I've been a little bit missing in action for a while, mostly because of the yucky weather and dark nights (we're almost there though!) meaning I haven't been able to get photos of any outfits for a while, and also because the outfit photos I attempted to take this weekend were ruined when the wind blew my tripod over and broke my beloved portrait lens. I was really upset and phoned Ben in tears on the day, only for him to turn up home that evening with his boss' lens for me to borrow plus the new Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric book, which isn't even released till Thursday, Amazon must have sent it as a mistake - it's pretty awesome though!
I'm not sure if it's coming across very much via the blog, but over the past year, my style has started to take a turn more towards the pin up and retro side. In the past, I always wanted to be one of the bloggers that could turn up at charity shops and vintage fairs and pick up the most beautiful vintage pieces really cheap and they would fit me perfectly. But, alas, that wasn't to be, since there are a very few vintage shops and fairs in North Yorkshire, and those we do have are slightly more on the expensive side, plus it's hit and miss finding something to fit and suit you. So instead I starting turning more towards repro and pin up style clothing - many of these are made to fit a shape a bit more like mine (rather than modern clothing which seems to be pretty drapey or straight up and down at the moment), plus they're a cheaper alternative to real vintage.
So I decided to share with you a few of the bloggers I turn to for style inspiration for this sort of clothing - some of these aren't all out retro or pin up wearers, but do wear things inspired by these type of things. A few I've read for a long time, a few are new reads. Hope you enjoy!
I've only recently discovered Cici Marie (real name, Carly, as she recently revealed!), but she's fast becoming one of my favourite sources of inspiration for the "real" ways she wears pin up and retro inspired clothing, as well as featuring plenty of red lipstick reviews and a "Cheat's Roll" hair tutorial.
a great corseting tips series going on too.
some corseting tips and reviews, and a very unique sense of style.
another with corset reviews (spotting a theme here yet?!). She sports some very fetching typical pin up outfits and some with quirky twists, plus I love her 5 minute beehive tutorial, must try this sometime!
her "uniform" of full skirts and fitted tops, and if it was feasible for me, this is a uniform I'd quite happily adopt! While she's technically not a pin up/retro blogger, her outfits are often made up of pieces that could quite easily be.
Into the Woods must have some of the most beautiful blog photography I've seen - everything looks like it's from the pages of a magazine with beautiful angles and lighting. Again, technically not pin up inspired, but definitely a lot more retro and vintage with some gorgeously proportioned outfits.
this recent repro sportswear one, amazing!
PS: The only image in this post that is mine is the first one, all the others (including logos) belong to the wonderful bloggers linked below them, so full credit goes to them for those!