fashions, and have been wearing my vintage style circle skirts, pinup dresses, wiggle dresses, cardigans, and lovely stockings and heels. At first I wasn’t quite sure how to incorporate my new pinup girl look into the office atmosphere as my curvy figure in a wiggle dress (think more Joan Harris from Mad Men) or a pencil skirt and conservative though form fitting blouse would be way too much, I have been able to wear some pretty circle skirts with a blouse or cardigan and also some dresses. It does take a little more time getting ready for work in the morning especially when adding the vintage makeup touches of a cat-eye and putting on stockings and heels but I have to tell you that it feels fantastic! I feel pretty and feminine and proud to go to work. My former style was a pair of pants with a causal work appropriate top or sweater, and though I always put on my face and did my hair, wearing 50s pinup style dresses and skirts with heels just makes you feel so pretty. I also put my hair in a simple up-do or when my curly hair cooperates, I can pin the front and sides up a little to form a mini victory roll look. I am not quite ready for pin curls and curlers yet but stay tuned! I have also received so many compliments from female co-workers that want to know where I am getting my clothes. I work from home on occasion and love cooking dinner for my husband and I get my self all dolled up in a pretty pinup dress with petticoat for additional flair (think Betty Draper from Mad Men) who was prim and proper, looked so pretty in her 50s dresses that nipped in at the wait and were so flirty with the petticoats underneath. The twirling these dresses make you want to do  – oh my!!

Pinup Girl Clothing

Weekends are my favorite time as I can wear my fun pinup girl or swing dresses that are really curve hugging and enhancing!! I add a vintage handbag, sometimes a vintage chiffon scarf and of course the eyes and hair are all done up. I love wearing this look to the antique fairs and shows and when out at the antique and collectible shops. I have so much fun, the dresses are really comfortable while enhancing all my curves and I receive so many compliments.  I’m loving my classic pinup girl look!  My husband is so sweet and supportive and tells me how pretty I am!!

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Crazy 4 Pin Up Girls!

The “come back” of the Pin Up Girl can be attributed to the desire people seem to have with admiring “pretty girls”, “Hollywood’s-good-ol-days”, and the nostalgia of yester year as all things Vintage and Retro are hotter than ever. We can also thank mainstream television with shows like L.A. Ink and Miami Ink as it seems a majority of the episodes showed men and women having Pin Up Girl tattoos done on various parts of their bodies by the very talented tattoo artists these particular tattoo studios have.

How Pin Up Girls Originated
Pin-Ups date back to prehistoric days, ancient Greece as well as the Renaissance as each of these civilizations and periods had their version of images of well-endowed women on cave drawings, sculpture, and paintings. Early American influences in magazines and print illustrations include Howard Pyle (1853-1911), his Brandywine school and students such as N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Harvey Dunn (1884-1952), Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) and Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966). Dean Cornwell (1892-1960), John La Gatta (1894 – 1976) and Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) were also major forces in magazine and advertising illustration. The Arts and Crafts and decorative Art Nouveau movements in Europe also contributed to the artistry and styles of the times.

We are probably most familiar with the World War Two, pin-ups that accompanied G.I.s and these pin-ups were movie stars that were considered sex symbols. Photos of Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, and Ava Gardener to name a few.

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