Friday, 13 April 2012

Vintage Wardrobe: Its all about the beehive

Let me open my wardrobe to you
Ive been asked by quite a few of my readers to do outfit posts and as I love seeing what other bloggers wear (I'm nosy like that) thought I would have  a go.
Before I start doing this on a regular basis here are a few things you should know about me:

  1. Although I love all things vintage and the clothes and styles of the 1940's and 50's particularly, due to my rather large bangers and well padded figure, real vintage rarely fits over my head. So I am all about the repro baby.
  2. My size varies from a size 16-20. This is largely dependent on my work schedule. When the phone stops ringing and no one wants me I do my Davina DVD and get into healthy eating.When I'm busy (as recently when Ive been finishing my first book) I eat lots of cake and sit in front of a computer for hours.
  3. I rarely wear heals.Being uncomfortable makes me grumpy so unless I can totter from a car to a bar stool its flats all the way.
  4. My size never stops me feeling anything other than vintage fabulous. Sure I prefer it when I don't get out of breath tonging my hair but I actually believe that with huge hair and even bigger lashes you can look rather wonderful whatever size or shape you are.

I hope by doing these posts I inspire anyone who feels they don't have the vital statistics to look like a vintage vixen to have a go. Throw on a Gok Wan bodyshaper and start loving what you wear everyday.
Never wait to be a specific dress size to enjoy clothes.Once you start liking what you see in the mirror it will trickle down to every aspect of your life.

My Style
I call my style "Retro tart' I like shapes and looks from various eras and love having fun with fashion. One day I might want to wear a swing dress and channel Grace Kelly in High Society, the next I might be feeling all 1940's land girl and chuck on a snood and wide leg trousers. I'm also a bit of a fan of student chic and when I want to slob around will often wear over sized tee shirts, granddad cardigans and a Morrissey quiff and I constantly return to a Rockabilly sensibility. A vintage purist I am not. It works for me and means I am constantly excited by clothes and fashion.
Here are some examples:
I'm dotty about polka dots

Betty Draper Chic in a music note swing dress

A Ska hoodie and rockabilly headscarf
Today's Outfit

Today's outfit was inspired by my music choice. This morning I was listening to the  1960's girl group The Shangri La's and decided I had to have a beehive.
So Ive backcombed my hair, left my fringe down for a change and pinned in a pretty flower. Carrying on this theme Ive opted for a fairly muted eyeshadow and lined my eyes heavily with eyeliner. My lipstick  is Pink Flirt by the Body shop.

As I'm actually required to do quite a lot of work today as well as supervise a playdate with two rather excited five year olds I have opted for comfort in my outfit choice.
My cardigan is a Collectif one from Dollymixture clothing
Dress is by Pearl Lowe and is black lace with a lovely black ribbon hem and black shift.
Black leggings are by Topshop
Creepers sneakers are by Tuk

Pink Flirt Lipstick Competition
This week Ive got a Bodyshop Colourglide lipstick in the Pink Flirt shade to give away.

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  1. Your hair looks amazing. You totally rock.
    My size has been anything from a 10-20 and right now I am a 14-16. This time last year I was a 12-14. It's all about the cake. Also I stopped breastfeeding a toddler and it's caught up with me, now he isn't draining all the extra calories.
    I often think I won't buy nice new clothes til I shed the extra stone I'e gained since Christmas, but you've totally inspired me.
    Gok's bodyshaper, is that like Spanx?
    I own fine bangers too. Just need to trim the tum and thighs!!
    Have a good day, oh glam one.
    x x

    1. Hi Gem-glad you enjoyed the blog. Yes my weight has been a bit hit and miss since I had my little girl five years ago too ha ha .Dont wait unti you have shed that weight to buy nice clothes. You are amazing whaetever weight you are and you might as well look fabulous while you work towards your goal size.
      Gok wans are very similar to spanks and give you a great shape. Tucking in your wobby bits but are also quite comfortable to wear. have a great day xx

  2. It's so good to see a girl around my size looking fabulous and feeling great. I try really hard to feel that way but don't always succeed. Think I need to take your advice and treat myself to some pretty things and just go ahead and wear the things that make me feel good. Think I need to make myself a few new swing dresses and full circle skirts :-)

    1. Glad you enjoyed my post Natasha. Circle dresses are a great way to give the illusion of awaist and hide a well padded bottom in my exsperience. No one feels amazing al the time (well I sure dont) but by trying to dress the body shape you have to the very best it can be is a great way to start xx

  3. Wowee you ROCK a beehive!! :)
    I must admit to having hidden in baggy t-shirts and hoodies for far too long. :( I loved Gok's inspiration but never quite applied it to me. Rockabilly / make-over for me is a very recent thing so still in progress and you've already been a big inspiration to me. I've been as large as a 24 which as I'm only 5'3" didn't look too great but am down to a 14/16 and can squeeze into a wiggle skirt in a 12 (just) now. lol Still hate my belly and legs but am trying to concentrate on more than these two area's.
    I must say i drooled at seeing your 'wardrobe' which is clearly much more than that! Love it.. and may just give up dreaming about sliding wardrobes and go for an open plan look! I'm overflowing my wardrobe as still got all my old stuff.
    Thanks again for inspiration! Repro rocks!

    1. Hi Mammy Jane. Im rather loving this beehive-I acheived it by sticking a false ponytail and then twisting it and pinning it. its magic!
      Wow well done on getting down to a 14/16 thats amazing and no mean feat.
      I also hate my tummy the most but find those body shapers which are a bit like cycling shorts work really well and suck it all in a bit. You are right theres no point concentrating on the bits you dont like as when you do you end up throwing up your hands and saying "nothing looks good, i might as well live in leggings" I try and concentrate on the whole effect. Cool hair, glam make up and well put togther outfits hide a multitude of sins. Yes I may not be the thinnest chick on the block but I feel good and am making the best of what Ive got.
      I used to yearn for a walk in wardrobe but my tiny house wouldnt fit one which is how I thought of the open plan. now I can see all my clothes. its actually saved me money as I can see everything Ive got nd even rediscovered some things I had forgotten xx

  4. I love love love that blue dress!!! I'm bigger than you and feel that I can't get my legs out as they are lumpy and fat but that dress is beautiful!!!!

    Congrats on being happy in your skin, I'm envious lol


    1. Thanks Joy-I had it made to measure by a seller on ebay. My legs are not that amazing either but Im a great beleiver in black tights or footless leggings with ballet pumps. great under swing dresses xx

  5. Hi Betty

    Loving the beehive! It really suits you, I am also a larger lady with boobs and have only been into vintage in the last couple of years. I love it and am making a lot of my own frocks which makes it even more enjoyable to have an original dress that fits and isn't just another high street tent! And, home made dresses don't have size labels! thanks for a fab blog! x

    1. I agree its so much better to make stuff or at least teach yourself to adjust things. I just find there is so little choice on the high street and you are right so much f it is horrible tent like stuff in nasty fabrics. Size labels are rubbish anyway, with vanity sizing you can be a size 16 in one store and a size 2 in another so I ignore labels and just go by what it looks like x

  6. YOU, yes YOU Ms Betty are the role model our little girls should be looking up to. You're a warm, beautful and may I say sexy lady, you inspire me.

    I have only just started getting into vintage clothing, so to be fair I have been following your advice and that of a few others. Being a curvaceous cuddly lady, like yourself, you have helped me enormously to have the confidence to wear what I want to wear.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart

    1. raven that is possibly one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. Im so happy to be part of your vintage style journey-lets rock our curves together xx

  7. You look beautiful in each and every one of those photos - it's all about inner confidence, not the outer clothing, isn't it? Mind you, the clothes are rather fantastic too, and I have total and utter beehive envy!

    1. Thanks Alex-yes its all about feeling you look pretty darn good regardless of what dress size you are in.Glad you like my clothes and as you will see as I do more outfit posts they are mostly high street buys or ebay finds so easy to get hold of xx

  8. Fantastic post. You always look fabulous. X

  9. ok, you must tell us how you got that awesome beehive?! I've tried a beehive myself but it never looks that good! Did you have to backcomb it loads? x

  10. I can't get the reply link to work but wanted to reply! lol
    Well, having chewed the open plan wardrobe over, we are going to start sourcing materials! Mr Mammy Jane is up for the challenge, we have a great sized recess in our room which has 2 very large (too tall for me) flat packed wardrobes in.. I hate them with a passion as we've been 'making do' with them for a long time, along with the carpet which was in when we moved in nearly 5 years ago. So the plan is to go open plan, get some lovely boxes for hubbies clutter (he is mad about music so 'hides' things in his wardrobe I grumble about when I see) lol and generally get moving! And at that point we can do the carpet too - budget purchase needed here. :) We re-decorated 2 years ago lovely white 'shabby chic' laura ashley esq design but the final parts needed money. Will feel wonderful when it's done and I'll have to be good and part with my 'old' clothes. Hubby did mention them to me last night saying I should donate them.. but then I'd hardly have anything left. Eeek.. will face that another day!
    Size wise yes, I know how you feel about the 'live in leggings' viewpoint, I am guilty of having been like that in respect of hoodies and jeans. My wardrobe will show you that! Gok would have a heart attack if he saw my old clothes. lol Change is good.
    Will have to get some 'support' for under my hair too when it's longer my fringe is the longest its ever been now but still too short to do much more than a 3 inch quiff with - which I do like. I have fine hair so under support is definately going to be needed to get 'big' hair. I saw a great vid on you tube about those hair bun rolls you get, cutting one down stitching the end and putting it under your fringe to make a very big 'rockabilly fringe' looked great at the end and no one would know! lol
    Spk soon


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