a poster showing a famous or attractive person.
a person featured in a pin-up.
Pin-up is often just a term thrown around by the new generation of ladies interested in vintage looks (mainly from the 50s). Above is what it used to mean (and still means to some people) but I LOVE the way it has been revolutionized and we have kind of claimed the word back and made it for us rather than for other people. I know there are still modern day “pin-ups” but I feel like this new wave of dress style is something so different and inclusive. An incredible movement mainly showcasing body positivity; that everyone can be beautiful no matter what shape, ethnicity, gender etc – rather than the standardized mainstream beauty. Pinup to me is a style often characterized by red lipstick, winged liner and some kind of curl in the hair.
In this post I’m going to discuss my holy grail items that can help anyone interested in dressing “pin-up” or lovelies that already dress it! Sometimes it’s nice to have some guidance because I know from experience entering this world of vintage inspired stuff can be pretty overwhelming.. Like what brands can you trust? The brands I am talking about in this post are brands I have used for a long time now and I know they work.
If you would like me to do a beginners guide to pin-up please let me know below!
Besame Lipstick – Victory Red
This lipstick is my go-to lipstick – I’ve been wearing Victory Red by Besame Cosmetics at least 4 times a week for a year and a half. I wear it to work and I don’t reapply all day and it will usually stay on the whole day. Saying that I highly recommend buying a lip liner. Lining and colouring your entire lips in lip liner before applying lipstick really helps you get the perfect lip shape, it also helps stop your lipstick from bleeding and makes it last a lot longer.
L’oreal Paris – Black Gel Liner
I have been applying black liner since I was 14 years old that’s almost 10 years. So I have trialed a lot of products; liquid, pencil and then I finally found gel liner. I tried this liner in 2014 and I have been using it ever since – every photo you would have seen of me I would have been using this L’oreal gel liner. I have hooded eyelids and it doesn’t transfer onto my lids even after a long day – it has also never dried up!! It’s truly amazing.
Hell Bunny Elasticated Belt
I LOVE THESE BELTS!! I bought a black one back in 2014 when I first started dressing ‘pinup’ before I was even on social media! And I still have and wear it all the time – I have two more in pink and light blue too. Not a lot of people know that I have been dealing with stomach problems since forever so wearing belts or anything remotely tight or restricting around my stomach can make me very sick so I find wearing an elasticated belt gives me that signatures fifties silhouette without the pain. I’d rather be comfortable and these belts are such a cheap and easy way to cinch your waist! One day I’ll have them in all of the colours!!
Dancing Days – Banned Petticoat
For a long time I would wear the same vintage petticoat because I was too scared to spend the money on another petticoat that could potentially be as scratchy as other petticoats I had previously tried. Then about a year and a half ago I bought a banned petticoat and I have not looked back since. Petticoats are one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe – I love the drama they give to an outfit and they really make a circle skirt POP! I never go out without one – sometimes I wear two! Banned Petticoats are 100% my favourite reproduction petticoats – they are an investment piece but you’ll get tons of out wear out of them!
I know a lot of ladies love ballet flats and I really love them too. They’re relatively cheap, cute and because they’re affordable you can get a few pairs that can go with different coloured outfits. However I would invest in a good pair in black so you’re able to wear them for long periods of time and they’ll go with everything.
What are you holy grail items?? Let me know below. It’s really interesting seeing what people treasure most!
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