Sunday, October 22, 2017

5 Tips for a DIY Retro Pin-Up Girl Costume (from the Thrift Store!)


Halloween! Is anyone else excited?

I did this amazing pin-up girl photoshoot with Kate of Rags Photography here in Boise, and I have to show you all the awesomeness that is my thrifted Halloween costume this year.

I couldn't decide if I wanted to be a "tomboy" pin-up girl or a "glam" version...so I did both!

5 tips for creating your own pin-up girl costume from the thrift store



1. Look for modern clothes that have retro shapes (in other words, define your waist).


Pin-up or 50's-inspired clothes have been inspiring fashion for the last 60 years, so you don't even have to find "real" vintage pieces to make a good pin-up girl costume.

Defining your waist is basically rule #1 of pin-up style...they loved curves in the 50's, so get over your obsession with baggy shirts (like me) and embrace your waist!

Look for shapes like these:

  • Pedal pushers (or capri pants)
  • Peplum tops
  • Collared button down shirts with short sleeves
  • Full skirts, especially skirts that are longer than knee-length
  • Cardigans
  • Classic heels

2. Keep colors and patterns classic.


The closer you stick to colors and patterns that aren't trendy today, the more authentic your costume will look.
  • Colors like white, red and blue create an all-American look
  • Plaid
  • Polka dots
  • small delicate florals

3. Be bold: Rock a cat eye and a red lip.



It's a simple look that's instantly recognizable: Cat eye eyeliner + red lips = pin up girl.


4. Learn to do a killer victory curl.

Confession time: I'm super hair challenged. Most days I literally just let my wet hair dry and maybe comb it. So I'm not going to lie, I totally did not do this fabulous victory curl.

The amazing ladies at Red Betties Hair House in Boise are the artists behind this masterpiece, and a masterpiece it totally was. My. Hair. Looked. Amazing.

If you're hair-challenged like me, there are still some simpler ways you can do your hair:

  • A high ponytail with a ribbon (think Sandy from Grease)
  • Short curled bob
  • A bandanna 


5. Don't skimp on accessories 


Pieces like this freaking cute vintage style bike (this one is from Rolling H Cycles and I can't tell you how fun it was to play with) can make or break your outfit. If you keep your main pieces in the right shapes and classic colors, then you can splurge a little more on the fun pieces that tie it all together.

  • a retro bike (maybe a bit overboard, but how cool will you look trick-or-treating on this bad boy?
  • peep-toe shoes
  • pearl necklaces and earrings


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