Polka Dots

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Polka dot is one of the most popular patterns used in fashion. It exudes the simplicity needed to make something versatile and classic. Smaller polka dots look elegant, while bigger ones look modern and trendy.

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Although we’re not sure when polka dots first appeared, they became very popular in the late nineteenth century in the UK. It wasn’t until 1926, when Miss America was photographed wearing a polka dot swimsuit that they became common in clothing in the US. They began popping up everywhere during the late 40s and early 50s, when the pinup girl was in. I believe they’ll never go out of style and they look great on anyone. Even some modern brides search for a polka dot bridal gown.

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My closet is full of polka dot clothes, this dress being one of favorites. I got it at Walmart for $12 and I’ve had it for years. I’m able to wear different colors with it because it’s black. You can never go wrong with black or white polka dots. On the other hand, colored polka dots can be hard to wear often not just because of the limited number of matching articles of clothing, but also because they draw more attention and people are likely to remember you wearing that orange on yellow polka dot skirt two months ago at your sister’s baby shower. Or you know, wherever.

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Are you a fan of polka dots? Do you find them cute or corny?

Photos by Da.Art Photograpy

Outfit of the Day: Second-hand Finds

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Skirts are a must for summer in Puerto Rico and I love to wear my fruit print shirts and dresses during this time. This season was made to wear cotton clothing with bright, bold colors. I’m also a firm believer in thrifting and upcycleing. I love being able to put on something that used to be in someone else’s closet. It makes me wonder how the person styled it and where they wore it to. That’s why I enjoy searching for used clothes on eBay and even Instagram! I save a few bucks as well, so that’s a plus!

I found this watermelon tank top on eBay for $10.. The quality is not so great but it looked perfect paired with my Bea and Dot green skirt. I got it in a swap and sell group for about $12. The shoes? Got them for $10!

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This “Grass is Greenest” skirt has become my favorite. It’s fullness gives it just the right amount of retro flair. I’ve become addicted to low heels. I find them incredibly versatile and they can dress up the most casual outfit.

I wore a plain white top with the skirt just to be able to wear a polka dot head scarf for a shoot. If the scarf didn’t have a print, I would’ve worn the exact same outfit again because I love the quirkiness fruit prints have. I was, however, able to use my watermelon purse, which I found on eBay for $25. ModCloth is currently selling a similar one called Forever Fruitful Bag

I found the red scarf at a thrift shop in San Juan called Electroshock. I believe it cost just a buck.

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You don’t need to go broke in order to look great! Just be patient and search, search, search! I bet you’ll have fun in the process and discover online thrift shops! You may make friends as well!

Photos by Da.Art Photography

Outfit of the Day: Wandering Writer

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Today’s outfit was inspired by the writer who wanders aimlessly through streets filled with potential characters and is often haunted by them. The pencil heels pull everything together creating a quirky yet classy look. This is perfect for ladies that just started a new job but want to keep some kitsch in their everyday outfit.

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I started putting this together by deciding on a color palette. I figured green is a good color to transition from summer to autumn and I’ve always loved pink and green together (watermelons, I guess). I chose this kelly green blouse from Banana Republic. Nothing really special about it but I like how it’s over-sized because it gives the outfit a relaxed and effortless feel. Next were shoes. A pair of heels with a hint of green were ideal. I remembered seeing these Doodlez by Taylor Says. They are limited edition and I unfortunately saved $150 a little too late and they’re now long gone in my size. They also have a Sharpie inspired pair!

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For a bag, I searched for small pink ones. I was tempted to pick a novelty purse but I knew the focal point had to be the shoes so I went with this simple Rosetti Taylor Majestic mini crossbody. I’m obsessed with small bags and I truly hate having to carry a bulky one around. The perfect purse should only have space for your ID, credit cards, lipstick, compact mirror, phone and keys. Carrying a small purse will prevent you from wanting to stuff it with unnecessary things. We all know you can’t read that 800 page award-winning novel in peace with a toddler screaming just seven feet away from you. You never brush your hair so why bring that huge brush with you? And that lint roller? Why would you wear black pants to walk your neighbor’s dogs anyway?

Speaking of black pants, any high waisted black jeans is a great classic piece of clothing every girl should have in her closet. They can go from casual to work casual in just a few steps (these steps involve changing your top and maybe shoes).

White sunglasses look great with this combo and I’ve seen some at accessories stores like Claire’s being sold for less than $10! Another must-have? I’d say so! Pair them with yellow dangle earrings or simple studs with a hint of yellow in them to draw attention to your face. A tiny pop of color at top that matches your shoes will make your outfit look balanced and well-thought-out.

I hope you’re no longer afraid to wear novelty shoes! Write these tips down and rock that outfit!

Deadly Dames Capri Pants

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If you’re active in the rockabilly scene or if you’re just into pinup fashion, I’m sure you’ve seen the amazing Deadly Dames capris sold by Pinup Girl Clothing and other rockabilly culture sites like Sourpuss Clothing. I’m so happy to say I’m the owner of three of these super stretchy pants! By super stretchy I mean my 42” hips fit in a size small! They’re available in a wide range of colors. These capri pants are super flattering and look great on all body types.

I visited Old San Juan with Dai Rojas from Da.Art Photography and I was able to show them off! Here’s proof:

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If you’re not sure making the $80+ purchase is a good idea, I suggest buying a used pair on eBay or on the PUG Swap & Sell Facebook group. It’s a great way to check them out without spending so much money. If you decide not to keep them, just sell them or swap them for another retro item. I believe they are one of the most sought-after Deadly Dames items and I promise they wont stay in your closet for a long time like those bell-bottoms you’re dying to wear again. (Soon, I promise.)

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Outfit Deets

Top and Shoes: Rainbow

Pants and Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing

Sunglasses: ModCloth

Scarf: Cut up piece of fabric

Earrings: Forever 21

Bracelet: Handmade

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I want to know! What is your favorite Deadly Dames item?

Sourpuss Clothing Summer Wishlist

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Summer is here and I decided to share with you guys some of my favorite items from several online clothing stores.  This week, I’ll show you my Sourpuss Clothing wishlist. They carry cute pin-up dresses, edgy graphic tees and novelty print items!

TOPS

Rockakitty Tee

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Killstar Adams Crop Top

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New Breed Girl Flamingo Tank Top

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BOTTOMS

Pizza Party Skater Skirt

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Sideshow Ladies Swing Skirt

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Sputnik Swing Skirt

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Sugar Pie Capris

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Iron Fist Doll Parts Flat Sandals

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Iron Fist Ghastly Heart Flat Sandals

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Iron Fist Cupcake Princess Flats

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Kudos to Iron Fist for making adorable shoes that I’m sure someone like Katy Perry would wear. They would look great paired with the pink capris and the rockakitty shirt, which I’m dying to get! Which product do you like best?

Under the Sea

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How adorable is this Little Mermaid swimsuit? Hot Topic carried it last year but my body was still transforming into what it is today. The bottoms are comfortable for those ladies with a little more junk in the trunk. I can’t tell you how many times I passed on a cute swim suit because of the lack of fabric. My only con is that they’re not exactly what I would call high waisted.  Is the word “waisted” a term?  I’d call these waisted rather than high waisted and let me tell you why.  These sit right at my natural waist, showing my belly button to other beachgoers.  I’m ok with it but it’s not the cut I find most flattering on my figure. I couldn’t blame myself for having a long torso either because mine is rather short.

This eye-catching suit is currently on sale on the Hot Topic website. But hurry!  I’m sure they’ll sell fast as these are usually released in limited quantities.

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Swim Top, $24.50 $16.90

Swim Bottoms, $24.50 $16.90

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Happy sunbathing!

Photos by Da.Art Photography

Stock photos from HotTopic.com

Heart and Solar System Dress

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As an odd print collector, I constantly search for eye-catching skirts and dresses. When I’m on a tight budget, I always check clothing swap groups before actually looking through pages and pages of items on a website. One of a girl’s ISOs (in search of) was this beautiful space print dress by Fervour, sold exclusively at ModCloth.

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Heart and Solar System Dress, $75
Currently available in XS

I was sad to discover it was sold out and if restocked, it would sell for $75. As a Fashion Design student I know that a simple unlined, cotton dress should sell for a lot less. I told myself that constantly, trying to convince myself not to buy it if someone returned it in my size. I decided to post it as an ISO item to one of the swap groups just in case someone wanted to get rid of theirs (yeah, right) and a few weeks later, a girl told me someone had returned a small one. I bought it. Yolo, people, yolo.  (Too 2013?)

I waited the two weeks it usually takes for a ModCloth package to get to my house and was heartbroken when I pulled this out of the bag:

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The Way I Galaxy It Dress, $42 (50 % off)

This dress was being sold for $85 when I got it.  I thought about keeping it but the material and the fact that it’s lined made me sweat without even trying it on. I did try it on eventually but the only thing that came to mind was “meh.”  A return. I remember chatting with customer service and how nice the lady was.  I asked her if the company was planning on restocking it and I felt a punch to my chest as she said no. I told the girl from the swap group about the situation and she was just as sad as I was because she’s been looking for the same dress but in a different size.

Before I could forget about the dress, I saw a message from her saying a small one had been returned again. I didn’t get excited, but I bought it hoping I wouldn’t receive the wrong one again. I wonder if the mailman found it odd when I didn’t grin as soon as I saw him approaching my house with a package from ModCloth.  I opened it and even though it was finally the right dress, I was expecting the worst, as if it had to have some sort of flaw. Well, it does.

CONS

  • The dress is too short for my liking. The hem hits 3 inches above my knee. I did see pictures prior to purchasing but I thought it would be longer on me considering I’m only 5’03” tall.
  • Runs small in bust area. I’m only a B cup and I had a major armpit-boob issue.

PROS

  • Breathable fabric.
  • Has pockets. Yay!

The story does not end here. I searched for the brand, Fervour, on eBay and voila, a medium Heart and Solar System Dress was listed at only $30. It had the option to start a bidding war but it had 7 watchers so I didn’t want to risk it. I’m happy to say that I now own a Heart and Solar System Dress that doesn’t give me armpit-boob. I returned the small one and saved $40.  Yay for used clothing!

Now please enjoy these pictures of my sexy self wearing the sexy dress.

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Want to know a little secret? I was told this dress *might* be getting restocked around August but you didn’t hear it from me! 😉

Clothing Swap & Sell Groups!

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“Sell, trash or donate?” I asked myself this simple question while cleaning out my closet. It seemed like a smart idea knowing I’d eventually move. The date has been pushed back a year but that didn’t change the fact that I had too much stuff in my closet.  Stuff I didn’t even wear anymore. As I pushed and pulled hangers I tried to remember when was the last time I had worn whatever it was I was holding in my hands. If I couldn’t remember the outing, the garment was going in a bag.  If it was in good condition I’d either sell or donate it. When it was time to sell, I didn’t know where to go.

I’m done with eBay. Almost done, at least. I just think it’s such a hassle to post a listing, and then there are the fees. (Student budget, yo!) Another thing that annoyed me was the issue with the pictures. Usually online pics aren’t allowed so having to set up a tripod and change multiple times wasn’t appealing. I did it once and the process took an entire day. No kidding. I figured stock photos were best and pictures of flaws of the actual item could be provided upon request. Easy.

A friend of mine told me about a PUG (Pinup Girl Clothing) Swap and Sell group. Although I didn’t plan on selling the few PUG items I own, I decided to join. I quickly learned that the group has rules and a list of other brands that are allowed. Some of my items were on the brand list but I though it’d be best to see how it goes down first.

Here’s what a listing may look like:

NWT (New, with tags) Hell Bunny Vixen dress, size small. Would like to trade for the cherry print Zooey top, size medium or sell for $50 shipped. Comes from a pet friendly and smoke-free home.

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The seller would then have to wait for a potential buyer or swapper to comment. Questions regarding condition, measurements or potential offers are discussed in the comment section or privately, via direct message.

The process seemed simple enough but I wondered if there were any ModCloth swap and sell groups, since most of my items were purchased on their site and not all of the brands they sell were allowed on this particular group. After asking around, I found out there’s a clothing swap group which allows pretty much any brand, but mainly focuses on ModCloth items. Purrfect!

Girls from the US, Canada, Australia (and now Puerto Rico!) post their Pinterest swap and sell boards and hope for the best! If someone is interested in an item, they’ll respond commenting which item they’re lusting after along with a link to their board and hope the other person would like to swap for one of their items. Worst case scenario, they have nothing in the style the other is looking for and no swap will happen… BUT! Most of the times, the person is willing to sell at a great price. I’ve swapped three times so far and I’m now waiting for a fourth swap from Canada. Here are some of the items that are now having a party with my other skirts and dresses in my closet:

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Once Upon a Maritime Skirt, ModCloth

Hey, that’s Cat Carney!

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Cutest of the Fruit Dress, ModCloth

You all know how much I love quirky prints!

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Jolly Green Client Dress, ModCloth

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Hell Bunny Vixen Dress, ModCloth by Hell Bunny

I’m sure it had a very a very “Mod” name but I can’t find it, unfortunately.

Here are some of my favorite clothing swap and sell groups on Facebook:

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Forever 21 Swap/Sell

Jeffrey Campbell Swap Sell and Buy Group

Ooh La La!  Vintage Swap and Sell Shop

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Clothing swap and sell groups are a great option if you’re short on cash, like me! Most items in my closet are second hand, a gift or were or super sale.  Remember to be a saavy shopper.

Always read the rules before posting! You don’t want to get banned after being accepted! Did I miss any? Know about other swap/sell groups? Please share!

Happy selling and swapping!

Q & A with The Strawberry Bombshell

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I’ve been drawn to the pin up style since I saw Grease when I was a kid.  I started adding stripes and polka dots to my closet when I was 14 but the fear of looking even just a little bit costume-y held me back.  I know a lot of girls interested in this look would like to start off by simply adding some key pieces to their outfits to give a tiny hint of pinup and eventually work their way up.  It’s what I did and it made the transition from emo / goth kid to beautiful pin up a lot easier.

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Not knowing how to incorporate the pin up look to my modern, yet boring outfit for a job interview, I went where fashion inspiration is easily found—Instagram!  I came across The Strawberry Bombshell’s page after a few hashtag searches.  I noticed she’s familiar with the color palette and knows how to mix colors I’ve never had the courage to wear at the same time.  With pieces from Pinup Girl Clothing, Old Navy and Charlotte Russe, The Strawberry Bombshell has one of the most versatile and affordable wardrobes I’ve seen.

If you’re looking to get ideas for a special occasion outfit or for your everyday look, The Strawberry Bombshell will spark your creativity.  She agreed to do a Q & A and I hope you all enjoy getting to know her.  She’s been through highs and lows when it comes to confidence and tells us how pin up helped her feel comfortable in her own skin.

1. Have you always been into vintage-inspired clothing?  When did you start adding retro pieces to your closet?

My love for vintage aesthetic was a natural extension of my affinity for vintage music and that era of history. I grew up around swing music my great uncle and aunt played, and always had a pretty keen interest in World War II as a kid. I can remember being excited about swing revival in the mid-90s and early 2000’s, even though I was still pretty young; it was exciting to hear a fresh take on sounds I’d grown up with. Around that time I can remember really taking notice of vintage styles and lusting after Kate Beckinsale’s wardrobe in Pearl Harbor (2001). Unfortunately my self esteem was a bit lagging, and I tried to fit into trendy stuff in high school and university which usually made my self esteem worse. The first repro-style dress I bought was a cheaply made polka dot wiggle dress from the mall. I didn’t really dive in until I found Pinup Girl Clothing’s website in 2011. It’s been a full fledged love affair ever since!

2.  What is your go-to article of clothing that makes you feel confident?

Pencil skirt or wiggle dress. I used to try to hide my curves but always loved the look of a pencil skirt. To this day I wear them a good 3 or 4 days a week. My specific ‘dress-to-kill’ look? PUG’s Masuimi or Erin dresses. They are my go-to if I want to look like a bombshell but feel like I’m dressed in PJs! They’re so comfortable and sexy.

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3.  What are your favorite brands and why?

I think anybody that follows me close enough has noticed that I wear Pinup Girl Clothing almost everyday. This is a result of my support of their ethos and practice as company; their superior quality in product and service; and my embarrassing tunnel-vision when it comes to online shopping. I stick with what I know. I’ve written pretty extensively on why I love them so much, so I’ll just invite you to visit those blog posts and won’t bore you with the gory details again. I’ll be a life long customer, they impress me to no end. They’re life changers and very passionate about what they do.

I also wear a lot of Joe Fresh because their pieces are classic, simple, versatile and affordable. A lot of my favourite staple pieces are Joe Fresh; I was buying them on sale at a time when I couldn’t afford to online shop. My only gripe with them is that they don’t have the best track record with production and labour practices.

4.  Who is your style icon and why?

It’s a toss up between the entire pinup community and Jeanette Scott of J’s Everyday Fashion. Pinups from all over the world have inspired me to dress in a style I love and find comfort in. I started reading Jeanette’s blog in 2013 when I was unemployed, broke and unable to shop – and she completely blew my mind. She teaches her readers to take what they have in their closet and use inspiration photos to stretch the possibilities in her wardrobe. She is very much focused on a  ‘look for less’ approach, and she encourages everyone to plan their budgets, experiment with new looks, and take inspiration from everywhere. My style confidence increased a lot after reading her blog. I no longer wonder what I can pair certain items with – I can usually find 10-20 different ways to wear something because I’ve studied her approach. That, to me, is fashion practicality!  I highly recommend her blog to anybody; it makes fashion accessible and demystified.

5.  “When accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on.” – Coco Chanel.  Do you agree?  Do you follow other rules when accessorizing?  If so, what are they?

I think that people should wear as much or as little as they want; it has no effect on my life if they chose to over-accessorize. But for me, personally? I don’t have ‘rules’ per se, but I think I sort of have an internal compass which errs on the side of conservative, clean styling. You won’t find a lot of really blingy, trendy things or tons of accessorizing in my style. I’m pretty boring, and it always takes me a long time to come around to anything ‘trendy’ (I started wearing statement necklaces 3 years after everyone else). I always reach for my go-tos: pearl necklace/earrings, gold hoops and chains, cognac-coloured belts and shoes. If I do wear a statement piece, like a necklace or cocktail ring, I try to minimize other accessories and let it speak for itself.

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6.  Solids or prints?

In the last few years I’ve stuck to solids quite a bit out of habit, as I wanted to learn about colour palettes and experiment with mixing them. I am slowly (slowly!) coming around to prints. Again, it takes me a while to come around with experimentation. I push my boundaries slowly and stubbornly, but I do push them. I didn’t dare try print-mixing until this past year! Though I never used to wear leopard at all, I now use it a lot because it goes with literally everything – find me a colour that doesn’t go with leopard! It pairs nicely with polka dots, stripes, and the odd floral as well. In fact, I’m a bit of a fiend for those four prints because they are versatile and easy to style.

7.  What’s your take on how women are portrayed in media?  

Oh man, I could go on about this. Overall I think there’s still a pretty paternalistic treatment of women in mass media. Comments on women’s fashion choices and body shape instead of their accomplishments, job performance, or character are still sickeningly pervasive. There was an article I read a little while ago about an Australian newscaster who wore the same suit for a year straight without comment from his producers or audience; he wanted to prove that the heinous double standard needs to go. I think that the Dove ad campaigns (‘love the skin you’re in’) and recent uproar over Calvin Klein’s poor choice of ‘plus size’ model show that the conversations are changing in favour of body positivity, but I think we’ve got a long way to go in refining the dialogue. I think that a lot of curvy gals who felt sidelined by the status quo for decades feel the logical reaction is to bash thin women as ‘not real’, not realizing this prejudice is as hurtful as any that’s been leveled against curvy women. I’d really like to see the conversation turn towards ‘all women are real women’ to foster an inclusive mentality.

The good news is that the internet is nothing if not the largest peanut gallery in the world, and the bright side of churning out more university grads is that feminist discourse from the institution makes its way into the media and challenges sexism in weird and wonderful ways.  I’ve seen a lot of good blogs, tweets, memes, and articles which lampoon sexist remarks in the media. I’ve seen women put misogynists on blast and shame them quite publicly for their shitty attitudes, and it’s beautiful to watch. In addition, it provides communities of support for women who feel sidelined and alienated by what the status quo is turning out. Pinup is one such community, and you’ll find some of the fiercest defenders of feminism here.

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8.  A couple of months ago, Hollaback!, a movement started by a network of activists around the world working to end street harassment uploaded a video to YouTube of a woman being constantly harassed while walking around New York City.  Have you ever been harassed while walking down the street?  How do you deal with it?  What can women do to put an end to street harassment?

I’ve definitely been harassed while walking down the street, or in bars. My response isn’t usually very ladylike – I’ll flip them off or tell them to get fucked, that kind of thing. I don’t find it’s terribly productive to try to get into a dialogue with catcallers. I think that if you’re getting lewd comments from males in certain defined settings (i.e. ‘friends’ or acquaintances at a party, trolls on your social media page), it’s definitely a bit easier to get a dialogue going and call them out on their behavior and try to deconstruct their shitty attitude. It’s a bit more difficult to get into a conversation about why they’re a misogynist jerk if they’re at a stoplight in their car, or across a busy street, so I limit my conversation to crude retorts in those circumstances.

I think that the best response, if you have a chance, is to publically call out a catcaller for their poor behaviour. Let it be known that not only are you not going to accept the behaviour, you’re going to rip it to shreds rhetorically. If you’re quick on your feet, you can do that on the spot, but sometimes it takes a bit more time and effort for introverts or people who get flustered. I once wrote a letter and posted it on the door of my apartment building after I overheard some idiots making comments outside my window. I’ve seen some bloggers take screen shots of sexist comments on their Instagram and blast them. I also saw a brilliant – BRILLIANT – response to one woman’s catcaller blow up online. The gal totally lambasted this guy in a ‘Missed Connections’ ad. I’m not sure where the original post is now, but there are several articles written about it, this Huffington Post article being one of them.

As much as possible, try to engage the issues that inform the catcaller’s behaviour or attitude, rather than focus on attacking them as a person. Ad hominem attacks and aimless name calling usually fall on deaf ears and don’t accomplish much.

It’s difficult to get over the initial sting of the comment, but if you can harness that anger into a controlled and eloquent response then the payoff is wonderful. You’ll feel like King Kong and hopefully that guy will rethink his poor attitude. At the very least, hopefully he’ll stop catcalling!

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9.  We all go through moments of low self-esteem.  Do you remember a particular moment you didn’t feel so good about yourself?  If so, tell us how you got your confidence back.

I’ve spent a good deal of my life being uncomfortable in my own skin, and I know now that I’m not alone. Women of all shapes and sizes go through it! I didn’t really feel comfortable with my curves and size until I started dressing in pinup clothing on a regular basis. Some of my worst moments of self esteem in the last few years, however, were when I was sick and lost a lot of weight. My weight yoyo’d after a couple of bad bouts of ulcerative colitis and I remember crying myself to sleep because I’d lost my healthy curves that I loved so much and had become so proud of. It was a big turning point for me – to realize that I identified with my curves and size as something healthy and positive for the first time in my life. Sometimes we have to lose what we have to realize how much we miss it. I’m grateful that I had pinup clothing and communities in my life at the time, because even though I’d lost the weight and felt self-conscious after being sick, I knew that I could be beautiful at any weight in this clothing. A lot of pieces I own have fit me beautifully with 30-40 pound weight differences. That’s amazing peace of mind when you’re getting out of the hospital and learning to love your body again!

10.  Other than documenting your adorable outfits, what do you do for a living?  

I’m working in investment banking. I actually began documenting these outfits for myself as a creative outlet during some grueling professional exams last year, while I was trying to gain my licensure for securities trading. My style of dress is a little on the eclectic side for a business environment, so I’m lucky that our office is laid back about fashion choices. I’ve been in banking about 8 years now, and though it’s been an interesting study in people (more so than in numbers!), writing and literature are my first loves. I’m currently trying to figure out how to make my way back to them for a career.

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11.  Any advice to young girls on finding their personal style?

Don’t be afraid to experiment, even if it’s a little at a time. Stick with what works, ditch what doesn’t. If you’re not sure ‘how’ to wear something, or what to wear with it, do a Pinterest search to see that outfit in context. Study the styles of others, and use their inspiration. Emulate other outfit ideas until you find what you’re comfortable in. Fashion is an ongoing conversation, and your mode of dress is your voice in that conversation. It tells people who you are before you even open your mouth, so make sure you’re dressing true to yourself.

12.  As someone who practices practical pin up, what is your definition of a pin up girl?

Anybody who wants practice it. I was quite deliberate in my choice of diction for that phrase; most ‘practices’ do not come naturally, but as the result of habitual repetition. You practice until you make ‘perfect’, or at least become deft at it. The ‘practical’ in practical pinup is an expression of its accessibility. I see a lot of comments from women pinup sites saying ‘I wish I could pull that look off, but I don’t have the [body, time, patience, skill, money, etc] for it.’ They see it as being an unachievable ideal. What I’m trying to demonstrate is that you can pull it off to whatever extent you feel comfortable. It’s not something that is achievable for some and not for others. You can start as simply as incorporating a pencil skirt into your work outfit or going full-bore with glamorous pin-curls, red lips and corseting. You can buy expensive vintage pieces, budget-friendly vintage repro, or thrifted items which are retro-inspired. What matters is that you practice, and practice often.

For myself, I’ve decided my look is equal parts pinup, professional, and preppy. I buy vintage repro and thrifted items, and I incorporate current trends where I want. This is what I’m comfortable in, and that doesn’t have to look the same for everybody. It’s open to interpretation, and we don’t do any favours by having limiting ideas of what pinup should and shouldn’t be. You can do as much or as little of it as you please. The fringe benefits of practicing it are enormous: increased self esteem and body positivity; exposure to supportive communities and media; better understanding of feminism. A pin up girl is somebody who adores her body, respects the bodies of others, owns her sexuality, and dresses accordingly – that is channeling the spirit of pin up, and that can be for anybody. I’d encourage all women to give it a shot.

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