Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Sunday Snag – Sugar 'n' Spice

1950s Pinup Style Play Outfit on ChatterBlossom #1950s #fashion #pinup

Here it is, the closest to pinup I can manage. I just adore the pinups of the past and wanted to create a version myself. However, if you've ever tried, that can be exceedingly difficult! Those girls were talented and made it look easy. Heck, I thought it might be easy too, but sheesh! Seeing how they posed and actually posing that way yourself are VERY different things. They really knew how to create length of legs and curvaceous shapes by subtle movement and placement of the body. It really intrigues me and I've been trying to emulate those ideas. Man is it challenging though! Have any of you ever tried doing a pinup pose for a photo? Or maybe just a flattering pose in general? I like to break down the technical sides of these things. Am I alone?

This particular day, the hubs and I didn't really have any plans. I just wanted to fool around with some pinup like shots so we headed out with the camera around our neighborhood. There are some really lovely places around our home to snap photos and hopefully our neighbors don't mind too much.

Vintage Fashion Done Today #1940s #1950s #pinup #vintage #fashion

My outfit is just one of the sweetest pieces of vintage I own. The shorts are actually the first in person piece of vintage I ever bought. I had only purchased my first vintage anything (online) last September and that was a dress (seen here). From that moment I was hooked, so I was thrilled when, last November, I got the chance to see vintage clothing in person at the Eastern Balboa Championships (a dance event in Raleigh, which I will be vending at this year!!!). That is where I purchased these shorts and my green floral dress (seen here). I believe those were my only two purchases that time around. I imagine that won't be the case come this year's event! Watch out wallet!

And lo and behold, who did these shorts come from? Yup, said all my consistent readers, The Cleveland Shop. Where does she get all these treasures?! And how am I going to continue buying them all?!! Haha Well, I'll figure something out I'm sure. Eating beans from a can maybe. Could you blame me though? The shorts are ridiculously adorable! They appear to be a 1950s, silk/cotton blend, high waist, zip up back that feature three stitched patches. The patches!! They are candy shop themed! One is a candy jar marked Spice, one is a jar labeled Orange, and one is a jar labeled Jelly Beans! AH, it just melts me! Plus they are in a color that I very rarely wear. Yellow tends to be a difficult color for me up near my face, so this is just perfect.

Retro Pinup Fashion #1950s #pinup #fashion #vintage

My shirt I bought recently from a tiny Etsy shop called The White Woods for an extremely reasonable price. It seems to be a 1950s piece that was handmade. The construction is a little wonky, but it looks fine when on and tied like I have it in the photos (which is really the only way I'll probably wear it). It is a cotton button up in pink and white gingham, which only adds to the sweetness of this outfit. 

I don't really have any pinup shoes because they are usually a bit too pricey for me to justify if I can't dance in them (which I can't because they are usually a higher heel). I would love to have a pair of those high heeled, ankle strap 40s shoes. Someday. The shoes I'm wearing here were purchased a few years ago for my sister's wedding. The wedge seems to fit well with the vintage vibe though, so I thought it worked well.

My accessories are a three fold grouping of items from my shop. My hair flower, "Let's Fall in Love" seemed fitting as it has an ombre effect of the colors in my outfit. My earrings are the "Lemon Drops", which are fun little vintage square buttons. The ring I'm sporting is "Paper Moon", which just seemed like a fun addition to the candy-like playfulness of the entire ensemble (Update: If you were looking for this ring in my shop, the reason you can't find it is that I recently sold it to a friend). Only other thing added was my vintage picnic basket which served only as a prop this day because it was crazy hot and humid and not ideal to go on any actual picnic.

1950s Novelty Patch Shorts #candy #vintage #pinup #1950s

Outfit Details
Shirt: 1950s Gingham from The White Woods
Shorts: 1950s Novelty Patch from The Cleveland Shop
Shoes: Purchased years ago from Nine West
Hair Flower: "Let's Fall in Love" from my shop ChatterBlossom
Earrings: "Lemon Drops" from my shop ChatterBlossom
Ring: "Paper Moon" from my shop ChatterBlossom (sold/unavailable)
Picnic Basket: A church rummage sale

Vintage style pinup outfit #vintage #1950s #pinup #rockabilly #fashion


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49 comments:

  1. I am in LOVE with your outfit! The picnic basket was a nice touch, perfect compliment to the gingham :)
    &Idk what you're talking about honey, in that 3rd picture especially I think you hit the 'pin-up pose' spot on!

    Take care!
    xoxoxo

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  2. This is just beyond gorgeous. Love the outfit and the photography. My favourite post of yours so far!
    Charlotte
    www.winstonandwillow.com

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  3. Love this beautiful vintage ensemble, looks so pretty!

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  4. The outfit is adorable. And isn't it fun to shop through etsy? There is so much variety, and I always feel like I'm getting something a little more interesting than what other people get at the mall.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  5. J'adore this outfit on you!! I remember those shorts; I'm glad you got them...they're just too cute!

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  6. Wow, this is such a neat idea!! Your pictures turned out beautifully both in quality and also in your poses and settings you created. This was fascinating for me. Also, please oh please, take this as a compliment, but you look as beautiful as the woman from that time period looked too. (Yes, I think the years past models were worth looking at and admiring compared to our to skinny ones who barely cover themselves look today.)

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    1. Haha! Yes, I completely understand and definitely take that as a compliment. Curves are good! :-)

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  7. Absolutely adorable, what a fabulous shoot!

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  8. Darling! I think you pulled it off swimmingly!

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  9. You really pulled this off. Now you will need your own calendar : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Haha! Yes, I made one of sorts for my grandma. Not a calendar but a book of my vintage pictures. Her and my grandpa love it!

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  10. Def. worth beans in a can if it comes to that because those shorts are too cute! :)

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  11. Great poses. Great outfit. Playing with flirtation can be fun.

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  12. You are such a beauty! I love this pin up meets 50's feminine look, I'm sure your neighbours don't mind at all!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

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  13. These are fantastic! You look lovely and those shorts are such a fun find! :) happy weekend!

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  14. That picture of you leaning against the bench (the first one) is absolutely stunning!!!!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  15. You look amazing! The little tie-top is so cute, that is one of my favourite styles of clothing. It always looks pin-up-ish. And your wedge shoes look perfect.
    I tried posing in pin-up style once, it's really not natural is it??

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    1. Right?! It is freakin' hard and definitely not "natural" the way you have to be aware of so many parts at one time and in contortionist poses.

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  16. Gorgeous! You achieved the pinup look perfectly. I know what you mean about it being difficult. I tried it a couple of times for the hubby and it isnt easy at all.

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  17. You really capture the beauty of the pin-up girl. Wonderful photos.

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  18. Really close to a real pin up! This look enhances your beauty!

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  19. So lovely! Such a classic style...I always feel like you have to at least have a bit of curves to truly emulate the pin-up style. I like the old dresses with full skirts...but I'm too much of a stick figure to pretend I'm a pin-up! :P

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    1. Hahaha! You would be surprised. I'm not what you normally deem "curvy", but the placement and position of the body make an incredible difference in photos.

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  20. You are so beautiful Jamie, such a dainty flower! You fit awesomely into this retro scenario :-)
    Have a lovely week ahead!
    Love
    Coco et La vie en rose
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  21. Ah these shorts are amazing, and I love the top! You look stunning.

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  22. I love it, you have a beautiful smile!
    new follower here,
    xoxo
    About women and not only Blog

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  23. I think you have the look down pat in that second picture! I could never try pin up modeling---their smiles look so endearing and natural, whereas I would just be glowering at the camera.

    Brittney

    anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha! It is hard, I have to tell myself to relax often as I get forehead and eyebrow distress in photos otherwise.

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  24. I love your style!!!
    Have a good week! my g+ and heart in bloglovin for your post too!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  25. ohh you look stunning!! those shorts are amazing, the lemon colour and the candy themed patches, i can't think of anything more perfect! you pulled off the pin up look wonderfully. :)

    little henry lee

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  26. I've never done a pinup shoot...but golly you make it look easy as pie! You are gorgeous!
    -Kait

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  27. You didn't just come close- you nailed the pin-up look with this. I miiight have to try out that pose now too :)

    You look very cute, but also comfortable and relaxed, which is the best way to be.

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  28. If there was an award for the cutest vintage shorts of 2013, I would nominate you, dear gal. These are so, so fabulously darling and, goodness, do they look fabulous on you! I could see Gil Elvgren rushing to want to paint you immediately if he saw these beautiful snaps!

    ♥ Jessica

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  29. Very very cute... that last photo is my favourite of this set.

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  30. Love love love this look! Very cute. the pin up shoot turned out really well too, I love it all. I will have to check out that shop in Cleveland. It's a bit far from me, but sometimes my dad goes down for Cleveland Browns game so I might be able to wrangle a ride!

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    1. Oh you should!! The owner is wonderfully nice too!

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  31. Gorgeous - simply perfect.

    Thank you for linking up with Style Sessions!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  32. Kisses and hugs to everyone for your lovely comments! I loved trying the pinup look out and thank you all so much for your encouragement!

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