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Swing Dress

Swing Dress

Swing dresses are about fun, flirty and flowing skirts that ruffle, kink and twirl as you strut your stuff on the dance floor. They became popular in the 1940s and 1950s eras, when swing dancing was at its peak. Whether you’re swinging your skirt around yourself in a Can-Can-like demeanor or going full circle with your twirls on the dance floor, it is always important to have the perfect swing dress to complement your fierce moves.

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Swing dresses come in a wide variety of styles. The tame styles may include a button-down short sleeved or even long sleeved top, while some may even be just the skirt, so you can wear it with your favorite dancing top. The sassier styles may include ruffled trim, halter tops or even sleeveless tops to wear to summer parties or even during the winter with a sweater or cardigan. Swing dresses can be found in solid basic colors, bold primaries, polka dots, leopard prints, military styles, and much more. It’s unlikely to shop around without finding a swing dress that is perfect for you and your personal style.

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For an online swing dress boutique search, start out with Pinup Girl Clothing, a boutique that sells all things pin up, retro, vintage and 50s style. Stop Staring Clothing is another popular pin up boutique with a wide variety of swing dresses. Same goes for Babygirlboutique, where you’ll find swing and retro dresses in plenty of styles. Looking for a swing dress with a rockabilly edge? Check out Dismantled Fashions, a one-woman brand with all things retro and rockabilly.

Swing dresses are perfectly complemented with some seamed pantyhose and sky-high stilettos, and most importantly, a fierce attitude. A swing dress must be worn with confidence, so you better be ready to get on the dance floor to shake that skirt a bit. To finish off your look, make sure you’ve got that bright red lipstick ready, swipe on some black liquid liner for a fierce cat eye look, and curl up your hair for plenty of bounce and volume. Find yourself a sexy little dancing partner and you’ve got everything you need to jazz up the dance floor!

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Retro Outfits

Retro Outfits

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.

Model: Steffi,
Make Up: Louisa Kunstmann, Photo: see2feel
Outfit: Pony Maedchen, Thx to Rockabilly Clothing

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.

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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.

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Bettie Page Clothing

Bettie Page Clothing

Hot, cute and saucy in all its retro glory, the Bettie Page brand has an online store with all the best curvaceous fashions for every sort of modern pin up girl and even some extras for their guys.

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Always sexy, their impeccably styled clothes collection boasts singles and separates, accessories and t-shirts for every occasion, event and mood. Bettie Page clothing designs combine 1950s-era patterning with modern fabrics and decade-dashing flourishes to create spunky, original retro-esque appeal.

Bettie Page Clothing’s founder and designer, Tatyana Khomyakova, originally studied fashion and theater in her home country of Russia. A long-time fan of alternative clothing design and outsider art, Tatyana modeled professionally in Russia and the United States all the while longing to break away from the faddish high-fashion world and start her own line of timeless, voluptuous styles to enhance natural feminine beauty and mystique. True to her dreams, Tatyana opened her first brick-and-mortar Bettie Page Clothing store just one year before the eponymous Queen of Pin up passed away and I for one hope her resurgent popularity late in life gave the Tease from Tennessee some much-deserved happiness.

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At Bettie Page you’ll find feminine yet demure circle skirts, afternoon dresses and oh-so-cute and sexy sailor pantsuits; cocktail dresses, military-style outfits, pencil skirts, the tightest bombshell dresses around and simple-yet-striking striped Capri pants. They offer tight, skin-baring dresses where the precipitous neckline and ambitiously skyward skirt slit almost meet and innocent separates like demure blouses and ruffled skirts that when combined create a dead-on MaryAnn.

You can visit Bettie Page Clothing boutiques in 3 locations in California and 2 locations in Las Vegas, Nevada or just browse their online shop. Their website provides excellent instructions for measuring all of those lovely curves and a sizing chart to help you select the perfect body-hugging fit. For questions you can e-mail or call their local retail store numbers. Bettie Page Clothing accepts Discover, MasterCard, Visa and American Express. Returns can be made for exchange only within 60 days of purchase, no refunds. If any item is damaged when being shipped it will replaced at no charge.

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