Get the look: Pin up style

Gil Elvgren Pin Up paintingThanks to Simply Be and Vintage or Tacky, channelling your inner Betty Grable is a breeze. With waist-cinching details and bust-boosting cuts worn with sultry make up and a retro ‘do, this glam look is the go-to trend for ladies who like a little retro in their wardrobe rotation!

Showcasing the female form in all its glory, pin up-inspired style has held a place in our hearts (and wardrobes) for decades. Typically featuring curvaceous beauties in comprimising positions, these iconic images were both suggestive and naive; a clever and perpetually sexy combination which has appealed since the 19th century. While men drooled over them, us girls lusted after their sense of style. In their figure-hugging tops, soft skirts and revealing a flash of flesh, these outrageously glam ladies oozed sex appeal with just a dose of cheeky charm.

The good news? Getting the look isn’t as tricky as you might think (phew!). By focusing on the waist and bust, this coveted calendar girl get-up works on every figure type. Keep an eye out for vintage-inspired pieces that either create or accentuate killer curves and take inspiration from the ’40s and ’50s for your hair and make up.

Here’s Cora from the brilliant Vintage or Tacky with her Anatomy of a Pin Up series to get us started on perfecting the look.

Spread your wings!

Cora shows us how to master sparkling cat’s eyes with sultry winged eye liner.

Spotlight on foundation

Getting the foundations right is an important part of the pin up process. Cora talks us through her fave foundation routine.

Lash out

Flustered by false lash application? Watch Cora’s tutorial to perfect those flirty flutter moments.

Cherry lips

Whether you prefer very berry or letterbox red, no pin up look is complete without the obligatory lick of lipstick!

When it comes to clothes, think post-war wardrobe with a rock ‘n’ roll kick. Take a look at these gorgeous pieces for some vintage inspiration with a little edge.

Velour Bodycon Dress With Floral Side Burn OutTimeout Spot Print Dress50's Style Pink Skater Dress With Back Bow Detail

Anna Scholz Animal Print Pencil Skirt    Quilted Zip Front Pencil Skirt    Anna Scholz Jewel Print Pencil Skirt

Ravel MelanieSimply Be Flower Ballerina E FitBabycham Alyssa

Et voilà! Check out gorgeous Cora’s pin up perfection!

Cora - Vintage or Tacky

What’s your pin up style?

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