If you’re brand new to pinup style and don’t have a clue where to start, don’t sweat it, honey. Welcome to your beginners guide to pinup fashion! I will take you through the basics, show you the ten key pieces you need to get your manicured mitts on and let you know where to find them without having to remortgage your home.
I’ve been dressing this way for years, mainly because:
- I love the unapologetic femininity of the look
- It’s the most flattering way to dress a curvy figure. Put me in mainstream fashion and I will look awful (and not just because of the tears pouring down my face)
- I’m obsessed with old school Hollywood legends like Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren and I want to emulate their classic glamour
Here’s how you can too.
The Hourglass Silhouette
Pinup style is all about celebrating your curves. Your clothes should enhance what you’ve got and create a jaw-droppingly flattering hourglass shape. Look for:
- nipped in waistlines – vital for va va voom
- figure-hugging bodices
- knee-length skirts – these can be full or fitted, whatever makes you feel most gorgeous
Colours & Prints
To make your first few purchases extra versatile, stick to solid colours and key patterns like these. That way you can mix and match and get more wear out of each item.
Adapting What You’ve Got
Before you go out and buy ALL THE THINGS, take a look in your wardrobe. There might be stuff in there that can be styled differently to achieve a pinup look. Keep your peepers peeled for knee-length skirts and dresses that can be worn cinched in with a belt, cropped cardigans and anything with those trademark pinup prints.
Vintage vs. Reproduction
When starting out it’s probably easiest to buy mostly reproduction clothing. Then later on you can try incorporating a few original vintage pieces, like handbags and costume jewellery, to add flair and authenticity to your outfit.
Now Time For The Fun Bit – Your Pinup Style Shopping List
These ten items are the pinup basics that will build a fabulous foundation for your new wardrobe. I’ve tried to find affordable options for each item. Money can be tight when you’re buying yourself a whole new wardrobe! And when you’re a fledgling pinup, you may not want to blow £100 on a dress. Well, you’ll probably want to but may not be able to justify it! Now, enough of this chatting, it’s smudging my lipstick. Let’s go shopping! Here’s what you’ll need…
- a versatile wiggle or swing dress to wear on its own in summer and under a cardigan in winter
- a pencil skirt or a circle skirt with optional petticoat for extra flounce
- a couple of fitted tops (make sure you tuck these in for a high-waisted look)
red, navy and black from Hell Bunny
- a cropped cardigan to wear over dresses and as a top (more options here)
- a pair of high-waisted trousers, perfect for casual pinup days
- seamed stockings, hold-ups or tights (I buy mine in bulk from Ebay)
- a structured handbag to make you look all sophisticated
- a hair flower or headscarf – pinup style is all about accessorising (look out for reversible headscarves like these to create more outfits)
- a waist-cinching belt to accentuate your hourglass
- body-shaping underwear to smooth your silhouette – brands like Rago do midriff-miracle-workers with a vintage appearance or you can go the flesh-coloured Spanx route to suck it all in (for more on shapewear, look here)
A Word On Pinup Style Shoes
When you’re starting out and don’t have stacks of cash to spare for fancy footwear, you can get by with two pairs of shoes. Black for darker outfits and nude for lighter, brighter looks. Choose ballet flats, wedges, mid-heeled courts or stilettos, depending on how well you can balance.
Congratulations! Everything’s sorted for your beginner pinup wardrobe. All you need now is red lipstick, black cat eyeliner and some sexy self-confidence because, dollface, you look fabulous. Xx