You’re Allowed To Unpin

The pinup style is a very effort intensive one. Whether you wetset, heat set or prefer an elaborate set of victory rolls, the hair takes time to craft each evening or morning. The liner flicks and sharp brows and perfect pout all require regular practise and daily precision. The stockings and garter belts and corsets can all take a while to cinch into and layer up under the petticoats and swing dress or the slips and tight wiggles. All of these things are something you get faster at over time, and get used to, becoming an automatic part of your routine that you’re used to allowing time for. And part of being a pinup is that you love doing all these things, it excites you to get your glam on; if we hated doing it, then we wouldn’t do it. We enjoy it.

That being said, we don’t always enjoy it. There’s not a pinup I know who doesn’t have mornings when she wishes her liner wouldn’t take a full 10 minutes when it’s misbehaving, or that she could just wash her hair without having to plan which day it most makes sense to do so to make the most socially out of her fresh set. Sometimes there are days, weeks or even months when despite your love for the style, some of the things we do, or even all of them, just seem like too much effort.

That is okay.

In no mood for makeup, glam dresses or sculpting my hair You’re allowed to be a pinup who needs some time to re-energise and relax. You don’t have to hand over your membership card. You don’t have to duck out of the vintage events you’ve been looking forward to attending. It’s unnecessary for you to explain yourself with a touch of guilt when people enquire about your lack of red lipstick or query your unstyled locks.

We all have motivational slumps, when the energyto do what we need or even want to do just isn’t there; it’s not just during down periods that the pinup thing is too much. Sometimes when you’re having a really great time and enjoying life, like going on vacation or spending a lot of time with family or friends, you don’t want to take the extra time out to fix your face because you’re having too lovely a time to give up any of it to alone time in front of the mirror. You don’t need to explain to anyone why you’re taking time out looking ‘normal’ rather than your retro self.Getting dressed up to get groceries, as I'm known for? Not today, kids!

Sometimes as pinups we accidentally shame one another. Hell, there are some pinups who do it on purpose; no matter what style sphere you’re part of, there will always be some people who make everything a competition or a game to step over others. Any pinups who do that are not the true spirit of our community, and if you come across any who make you feel bad for opting for jeans and a ponytail one day then ignore them: they’re the same women who shame girls for not getting victory rolls right on their first try, or even their third. Girl, victory rolls are hard. No one is mastering those right away. It took me so long that I gave up.

Attempting to make an effort on a day I didn’t feel like getting dolled up

This is your style and your life. If you need to take a breather every once in a while to build your energy back up, even if it’s months long, there’s nothing in that for you to feel guilty about. You might find that fighting through it and carrying on in the style actually helps, if it’s a small slump, like I myself have experienced during busy periods many times in the past couple years. But if it’s bigger than that, if it’s a long-lasting energy ebb and you aren’t snapping out of it, don’t feel bad. You don’t owe your prettiness to anyone else. You don’t owe them extra time in front of your own mirror, sorting through your closet, pincurling your hair in the evenings and touching up your lipstick after every meal, just because you have likely become known for doing those things and looking a certain way. You only ever owe yourself happiness, and if that means slipping on a maxi dress in the morning rather than a wiggle, do it. Do whatever you want to do.

Do you, you beautiful babey babe. Do you.

London Edge Spring/Summer 2017 

It’s that time of year again: I’m fresh back from my trip to London Edge and I’ve got all the previews you want ready in my handy-dandy round up.

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London Edge outfit, Jade dress + Lucy cardigan C/O Collectif

For those of you that don’t know what London Edge is, it’s an alternative fashion trade show held twice a year to display the new season’s upcoming collections from the exhibiting vendors. Stockists of the brands attend to decide which items they want to order for their stores and websites, and bloggers are often invited to cover the releases for their readers. For vintage-style loving ladies, that means seeing the new lines of favourites such as Collectif, Hell Bunny, Voodoo Vixen, Banned/Dancing Days, Unique Vintage, Seamstress of Bloomsbury, and many more. Basically, there’s a lot of very pretty stuff all on display under one roof.

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The only pic Giselle & I remembered to take together all weekend

For this SS17 event I went with my bestie babe Giselle, with whom I also spent the previous day catching up on life, gossip, and having a great time bowling and eating at Bayswater’s All Star Lanes. The fun continued at Edge, where we got to catch up with some of our favourite vintage ladies, like owner Claudia of Deadly is the Female, model Scarlett Luxe, owner Kerry of Audrey Stars Boutique, Sandy from Vivien of Holloway, and blogging kiwi babes Soda Fontaine and Miss Victory Violet (brief though the latter meeting was.) I always love finding out what new pieces other ladies have been most taken with at the show, as it’s interesting to see if we’ve all selected the same stand-out items that are therefore bound to be bestsellers that we may have to fight over at the online checkout, or whether we have differing appreciations for the upcoming styles.

As easily distracted as I can be at Edge with so many things to look at and people to talk to, I did my best to snap my usual excited and hurried pictures of the items I loved best and those I felt my readers would enjoy so that I can give you a glimpse of what’s to come. Here, below, let me share with you my top picks for upcoming SS17.

Collectif


On Offer: Tropical prints, harlequin, gingham, watermelon fun, border prints, mermaid vibes with seaside prints, more super high-waisted jeans and the return of their (newly improved) capris.
Extra extra: AW17/18 previews showed a return of many favourite styles in new colours and prints, plus some new shapes and interesting changes for the brand. Olive, burgundy and navy feature heavily, there’s faux fur trim back again, and their best loved coats in new colourways.
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My Favourites: Literally too many to name. Tropical Fairy doll dresses, Jade dresses, harlequin Dolores tops, anchor print Erina.

Lulu Hun
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On Offer: Striped ribbon wrap wedges, striped and gingham ballet flats, kitschy strapped flat sandals featuring fruit or cactus, solid coloured flats with cut-out vamps.
Extra extra: AW17/18 will have so many cute retro booties you can’t even handle it. I’m not allowed to show you yet, but believe me, you’re going to be on board.
My Favourites: The nautical coloured striped wedges, of course, (even though they’re stupidly not pictured here) and the black/white striped and gingham flats.

Voodoo Vixen


On Offer: Summer stripes, adorable playsuits, florals, flower-trimmed necklines, their first bridal range, a sequel to last summer’s bestselling nautical jumpsuit.
Extra extra: Loved the Chicago Chic Blog collaboration from this winter? The matching vanity handbag will be coming this July (ish).
My Favourites: SO MANY. The green daisy-trimmed pieces, coral-peach floral neckline dress, dark striped print, andthe cute playsuits with wide flaired shorts.

Hell Bunny


On Offer: Fun nautical, tropical, fruit and daisy prints, short sleeved cardigans, a killer white wicker style bag that can pass for vintage.
My Favourites: The Ryder bag, the 50s lighthouse print dress, and monte carlo 50s dress.

Unique Vintage


On Offer: Lots of familiar styles in new prints and colours, including the Dolores, Golightly, Eva Marie and Hamilton, plus the high-waisted bikinis their famous for, bold stripes, a bandanna print, and multiple cutesy novelty print skirts and nautical prints.
Extra extra: Two words–UV kids.
My Favourites: All the bright striped dresses killed me, plus the pale blue and white checked shirt dress and the bandanna dress.

Banned/Dancing Days


On Offer: Flamingos, LOTS of willow pattern-esque blue on white print, popular tops in new colourways or prints, bags and shoes to match the prints on the clothing.
My Favourites: Willow pattern dress, yellow striped dress, striped boat neck top.

Miss Candyfloss

On Offer: The Housewife Collection, inspired by the 50s housewives with a twist. Lots of gingham, daisies, pastels, and novelty prints featuring coloured bicycles, kitchen storage jars. Classic Miss C dress shapes in new colours or featuring textured design inserts. Jumpsuits, of course.
Official lookbook
My Favourites: The light brown and pale blue striped dress featuring on the last page of the lookbook which I couldn’t actually find at the show, ha.

Zoe Vine


On Offer: Simple and classic wiggle dresses, the return of the Isabelle dress in two new prints, flutter sleeved softly flared dresses, a sudden burst of metallic gold.
Extra extra: AW preview included velvet wiggles, floor length dresses, and simple styles with button details.
My Favourites: The lighthouse print Isabelle dress, hands down.

Love UR Look 

On Offer: Gingham, desert/cacti and Wild West themes featured as embroidered appliques, and all the usual interesting necklines and design details Love UR Look is known for.
My Favourites: Blue printed shirt dress as featured above, and the bird dress with pink, blue and orange birds.

Pretty Retro/The House of Foxy

On Offer: Simple mix ‘n’ match separates, shirt dresses, sweaters, the amazing above mustard jacket and floral dress. Plus, their menswear line, 20th Century Chap.
My Favourites: The mustard ensemble above, be still my heart.

Seamstress of Bloomsbury

On Offer: Easy-to-wear, easy-to-care-for flowing jumpsuits and 40s style dresses, a burst of gingham, some simple summer whites, prints that aren’t overwhelming or overly bold.
My Favourites: Red gingham strap dress with feature pockets and navy trimmed simple white dress.

And there you have it! My favourites of what I could find, though I still suggest you keep your eye out for the official lookbooks from your favourite brands to see the full range. Some brands like Collectif have already begun releasing their SS17 line, while others, like Voodoo Vixen, are expecting their first releases to begin coming in at the end of this month. I suggest you get your wishlists prepped and your pennies ready!