Because even glamorous pinups can’t wear prom dresses and ballgowns the whole time.
For one thing, it’s hard to do your weekly food shop when people keep getting their trolley caught on the train of your dress. So what’s a vintage lover to do when a more casual or work-appropriate outfit is required? My favourite off-duty pinup look by far is mid-century sweater girl chic. Nothing beats it for combining style and sex appeal with comfort and wearability.
Time for a brief history lesson.
In the 1940s and 50s, the humble jumper got a saucy makeover. Some clever strumpet realised that her pullover held powers beyond mere insulation. So she shrunk all her knitwear in the wash and popped on a bullet bra to make her breasts extra pointy, just in case anyone still hadn’t noticed them. The world went wild for sweater girls and their sexy yet snuggly look.
So I was very excited when I laid my heavily mascaraed eyes on the new knitwear from Lindy Bop.
From the muted colours to the simplicity of the designs, the whole range screams sweater girl. The jumpers and cardigans are even named after icons of the style like Kim Novak and Jayne Mansfield. AND these knits are a winning combination of adorable and affordable! As you can see, I felt this was justification for buying in bulk and completely revitalising my knitwear drawer.
Sweater girls were all about sex appeal (and staying warm).
To keep your outfit flattering, wear your knits as figure-hugging as possible. You want your sweater to hold you tightly like an over-enthusiastic lover. Your breasts should strain against the wool like they’re struggling to break free. Don’t be afraid to size down. I’m wearing a UK 6 (please stop laughing, it’s terribly rude). Due to the stretch in the material, it’s the perfect fit. I normally pair my teeny tiny tops with a high-waisted pencil skirt to complete the office pinup vibe. Cigarette trousers would also work well.
I know these tops look simple, but there’s nothing like finding the perfect basic, is there?
Since my knitwear splurge, I’ve been wearing the bejesus out of them. I went for a rainbow of pinks because I’m shamelessly girly. But Lindy Bop stock these sweaters in a wide variety of colours and prints so you’re sure to find one you love.
To end this post, let’s take a moment to appreciate the women who made the sweater such a staple of pinup style. All hail Kim…
and Jayne, queens of the sweater girl empire.