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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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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Havana nights dress – Pinup Couture

imageA couple of weeks ago I visited my favorite retro boutique, Revival Retro, to film a video which you’ll soon be able to watch on my channel. Spoiler: lots of amazing outfits coming up! 😉 Of course I couldn’t resist buying a few things myself. This dress is one of them and I must say I’m in love with it! It’s by the American brand Pinup Couture (Pinup Girl Clothing) and the specific design is called “Havana nights“! I can definitely see myself in Havana, inside a 50’s convertible, wearing this gorgeous dress, a headscarf and a pair of cat eye sunglasses! (Sigh!) imageWell I may not have gone to Havana, but I think me and my amazing photographer Constantinos chose a really nice background in my home town Chania in Crete to capture the beauty of this dress! image About the dress: it ticks all the boxes! High quality material, and plenty of it I might add. It doesn’t even need a petticoat, but imagine how much more flare the skirt would have if I wore one. imageimage I love the pointyness of the bust, because it’s gives you even more of a 50’s silhouette, along with the cinched waist, which enhances the hourglass figure (or creates one). By the way, I wasn’t wearing a bra, but next time I’ll wear it with my bullet bra so it looks extra pointy! imageAnd last but not least, the pockets! Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that this fabulous dress has pockets! What more can you ask, seriously?!

 Dress Pinup Couture from Revival Retro

White pumps from Zara (old, but similar here)

Thanks for visiting my blog and please do come back and leave your lovely comments!

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Lurex Glam

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 “Lurex is the registered brand name of The Lurex Company, Ltd. for a type of yarn with a metallic appearance. The yarn is made from synthetic film, onto which a metallic aluminium, silver, or gold layer has been vaporised. “Lurex” may also refer to cloth created with the yarn.” (Source Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurex)
I actually thought that the fabric was called Lurex, but it turns out it’s the name of the company that makes that type of yarn. So I don’t know if my dress was made with their yarn, but I will call it Lurex anyway…
It was quite popular in the 1950’s and the 1960’s not just for evening wear, but also in movies and tv shows (Catwoman’s suit in the 1960’s Batman tv series was made of Lurex). I love it because it is so glamorous and elegant and makes even the simplest dress design look special. It is quite sensitive though, as it’s very easy to accidentally pull one of those metallic threads!
I found this beautiful green Lurex dress at the Midcentury market, which takes place twice a year in London (Camden). I love the fit of the dress, even though it doesn’t leave me a lot of room to eat (or breathe lol), but who cares, I just had to grab this unique piece! I’ve only worn it once so far, at a fancy restaurant in London, where I got a lot of stares and a couple of compliments at the ladies room!
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 My shoes are Sergio Rossi (similar here) and I’ve had them for quite a few years, but this classic shape never really goes out of fashion. My gloves are vintage (similar here) and they were my grandmas and the vintage clutch I bought from the Classic Car Boot Sale in London for £5 or £10 if I recall correctly! The brand is Salisbury’s and I don’t think it exists anymore (just used ones on ebay).

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 Take a look at my YouTube video, where I show this outfit and tell me if you like the song I chose 😉
Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to see you again on my next post!
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