Pin-Up and Rockabilly styles have been rising in popularity. While you can certainly spend a lot of money to get the look, it isn't always necessary; chances are you've already got some pin-up worthy pieces in your closet now! Here's some helpful hints in getting them styled! And don't forget to wear cute undergarments, just in case you decide to go for that style of pictures!
I apologize for the slightly funky picture quality in the examples... I had used Polyvore when I put these together for my photoshoot group while my personal laptop was out of commission and it's not always up to my usual standards.
Are you ready to see some pin-up looks in action? These pics are some gals who sent me pics of their own easy pin-up looks! Put one of your own together and send it to me-- you just might get added here!
Here are some examples from the shoot I planned this summer for DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot! If you click on the big photos, it will take you to the photographer's page. If you liked this article and want to see more from me, join my mailing list and follow me on facebook!
I hope you enjoyed the first round of Wonderland costumes! Here are the rest of my ideas for budget costumes done with things you'll actually wear again, so you aren't blowing your money on a one time time deal. If you're interested in an item, click on the picture and it should take you to where I found it. I do recommend checking out your closet, thrift stores, and local shops, too! There are separate slides for men and women.
You are going to need to invest in a pair of rabbit ears for this costume unless you know someone with a pair that you could borrow. The white rabbit is easily accomplished with a red top and white everything else. If you've got a statement watch lying around, it would be a great accessory! White, black, red, or metallic shoes would all work well. Separate slides here for men and women.
Ladies, please remember, if you're wearing white you need to wear nude undergarments! White on white shows through!
The dormouse is super cute and a great addition to a Wonderland group! Grey is your color of choice here. Yes, mice are brown, too, but I would steer away from that color so no one mistakes you for a monkey. Mouse ears are required for this costume, but everything else you should be able to "muggle wear" afterwards.
Queen of Hearts
Also known as the Red Queen, this character is all about her attitude! Obviously, you want to get as much red in as possible. I think it would be great fun to do a monochromatic (totally 100% shades of red) outfit if you can, but other colors you can incorporate are black, white, and metallics. Get sassy!
Sister to the Queen of Hearts, the White Queen is her much more kind and demure sister. This is another one that you want to try to keep ladylike. White, white, white, and white are the colors, obviously (OK, cream would work, too, if you mix it in)! The key to wearing all the same color is to mix up your textures.
I got a message from a friend that he needed some inspiration for some Wonderland outfits that aren't going to require lots of money because they're for folks how aren't big time costumers. I love this exercise to see what you can do with things you might already have in your closet or at least to buy things that you'll wear again as regular clothing. Each of these characters has a slideshow of pieces I feel would work well for them and in the real world. If you click on the picture, it should link you to where I found it.
First up is....
The keys to Alice are a blue skirt, white blouse, black headband, and black closed toe shoes. Stockings and an apron can be fun details, but if you don't want to spend the money on those things, don't sweat it! Alice needs little ladylike details in her outfit, but make sure that you're still getting pieces that you like and will wear again! And don't forget to tuck in your shirt.
The key to the Mad Hatter is to mismatch! I would choose a pair of paints or a skirt that you have and then hit up your local thrift store to grab the fugliest blazer and tie(s) you can find! I think it'd be great fun to layer a bow tie on top of a long tie. I'd thrift most of this costume if you can't find something around the house unless you're willing to spend more money on something more specifically to your liking. The big thing with this costume is going to be the hat. The links in the slideshow below for those will send you to tutorials so you can make your own!
The Cheshire Cat is a wonderfully fun character! Pink and purple should be your base colors, but you don't have to do both if you don't want to; feel free to pick on and then do black or white for the other. You want to get at least one horizontally striped top or bottom into your outfit-- most likely you won't be able to find striped shirts or pants that will coordinate. You probably will want to get ears or a tail, but if you've got one you won't necessarily need the other. I've put together two different sets for this character: men's and women's. Don't forget, you're looking for things that you'll wear again in the real world!