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My Super Cute 1950’s Halloween Outfit

My Super Cute 1950’s Halloween Outfit

I intended to have this post out before Halloween, but (obviously) that didn’t happen, so lets say it’s a nightmare before Christmas.

I bought this adorably spoopy cartoon spider print fabric at Halloween last year. I didn’t get a chance to sew up an outfit at the time, but it was on the top of my pile for this October!

 

Construction & Design

Halloween calls for boldness and fun, and so did the super cute spider print! I contrasted the printed cotton with vintage orange linen from my stash for vibrancy and graphic appeal.

The natural fibers of these fabrics makes them perfect for the humidly warm October days in New Zealand. (Which means they’re also perfect for summer, when I’ll be wearing this because everyday is Halloween!)

The Top

I used my trusty Simplicity 1426, with a few size adjustments and different straps. The cups don’t sit as smoothly as the version of this top I made in cotton sateen, I may add some foam cups at a later stage. I stitched in a nude bra strap hook and eye set for the back closure, which ended up almost invisible!

The Skirt

The skirt is a classic self drafted circle skirt. I decided on a contrast waistband to emphasise my waist, with a back zip and hook and eyes. After cutting out the skirt I cut the top out of the leftovers – a great way to make the most of fabric when you’re using a pattern with small pieces!

 

Vintage Pinup girl Velvet DeCollete talks about sewing her cute spider print halloween skirt and top set, a 1950's skirt and top using self drafted and

 

Outfit Details

Skirt + top | Made by me
Floral Haircomb | Made by me ( Similar styles can be found in my Etsy Boutique)
Bangles | Thrifted
Shoes | Preloved

 

 

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Halloween in Technicolor | Spooky Style for Colour Lovers

I know it’s not October yet, but I can’t wait any longer. I need to pack as much Halloween as I can in before the Christmas decorations roll out!

Last week we coveted spider web style, this week it’s all about Halloween ready clothes in GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR. That’s right, I’m talking spooky stuff that isn’t black! Reveling in graveyard ghoulishness doesn’t require dressing for a funeral and the afterlife has never looked so bright!

I’ve tried to showcase a mix of colourful Halloween fashion with clothes and accessories to suit all budgets, from big brands and of course my beloved small businesses. Please buy ethically this Halloween. It’s easy to buy cheap holiday themed items and throw them out afterwards, but please consider buying lovable pieces you’ll wear all year ’round!

Now grab a witches brew and scroll down for some Halloween fashion inspiration that’s downright cheerful.

Halloween ready clothes in ghoulishly bright colours1. Adorable twinning jack ‘o’ lantern jumpers | Hello Fashion      2. Frankenstein Manicure | Pinterest
3. Monster Mask skirt + Chartreuse Powder Puff top | Vixen by Micheline Pitt 
4. Rainbow Glitter Planchett necklace | CultBlack     5. You’re Batty makeup bag | Pins and Needles
6. Zombie colour block Shoulder bag | Oasap

Vivid greens, purples and oranges scream Halloween to me. As contrasting colours they pop when worn together, and pair well with neutral black or white. While the Vixen Ben Cooper skirt and chartreuse blouse is my absolute dream, it’s waaaaaay out of my budget. I’ll be
giving my witchy blacks a dose of colour with cheap and cheerful striped tights, monster themed manicures and cute accessories!
( If you’ve got dough to spend you should totally get it though, even if it makes me Bad Jelly the Witch. Get it? Cos I’ll be jelly as! )

Halloween ready clothes in terrifying colour!

 

1.Dripping Sky dress | Holley Tea Time      2. Maleficent manicure | Definitely Meg    3. Bat Cat brooch | Erstwilder
4. purple skull purse | Griffin Leather    5. Pastel Goth Bat Brooch | Tinsel Trinkets

Brooches and shoes are versatile Halloween fashion options. You can add them to almost any outfit, they’re “conversation starters” and in my humble opinion are wearable all year round without looking over the top… If you’re worried about that kinda thing.
Personally I like looking competitively overdressed, but that’s just me.
While I’ve heard Pin Up Girl clothing has dubious quality these days, I had to include the Gloria dress because I love green and the monster print. I adore some of their new Everyday is Halloween collection but I’m worried about spending so much on clothes that might fall apart! Has anyone bought some of the range yet?

colourful Halloween fashion inspiration to brighten up your tomb

1. Stitched Halloween manicure | Pinterest     2. Spooktacular cowboy boots | Rocketbuster Handmade Boots
3. Famous Monsters Gloria dress | Pinup Girl Clothing    4. Novelty spiderweb wool 1940’s dress | Vintage from Dorothea’s Closet
5. Striped tights and ballet flats | Tieks

With so many bright and bold Halloween -able clothes available, I couldn’t include them all! Pop over to my This is Halloween Pinterest board for more horror themed, monster printed, spooky, kooky style. Have a favourite source of Halloween goodness? Leave me a comment below or show me your kitschy killer style on Instagram or Facebook.

With Style and Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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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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Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink fur
Pink beret 
Black lingerie

Imagine a Parisian cabaret performer – the type you’d find backstage at a smoky vintage nightclub, reading poetry and drinking espresso. She’s my inspiration for this shoot with Zandy J.

I had such fun styling this look. Searching for a contrast between sweet hyper-femininity and shameless sex appeal I met my old nemesis…pink. I’ve never been a pink lovin’ gal ( swearing off it for over a decade) but there was something about the soft sensuality of these fur cuffs that wouldn’t be ignored.

They made me feel vampy and playful all at once. Like a 1940’s man-eater cooing in the ear of a well dressed mob boss.

Oh la la…

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Outfit Details

Beret | Boohoo
Pink fur cuffs | Boohoo (worn over gloves)
Gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Corset | Corset Story
Knickers | Kmart
Stockings | Voodoo
Shoes | Hijacked from my mothers collection

 

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All Photographs | Zandy J Pinup Photography
Model + Styling | Velvet DeCollete

I have to say my hair and makeup skills have come a long way in the last few years, but my naturally curly hair does not like humidity! Any lovelies willing to share their tips for keeping humid locks sleek and styled?

With Style & Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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