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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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Secret Garden | A 1950’s Inspired Cocktail Suit

Secret Garden | A 1950’s Inspired Cocktail Suit

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Power dressing is nothing new. From the Phoenician purple robes of the Romans to 80’s power suits, we’ve been using clothes to boost our confidence and social standing for thousands of years. Which got me thinking; what does power dressing look like to a vintage loving gal?

For me the answer was a well cut suit. The suit worn by a film noir vixen perched on a detective’s desk, knowing he’ll do whatever she asks. A suit that says you’re 100% business, and 100% woman. A suit you’d wear to the funeral of your fifth wealthy husband mysteriously dies.

Obviously I needed to make this suit.

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The Suit

Drawing inspiration from 1950’s clothing company Lilli Ann, I sketched a figure enhancing peplum silhouette. The wide neckline, fitted waist and flared hip accentuate my hourglass figure, while the slimline pencil skirt puts a wiggle in my walk – I’m known for walking quite fast and this skirt definitely hobbles my stride a bit!  A textured black fabric with a woven pattern of golden roses balances the hyper feminine cut with dark glamour.

This is my first ladies suit ( I’ve made one trouser suit before ). Delayed for months due to costume commissions I finally finished it in time for the Duke and I’s seven year wedding anniversary. ( We stayed at Hotel Debrett and watched Horror at the Civic Theatre. ) There’s a tiny area of fit I’m not quite happy with in the jacket, but considering I had to fit it on myself I’m very happy with the result!

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The Outfit

Two statement collars are better than one and the PUG Lauren top creates a striking inky black layered neckline.

No well dressed dame would be caught without gloves and hat.  The beaded gloves were a serendipitous find at Tock Tick Vintage long before I started the suit. Their glossy floral beading was too pretty to pass up!  The velvet tilt hat is from the Auckland Textile Fair. A band and bow of woven black straw circle the hat, and I added the veiling for extra sass.

My earrings are green and gold vintage clip ons . The frosted glass matches my eyes (a rarity) , and seems to glow from within . Classic back seam stockings, black leather Alonso Andretti shoes and a gold beaded clutch finished my 50’s power dressing dream.

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We shot these photos in the picturesque Hamilton Gardens while filming my entry video for Miss Pin Up New Zealand 2017. Subscribe to my blog to follow my progress in the competition!

See more outfits from my entry video below!
1940’s summer style

With style & sass

         Velvet x

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Monday Style Tip No.34

secure-plunging-necklines-with-fashion-tape

The key to owning that plunging neckline? Fashion tape and oodles of confidence.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.34

 

pearl-or-diamante-studs-match-everything

They’re basically the perfect earring

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.33

enhance curves with ruffles

Fashion is like magic, you can create an illusion of something that’s not really there! Wear ruffles or frills around your bust, hips or bum to create a curvier silhouette or balance out your heavier areas.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.32

nude-heels lengthen legs

Nude heels really can give the illusion of longer legs. Personally I feel drab in nude, so I go for a fun texture like these glitter heels or a two tone style to make my nude shoes feel a bit more glam.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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