Another really fun thing that Kate and Lara (business partner) do at the Studio Nouveau is "Boudoir parties." I imagine these are SO much fun. You'll have to contact the Studio to find out all the details, but having heard Kate talk about it, and of course seeing the photos gave me an idea. I'm going to teach all of you how to go from plain to pin-up in 5 very easy steps. There's a very simple formula to mastering this particular style, but holy cow does it have some major impact!
And yes I think this is an empowering way for women to dress, as long as they are choosing to do it for the right reasons. I would never want any woman to be merely objectified, but as women we can use how we look to our advantage and that is a powerful thing.
Step 1: LINGERIE
You don't have to actually wear nothing but lingerie to work the pin-up look, so don't freak out on me right away. The idea or inspiration behind ANY pin-up girl outfit is the feeling or implication of lingerie. That idea holds many meanings and for any girl wanting to create this type of look for herself, starting with an outfit that makes you feel great is the most important thing. If you are comfortable in a bustier and lacy panties, great, but not everyone I know would be okay wearing just that. So when thinking about your outfit, try to be inspired by lingerie. Sweetheart necklines are a great place to start and they are a flattering neckline for just about any woman. As for what exactly to wear? That's really up to each individual. Swimwear, dresses, even menswear can be appropriate depending on how you style it. Take a look at these vintage pin-up girl illustrations:
Not a single one of these five illustrations shows a woman in mere undergarments, yet each image is incredibly sexy because they each either show a hint of lingerie or they imply that it's there, just under the surface. Sometimes leaving a little to the imagination is a good thing. Read on for the next five steps, and at the end of the post are some pin-up outfit ideas.
Step 2: LEGS
here. If you're going for a more bare leg look, obviously choose one of the nude shades. If you want to go for a more stylized look, then black is always a very powerful choice. In that case, I recommend taking it a step further and wearing fishnets or stockings with a seam up the back. Once again Capezio makes a great pair that even has rhinestones accenting the seam. (Style #3002 found here.) And for those of you who prefer thigh-high stockings with the back seam, they are easy to find. Some inexpensive (but effective) ones can be found here and here.
Step 3: LOUBOUTINS
Step #4: LOCKS
Hair is very important in terms of the overall look. You don't have to have long hair to accomplish a sexy pin-up look, but curls definitely help a great deal. If you want to be authentic and wear pin curls, more power to you, but even just adding some waves and volume will make a huge difference. (P.S. For great How-To videos for pin-curling your hair, click here and here.) Finally, don't hesitate to add an accessory to your hairstyle-a headband, a flower clip, rhinestones- whatever suits you.
Step 5: LIPS
Retro-style bathing suit, Modcloth, $89.99
Vintage-style sunglasses, Gap, $10.50
Yellow color-block wedges, Make Me Chic, $22.65
Wide-brim beach hat, Amazon, $15.99
The Girl Next Door:
Pin-dot Dress, Modcloth, $54.99
Sheer White Thigh-high Stockings, 3Wishes.com, $11.95
Flower Hair Pin, Etsy, $13.99
Vintage Gloves, Etsy, $5.50
Patent Peep-toe Pumps, Vicious Style, $44.99
The Vamp-y Vixen:
Black sequin corset, Oh Cheri, $69.95
Lace Boy Shorts, Snaz75, $19.99
Rhinestone Fishnets, Capezio, $52
Floral Choker, Etsy, $28
Romantic Soles in Black & Red, Zappos, $65