It’s hard to imagine a black and white film where Greta Garbo, Jayne Mansfield, or the like did not drape themselves in this ultimate winter indulgence. In the 30s 40s and 50s, furs were all the rage. These items were so luxurious and expensive as to be almost unattainable, the ultimate symbol of wealth and elegance.
However, with prices of authentic fur coats so high (not to mention PETA campaigns souring desire for the real thing) faux fur is now the way to go. Snap up one of these silky-soft beauties, if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it!
A beautiful coat is not only a wardrobe staple, but a thing to fall in love with. Choose one of the following styles and make an elegant vintage statement during the icy winter months!
Gloves are often overlooked nowadays. Even retro-loving fashionistas sometimes forget to include this elegant accessory in their wardrobe.
Gals may score the perfect 50s swing dress, paint on a flawless cat-eye, and learn to shape their hair into lovely Victory Rolls; but many ignore the final vintage touch: gloves. Read the rest of this entry
The eternally-youthful James Dean embodies a certain iconic style. His presence oozes casual cool with a California flair, a hard-hitting fast-driving rebel beneath a polished retro-chic veneer.
Want your man to sport that same retro style?
Sunglasses are a key part of men’s 50s casual-wear that is almost always overlooked. Finding the right pair of sunglasses is key to an authentic head-to-toe ensemble. In fact, nothing can ruin a retro outfit faster than an utterly out-of place modern pair of aviators or ray-bans.
Luckily, the recipe for James-Dean-style shades is simple. Avoid modern squared-off frames and stick with rounder styles. All the mens’ sunglasses of the period were styled this way. Also, avoid solid plastic frames in favor of tortoiseshell, or a combination of wire and tortoiseshell. This will give you James’ laid-back California look.
Once you start looking, you’ll spot this vintage Persol style in many shops. Here are just a few examples.
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If you’re a vintage-loving gal faithfully sporting pencil skirts, pin curls, red nail polish, and wiggle dresses on a daily basis, then why spoil the look by toting a boring litttle lunch bag?
Here are 8 lunchboxes with a real kick, sporting stles of the ’60s, ’50s, and even ’30s! From Tura Satana to Bettie Page, Coca Cola pin-ups to Bettie Boop, bathing beauties, and more, these lunchboxes have what it takes! Go on. Grab one of these eye-catching designs and express your style!
Perfect lips are drop-dead sexy, and one of the two essentials of a true pin-up makeup look (the other being a subtle cat-eye, but more on that later).
There are a few things to remember when striving for retro lips. First, a bright cherry red color is essential, so steer clear of darker maroon or plum tones. Second, the key to a true pin-up lip is a matte finish, so avoid lip-gloss and shiny lipsticks. And third, you want a flawless crisp look with no smudges. The edges should be carefully drawn so the final effect is in high contrast to the rest of your face.
Here is the way to do it, ladies:
1) Moisturize your lips with any lip balm or chap stick. (No one wants dry cracked lips. Do yourself a favor and start with a smooth moisturized surface.)
2) Paint base or concealer all over your lips. (This will conceal the pigment already in your lips and let the true color of the lipstick dazzle when you apply it).
3) Draw a line around your lips and then fill in the entire lip with a lip pencil. (This will establish a base color that will not rub off as the night goes on. It will also establish a crisp line of high contrast between your lips and skin.)
4) Fill in lips with a matte red lipstick.
5) Paint pale concealer around the lips and then use a makeup sponge to wipe away any excess and erase any lipstick smears or mistakes.
And there you have it: A flawless cherry-red smile worthy of a pin-up princess.
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You’ve seen this vintage style on the likes of Gwen Stefani and Scarlett Johansson. Now get it for yourself!
Here are two videos that show you how to elevate the everyday ponytail from a sloppy modern look to very polished hairstyle with retro flair.