Pedal pushers – a wardrobe staple for vintage and pinup style!

Top: Zara (old) (both the light blue and the animal print)
Pedal pushers: Vivien of Holloway
Shoes: Zara (old)
Brooch: Vintage

If you’re trying to build a vintage style or pinup wardrobe you have to start with the essentials. And what other than the pedal pushers?! It is something you can wear everyday, mixing and matching with different sweaters and tops and you can create many styles for the day or even for the evening. I found my favorite pedal pushers at Vivien of Holloway and I have been wearing them all the time. They’re high waisted and kind of loose fitting, in a non stretchy cotton fabric. 

For a more authentic look, you can combine them with a slash neck top , a sweater or a shirt you can tuck in or maybe a twin set. I also always pair it with a wide belt for extra cinching at the waist. For shoes, you can choose from high heeled pumps, ankle boots, brogues, ballerinas or even sneakers (50’s style). 

Photography by John @portraitsandpinups at his studio. Here I am playing with his cat Chili, who is so cute and funny!

This is the last of my shoots in London. I’d like to thank John for collaborating with me and taking such amazing pictures! I’ll miss London and all the wonderful and talented people I met! <3

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Something about…British Retro!

Dress: British Retro
Shoes: Lindy Bop (you can see some close ups on my instagram @ariettita)
Eyeglasses: Retropeepers
Clutch: Vintage

This is my very last photoshoot, before I left London and I really love how it turned out. Especially this first shot right outside the Vogue building. What could be more posh than that?! Of course I was freezing and I was lucky enough that John (@portraitsandpinups) is so quick to take good pics!

Anyways, moving on to the main focus, which is the dress: isn’t this dress divine? I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it on the British Retro site. British Retro is a small business (and I like supporting small businesses), that make vintage inspired clothing and their garments are all made in one of the oldest factories in the East End of London. 

I bought two garments, the one in the pics, which is called “Something about Kitty” and another one which you’ll see when the weather is a bit nicer (praying for that). 

I’m also rocking my new reading glasses by Retropeepers. Aren’t they cute?! 

After freezing while trying to play cool (no pun intended lol) and take good pics, I had the marvelous idea to have a coffee at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, and fortunately we were allowed to take some more pics in their elegant and warm lounge! 

I will really miss London, I already do actually… Then you’ll ask, why did you move back to Greece? Lots of reasons which cannot all be explained here. Maybe in another post…

Kisses and hugs!

PS: Many thanks to the very talented John @portraitsandpinups for the beautiful pics in all our photoshoots!

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The 40’s trousers of your dreams!

Top: Vintage (bought at the Classic car boot sale in London)
Trousers: Laura Byrnes Doris Trousers (Revival Retro or PUG Clothing)
Hat: Vintage (bought at the Midcentury market in Camden)
Gloves: Vintage (bought at Frock me fashion fair)
Shoes: Old tango shoes
Bag: Vintage (bought at the Kilo shop in Athens)
Trench: Zara (old)

Forties inspired that is! Well that’s how Pinup girl Clothing call these trousers and I will definitely agree. Designed by Laura Byrnes, who is actually the founder of PUG clothing! 

These trousers are very well made from out of vintage-style pebble crepe and fully-lined with a soft knit fabric. They are wide leg, so wide that when you’re standing it may look as if you’re wearing a skirt. Especially the black ones. I love the pleats that drape very elegantly and the high elasticated waist. 

 

I do apologise if you cannot see exactly the shape, but we used natural light on a gloomy day, which gave us some really nice artistic shots, but maybe not as nice in regards to properly seeing the garment. If you wish to see them in more detail you can always go to the PUG site (they’re modeled by the stunning Doris MayDay) or if you’re in London pop by Revival Retro (which is where I purchased them) to see them up close. 

Photography by John @portraitsandpinups and a big thank you to the lovely people at Undercurrents Antique shop for letting us shoot at their loft above the store! 

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The Red and the Black

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Coat: Hell Bunny from Top Vintage
Dress: Vive Maria
Gloves: Revival Retro
Retro seamed tights: What Katie did
Shoes: Zara (old)

Apart from a well known novel by Stendhal, Red and Black is a popular (and favorite) colour combination, that makes a statement. Especially if we’re talking about these two beautiful garments: the black Hell Bunny coat from Top Vintage and the red Vive Maria dress!

The coat, I fell in love with, as soon as I saw it at the Top Vintage site (although admittedly I had a very hard time deciding between all those beautiful coats). It is quite warm and quite heavy, but it’s perfect for London weather. I got a size 10, and even though it fits perfectly on my shoulders, it’s rather big on the waist. But I chose not to return it because I think the 8 might be too tight on the sleeves and back. So I’ll make sure I get the waist tailored to accentuate the hourglass figure. Other than that, it’s just perfect. I felt very glam prancing around in the cold and I really appreciated the fur lined hood, that protects you from the rain and the horrible wind! I also like that it’s long enough to cover my circle skirts or swing dresses and actually has the shape of a full skirt. 

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As for the dress, I love the lace detail on the heartshaped cleavage and the fabric is soft and high quality. This shade of red is my favorite and goes perfectly with my Feels so Grand retromatte liquidlipstick from MAC. I would like the dress to be a tad longer, to cover my knees, but even as is I think it’s a very elegant, timeless dress! 

Needless to say, I froze when posing with just the dress! Ahhh, the life of a blogger… 😉

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Btw, do you like my new hair?

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We can do it! Inspired by Rosie the Riveter!

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Who doesn’t know the famous image of Rosie the Riveter?! This poster, produced by Westinghouse during World War II for the War Production Co-Ordinating Committee, was part of the national campaign in the United States to enlist women in the workforce. In the face of acute wartime labor shortages, women were needed in the defense industries, the civilian service, and even the armed forces. Publicity campaigns were aimed at encouraging those women who had never before held jobs to join the workforce. Poster and film images glorified and glamorized the roles of working women and suggested that a woman’s femininity need not be sacrificed. Women were portrayed as attractive, confident, and resolved to do their part to win the war. Of all the images of working women during World War II, the image of women in factories predominates. Rosie the Riveter–the strong, competent woman dressed in overalls and bandanna–was introduced as a symbol of patriotic womanhood. The accoutrements of war work–uniforms, tools, and lunch pails–were incorporated into the revised image of the feminine ideal. (Source, World Digital Library)

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I was inspired by Rosie to do this photoshoot, wearing my Collectif dungarees, which are the most feminine dungarees I’ve ever had! A bit of an oxymoron maybe? Not at all, I think women can be very feminine in terms of how they look and behave and they can be strong and in touch with their masculine side at the same time. I’ve never been a tom boy, I was always quite girly, but on the other hand I love cars and I know how to change a tyre or even fix a leaking toilet flush (weird I know, lol). And like Rosie, I know “We [women] can do it”!

Women are actually very strong, stronger than men in many cases. Not in physical strength, but in their ability to get through difficult times. But life is not nice when you constantly have to rely only on yourself. There’s nothing more precious than having someone in your life that wants to be there for you. And that doesn’t make us weak, it just makes us feel loved and appreciated!

Now back to the fashion bit of this post, these dungarees are my favorite ever. They have the perfect shape and I love the sweetheart neckline, as well as the cinched waist. They have a good stretch, but the waist can feel a bit tight if you go smaller than your size (or if you eat too much!). They also have front and back pockets, which are always very useful, and the straps are adjustable. 

Dungarees: Collectif
Shirt: Zara (old)
Shoes: old from random store

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Photography by John at Portraits and Pinups

Hope you liked this post as Rosie inspired me to be a bit more philosophical! 

See you at the next one!

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