Perth's very own pinup queen, burlesque artist, producer, & blogger.
“Fashion comes from a dream, and the dream is an escape from reality.” – Christian Dior
I was recently reading a book on vintage fashion where I found this wonderful quote by Christian Dior on the topic of fashion, and the message really resonated with me on how I feel about dressing up so I thought it would be wonderful to put together a blog on dressing in vintage fashion which will hopefully inspire you.
Ever since I was a little girl I loved dressing up, I had so many costume pieces from princesses to super heroes, I never really stopped. Through high school I loved dressing more alternative, and theatrically, I often had teachers comment on my fashion choices like wearing suspenders and stockings and my makeup. One of my biggest peeves is hearing someone say women only dress up, and wear makeup for men, I don’t feel this is a true comment for me, I like dress up to be creative, to express my interests and passions, and above all because I want to. In all my blogs, videos, and classes what I teach and share is only guidelines to how you can dress and apply makeup and hair, I don’t think you should define how you should dress, if vintage is something you only want to wear part-time that’s fabulous or if you want to be a full-time pinup girl that’s fabulous too! Dress to express yourself.
Dressing the way you want can take a lot of courage, a lot of us don’t dress the way we feel we should in fear of other people thoughts, wearing our heart on our sleeve can be a scary thing. A big key to feeling you can express yourself is to work on your confidence and body confidence, I’ve made a few blogs on this topic but I am planning to make a video chatting about different ways we can improve our confidence. For the most part we need to identify what makes us feel negatively, when we notice the cause we need to work on correcting this with positivity, for example when we worry what people might think we need to remind ourselves that the only opinion that matters is our own, if we choose to dress a certain way to make ourselves happy it doesn’t concern anyone else. Dressing vintage can bring a lot of attention, for the most part this is people interested in what you’re wearing, and appreciation, but there will be people who don’t like your look. Dress the way that makes you happy, and remember in the words of Dita Von Teese:
“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be someone who hates peaces.”
While working on confidence you can start to take small steps, incorporating small components of pinup fashion; like a pencil skirt and red lips, testing the waters until you feel confident to wear everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Life is far too short not to be who you want to be; have fun, wear glamorous clothing, and don’t let fear hold you back from doing what you want! Take the first step today, while you won’t go to bed tonight after reading this and thinking about what you want to do and everything magical falls into place it can take time to work on these different elements, but it will be worth it for all the happiness you’ll feel.
I find inspiration in a lot of different places, I love to watch old films, look at vintage pinup girls, modern pinup girls, in books, on the streets, from nature and anything else I can find. Find what inspires your style and find ways you can incorporate that into your own fashion. Surround yourself with what inspires you, I think inspiration is what keeps a passion alive.
If you ever need someone to chat to about vintage fashion, confidence or if you have question I’m always more than happy to help, you can either comment on this post or email firstname.lastname@example.org