Pants, a skirt that doesn’t qualify as a belt, something, please (and no, leggings and tights do NOT qualify). A disturbing trend has overtaken the “kids today”, and it needs to be said once and for all, we DON’T want to see your ass. I think somewhere down the line the definitions of “sexy” and “naked” got incredibly confused and created some weird hybrid creature we now know as “trash”. Except so many fail to realize is that this is trash, and not attractive in the least. Sure some guys might like it, but only tasteless dicks, and only for a night. Please ladies, for the love of god have a little self-respect. Equality for the sexes isn’t going to get anywhere if you’re all stripping for free. Sexy and classy don’t have to be independent of each other, okay?
Now just what the hell brought on this rant? Well I admit it’s been bubbling under the surface of many of my posts made so far, but just recently I came upon this gem of a blog, FindYourPants@wordpress.com. Amen! This blogger has taken up this cause with enthusiasm, and you don’t want to be among the atrocities on this page. Nor do I want to see you looking like you’re at the gym when you’re not, or like you just rolled out of bed and into the street. When exactly did this happen to us?? Unfortunately I don’t think it will ever stop, but you as an individual CAN lead by example. Remember how in my very first post I said you are a role model for how to look good? No? Go read it. You CAN put some real clothes on and look amazing, and show other girls that they can also put clothes on and look amazing. Go on, off you go.

Finding The Right Fit

It’s been made pretty clear over the years that properly fitting clothes are the most important part of looking good. This is a rule that crosses all boundaries of taste and occasion. But still it appears that people aren’t quite getting it. I have a few ideas why.
I have a good friend who insists she is a large. Let me tell you, she is a small, medium at best, and yet she continues to think this, and partially due to sizing difficulty she often wears men’s clothes. So what’s the problem? Despite having a pretty tiny waist, she has some pretty ample assets. So in order to get into anything she’s finding she has to buy a large, and then it doesn’t fit right everywhere else. I’m thinking this is a pretty common issue.
The thing is, women come in all shapes and sizes, but clothes generally don’t. Well, not as much. Typically there’s a standard ratio they go by, for example for every individual item the bust and hips will be a certain number of inches more than the waist. Seeing as how we are not made to this formula it’s easy to see how some people can run into a little trouble when trying to find clothes that fit. But there are a few ways around this.
The very best way to make sure your clothes fit perfectly is taking them to a tailor. It doesn’t cost a lot and I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to be forgetting that tailors even exist. And what a shame, seeing as how incredibly beneficial they are. (By the way, shoe repair places can tailor the calves of your boots too.) If you’re of a not-so-standard size, you should buy items to fit the largest part of your body, and have them taken in where you’re smaller. This is something you could also learn to do yourself, and I feel extremely lucky to be learning it. Trust me; it’s much easier than it looks. I can’t sew so much as a pillow but I’ve done some very handy work on my own clothes which has already saved me 150$ on just two items. I’ll talk more about this in another article.

A note for the guys: I’m not sure how many of you know this, and Mike certainly didn’t, but suits are made with the intention that you’re going to have them tailored. If you’ve ever wondered why the pants and cuffs are always too long, (and sometimes the waist is too big) while the shoulder width is perfect, that’s your answer. Guys come in a lot of different heights, obviously, so manufacturers like to cover all their bases by making them long and large enough to all but the largest of men, and then expect you to hem them and take them in after. Formalwear shops almost always have an in-house tailoring service, and they want you to make use of it. Having gone through high school reading a lot of men’s magazines (women’s magazines are just so much fluff), I found it pretty funny when we were shopping for Mike’s first suit for our wedding and this was completely new information to him. By the way, hem your jeans too if you have to. It may feel silly, but at least it doesn’t look as silly as having loads of tattered denim hanging around your heels just waiting for you to trip on.
Your second option is to buy tops and dresses with stretch, and buy them to fit the smallest part of you. Keep in mind though, there’s a limit here. If your boobs are stretching your top enough that it’s wrinkling in the middle, or worse, it looks like they’re about to break through and make an appearance, you’re taking advantage of this tip a little too much. Make sure it doesn’t look like you just borrowed the item from your kid sister.
The quickest fix: belts. That will nip in your waist when your clothing is too loose, or even when it isn’t. And it is very flattering to have a waist in your outfit, no matter what your size. Trust me on this.
A more interesting way of pulling in the waist on your clothes without actually tailoring them is to sew two rows of small D-rings down the back seams at waist level, let’s say 3 or 4 in each row, and then lace ribbon through them corset-style to cinch and tie. You can even keep changing the ribbon to match the rest of your outfit! It’s awesome for a splash of color and pretty detail.

When in doubt, there are certain styles of clothing that make finding the right fit virtually fool-proof. I always recommend swing dresses to girls who aren’t sure what to go for because they’re universally flattering, and the hip measurement is a complete non-issue. Yes, you can wear these if you have large hips, and they look great! Empire waist dresses and tops that flow loosely from just under the bust aren’t flattering on everyone, but they do you one better than swing dresses when it comes to fit because even the waist measurement doesn’t matter here, only the bust. Both of these are great options if you’re a different size on top than on the bottom.
Do you have any more ideas on getting your clothes to fit? Let me know in the comments!

Pinup Girl Clothing

Pinup Girl Clothing specializes in a slightly edgier version of clothing styles from the 1950s and early 1960s, but they are so much more than just pretty dresses, separates, shoes, and accessories. They absolutely epitomize the idea of not just selling you an item, but an entire lifestyle to go with it. This is largely due in part to the accessibility of its owners and models, and the community of customers that was built round it on facebook.

First, let’s talk about the clothes, shall we? What gorgeous clothes they are! You obviously know by now how much I love classy, sexy vintage-inspired clothing, and this site delivers, but they have something a little different. With one of their house brands Deadly Dames, you can get clothes with an edgier more modern feel, perfect for punky yet sweet rockabilly girls. This is just what these clothes need to stand out from all the other vintage-inspired clothing being sold out there today. They even sell monster shoes, super high heels with zombie and werewolf prints. Even while different they retain the ability to be incredibly flattering on absolutely any body type. Going beyond rockabilly, another of their house brands Pinup Couture has a sweet more classic feel, and Dixiefried effortlessly recreates the look of the stars from the golden era. There’s never been an easier way to have fun with your look.

PUG as they’re known are also very unique for the models they use. One of their models, Micheline Pitt, is also the designer for Deadly Dames, and a makeup artist among other things. Another one of their models, Masuimi Max is an accomplished fetish and pinup model and tightlacer. Many of their models have tattoos, and most importantly, they’re all different sizes. The absolutely stunning Doris Mayday (my personal favorite) is envied by tons of girls for her sexy curves, and amazing burlesque performer and PUG model La Cholita remains a prominent feature despite being plus-sized. For good measure they still have slim girls, and variety is the point. PUG is extremely in tune with what their customers want, and one thing that is often lacking from other clothing companies is being able to see what an outfit would look like on YOUR body type. Beyond anything else, this company shows you that gorgeous has no size.

If you become a fan on facebook, you’ll become a member of a community of girls who love pinup style. The boards are always active with topics such as how to achieve the perfect vintage look including what underwear the models have on under certain outfits, what size to buy and how to launder the items, and even items for swap and sell. You can browse through hundreds of customer photos and post your own in the hopes of getting a comment from one of the amazing women behind the company, and they’re always giving hair and makeup advice, and sharing the latest coupon codes.

PUG doesn’t just try sell you a lifestyle to make you buy their clothes, they deliver. And this is one of the reasons why I’m so devoted to this store and its brands. These are beautiful people inside and out, and with these clothes you’ll feel extremely beautiful too. Pinup Girl Clothing offers the whole package.

The Trends of Trends

We all know that styles change over the years, over the decades, and over the centuries. We get tired of certain styles and get anxious to try out new and more innovative ones all the time. But have you ever wondered WHY certain things go in and out of style? Have you ever looked to the styles of the past and saw the reasons behind them? I’ve noticed a few trends about trends, and I’m finding them very interesting.

Big shoulder pads. Of course you’re thinking about the 80s now, the “power suit” that so represents this time. This however wasn’t the first time big shoulders were in. Before that it was in the 1940s, when big shoulders were in style partially to balance out elaborate hairstyles. Sound familiar? The other reason they were in was because at that time women were entering the work force en masse because of the war, something that can also be said for the 80s version of the phenomenon, minus the war of course. On a simplistic level, you could say that whenever women start going to work in droves, large shouldered silhouettes will appear. On a deeper level, this leads us to explore how fashion becomes an expression of our desire to be seen as men’s equals in the work force.

So, feminism and women’s rights has an influence on fashion, right? Let’s look at another example. In the 1950s it was generally considered that a woman’s place was in the home. This was a time of full swing skirts and feminine details. Later, in the 1960s, the sexual revolution began, and so did the era of the mini skirt, and the end of the girdle era. Jeans became popular for more than just the most casual of situations. Unisex hairstyles appeared. While I’m tempted to say that feminism killed glamour, it’s certainly a more complex issue than that. Let me only suggest that we can have both.

The 60s and 70s saw a huge change in clothes, and in its simplest terms you could describe this as rebellion. It was rebellion from what was previously expected and even required, and part of a huge social change. That wasn’t the first time social and style revolutions happened either. Think about the regency period. Before that, in the 18th century elaborate court clothes signified wealth and rank. Women wore huge panniers, men and women alike wore Big Hair, and there was no shortage of extremes.

Once the American Revolution, and even more so the French Revolution hit, these styles became representative of a dated monarchy. To dress this way pretty much meant you thought you were better than everybody else. Now this was a time of equals, and again, of rebellion. The regency period saw a return to simple silhouettes reminiscent of ancient Greece, and the older generation complained that women were running around “in their nightgowns”.

This happened again on a smaller scale during the recent recession. Anyone seen dressed ultra glamorous and ultra expensive was seen as being insensitive to those suffering from unemployment. Celebrities in particular were a target just as the royalty of the 18th century was. The word “recessionista” came into use, and being thrifty was finally something to be proud of.

So now it’s easy to see how major social change will influence a major change in fashion, and one fashion extreme will often lead us to the other end of the spectrum. There are many more examples. 80s glam vs. early 90s grunge, the Victorian age vs. the flapper style of the 1920s, and the simplicity of the Regency period vs. the poof of the 1840s. I could go on, if I did my research.
It’s fascinating, isn’t it? I want to go further into explaining the styles of the 20s through the 50s in another article, but for now it’s interesting to think about the social reasons why we wear what we do. There’s certainly a lot more to do with it than simply what we think looks good at one time or another. Of course we can’t really have an opinion about what looks good without there being some sort of reason behind it. Fashion really does say a lot about who we are in the world.