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The Devel Branded Pinup Shorts

The Devel Branded Pinup Shorts

Summer is arriving in the southern hemisphere, and it’s bringing BOOTY SHORT WEATHER!

Winter really isn’t my jam and I’m excited to swap my jeans and jumpers for short shorts and crop tops. In fact, I might swap some of my hard earned cash for the most perfect pair of bootie shorts I’ve ever tried on.

The Devel Branded Pinup Shorts

The Pinup Shorts from Devel Branded are vintage inspired,  high waisted and hard working. But that’s not even the best part. Danielle of Devel designed these shorts to give you the perfect, peachy, heart shaped butt! My derriere has never looked perkier than it does in these shorts.

Now if you’ve read my Vivien of Holloway Swing Trouser review, you’ll know I despise bulky front zips. The Pinup Shorts sport a discreet invisible zip in the back, leaving the front nice and smooooooth. Shaped by front and back darts the shorts taper into a flat waistband, while a cuffed hem accentuates the shape of your cutie patootie.

Oh, and they have a back patch pocket that’s big enough to hold my phone!


Sewn in practical dark indigo denim, these are the kind of shorts that survive a week of camping without looking any worse for wear.
At $159 NZD they’re more expensive I’d usually spend on summer denim, but are around the same price as Pinup Girl Clothing or Vivien of Holloway shorts once you take into account the exchange rate and shipping. ( Plus they’re made to measure so you know they’re going to fit!)

So while the Pinup Shorts will set you back the same amount of dough as three pairs of Glassons cut-offs, there’s a few thing you need to keep in mind…

  1. These will outlast cheap one season shorts, meaning you’ll never need to buy those three pairs. I’ve had a pair of denim shorts literally tear from the pocket edge to the waistband after a couple of wears, not exactly a great investment.
  2. They’re ethically made and support a local small business. ( So your cash isn’t supporting sweat shops, child labour or environmentally dodgy practices.) This is important to me because I’m making an effort to shop more consciously by supporting brands that share my values.
  3. Did I mention they’re made to measure? IE. will fit your curves like a glove, no pulling, squishing or baggy waistbands here!

Just look at that tushy!

Outfit Details

Pinup Shorts | Devel Branded
Rosie Shirt | Devel Branded
Shoes | Doc Martens
Bandanna | Discount Store


With Style & Sass,

     Velvet DeCollete

 

 

 

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Waterfront Style | Vivien of Holloway 1940s Swing Trousers

Waterfront Style | Vivien of Holloway 1940s Swing Trousers

A weekend getaway to windy Wellington requires a practical, yet stylish wardrobe. Something suitable for sunshine with blustery arctic breezes, waterfront strolls and eating waaaaay to much. I’m not one for wearing exercise gear when I’m not, well, exercising, so I opted for the clean lines and practical fabrics of 1940’s swing pants and a button down blouse.

* I wasn’t paid, sponsored or cajoled into writing the following post, just so ya know. However If you would like to sponsor, cajole or otherwise encourage me to review your product or service, please contact me here*

Waterfront Style in Vivien of Holloway green 1940's swing trousers. Velvet DeCollete is dressed in pinup style for the windy wellington waterfront wearing Vivien of Holloway, Collectif Clothing and vintage fashion.

I gotta tell you, these trousers are something special. I’m short in the legs, long in the torso and there’s a large disparity between my waist and hip measurements. But the Vivien of Holloway 1940’s swing trousers don’t care.

Apart from being 4cm too long – like every pair of pants ever – they fit beautifully! I’ll be shortening them and widening the cuff in the process, but for this look I was happy to wear a comfortable heel.
Based on a WWII era pattern these swing trousers are ACTUALLY high waisted. As in they go well above my belly button. The wide waistband is firm and doesn’t fold down or scrunch up ( woooohoo!) and front patch pocket is cute, if not overly useful. But what really sold me is the side button closure. Leaving a smooth panel over the stomach, it’s both classic and far more flattering than a bulky front zip.
( Can you tell I’m not a fan of front zips? Why are 90% of pants determined to make one’s tummy look bigger!?)

Pairing these green trousers with navy, off white and chocolate brown felt so right for a brisk oceanfront walk. I’m loving how the emerald green and deep blues reflect the water.

Oh and did I mention the pants are pretty easy care? I’ve just been chucking mine through the washing machine and line drying them. The fabric is durable enough for everyday wear without worrying about damage from pets or rough surfaces, which is great if you’ve got an energetic dog like mine! Wide leg trousers are such a versatile style. Wear them casual with a knit top, or dress them up with a sophisticated blouse and jewellery.

Outfit Details

Trousers | Vivien of Holloway 1940’s Swing Trousers
Blouse | Collectif Clothing – Mona Shirt
Houndstooth Coat | Vintage
Gloves, Hat & Enamel Brooch | Vintage, Tock Tick Vintage
Two Tone Shoes | Remix Shoes – Sydney Heel 

Waterfront Style in Vivien of Holloway green 1940's swing trousers. Velvet DeCollete is dressed in pinup style for the windy wellington waterfront wearing Vivien of Holloway, Collectif Clothing and vintage fashion.

Waterfront Style in Vivien of Holloway green 1940's swing trousers. Velvet DeCollete is dressed in pinup style for the windy wellington waterfront wearing Vivien of Holloway, Collectif Clothing and vintage fashion.

Things you might want to know about Vivien of Holloway 1940’s swing trousers…

  • In my experience the poly cotton fabric doesn’t stretch much, so choose your sizing carefully.
  • I’m 5.3″ and these are 4cm too long if I’m wearing flat shoes.
  • I’m wearing the VOH size 10 which nicely defines my 26″ waist. For comparison I normally wear an NZ 6-8 in pants, or an XS in Collectif.
  • The fabric was a bit… crispy? Possibly to hold the front creases while packed? I washed them before wearing to remove the extra starch so they’d hang well.
  • Vivien of Holloway makes swing trousers in at least four fabrics and around a dozen colours, most of which I’d love to add to my wardrobe! Especially the Teal and Ocean colourways.

Waterfront Style in Vivien of Holloway green 1940's swing trousers. Velvet DeCollete is dressed in pinup style for the windy wellington waterfront wearing Vivien of Holloway, Collectif Clothing and vintage fashion.

With Style & Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

 

 

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Disney Princesses Pinup Style | Once Upon A Time by Honey L’Amour

Disney Princesses Pinup Style | Once Upon A Time by Honey L’Amour

” When we were small children we all played dress-up and everybody had a good time. So why stop? “
-Iris Apfel
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 Now you might notice a familiar face on Honey’s website, because I got to model the Belle dress!
The Beauty and the Beast inspired dress has a super full ( 5M circumference) two tone skirt with screen printed roses. This baby flares out like no other when you spin! The peasant style bodice has a gathered neckline ( no gaping!) and the sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder. There’s also a sweet white lace trim on the bodice and skirt hem.
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As a brunette, green eyed gal who has more time for books than people, I feel like Belle and I are on the same page.
Yup, that was a book pun. Sorry not sorry.
Even so, the Arial wiggle skirt has to be my favourite princess inspired design. It’s just so GOSHDARN CUTE. Look at that scalloped hem! It’s so sassy.

Miss Monique Sweet looks like an underwater vixen in that shell bustier top, but I can see myself pairing this skirt with a cute tie front blouse or the Devel Bess tee for a more casual pinup style.

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You’ll need to prepare yourselves for this one.
Ready?
Okay.
Miss Charlotte Cake isn’t the biggest Disney fan, but you’ll die over her Snow White. It’s perfection. She could play Snow White at Disney land, amiright?
Honey LÁmour designed the Snow White inspired outfit as two pieces. A sweet peasant blouse and a full swing skirt with blue and yellow panels. The lightly gathered puff sleeves and the blue skirt border balance each other really well, creating the illusion of broader shoulders and visually enhancing an hourglass figure.
With classic pinup styling the Snow White outfit is a ready made retro style cosplay!
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 Luci Luxxe channels the original platinum princess with a rockabilly twist.
Cinderella might have to worry about her couch turning into a pumpkin, but she won’t have to worry about this dress. The Cinderella inspired pinup dress features alternating blue and white panels printed with specially designed pumpkin carriages. With contrast sleeves and silver screen printing the Cinderella dress is fancy enough for proms and balls, but comfy enough for full day events like Dapper Day!
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All the clothes in the Once Upon a Time range are made from comfy stretch cotton sateen or heavy weight cotton and are available in sizes XS – XL. Honey also offers custom made sizes.
Photos | Tony McKay
Pinup Disney Princess Outfits | Honey L’ Amour
Models | Velvet Decollete
Monique Sweet
Miss Charlotte Cake
Lucy Luxxe
With style and sass,

              Velvet Decollete

Psssst! Just so you know, I wasn’t paid or sponsored to write this post. I got to experience these clothes first hand, and wear Honey L’Amour skirts on the regular, so I can 100% honestly recommend them!

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Make Do & Mend | Pinup Style with Vintage Fabric

Make Do & Mend | Pinup Style with Vintage Fabric

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Make Do and Mend.

That’s what my Nana always tells me, usually as she’s unpicking old curtains, making overalls for the grandkids tearing around her garden. Vintage philosophies can be the best inspiration for vintage style, especially as a pinup on a budget!

I’m incredibly lucky to have a network of old ladies – friends of my Nana – who hand me down vintage fabric they no longer use. I design my clothes to make the most of the gifted yardage. This fifties floral two piece was cut around age stains on a length of 1950’s printed fabric.

Photographed on two different days at two locations, this post shows how lighting can change a photo from bright and crisp to soft and dreamy!

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The Outfit

Printed with rustic baskets overflowing with fruit and flowers, this fabric was made for sweet summer style. I chose a wide necked, fitted top ( which I personally find very flattering ) because there wasn’t enough fabric for sleeves! The simple silhouette displays the print nicely, so I made sure the basket motif would match up when the blouse was closed. Press studs and a tie front finish the blouse.

The circle skirt is cut in two panels and hemmed with synthetic horsehair braid for extra volume. A side zip and tap with novelty pink flower button allow for a tidy nipped in waist – my preferred silhouette for almost any occasion!

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The Styling

Matching accessories to a colour in the fabric makes choosing an outfit easy . I love the pink roses in this print, so that means all pink everything!

The sugar pink gloves have the cutest pleated trim, I think they’re from the 1950’s or 1960’s. The pink petticoat, cat eye sunglasses, hair flower and shoes are all modern made but worked so well with the colours and style of the outfit nonetheless!

Due to shooting forties style outfits on the same days, hair and makeup on both days were a mix of 1940’s and 1950’s. The half up – half down hairstyle was more successful, with fuller and better shaped rolls. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t recreate them for the updo when we re-shot! I find victory rolls in any style tricky due to my baby-fine, thin hair. There never seems to be enough of it.  ( I’m envious of all you thick haired ladies who can do multiple rolls and poodle ‘dos! )

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Top & Skirt | Velvet DeCollete
Gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Flower | Coin Save
Shoes | Number One Shoe Warehouse
Petticoat | Online through a Facebook sale page

With Style & Sass,

            Velvet DeCollete

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Devel Branded Fashion Show | 1960’s Inspired Fashion

Devel Branded Fashion Show | 1960’s Inspired Fashion

Badass boss babe is kinda my style motto right now, so it’s no surprise that Danielle from Devel Branded is one of my favourite local designers.  Not only is she freakin’ adorable, but her clothes embody the sass and vibrancy that a modern pinup needs. I had a ball strutting in her catwalk show last weekend alongside the coolest girl gang a pinup could hope for.

I wore the Freshly Squeezed Lemonade wiggle skirt. It’s bright, fresh and would you just look at those novelty appliqued pockets!? The detail and craftsmanship is goooorgeous. The Girlboss blouse is a crisp white shirt with a statement collar, very Elizabeth Taylor.

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Miss Charlotte Cake modeled the Limeade swing skirt from the Freshly Squeezed collection. If you don’t know Charlotte, she’s fricken awesome, hilarious and has an amazing blog, especially if you’re into baking taaaaaaasty stuuuuuuff!

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The show also featured garments from her Poolside and Sprinkles & Cream collections, as well as the luxe Tuxedo Dress and the Black Widow skirt that had me swooning! ( Seriously is it not the most killer goth – meets – vintage skirt you’ve ever seen?! )

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Thanks to Glory Days and Auckland Live for putting on Summer in The Square Vintage Weekend, we had a blast!

With style and sass,

                  Velvet

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Monday Style Tip No.26

contrast textures

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Maternity Pin Up Style | Insider Secrets from Betty Rage

Discovering your personal style can be hard enough, so adapting it to weight gain, weight loss or pregnancy can be downright daunting. I’ve been watching in awe as Betty Rage struts through pregnancy looking just as stylish and sexy as she always does. She makes maternity look seriously smokin’!

Now I’m not pregnant myself, but if I was I’d want Betty’s secrets. So here, for all you future baby mamas, is my style saving interview with Miss Pinup 2015, Miss Hot Rod Blowout 2015, SAFE Ambassador and Rebel Pinup the badass Miss Betty Rage!

 

V | Betty how did you maintain your signature style with the massive changes pregnancy brings to your body?
B | Maintaining my style while pregnant wasn’t too difficult especially with the likes of Moxie Mama on my side. I did change a couple of things like moving away from swing and circle dresses and increased the number of fitted wiggle ones.
I loved gaining a baby bump early and love showing it off, I think it’s a beautiful thing.

V | What are your top wardrobe staples to recommend to a pregnant pinup?
B | Wardrobe staples would definitely include a very stretchy wiggle or maternity wiggle with ruching along the sides. If you are swing dress obsessed go for a bengaline dress with stretch around the waist seam like the sailor dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.

V | Are there any tricks for continuing to wear your regular clothes? 
B | Tricks I’ve learned it’s okay if tee’s get stretched at the bottom, whether from tying or the expanding bump, because afterwards you’re generally going to continue tying or tucking them into high waisted pieces. I’m sure there are quite a few items from PUG in your wardrobe from pre-pregnancy that will work all the way through without having to go up a size. ( For example the Jessica or Monica. In late pregnancy I suggest going up in the Monica as we know that zip can be tedious normally 😂)

V | Have you changed your hair and makeup routine since becoming pregnant? If so, how and why?
B | My makeup routine is very much the same but I have made the huge decision to grow out my black hair and try out my natural dirty/dark blonde for the first time in about 16 years haha. It’s been interesting. I can say that reverse ombre doesn’t look as bad as I thought at this point. Who knows I might start a new trend!
I still only wash my hair once a week and wet or dry set it on a Friday night for the weekend and start of the week. All other times a barrel roll and bandana or scarf are my go to. Which will work brilliantly once our lil man is here because I can sleep with that thing in for a few days and it doesn’t move!!!

V |  Any other advice for pregnant lovelies?
B | My advice for pregnant Pinups would be don’t freak out or think that because you’re pregnant you have to look a certain way. Do what makes you feel good, because you will have moments of feeling crampy and most of the time getting up and doing your hair, makeup and dressing in your pinup style will make things sooooo much better. Even if you’re not going anywhere. You’re body will change and it will be a shock but it will be beautiful. Own it, maintain your sense of self.

And most definitely if you feel like vegging out do that too! Rest as much as you can. Don’t feel like you can’t relax in a hoodie and underwear when you feel like it because you’re a pinup 😉.

I have been dressing exclusively in a pinup style for the last 5 years and would not go back. My pinup style reflects my rebellious and sassy nature with tight fitting wiggles and capris teamed with tight sweaters. I love my body and embrace everything about it and it’s no different now that it is growing a little human being within. I don’t see being pregnant to mean everything in my pinup world will stop I just see it taking a slightly different direction.
Be you, be sassy and own it!

Pregnant Pinup Betty Rage | Velvet DeCollete

Photos | Betty rage & Tony McKay Photography

If you’d like to see more of Betty Rage’s pinup bombshell style you should check out her Facebook  – it’s jam packed full of style inspiration for all!

Bettie Rage 
The Rebel Pinup
Miss Pinup NZ 2015
Miss Hot Rod Blowout 2015
Vegan Pinup
Pregnant pinup
SAFE Ambassado

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Monday Style Tip No.25

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Marilyn, Liz and Audrey all knew it – a classic white shirt goes with everything.
Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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