The Pinups of War https://warbirdpinups.com Tue, 07 Dec 2021 11:07:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 How to Wear Vintage Clothing Without Looking Costumey /how-to-wear-vintage-clothing-without-looking-costumey/ /how-to-wear-vintage-clothing-without-looking-costumey/#respond Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:57:08 +0000 /?p=31 For those who want to take retro or vintage style seriously, the first thing to avoid is looking like you’re dressed up for a costume party – unless that’s really the idea; to step out of the conventional a bit and play with something new in a festive moment. Otherwise, there are some ways to […]

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For those who want to take retro or vintage style seriously, the first thing to avoid is looking like you’re dressed up for a costume party – unless that’s really the idea; to step out of the conventional a bit and play with something new in a festive moment. Otherwise, there are some ways to include the references of the past in your daily life, mixing them with your personal style and what suits you best, without looking like you are dressed up for a theme party. Check out our tips and go wild!

Be proud of your style

Pin-up photographers on another working day in New York

First of all, you need to accept and be proud of your own style. If the idea is to adopt a look inspired by women of the 40’s or 50’s, for example, it is not worth being ashamed to go out in the street with a more elaborate hairstyle or a godé skirt. Of course there will be those friends who still think you are “featured,” but if you feel good about what you wear, no one has any business getting involved. Be proud that, unlike other people, you make your own fashion and are happy with it.

Check your true tastes

If in your day to day life you can’t insert any reference, no matter how small, that reminds you of your retro style and you still find it strange to see a person who keeps a look like that even to go to work, it means that this is not your true style – sorry to be the person to tell you this. Take a look at your tastes, your references, and see if you are going the right way. Just because you think it looks good on others, or all your friends wear it, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to dress that way. Find what fits you best and be happy.

Your clothes carry culture

50s fashion vs. 60s fashion

Before adopting a style based on a certain decade, it’s important to research what was worn in each period so as not to pay the price. It is very valid to mix references, but to say that you have a super “60s style”, and that your clothes are all inspired by the 50s doesn’t make much sense. For those who still don’t know, the fashion of the two decades is super different from each other. A simple example: Midi skirts, 50s. Miniskirts, 60s. Do you understand the difference?

Use small details in everyday life

Try to adopt small retro references in your daily life and, if you want, be more daring on party days. This way, you’ll establish your style little by little and won’t run the risk of looking like you’re in costume every time you get a little more dressed up for an event. After all, the idea is to live the retro rather than to dress up for a themed event, isn’t it? If not, continue the production only for party days and everything is fine. The important thing is to be happy, without labels!

Beware of excessive clichés

Impossible not to love, right? But, if the idea is to adopt a retro look, inspired by the fashion of the 1950s, go far beyond the famous “little yellow balls”. So don’t fill your closet with polka dots and forget about the wonderful florals, plaid, and so many other prints, patterns, and fabrics? The vintage and retro style is so vast that limiting yourself to a single pattern or piece is nonsense. Go for it!

Avoid excessive information

Scarf around the neck, flower in the hair, kitty glasses, heavy makeup, godé dress with a corset, fishnet stockings, stilettos, gloves, super elaborate hairdo… All this in the same look. Easy, girlfriend! You don’t need to use all the pieces of your closet at once. Always use common sense and balance when composing your look so that it doesn’t look caricatured. By knowing how to balance the information, you will achieve that classic and elegant look you have always dreamed of!

Don’t limit yourself to stereotypes

Be careful about highlighting stereotypes. For example: The idea that women only wore pencil skirts in the 1940s and goddess dresses in the 1950s is very limited. At that time, besides other models of dresses and skirts, different styles of pants were also worn, such as high-waisted and “short legs” (aka capris) or high-waisted with wider legs, which almost resemble a pantalone. A tip is to research and always have cool references at hand so as not to fall into a stereotypical look.

Vintage is much more than a passing fad

For many people vintage/retro is much more than just a fashion trend to rescue the past, it is a true lifestyle. So, in addition to all the aesthetics and fashion trends of an era, it is also worth looking deeper into music, movies, decoration, behavior, among other things that influenced the way people dressed in those times.

But most important be yourself, always!

Of all the tips, this is the most important: be yourself and follow your own tastes! There is no point in “putting yourself together” and buying tons of vintage clothes if you are only going to wear them to a certain party once or twice a month, and in your daily life you prefer to wear something completely different. Wear what makes you feel good and beautiful, whenever and however you want!

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How to Become a Pin-Up Model in 8 Steps /how-to-become-a-pin-up-model/ /how-to-become-a-pin-up-model/#respond Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:39:21 +0000 /?p=16 The retro subculture is fascinating! Music, fashion, and lifestyle come together in one of today’s fastest-growing alternative cultures. If you are interested in pin-ups, you probably already have an interest in vintage and retro cultures, which give a contemporary twist to the lifestyles of the past. What is a pin-up model? Pin-Ups were the models […]

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The retro subculture is fascinating! Music, fashion, and lifestyle come together in one of today’s fastest-growing alternative cultures. If you are interested in pin-ups, you probably already have an interest in vintage and retro cultures, which give a contemporary twist to the lifestyles of the past.

What is a pin-up model?

Pin-Ups were the models that illustrated advertising posters in the late 19th century, the concept gained more notoriety in the mid-20th century in artworks by George Petty, Alberto Vargas, Zoë Mozert, Earl Moran, and Gil Elvgren. In this type of art a (real) model was used for the creation of illustrations of cute girls, half-naked or in provocative sensual poses.

Hollywood actresses in sexy pictures or posters were also considered pin-ups, because their beauty was on the walls of those who admired them. So we can say that basically pin-ups were poster models, models, and actresses who took sexy pictures.

Pin-Ups de Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren e Earl Moran

But since then, mainly due to musical subcultures, the concept of the pin-up as a woman object has been subverted, it has changed drastically. In alternative culture, pin-ups became models, not necessarily sexy, but models of style, of representation, of empowerment. Nowadays many consider pin-up the simple fact of adopting retro aesthetics with care.

Diva Akasha with psychobilly pin-up style

How to become a pin-up model in 8 steps?

1 – Start by choosing your style & era

For beginners we recommend that you read first “How to Dress in Retro Style” for those who want to take the first steps in adopting retro style and don’t know where to start”. There are five tips on adopting retro fashion that will be of great help to those who want to become a pin-up. Among the topics listed, one of them involves choosing your favorite decade.

Of course you may like more than one era, but when putting together looks, try not to mix eras that are so different. For example, avoid mixing 1940s and 1960s, because they bring very contrasting silhouettes, running the risk of creating a contemporary look instead of a retro one. Remember that respecting the historical silhouette makes all the difference in the success of your pin-up look.

Retro Universe Pin-Ups for the 2016 calendar with a 1950s silhouette

2 – Use lingerie with old patterns

Lingerie is the basis for a good silhouette. Try to use lingerie that is similar in cut to that used at the time you are reproducing. It is okay to wear contemporary lingerie, just make sure it does not mark the body in the wrong place. For example, a 1950s look requires high-waisted panties and structured bras, while a 1960s look allows for low-waisted panties and simple cotton bras with no support methods.

3 – Use Pin-up accessories and make-up

Research the type of shoes, jewelry, costume jewelry, hats, and other accessories of the era you are interested in. Research the makeup. Remember pantyhose, since bare legs were uncommon. Analyze shoes from each era to match the silhouette of the clothing. Look for current/retro versions for all these items.

Ideal make-up, accessories and shoes for the pin-up style

4 – Do vintage hair styles

Hair is a relatively important part of pin-up hairstyles. Learn the differences in hair from each era, and how to do hairstyles as well as develop modernized versions for everyday use. There are several videos on You Tube that will be helpful in your learning curve.

Retro Hairstyle (Photo: The Freckled Fox)

5 – Retro clothing

Most period pieces were made of natural fabrics, you can find synthetic fabrics that give a similar fit, by the way, being retro is just that, a retelling of the past, so don’t worry that you are not faithfully following 100% the period fabrics. Although it is possible to find retro style pieces in the “adult/professional” section of department stores, there is the option of social clothing stores.

In case you cannot easily find retro-looking clothes, one of the options is to look for a trusted seamstress and present her with your references. See if you already have some garments that can be refashioned or adapted to the style and make modifications with new seams. Another option are the thrift stores, it is necessary not to have prejudice and to understand that the reuse of clothes is also a sustainable practice.

Ca Rutledge for her brand Raibow Unicorn

6 – A good cut of clothing

The contemporary pin-up is impeccable. Therefore, it is necessary that the clothing and shoes have good quality and a good cut. In those days it was a woman’s obligation to always be elegant and presentable, and somehow this still holds true today. It may sound outdated today the social requirement that a woman must always be “presentable”, so it is important that being a pin-up is a personal CHOICE and not a social obligation.

You can be a pin-up on any day you want, you don’t have to be pin-up every day! That is the freedom we have these days: the choice! But if you’re not interested in a flawless and very deliberate look, no problem, psychobilly and gothabilly pin-ups have a more defiant attitude and you can take inspiration from them.

Miss Daisy for the Sky Lovers editorial

7 – Do not exaggerate

Retro is up-to-date, you don’t have to go out on the street from head to toe looking like a character from the past (check here for some tips to avoid looking like a costume). You can and should create your own style based on what you like by adapting hairstyles, shoes, and clothes.

8 – The pin-ups were models, get inspired to take pictures

So how about grabbing your cell phone and practicing poses, faces, and mouths? Choose your best angle, your best light, and shoot yourself a lot! And of course, don’t forget to put in the comments a link to your photos, we would love to know your model side!

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How to Dress in Retro Style /how-to-dress-in-retro-style/ /how-to-dress-in-retro-style/#respond Tue, 07 Dec 2021 09:56:58 +0000 /?p=6 When we talk about vintage fashion, we refer to the original pieces from the 20th century. Retro fashion is the name given to current, contemporary pieces that are copies or revisions of clothes from the last century. Are you interested in retro fashion, but don’t know how to adopt this style? We have separated five […]

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When we talk about vintage fashion, we refer to the original pieces from the 20th century. Retro fashion is the name given to current, contemporary pieces that are copies or revisions of clothes from the last century. Are you interested in retro fashion, but don’t know how to adopt this style? We have separated five tips that will help you in this mission:

1 – Which era (or decade) do you identify with?

If you want to adopt the retro aesthetic, but are afraid to invest in pieces that you don’t know if they will look good on you; you’re short on cash and want to invest in the right pieces; or you’re unsure if you’ll give up halfway through; here’s the first tip: check which decade of the 20th century you most identify with and think you’ll wear, regardless of whether it’s fashionable or not. We will use as examples for this article, three very popular eras: the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

How to Dress in Retro Style 40’s and 50’s
How to Dress in Retro Style late 50’s to late 60’s

2 – Do some Research on the Era You Have Chosen

We have listed some characteristics of the three decades mentioned, surely you will be able to tell which one you have more affinity and is more a part of your daily life or what you want to transform your look:

1940’s Fashion
Do you like pencil skirts? Broad shoulders and a slim waist? Medium length hair? Do you like sober tones? This could be your decade!

The 1940s silhouette basically consisted of broad, padded shoulders, a natural waist, and narrow hips. But perhaps its most prominent pieces were the simple, buttoned blouses with small collars. In them, puffed sleeves made the shoulders look larger, and they were not tight-fitting, but always loose-fitting.

Current options inspired by the 1940s fashion: calf-length dresses and pantaloons. Blouses with closed necklines.

Unique Vintage clothes inspired by the silhouette of the 40s

1950’s Fashion

Do you like flowing, voluminous skirts and small shoulders? Do you like midi lengths? Do you love the idea of wearing girdles or corsets? Do you like short hair? Do you like colorful floral prints and pastel colors? You were born for the 50s!

Unique Vintage clothing inspired by the silhouette of the 50s

1960’s Fashion

Do you have a young, fun-loving spirit, like short skirts, shorts, and dresses in evasive silhouettes? Do you like long hair with long bangs? And how about long boots? The 1960s are modern and edgy, and may be perfect for you, futuristic girl!

Current options inspired by 1960’s fashion: evasive dresses, tubular pleats, pleated…

Unique Vintage clothing inspired by the 60s silhouette

3 – Follow the silhouette!

If you want to pay homage to the decades of the past, your retro looks need to follow the silhouette of the chosen era. That is, avoid mixing pieces from the 1940s with those of the 1960s, for example, this mixture would result in a contemporary look. If the idea is to create a complete retro look, the ideal is to combine pieces from the same decade.

4 – Can you wear pants?

Pants were not standard attire for women of the eras in question, but you could, yes, wear pants, especially pantaloons and fabric pants for the 1940s. For 1950, only teenage girls wore jeans, but skinny, girdle-style pants were already in fashion that persisted into the 1960s with the addition of pants with a slightly wider mouth – always in fabric!

5 – Start now

Once you’ve decided when you want to start investing in your look, all you have to do is store around for the silhouette style in stores, thrift stores, and fairs. And if you have any doubts, take a small list or print this article to consult, if necessary! Also, be sure to tell us about your experience, how you took your first steps in retro style, and what your favorite era is!

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