Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My Dream Pin-up Style

When I was studying my A Levels, many moons ago, I became close friends with a girl called Beth. I think we only had one lesson together, but we would go into English Lit and swap stories and gossip. And study, obvs. The thing that I think struck me about Beth is that she was really well put together and had a clear identity - whereas a lot of my other friends, and myself included, didn't have a 'style'. Beth style could easily be described as pin up - with a huge focus on reds lips, leopard print and polka dots whereas I was often found in a pair of jeans and a vest top/cardigan combo or whatever I'd been able to put on before rushing off for the bus. 

In fact, two of my favourite bloggers Becky and Amber both work this style in a really modern and accessible way. As much as I love their style, I find it really difficult to change my own wardrobe as the vast majority of my clothes are still more suited to my college days. The pin-up style has always been in fashion, and I think it's a trend that never really goes away. Jen Oaks created a calendar for 2016 highlighting the pin-up style and how it helps to shape body confidence, which I think is fantastic. Inspired by this, Simply Be have also looked at recreating the pin-up look in their latest campaign, which instantly grabbed my attention. I thought I'd make up a little wish list of pieces I think would help move my wardrobe from bomb-site to bomb-shell. 

pin-up style wish list
Heart design collar dress - Gingham swimsuit - Love heart bikini and high waisted briefs - Wool pencil skirt
Now these might not scream 'pin up' to you, but I think these would really help to shape my wardrobe into my desired bomb-shell look. As a nod to Valentine's day, I thought this super cute heart design collar dress from Sugarhill Boutique would really fill a hole in my existing dress collection - as I don't have any stripey dresses! The collar is just the cutest, as well, and I'm sure you could dress this up with some red heels or down with white converse! The options are endless! 

You'll know by now that I'm pretty dedicated to try and convince Joe I need to go on holiday. With this on my mind - constantly - I immediately knew I needed the gingham swimsuit and the love heart bikini in my life. These items are definitely more 'pin up' than the others in my selection, as they have that iconic retro look about them. The high waisted briefs would help to hide all those discounted valentine's chocs I'm hoping will be on sale on the 15th as well! 

Last up, we have the wool pencil skirt! It doesn't look like the cold, blustering weather is leaving anytime soon so although I wouldn't be flashing the bare legs just yet, I thought the wool would help to keep me warm - right? That's my hope, anyways. I would style this skirt in the exact same way - nice turtleneck jumper, boots, watch and the additional tights. I'd probably look more like a nun than a pin-up, but I'd be nice and warm! 

What do you think of my picks? Do you like the pin-up style? 

Chelsea xo

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*post in collaboration with Simply Be, but all thoughts are my own*

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