Hello beautiful people!
One thing you should know about me is I absolutely love the Fall. I love the beautiful orange leaves, the chilly weather, and transitioning from drinking ice tea to hot tea (I'm an avid tea drinker). Unfortunately, in LA we are not getting much of any of that. For those of you who are not currently in this sweltering madness, it has been in the high nineties going up to the hundreds for the past few days. I know, yuck. Despite my Autumn loving heart not being filled, there is still one thing I can get extremely excited for... HALLOWEEN! This magical holiday gives us a chance to unapologetically reveal our true colors through fashion without judgement. As you may recall from my Welcome blog post, the first time I ever stepped out in 50s attire was for Halloween when I was thirteen years old. My younger brother turned thirteen this year and he is planning on going as a sneaker. You may be wondering what that has to do with pinup, and the answer is that it has absolutely nothing to do with pinup, I just found it to be pretty funny. However, I suppose it does have relevance in being confident in your Halloween attire. I think there's a sense of pride that can be attributed to confidence on Halloween. Apart from cosplaying, Halloween is the only event where dressing up in something ridiculous is socially acceptable. For those of you hoping to break into the pinup world, Halloween provides a safe and non judgmental opportunity.
There are hundreds of different vintage clothing stores, and trust me I am definitely planning on sharing all of my favorites in a future post, but for now I'll stick with my favorite retro Halloween collections. In response to that I have three words for you: Pinup Girl Clothing. If you aren't already familiar with this brand, they are a lovely group of ladies with an incredible online store and physical store in Burbank, CA. Although I've had to sort through some orders and return things, when I've found something I like from there I'm pretty much obsessed with it forever. Pinup Girl Clothing (PUG) has one of the best Halloween collections I have ever seen. Their gorgeous halloween print circle skirts are equally matched by their incredible black gowns and pinstriped dresses. These items along with all of their fabulous spooky accessories make dressing for Halloween very easy, and provide vintage costumes such as Morticia Adams from The Adams Family and Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. However, my absolute favorite item added to their collection this year was their Hogwarts House dresses, skirts, and tops. Although they're not specifically Harry Potter merchandise, they provide a perfect opportunity to show your witchy side on Hallows Eve. The Burbank team also throws these awesome pinup parties at the shop year round, including a Halloween Bash which happens tonight.
Admittedly, PUG can get a little pricy, which is why I have one more word for you: Amazon. Gasp! I know! Amazon! I have been able to find a shocking amount of good quality 50s inspired dresses through Amazon for a very reasonable price. Most of their dresses are in the $15-$30 price range, and with Amazon Prime they arrive in only two days. Perfect for you last minute Halloween shoppers. All I will say about Amazon is do not be afraid of it. It is an excellent way to begin building your pinup closet while not spending too much money up front. Their dresses are not as nice a quality as you would get from PUG or other specifically pinup stores, but they do the trick, and you don't have to feel as badly if you spill candy all over it.
You can also easily add one or two accessories to spruce up an outfit you already own! You'll find there is a surprising amount of good halloween accessories hidden in your local Goodwill or Thrift Shop. You can add a little pointed hat to black dress for a simple witchy look, or grab a pumpkin and a lone shoe to transform yourself into Cinderella!
Putting together a pinup outfit is actually pretty easy when you know the right places to look! Don't be afraid to be yourself! And if you're still having trouble deciding what to wear, her's a whole bunch of gorgeous pictures on Pinterest to inspire you: https://www.pinterest.com/cassbriskman/hallows-eve/
I hope you all have a lovely magical Halloween!
Kisses and Kindness