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Gloves For Ladylike 50s Elegance

Retro gloves in Cream with ruffles from PinupGirlClothing.com.

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

James Dean’s Casual Cool: Shopping For Men’s Vintage Sunglasses!

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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Awesome Retro Lunchboxes!

"Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" lunchbox featuring Tura Satana

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!

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This Retro Leopard Swing Coat: A Must-Have For Fall

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a blue moon I come across a find that makes my jaw drop to the floor. This retro coat is one such beauty.

If you’re striving for an authentic 50s look this fall, this overcoat is a must. It’s comes in a cute animal print fabric and has a flared “swing” cut at the bottom that really moves. Ends just above the knee to show off those gams but still keep you toasty during the chilly season. It also has an adorable hood to pull over your head and keep you even cozier.

At $150 from Pinup Girl Clothing, this high quality coat is a real deal. A solid coat is an investment and a real wardrobe staple. Make your coat purchase one that counts, one you can wear with any retro fall or winter outfit and that will last for years to come.

I know it’s hard to contemplate cold weather when you’re sweltering in the August heat, but this is absolutely the best time to purchase coats. You’ll have your choice of sizes and styles before they’re picked over. Especially this one! Pinup Girl Clothing always sells out of styles fast; so if you’re lusting after their swing coat, don’t wait.

So, what do you think? Do you already own this coat? Have you found another retro overcoat that you love even more? If so, let us know.

The Perfect Rockabilly Ponytail

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.

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