Casual pin-up style

I’ve been busy busy working on a costume commission for my dear burly-q friend Gin Fizz these past few weeks, but I wanted to take a moment and check in/stop looking at the zillion yards of hunter green velvet I’ve been buried in.

During the summer, the same day as my shoot for the Vogue 8628 pants I posted about earlier, I also dolled myself up in my summery pin-up best, and it’s only just now occurring to me that I never posted about *that* look!

While the majority of my posts here at Revisionist Vintage are intended to be sewing related, I also have a small-but-mighty collection of *actual* vintage clothing, which I integrate into my wardrobe fairly frequently, as well as curating more modern clothes to achieve a vintage style.  I’d love to share those looks with you also, as a reminder that you don’t necessarily have to have a bin of patterns and the sewing skill of the house of Worth to make yourself stand out as a vintage weirdo like me.

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Case in point:  None of the things I am wearing in these photos are vintage.  The high-waist shorts were a Kohl’s find YEARS ago (like, 2008 maybe) and the halter is the kind you can find in literally any department store in the summertime.

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What made this look was the longline corset I’m wearing underneath it all.  It’s pretty obvious in the two above photos.  (If I were wearing this look again, I would choose the corset that doesn’t sit so low on my hips, to avoid that weird hipline,)  If you’re in the market for a good, affordable corset, my first choice is always Orchard Corset.

Styling also helps, of course.  I’ve had plenty of experience with victory rolls, since I wear them onstage most weekends, but there are tons of great tutorials on Youtube to get you started with your own fabulous vintage hairstyles!

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I almost scuffed my shoe for this shot, but it was worth it.

If you’re looking to experiment with pin-up style looks for yourself, there is a lovely series of books out there to get you started.  It’s called Style Me Vintage and there are separate books for hair, makeup, vintage-fashion curation, and more!  I’ve got the makeup and style books, and I found them to be an amazing resource when I was first starting out on my vintage style journey.

Edited to say:  Thank you (as always) to Kenneth, my only-slightly-artistically-impatient boyfriend for taking these photos!


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