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It's that time of year again, Valentines! I don't mind the holiday minus all the cheesy Hallmark'ness of the day it be very sweet to celebrate the day with the people you love and that doesn't have to constitute being in a couple! So with that mind I have put together of Valentines day themed essentials to create the perfect pinup inspired look and boy are you in for a treat with clothes, make-up, accessories, hairstyling and shoe ideas and inspiration to harness your inner pin-up whether you're going on a date, drinks with girlfriends or just looking for some inspiration for the weekend if Valentines is not your thing, keep reading...!
I couldn't write about Valentines essentials without mentioning Vivien of Holloway. They produce some of the most beautiful vintage inspired dresses around; I'm a massive fan of the UK based brand. Browsing their website never fails to make me droll over the stunning vintage inspired clothes. I especially love this heart print halter-neck full skirted dress, it's just adorable. Fun, flirty, 1950's inspired dress is a classic retro style piece to add to your wardrobe. (right, modeled by the lovely Ana Fur Laxis). I love this heart print, its just darling. This is the perfect dress for dancing the night away, you'll want to twirl around all night with such a full circle skirt on so it's a definite must for a date of drinks and dancing with friends or that special someone! Vivien of Holloway dresses can be customised and they also sell bolero to match their dresses to keep you snug. Vivien of Holloway dresses are best worn with a petticoat underneath which will enhance the width of the circle skirt and give a more authentic vintage feel. Thankfully you can purchase some of the best petticoats on sale also made by Vivien of Holloway which are available from their website and come in an array of colours for you to choose from; you'll be spoilt for choice!
Pinup Girl Clothing's Monica had to feature in the Valentines essentials- this dress is legendary! It's one of the most popular designs they've produced and for good reason, it makes every women's figure look divine! Modeled by one of my favourite contemporary pin-ups, Doris Mayday; this dress is a sophisticated, curve hugging, sassy pin-up style (a work of genius some would argue!) I have yet to see any women wear try on this dress with looking amazing, just look at Doris Mayday in this dress, wow! I love this dress in this vivid tomato red, its so bold and feminine ideal for Valentines or any special evening. I would normally suggest accessories to go with a dress but I think the dress speaks for itself so personally I just keep them to a minimum. The shape is much more generous to of all shapes and sizes, giving you the perfect pinup hourglass figure through it's structured design. Off the shoulders and with a sweetheart neckline, busty or not this dress will make you feel like a glamour-puss! Perfect for a dinner date or cocktails, all eyes will be on you! A dress such as this requires some extra special heels, the higher the better but make sure you can walk in them! There is nothing more unattractive then stumbling all evening in shoes you can't walk in!
For footwear when I was thinking of shoes to feature on my Valentines Essentials list I instantly thought of BAIT Footwear (But Another Innocent Tale), I'm in love with their shoeline. If you haven't already heard of this amazing brand then familiarise yourself because they're awesome! There vegan friendly designs are not only super cute but support animal welfare and what could be more loving so I had to feature theirs shoes! The brand is incredibly popular at the moment with bloggers, shoes lovers and retro lovers alike and its easy to see why. Their shoes are perfect for every occasion. The choice of shoes, heels heights, colours, styles and eras are really something. I'm in love with these little red platforms with a super sweet bow on the front and their peep toe which are my favourite. This heel height is perfect and it's a block heel as well which are much easier to walk in which is always an added bonus. I think these heels would look wonderful either dressed up or down. They love the most lovely red and white low heels which you can find on their website which would look perfect with the Vivien of Holloway dress featured above.
I love these little pinup brooches from Rock'a'frilly, perfect for a pinup themed Valentines pinup inspired look or for anytime! I love accessories they had a finishing touch to any look. While I don't like very accessorising a statement piece can elevate a simple black dress or a cardigan. Give it a try, there are loads of amazing companies producing gorgeous accessories, I love Erstwilder, Ladybird Likes, Dollydagger and loads more.This pinup collection is ideal for add some retro glamour to any look. If a red dress is not your thing then try a little black number put with a pinup on it! I think these would look great on a coat or leather jacket for the perfect rockabilly look. I love to collect the whole series if I could but I think that's maybe being too greedy!
Another on my Valentines essentials is yet again another beauty from Pinup Girl clothing. There stock just keeps getting better and better on their website. I was reluctant to feature the same company twice but with a bag this cute I just had too! I adore this wicker retro inspired handbag; it comes with tiki fruits included hanging on the outside of the bag, whats not to love?! It's the perfect accompaniment to any pinup inspired look for Valentines or any occasion. I adore the red version, it's so vibrant and fun. You can find this purse in other colours but this shade is by far the best in my opinion! It's like holiday in a bag, so tropical! This bag is ideal for adding a bit of much needed sunshine to these grey days! You could go for a whole tiki themed pinup look for Valentines to match this beauty. You can find marvelous hair flowers online at relatively inexpensive price to match this beauty online and some of my very favourites are NicCoCo Creations, Rock Rockabilly, Dollydagger, Pip Boutique, and lots more that I've forgotten to mention. You don't need to go tiki themed this bag would look equally fabulous with a cocktails dress or any retro inspired look, just have fun with creating your look!
Finally I wanted to feature a pretty fascinator perfect for Valentines and I stumbled upon the most apt one I could ever possibly found on the Dollydagger website, it literally says true love!! I to wear fascinators when I'm going extra glam it just adds that extra touch of old school glamour to your look which is always a good thing. Personally I think you can never be too dressed up anyway so you don't really need an occasion just the confidence to wear whatever you feel like! Aside from that I have to say that this fascinator is utterly perfect for Valentines, and how doesn't love an excuse for a nice hat if nothing else!!! If you're looking for something extra special for an evening of romance then you've got to go for this fascinator! I love the ribbon text and the red heart contrasted against the black netting, its funky yet sophisticated. Perfect for a candlelight dinner or even a proposal?! Whatever you plan to do or even if your plan is to ignore the day, have a good one.
Enjoy the weekend!
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