Our image of beauty is changing again. Thin, blond and spray-tanned? Move aside! The buxom babe is here. Inspired by old issues of Playboy circa 1950, and photographs of Bettie Page, Bridgette Bardot and Marilyn Monroe, pin-up girl style is on the rise. No longer the cliche art for tattoos, the pin-up craze fills our sartorial needs, and our love for all things nostalgic. Shows like Mad Men, tumblrs like Vintage Sleaze, and online fashion stores like Bettie Paige Clothing have women everywhere are embracing the cheesecake image. We could learn a thing or two from modern day pin ups, like Lana Del Rey, Dita Von Teese, Christina Aguleria and Katy Perry. They embody a womanly, curvy shape, have impeccable make up, and a quirky style. Though we feel it’s totes not approp to wear the faja, we do dig these pin-up inspired looks.
When it comes to pin up girl make up, getting the look takes time and a bit of an artsy fartsy flare. Lots of black and red and winged eyeliner to compliment the wink, a la Amy Winehouse (R.I.P.) are a pin-up make-up staple.
A bold red pout competes with the eye. The result is done up and dramatic.
Stripes, dots and spots – Nautical stripes, polka dot anything and leopard prints are pin up steez. We don’t recommend you wear them all at once, but definitely try a piece of each. Katy Perry has obviously taken note of this…
The pin up look is all about extremes, and hair is no exception to the rule.
Whether it be beehive heights, darkest of blacks to the bleachiest of blonds.
Up-dos are encouraged, as are accessories like bows and bones. And always, always little girl bangs.
As for shoes, high heels, black suede tie up booties, red patent leather, canvas wedges. Any of these will do. Just make sure they make everything, ‘pop’.
Of course, you can pare all down and create a soft pin-up inspired look. We love the pin up cues taken and modernized in this editorial from Elle Sweden:
and brought back by Lana Del Rey in a recent shoot for GLAMOUR magazine:
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