Retro outfits flatter all types of cats and chicks, from young to old and fat to thin. Tailored, colorful and sexy their bold patterns and bright colors are highly individual and fun to accessorize.
From high heeled peep-toe shoes to bobby-soxer saddles for all types of retro feet to puffy petticoats, contoured corsets, purses, stockings hats and hairpins, make-up and tattoos, the added touches to retro outfits create strong individual style. Even ladies with a touch of retro fetishism can find the perfect set of sexy, fitted sailor or military-style tops and bottoms from stores like Pony Mädchen.
Retro outfits can be high-wasted denim pants paired with a peasant top, or campy, leopard– printed wiggle halter dresses. Bowling shirts, creepers and straw fedoras work for men looking for a retro feel, while ladies and gents both can don classic swing duds for a vintage night out. Hollywood glamour and the 1950s greaser look are retro styles as well as are the decidedly daring dresses inspired by burlesque.
The right retro hairstyles perfectly complement a vintage look. Ponytails and clean cut bangs are we be Hollywood curls a la the 1930s work well with most any style, but most important that the hair is artfully arranged and false eyelashes, upper eyelids lined with liquid eyeliner and bold, and bright red lips work best with powdered skin devoid of blush.
Stores like Daddy O’s and Cats Like Us offer rockabilly, pin up and retro outfits from many different brands like Stop Staring! Clothing, Get Go Retro and Heartbreaker Fashions, while more independent brands like Miss Fortune Clothing, Lolita Girl Clothing and Miss Hussy Clothing lean towards rockabilly and psychobilly adaptations of classic retro styles.
The enduring popularity of retro outfits prove that American classics never die and style legends like Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page and James Dean are forever carved into our collective unconscious. Our current fashions are so globally mass-produced and distributed that they are devoid of the potential of personal expression, while retro clothing is alive and constantly being re- interpreted from the classic burlesque look to the evolution of pin up from rockabilly to psychobilly kustom kulture.