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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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Honest Review | Collectif Clothing Juliette Pencil Dress

Honest Review | Collectif Clothing Juliette Pencil Dress

Today we’re talking wiggles. Not the wiggle in your walk and the giggle in your talk, but the Collectif Clothing Juliette wiggle dress.
Being in the Southern Hemisphere we’re coming out of winter as I write this, so I’ve had ample opportunity to test drive this cozy number for our Northern Hemisphere friends!

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

Let’s talk aesthetics first.

The Juliette pencil dress is a green and navy woven ‘chaise check’ (essentially a slightly glitchy looking tile pattern).
A sexy scooped back offsets the high boat neck front. It has a wide fur trim at the hem and a removable fur collar.
It also has a back split, but we’ll talk more about that later.

Overall verdict? It’s a demure yet foxy dress Joan Holloway style dress.

Now on to the serious stuff. How well does the Collectif Juliette dress wear?

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

Fab things about wearing the Juliette pencil dress

  • You feel like a sassy 1960’s martini drinking secretary. That scoop back is all kiiiiiinds of sophisticated sexy.
  • The fur trim is soft and snuggly, and the fur pile is long enough that it feels luxurious.
  • While the dress is unlined, the fabric is soft and non irritating.
  • It’s cooooooooozy. I’m not a fan of winter clothes ( I feel so frumpy all bundled up) but this is flattering and dressy enough that I’ve worn it to formal events and haven’t frozen!
  • It makes your butt look great. seriously. Check it out in the next photo.

Sad things about wearing the Juliette pencil dress

  • It’s a bit big in places. I ordered the size 8, which matched my measurements on the size chart. The Juliette dress is non-stretch fabric, so while some ease is required I find the waist and sleeves a bit looser than they need to be.
  • It’s made for someone taller (I know I’m short, I know ). The sleeves and hem are both too about 4cm too long. Which wouldn’t bother me much except… being a wiggle the Juliette has a slim skirt. When a slim skirt extends too far below the knees it increases the risk of the back split ripping when you walk.
    Which is exactly what happened to me. And then it just kept unravelling until it was dangerously high and I had to put my coat on.
  • The facing DRIVES. ME. NUTS. You can see in the photo below that the neck facing has a naughty habit of riding up above the level of the fur collar. This seems to be because it isn’t tacked down at all, so I can fix it, I just never remember to before I put it on.
  • It’s not easy care. Fur goes a bit gross if you chuck it in the washing machine so this is gentle hand wash or dry clean only.

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim
An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

Outfit Details

Dress | Collectif Clothing Juliette Pencil Dress
Shoes | Remix Vintage Shoes
Glasses | Eyebuy Direct
Earrings | Vintage
Hosiery | Columbine 70 denier pantyhose from Farmers

Photos taken at the Wellington Opera House

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

So there you have it, and honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette dress. As you can see, the pros and cons are fairly even, and while I get a lot of wear out of this dress, the length issues mean I wouldn’t buy another one. I just don’t have the free time to fuss around altering the hem with all that fur in the way!

The Juliette dress is also available in black ( which I bought at the same time as the this one ) and a regal gold and black jacquard. I believe all colourways are on sale right now, so if you want to pick one up now is the time!

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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Pinup vs Personality | The Story Behind My Beauty School Dropouts Photoshoot

Pinup vs Personality | The Story Behind My Beauty School Dropouts Photoshoot

Maintaining balance in my pinup life is hard.

Earlier this year I met one of my Instagram followers in real life. We chatted for a while, and she said ” Oh my god you’re such a goof! I never would have guessed.” I was floored. How could you not know I’m a total dork?
That night I took a long look at my social media feeds – curated collections of professional photoshoots and event selfies – and realised how. My social media personality was unbalanced.

As a new pinup starting an Instagram profile, maintaining the illusion of  pinup perfection seemed vital. As if real pinups never went barefaced, and people would judge me if they knew I couldn’t wear makeup everyday. But trying to present only one side of my personality created an imbalance.

It’s a like building a house of cards; pay too much attention to one side and the whole tower will topple.

Since creating my social media profiles my concept of pinup has evolved. I’ve relaxed into my own brand of pinup, melding my kooky personality and glamour girl aesthetic. But the idea that I could NEVER post a makeup free selfie stuck, making sharing my daily life a no go. As a result, people who haven’t met me in person probably have NO IDEA what I’m really like.  I wanted to explore this personality vs appearance split in a photoshoot representing the concept.

pinup model Velvet DeCollete explores the two faces of pinup and her personaility in a photoshoot inspired by vintage playing card art - the Joker and the Queen of Hearts

A  deck of cards seemed the perfect analogy – The wildcard Joker and the regal Queen of Hearts packed into one box. A vintage box of course!

Inspired, I started working on pinup outfits inspired by 1950’s playing cards. You can find hundreds of examples on Pinterest , some of them works of art in their own right. The frolicking jesters and jokers below inspired my Joker costume. Aren’t they just darling!?

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The Beauty School Dropouts and photographer Tony McKay  brought my idea to life . Their photoshoot packages offer cheesecake and screen siren posing styles in the same session, so I could shoot both costumes but have continuity in hair and makeup. On the day Miss Monique Sweet helped me get to grips with the cheesecake style so different to my usual alternative and glamour work (she also picked that bubblegum pink backdrop!). Letting my goofy side out in front of the camera was more challenging than I expected!

After choosing my two favourite images, Tony edited them onto vintage playing cards. A harlequin clad Joker and a bombshell Queen of Hearts – two faces of the same deck.

The photos are so cute! The jester set became my campaign images for Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017, with a couple of Queen images making an appearance. I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do with the cards yet, but I’d love to incorporate them into merch of some kind, what do you think? ( Seriously, would you like Velvet merch? Leave me a comment and let me know!)

Bright and crisp, the playing card photoset is markedly different from my other images, and I love how fun they are! Shooting with the Beauty School Dropouts and Tony had a bubbly, female focused environment. Fran working her makeover magic and pose coaching from Miss Viva Las Vegas 20 Monique makes it easy for anyone stepping out of their comfort zone. The photos were processed and delivered SUPER QUICK. 10/10 would shoot with the team again!

Velvet DeCollete is serving mid century jester realness in these cheesecake pinup photos by Tony McKay and the Beauty School Dropouts. Inspired by vintage playing card pin ups Velvet wears a Collectif clothing harlequin playsuit and custom made jester's ruff and frilly cuffs.

Velvet DeCollete is serving mid century jester realness in these cheesecake pinup photos by Tony McKay and the Beauty School Dropouts. Inspired by vintage playing card pin ups Velvet wears a Collectif clothing harlequin playsuit and custom made jester's ruff and frilly cuffs.

Velvet DeCollete is serving mid century jester realness in these cheesecake pinup photos by Tony McKay and the Beauty School Dropouts. Inspired by vintage playing card pin ups Velvet wears a Collectif clothing harlequin playsuit and custom made jester's ruff and frilly cuffs.

Joker Outfit Details

Playsuit | Atomic Harlequin Playsuit from Collectif Clothing (pom poms added by me)
Ruff and frilled cuffs | Velvet DeCollete
Shoes | Number One Shoes ( old collection)
Pom pom shoes clips | Velvet DeCollete
Belt | Forever New
Hair flowers | Fran Robertson Decorator of People & Things

Classic pin up girl velvet decollete poses in a 1950s black swimsuit with red roses while sheltering under a bright red parasol. Her brunette hair is in a poodle 'do with bumper bangs and she wears shiny red high heels

Classic pin up girl velvet decollete poses in a 1950s black swimsuit with red roses while sheltering under a bright red parasol. Her brunette hair is in a poodle 'do with bumper bangs and she wears shiny red high heels

Queen of Hearts Outfit Details

Swimsuit | Thrifted, altered and embellished by me
Shoes | Pinup Couture, bought second hand from Honey L’Amour
Crown in card image | Velvet DeCollete
Bangles | Borrowed from Fran!
Parasol | Gifted

Photography | Tony McKay Studios
Hair & Makeup | The Beauty School Dropouts

 

With Style & Sass,

    Velvet DeCollete

 

 

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Honest Review | Downtown Dame Faux Leather Wiggle Dress

Honest Review | Downtown Dame Faux Leather Wiggle Dress

A brief but honest review of the hottest dress I’ve ever worn
( aesthetically and physically )

I’m talking about the Downtown Dame dress from Pin Up Girl Clothing, in bubblegum pink faux leather. I’ve had this dress for a year, but it took a few wears to decide how I really felt about it.
I’ll keep it short and sweet – this dress is hot, as in you feel like a total babe made entirely of dangerous curves.
It’s also hot, as in if you’re in a warm environment you’ll sweat like cheese in clingfilm.
Personally I’m happy to make the trade off, but I’m also happy to keep it for the cooler months. Or air conditioned locales.

The only other downside to the Downtown Dame wiggle dress, is that when I wiggle, my thighs touch. In this dress they are permanently squished together and were painfully chafed by the end of a long sweaty night. I’d highly recommend wearing shapewear shorts or those wide soft lace thigh garters designed to stop chafing.
( I actually might get some of those garters just because they’re cute)

BUT… I 100% still love the Downtown Dame dress.

why?
Because it curves in all the right places. It accommodates my not-inconsiderable augmented bust, while still fitting snugly at the waist. The kick pleat extends high enough that by some miracle I haven’t torn it, as I have every other kick pleat in my wardrobe. The belt is nice and wide, and the straps are adjustable. And honestly, I feel like a vinyl wrapped fetish Barbie when I wear it.

So that’s my honest opinion of the Deadly Dames Downtown Dames dress. If you want it in the fake leather finish be aware that it’s a trade off. Will you be comfortable? Unlikely. Will you look and feel like the hottest badass to walk the earth? Undoubtedly.

If it’s any help at all I’m 5.3″ tall and my measurements are 33″ –  25.5″ – 36.25″.  I’m wearing a size XS. If you’d like to read a plus size review of this dress there’s a fabulous one over at Curves to Kill.

PS: Don’t wear this at the beach.

An honest review of the Pinup Girl Clothing Downtown Dame dress from the Deadly Dames line. Find out what it's really like to wear this bubblegum pink faux leather wiggle dress.

An honest review of the Pinup Girl Clothing Downtown Dame dress from the Deadly Dames line. Find out what it's really like to wear this bubblegum pink faux leather wiggle dress.
An honest review of the Pinup Girl Clothing Downtown Dame dress from the Deadly Dames line. Find out what it's really like to wear this bubblegum pink faux leather wiggle dress.

Photos | Froger – otherwise known as the only man who can convince me to wear stilettos on sand

* I wasn’t paid, sponsored, given product or otherwise encouraged to write this review, just so ya know. *

With style and sass,

        Velvet DeCollete

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Halloween Lookbook | Pinup Style Outfits for the Spookiest Month of the Year

Halloween Lookbook | Pinup Style Outfits for the Spookiest Month of the Year

It’s so close I can feel it ya’ll. Excitement is building like a sugar high as we approach the spookiest day of the year … All Hallows Eve. That delightful time when black and orange prevail, bats and spiders take centre stage and costumes are accepted as daily wear.

In honour of this celebration of spook, I dove head first into my wardrobe to make you a Halloween lookbook!
This is my first lookbook video, and my second video ever, so it’s got a (charming?) amateur-ity, but was so much fun to make. Created with clothes and accessories I already had, these outfits cover every occasion October might have to offer, from formal wear to haunted house visits. Fashion is fun, so watch the video for inspiration, push aside the monster in the closet and make your own Halloween style magic!

Pssst, I’ve included photos and info on the outfits below the video

Bride of Frankie

Forget lady killer, I’m a monster killer. Inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein’s distinctive black and white hair, the outfit is pure rockabilly badass. Black on Black speaks to my ex goth soul, and who doesn’t feel cooler in leather pants?

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein

Outfit Details

Satin western shirt | Vintage deadstock
Faux leather pants | Neuw
Striped slingback heels | Pulp Noir
Bangles | Thrifted
Acrylic earrings | Ebay
Sunglasses | Kabella Baby
Adorable dog | Silverdale Animal Shelter – adopt don’t shop!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein
Shortly after my manical laughter, my dog Echo destroyed that monster head before pretending it exploded into a mountain of green fluff all on its own.

Puddin’

Okay so maybe I just wanted to pull my Harley Quinn  mallet out of retirement. I miss cosplay! Sans mallet, this outfit is super wearable and sassy. Put a wiggle in your walk and a giggle in your talk by dressing up a fitted dress with some red and black Halloween accessories. Easy!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

Outfit Details

Dress | Collectif Clothing Julliete dress
Shoes | A gift from the UK
Stockings | Voodoo Hosiery
Belt | Thrifted
Harley Quinn Mallet | Duke De Bonair + me!
Hair flower | $2 shop
Earrings | Aliexpress
( I know, I know, Aliexpress is bad but every now and then I can’t resist.  I couldn’t find another supplier of these earrings and I loved them!)

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a pinup look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture, Harley Quinn, and modern pinup fashion

The Pumpkin King

Or should I say the Pumpkin Queen? Inspired by my favourite Halloween movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, this outfit is pure haunted carnival fun. Orange, black and white is a classic Halloween colour combo, and always makes me think of candy corn, pumpkins and black cats!

Almost every piece of clothing in this outfit was thrifted or free. I think it cost about $40 NZD all up!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

Outfit Details

Velvet tap shorts | Thrifted
Wool Jacket | Pagani – thrifted
Striped bodysuit | Forever New
Brooch | Fant & Jack
Gloves | Vintage
Pantyhose | The Asockalypse
Shoes | Hand me downs from my Mum!
Hair flowers | Thrifted shoe clips

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion
I couldn’t resist the old “surprised by fruit” pose that fashion models pulled out in the 1950’s!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

Formally Frightening

If you needed an excuse to be a deliciously dark, gothic glamour oozing vamp, this is it. Morticia, Lily Munster and Elvira all knew the power of a slinky black dress. Is there anything more dangerously feminine?

It’ll come as no surprise that I love velvet. The way it drapes and absorbs light gives it a lush, deep appearance, perfect for seduction. As a texture loving person I adooooooore wearing anything this soft and strokeable.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Outfit Details

Vintage velvet dress | Thrifted
Vintage satin gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Beetle ring | Diva
Dragonfly earrings and dragonfly brooch | Gifts
Parasol | Bought for my wedding, can’t remember where from!

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by vintage style, Morticia Addams and Tim Burton

Hell’s Belle

Your classic 1950’s comic book bad girl. Vixens in the 50’s were all curves, and so is this outfit. Designed by Micheline Pitt, the fetish print wiggle skirt pays tribute to the scandalous Bizarre magazines, John Willie and Bettie Page antics that inspire so many of my shoots. Paired with a pair of sharp batwing sunglasses and high shine black stilettos this witchy day outfit would be right at home on the cover of a pulp paperback emblazoned with “Sin Becomes Her”.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Outfit Details

Top | Pinup Girl Clothing Lauren top – second hand
Skirt | Vixen by Micheline Pitt Frisky Fetish wiggle skirt
Brooch | Fant & Jack
Sunglasses | Wholesaler – limited rhinestoned versions will be available in my store soon
Faux patent stilettos | Thrifted
Hair scarf | Thrifted

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses spooky clothes and accessories to create a rockabilly look inspired by the the bad girls of 1950's comic book culture

 

And there you have it! A lookbook of Halloween ready pinup and rockabilly outfits, mostly using thrifted or everyday clothes! Giving a look that extra creep factor can be as simple as pairing unusual colours or some oogie boogie accessories. Make the most of the Halloween spirit this October and have fun with your style!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out my Halloween in Technicolor post for non-black Halloween options, or my Spider Web Style post for some creepy crawly cobweb clothing.

Halloween daily outfit inspiration for pinups! Velvet DeCollete uses clothes and accessories from her existing wardrobe to create a spooky pinup look inspired by evil circus performers, Tim Burton and modern pinup fashion

With style and sass,

     Velvet Decollete x

 

 

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Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017 | Who, Why, What and Where?

Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017 | Who, Why, What and Where?

During the Miss Pin Up New Zealand application process I put a lot of thought into what ‘Pin Up’ and pinup culture really means to me.
What do I love about pinup?
What do I want people to know about pinup?

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For me pinup culture is about more than fashion, more than photos and more than a homage to vintage beauty. For me, pinup is an opportunity to learn from the inspirational women of the past and the impact they had on our social, political and creative landscapes. By doing so we can become stronger, more confident women and better role models for those who follow in our footsteps.

Pinup is also a way for me to express myself through style, using clothes, hair and makeup to create the woman I want to be on any particular day. In a society that places increasing pressure on women to look a certain way, taking ownership of your body and personal style is incredibly freeing!

I entered Miss Pinup to share those views with as many people as possible, inspiring women of all ages to educate, encourage and empower each other.
I hope you’ll join me – whether you’re cheering from the audience or encouraging your mates to vote online in the People’s Choice category , your support will make all the difference!

Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry spiced rum is held on Saturday October 28th at the Very Vintage Day Out.

 

Let’s Take a Look at the Ten Finalists!

The top ten finalists for Miss Pinup New Zealand have been announced!
They’re an impressive posse of pinups and I’m absolutely thrilled to say I’m one of them ( and that I can breathe again after holding my breath til the call came in! ).


 Taking the stage at Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017  are….
*drumroll please*…..

From left to right, top row then bottom row:
Miss Lulu Jade
Miss Kitty Kaos
Mrs Greatnews
Velvet DeCollete
Miss Jessica Mae
Miss Honeybee
Xamia Arc
Ginger
Miss Flossy Pots
Vola Tile

This is my first pageant and I’m not going to lie, the competition looks intense. There isn’t a single pinup in that lineup who doesn’t deserve to win, so it’s going to take a lot of work to stand out!

If you’d like to support my Miss Pinup New Zealand journey you can…

Vote for me in the People’s Choice category
Share my Facebook or Instagram posts and encourage your friends and family to vote using the hashtags #VoteVelvet and #MPUNZ2017 !

 

Finalist montage | Various Photographers via Miss Pinup New Zealand
Vote Velvet Photo | Tony McKay, Hair and Makeup by the Beauty School Dropouts

 

With Style and Sass,

               Velvet DeCollete

 

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Nylon Stockings & Vintage Tease

Nylon Stockings & Vintage Tease

I’m all about the tease. Silky nylon stockings, a wayward bra strap and a cheeky grin appeal to me far more than brazen modern erotica. Not to say the modern stuff doesn’t have it’s place, it’s just not my place.

The Villa showcases all that soft vintage deliciousness. Capturing only natural light, these photos have a dreamy homemade feel, like a lazy rainy afternoon. The kind where you turn up the heater and don’t bother getting dressed.

Unsurprisingly, we photographed this set in a small renovated villa. I enter the scene wearing a peach silk chemise and knickers with vintage nylon stockings, but it does get somewhat naughtier. For those wishing to indulge Froger has compiled the full set into luscious E-book, available here. At just $15 NZD it’s a steal for all my USA and UK fans!

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Outfit

Chemise | Galliano
Stockings | Vintage fully fashioned nylons, thrifted

When I’m choosing clothes for a shoot I imagine the character I’m trying to portray. What would a cheeky 1950’s babe be wearing on a lazy afternoon with her lover? What would have her comfortable and confidant, laughing as he snapped some pin up photos with their Kodak Argus?

I settled on this soft peachy slip. It’s the kind of lingerie I’d put on under a dress, and then lounge around in after the dress hit the floor. Not wearing a girdle or suspenders was a deliberate choice. I think our flirty fifties character would have taken her girdle off by now, or maybe she’s only just getting ready to go out?

Model, HMUA | Velvet DeCollete
Photographer | Froger

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Looking for more? If you’re into pin ups, girls in stockings or vintage inspired erotica, these posts will be right up your alley…

Play Your Cards Right ( Bubblegum )                 Retro Playboy                                      Reading in Lingerie 

With style and sass,

            Velvet DeCollete

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Tui | A Bespoke 1950’s Cocktail Dress

Tui | A Bespoke 1950’s Cocktail Dress

This outfit didn’t make the cut.
The cut for my Miss Pinup entry video that is. I wear the heck out of it every where else!

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The Outfit

We shot the Tui dress as part of my glove styling video, but technical issues meant it didn’t make the cut! I absolutely love this formal pinup look though and I think you will too.

Like Tui feathers gleaming in the sun, this iridescent fabric makes for a next level little black dress. It was left over from my bridesmaids dresses seven years ago, so in true make-do style I designed a dress to fit the yardage I had left!  Based on a 1950’s wedding dress, the boned bodice features horizontal pleats reminiscent of lorica sementata ( who else loves the concept of an armoured evening dress?). Floral lace froths over the sweetheart shelf bust, hand stitched on for perfect placement. For the most economical use of fabric the skirt is a gathered rectangle – I’d prefer a gathered circle skirt but there just wasn’t enough fabric!

To complement the fabric’s pink highlights I accessorised with vintage white and magenta costume jewellery. The glamorous necklace and earrings set are especially sentimental to me, an anniversary gift from my ever patient husband. Matching magenta orchids and my favourite vintage satin gloves finish the outfit with a pretty elegance.

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Photos | James Beck
Tui vintage style dress | Velvet DeCollete
Hair flowers | Made With Love NZ
Vintage Gloves | I’ve had them so long I can’t remember!
Vintage Costume Jewellery | Tock Tick Vintage
Leather shoes | Alonso Andretti – thrifted

PS: I wore this dress at a Pinup Honey’s event before adding the lace, check it out!

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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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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