Essential vintage accessories.

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The art of making your outfit completely Rockabilly or Pinup inspired, in order to get that true vintage feel is accessorizing your outfit. Because without the petticoat your swingdress will look great, but it will become a true head turner when you add a fluffy petticoat that bounces when you walk. To style your outfit there are a couple of things you might want to add to your wardrobe.

Hair scarves

To really give your look a vintage feel, go on the hunt for some square chiffon scarves or even bandana’s. I promise soon I will show you the easiest way to tie these in your hair, making this a quick and easy everyday hairstyle. I am not joking when I say you can have a really cool pinup hairdo in 5 minutes. These scarves are super versatile and can be used in many different ways. Wether you wear them in your hair or around your neck, they can really make a difference. Go for the chiffon scarf to get that classic look, and with a bandana you can channel you inner Rosie the Riveter! Yes you can! These bandana’s and chiffon scarves can be found in vintage stores as well as on Etsy.

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Jewelry

In the 40’s and 50’s you would find quite a lot of clip on earrings. Nowadays they are easy to find in stores like Six for my Dutch readers. Try to look for flat round earrings, you can’t go wrong with these. Pearls and big beads are always right. Check out the jewelry one of my favorite brands makes at www.collectif.co.uk.

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Glasses

I have been wearing glasses since I was 14. I wore them but never really feel super attractive with them. Boy, did the return of the cat eye frame change that! For me it really finished my look, whilst being able to see! Win win situation! For my fellow glasses wearing ladies, the frame I wear is my Alain Mikli, model ML1233. Bought at Jongen Opticiens Heerlen. Of course if you don’t wear glasses naturally, it is a great way to look different for a change, and fake glasses can nowadays be bought at a lot of accessories stores. For my Dutch readers, check out Claires and Six.

Petticoat

Have I told you yet how much I LOVE petticoats? They make your waist optically look smaller, make your dress bounce when you walk and sometimes they pee-a-boo from under your dress or skirt. If you love your full circle skirt or your swing dress now, you will love it a thousand times more with a petticoat. Petticoats come in various colors, materials, widths and lengths. I can really recommend the Hell Bunny Petticoats.

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Stockings

A great way to give your outfit some sex appeal are beautiful stockings. Dotted, translucent or black with a seam, maybe stockings with bows, they will look amazing with your dress, petticoat and heels.

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I hope this post was an inspiration for you to go hunting for some great and beautiful accessories. 

Lots of love,

 

Miss Ginger Tulips xoxo

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Outfit of the day: Collectif Dolores Dress in Black Cherry Stem print. <3

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Today was a free day, where I had some time to do some work around the house, write a bit for you ladies, organize a bit and do some laundry. But sitting inside all day gets me restless so I decided to take the ‘Spaniard boyfriend’ with me for a ride on the bike, since we needed to get some groceries anyway.

It doesn’t get more Dutch than this! Biking with all your groceries in the crate on the front of your bike and your handbag on the steering wheel! It is great weather today so we decided to enjoy, make a detour through the park and enjoy the beautiful city that is Maastricht.

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Today I am wearing my beloved Dolores dress by Collectif Clothing, one of my most worn dresses. I am crazy for cherry prints and I absolutely adore the chunky cherry print that this dress has. This dress is extra special to me because this dress was a gift from my boyfriend and it makes me think of him when I wear it, even though most of the time he is so far away in Spain.
The Dolores dress is very comfortable, so very suitable for everyday as well as for an evening out on the town. The dress looks great without a petticoat, but I like to pair my dress with my white Hell Bunny petticoat, for some extra poof. The dress comes without a belt, but is more flattering when you pair it up with a waist belt, to define your waist a bit more. I consider the Dolores dress a great dress for women with a big bust, since the bodice provides enough room, without being too revealing. It is a very classy neckline.

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In my hair I am wearing a chiffon scarf I bought on Etsy in DollyCool’s shop. I have them in three colours and I love them! I am absolutely obsessed with these scarves. They can turn a bad hair day into a great vintage hairstyle. I promise I will make a video with a how-to very soon!

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Lots of love xoxo Miss Ginger Tulips

Absolute favorite brands. Part one.

Hi everybody,

Today I would like to share with you a small part of my all time favorite brands and their little gems. These brands are all represented in my wardrobe and make pieces that are very much loved by me.

 

Collectif Clothing

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https://www.collectif.co.uk

A very affordable brand that produces high quality clothing and accessories. It is founded in the UK, but worldwide sold and loved! They specialize in making 40’s and 50’s reproduction clothing and have a great and unique collection, with beautiful fits and great prints.

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This is one of the most flattering tops I have ever worn. Great for busty women like myself and very comfortable. It comes in many different prints and will make you feel like a true Carmen with the beautiful sleeves and neckline.

Liesel circle skirt

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The Liesel circle skirts is one of my latest obsessions. I had been looking at it for ages before buying it, fearing that the braces wouldn’t be very flattering with a big bust, but knowing that they are detachable, I went ahead and did it. And boy am I happy I did! This has become one of my all time favorite skirts! I love to combine it with the Dolores top and a petticoat to give me that extra ‘poof’!

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Dolores dress

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Being an absolute fan of red and black combined, this dress had to be a part of my collection. The dolores dress is one of the most comfortable dresses I have, being very suitable for everyday as well as for special occasions. The bustline is the same as the dolores top, and fits like a glove.

Agarva skirt

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Another little gem is this Agarva skirt. A beautiful high waist pencil skirt with braces. Basically the pencil skirt version of the Liesel circle skirt. It slims down, corrects the tummy and makes you feel va-va-voom.

Photo source: www.collectif.co.uk

Pinupgirl Clothing

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http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com

An American brand with high quality clothing produced in America. Pinupgirl Clothing for me stands out as a very luxurious brand with dresses, skirts and accessories to die for. They also provide a great variety of plus size clothing.

Heidi Swing dress

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This particular dress with the black cherry print is my most worn dress. No matter what, I keep reaching for this dress, and I will wear it until it will fall apart, and gladly buy a new one. It is comfortable, figure enhancing and oh so pretty. I recommend this to everyone!

Doris top

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The Doris top is quite daring, it definitely shows what your momma gave you. I find this a beautiful top for eveningwear and special occasions, since the bustline is very low, but very beautiful. It goes beautifully with a pencil skirt as well as with a circleskirt or high waisted pants.

Lindy Bop

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http://www.lindybop.co.uk

One of the budget friendly brands. Lindy Bop produces beautiful must haves for any starting or veteran pin-up and vintage lover. It is a relatively new brand, founded in 2011,  and they have made a great way to perfecting their pieces, listening to their clients desires and needs and providing great quality nowadays, sold worldwide! I find most of the Lindy Bop dresses great value! Lindy Bop also provides a great selection of plussize dresses, going up to size 22, and a petite size section!

Ophelia dress

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The Ophelia dress is a true beauty! It comes in very many prints and colours, and is sure to bring a huge smile to your face the moment this beauty comes to join the rest of your dresses in your wardrobe. I own the beige floral Ophelia, as shown, and I was very surprised with the high quality for such a low price. The fabric is thick, the print is beautiful and the fit is great. Even for more busty women. I have seen the dress worn less busty women than myself, and it still is very flattering and holds it great shape. If you have been one of us that has been lemming this dress, but something holds you back? Go for it, you won’t regret!

Audrey dress.

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After having a bit of a rough start, with many different versions and with that some different qualities, Lindy Bop has finally perfected their Audrey dress. Coming in a great number of colours, patterns and prints, this timeless, typically 50’s dress is made in a very light cotton, making it ideal for hot summer days. I must say that this dress is a bit of a challenge in the bust area. I need to wear a different bra under this dress, one that allows my breasts to be flattened a bit, since the bust area is a bit narrow. I would suggest looking well at the size chart provided in the webstore you are buying in, since it is possible I have one of the early produces dresses with the little hiccups.

Hetty dress

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This dress wasn’t one of my ‘Loves at first sight’, but has grown on me so much! It is very comfortable, using a light cotton that makes it breezy enough for the hot summer days and pairs up perfectly with a petticoat. For me it is quite wide in the waist area, but that is easily fixed with a waist belt. With a petticoat it gives you the true pin-up shape!

Photo sources: http://www.lindybop.co.uk

Hell Bunny

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Hell Bunny is one of the first brands I ordered from. They are budget friendly and have great true to size fits. I have worn out many of their dresses, because of their great fit, quality and comfort. Hell Bunny is sold worldwide.

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Francine dress

This is one of my latest additions. With it’s apple print and cute buttons and collar, with the right petticoat added, it is sure to make you feel like a modern day Snowwhite! The fabric of this dress is very light, airy and flowy, but doesn’t underline the sometimes irregular dimples and bumps like mine, that some of us women have to deal with! ; ) For me the dress works best with a petticoat.

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Talking about petticoats, Hell Bunny provides my favourite! Good value, easy to wash, great sizing and good quality. A really good value for your money. They come in a numerous amount of colours, making sure every swing dress can be jazzed up with one of these beauties! The Hell Bunny petticoats come in to sizes, xs-m and l-xxl. They also make a variety of shorter petticoats.

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Retro elastic belt.

Every vintage girl should own at least a white and black version of this. Waist belts are a great way to give that extra accent on your waistline, making you look even more pin-up. They are great value and very comfortable because of their elastic band, giving you just the right amount of snug hold. Great is that they come in different sizes. I was never a lover of one size fits all. Helloooo, no body is the same and waists aren’t identical for a size 4 and a size 12.

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Meriam dress

I rarely wear halter dresses, since I find them too heavy in my neck, carrying my tata’s all day, but I gladly make an exception for the Meriam dress. This dress is just so much fun! It gives you this Marilyn feeling, especially with a petticoat underneath. Make sure to order one size down of this gem, because the stretchy elastic back could be too big in your regular size.

 

So, these are just a small selection of brands I love. I will surely follow up with another post on this, since there is lots more I need to show you!

Thanks for reading and spread the word!

Lots of love,

Miss Ginger Tulips xoxo

 

 

Welcome!

Since this will be my first blogpost, I thought it would be nice to introduce myself!

 

Marjolein-France20I am Marjolein, a Dutch girl, that was born in the wrong time. I am a professional opera singer and model, and I live in the south of The Netherlands with my cat Buddy. I decided to start this blog because I noticed how positive people react when I dress in full pin-up/vintage style, and I love to share what makes me happy. For me in the past years, wearing real vintage and vintage reproduction clothing has become a lifestyle for me that has changed the way I feel, see and look at myself completely. I finally found clothing that appeared to be made for my body, being an hourglass shape, with a big bust and wide hips. The first time I put on one of these dresses I felt a feeling of sheer happiness and excitement coming over me. It was always so hard to find clothing that made me feel really good about myself and my figure, and now with the right dress, skirt, top or blouse, I could feel like a million bucks!

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So before I knew, the biggest part of my wardrobe became vintage inspired or vintage and a slightly gone-out-of-hand addiction followed. Always browsing the internet for new dresses, skirts, tops, blouses and accessories and saving money to buy that one piece I admired so much.

So here I am now, hoping to share with you some of my finds, experiences, tips and maybe even some how-to’s, hoping it will make you just as happy as it makes me.

 

Lots of love,

Miss Ginger Tulips xoxo