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Looking for Pin Up Dresses? It’s our specialty, darling! You'll fall in love with our fabulous array of vintage inspired pin up dresses ranging from the tightest of wiggle dresses to the fullest of circle skirts. Encompassing various renowned Pin-Up brands from around the world, consider Unique Vintage's Pin Up selection your one stop shop for everything your nostalgic heart ever wanted.

  • UV Icon: Bettie Page

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    There are few icons in the Pin Up community that reach a level of supernova stardom quite like the notorious Bettie Page.

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    From her signature jet-black hair, to her now iconic bangs, Bettie Page will forever retain her title as the Queen of Pin Ups.

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    Having gained popularity amongst a rather interesting subset of culture in the 1950s, Ms. Page found herself at the forefront of provocative imagery, while maintaining her wholesome "girl-next-door" persona.

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    Perhaps best known for her shots with Bunny Yeager in Miami, Bettie inspired one pin up after another to hit the beach with both confidence and a hint of sexuality.

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    The incomparable Bettie Page's career spanned less than 10 years, but her lasting effect is a fabulous one.  Once a week, someone on the UV Team contemplates getting "Bettie Page bangs"- and they lovingly pose as though they were on the white sands of the Florida Keys circa 1955. Not to mention, Ms. Page has inspired such retro-inspired lines as the UV-favorite Bettie Page Clothing.

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    So throw on those stilettos and slide into some stockings as we salute a UV Icon: the one and only, Bettie Page!

  • Brand Spotlight: Bernie Dexter for Summer 2013

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    Pin up model and designer extraordinaire, Bernie Dexter, recently unveiled her vacation-ready line of summer dresses and we had to buy bigger luggage because of it! Designed and produced here in the USA, Bernie has a knack for nifty atomic prints on classic mid-century silhouettes. From swirly florals to western gingham, consider yourself fabulously frocked while on your retro adventures this season. Clip in your hair flowers and take a stroll with us as we take a peek at Ms. Dexter's absolute latest!

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Nautical Rope Beatrice Dress: $144

    The Beatrice Nautical Rope Dress is a high seas adventure packed into one little dress. Available in two prints - either a swirl of either red & white or blue & white- this retro stunner is made perfect by a little white pleating at the bust and a contrast white patent leather belt at the waist.  Bernie's signature, the full swing skirt, is gathered to perfection for an authentic vintage look.

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Red Toile Sugar Doll Dress: $144

    Inspired by Marie Antoinette herself, the darling Red Toile Sugar Doll Dress is vintage in quite a few ways. A classic Bernie silhouette, complete with short 1940s style cap sleeves, a cheeky neckline and full gathered skirt are topped off with a French inspired illustrated toile print. Both cocktail hour and tea time appropriate, the matching self-belt takes this little number straight from the steps of Versailles to your divine closet.

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Pink Lily Print Victoria Star Swing Dress: $144

    Darlings, meet Victoria! Regardless of what island you are vacationing on this season, this fabulously exotic printed swing dress is a getaway in itself! A retro inspired pink large lily floral print is complimented by a fully gathered swing skirt and short sleeves. A matching white patent leather belt is any cinched waists must-have accessory and Victoria comes prepared! Throw on the Andrew Sisters and grab a Mai-Tai, gals!

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Green Floral Veronique Blush Dress: $144

    Veronique is as fabulous as her namesake! A garden party appropriate day dress, complete in a vibrant green and pink floral print. A retro inspired square neckline is met with two cheeky cap sleeves, while a fully gathered swing skirt is perfect for a spin or two. And with a matching pink patent leather belt, this dress is the epitome of summertime sass.

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Red Gingham Antonella Swing Dress: $144

    And lastly, what is summer without a little splash of honky-tonk? Meet Antonella! A retro red and white picnic gingham is the perfect print in a season full of backyards and BBQ's! A sweetheart neckline is detailed with three rows of red ruffled trim, while the same detail is repeated on the cap sleeves.  A hoe-down ready fully gathered swing skirt and a matching red patent leather belt top off this country confection. Giddy up, gals!

    Well there you have it, darlings! Whether you are jet-setting to an exotic locale or grilling up some fabulous in your own backyard, the fabulous Bernie Dexter makes any occasion feel like a grand getaway!

  • UV Destination Getaway: Tahiti

    Summer is here and we're daydreaming of the perfect tropical getaway complete with sparkling turquoise water and white sand beaches. Here are some island inspired items that we collected for the perfect Tahitian holiday.

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    Step into your island paradise in our gorgeous Stop Staring Floral Watercolor Sunshine Swing Dress. Made for the sun, this breezy swing dress is crafted with a sweetheart neckline, vibrant floral print, and a full gathered circle skirt perfect for strolling the boardwalk.

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    The perfect bag and heels go together like milk and cookies, or a pin up girl and hair flowers. Try the Red Scalloped Preppy Lady Heels with peep toes, scalloped details, and playful bows. Of course you'll have to carry all of your travel essentials in style with the RetroWhere? Tropical Getaway Purse, designed with luxurious leather trim, bamboo handles, and vintage styled travel labels for a darling retro touch.

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    Mix and match travel friendly accessories are a must while on vacation. Adorn your tresses with the Danger Lilly Red Open Rose Hair Clip to give your look a pin up inspired look. And what is  beach vacation without the perfect pair of sunglasses? The Red Contessa sunglasses are a must with retro cat eye frames and silver studded details.

    Grab your sunblock and favorite red lipstick and get ready to soak up the sunshine. We'll have you looking fabulous for strolling the shore to dinner at the cabana.

  • How to Spot a Pin Up Girl

    Modern pin up girls are the embodiment of retro-inspired fashion and flair. While every girl makes the vintage-inspired look her own, there are definitely some patterns in pin up perfection. Whether you want to know how to look like a pin up girl or just feel like gazing into a flawless mirror, we’ve lovingly laid out the telltale trademarks of the pin up girl look.

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    Retro Hairstyle
    Those perfect pin curls! That sky-high pompadour! Those flawless victory rolls! There’s never a dull moment with pin up girl hair.

    Cat Eyes
    Whether her shadow is smoldering and smoky for a night out or light and shimmery for a day at the beach, the classic cat eye swoop is an ever-present defining accent to her playful come-hither eyes.

    Hair Flower
    Part hairline, part garden bed, a pin up’s hairstyle isn’t complete without a hair flower. Roses, dahlias, magnolias and more can be found sprouting from the side of her pretty little head, regardless of the season.

    Red Lipstick
    Crimson as a rose, a pin up’s lips greet the day roaring in red. While the versatile pin up may experiment with a range of lip colors from playful to sultry, vibrant red is her calling card.

    Classy Cleavage
    While the classic pin up always leaves something to the imagination, she’s never met a V neckline she hasn’t liked. A peek of the peaks is all she needs to pull together her perfect pin up look, while always leaving her adoring audience wanting more.

    Wiggle Dress
    A pin up girl celebrates her fabulous curves and a perfect wiggle dress is the ticker tape in her parade. The wiggle dress accentuates her classic hourglass figure and for anyone lucky to spot her in the wild, time all but stands still!

    Circle Skirt + Crinoline
    A pin up isn’t limited by a single silhouette. The versatile pin up also takes on the day in gorgeous swing dresses complete with full circle skirts and a fabulously poufy crinolines. You may spot her twirling with abandon, but with that flowing hemline, who wouldn’t?!

    Retro Bag
    Where is a girl to keep her signature red lipstick, emergency hairspray, and the hearts of all the men she’s stolen? A fabulous retro-inspired handbag, of course! And does it match her shoes? Um, does Bettie Page have bangs?

    Killer Pumps
    A dedicated pin up lives and dies by her footwear. Whether peep toe, printed, patent, or platform, you’ll find her clicking off to her next shopping trip, business meeting, or hot date in a pair of perfectly coordinated pumps.

    Think we missed something? Let us know what’s a must-have in YOUR pin up look!

  • Freshly Picked for Summer: Cherry Prints

    If you're anything like us, then you love summer. What better way to compliment the bright sunshine and warm weather than a refreshing summer fruit print? Style these playful prints with some bright cherry lipstick, and your ready for vintage-inspired fun in the sun.

     

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    The Heartbreaker Fresh White Cherry Sweetie Dress is oh-so-cute with a flirty halter neckline and tie back waist. Style the playful circle skirt with one of our petticoats for a darling retro-inspired look.

     

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    Sweet, scrumptious, and ready for the beach. Whether you love a one piece or a bikini, these cherry printed darlings are made for lounging in the sun. For a classic look, try our vintage-inspired black cherry print one piece perfected with ruched accents, a feminine sweetheart neckline, and a halter neckline. Or, if your feeling a little more down home, our Red Gingham Maraschino two piece is sweeter than cherry pie with high waisted bottoms, delicate bows, and polka dotted accents.

     

    Not ready to commit to a cherry sweetened ensemble? These accessories are the perfect accent for dressing up your style with retro flair. The Picking Cherries Black Chain Necklace and the Classic Hardware  Retrolite Cherry Earrings are a charming way to add a touch of classic pin up style to your wardrobe.

    Nothing says summer like a big bowl of freshly picked cherries. Taking inspiration from one of our favorite summer treats, these white and black cherry print Bettie peep toe shoes feature nude details, peep toes, and breezy pleated accents. Try pairing them with your favorite sun dress or a pair of high-waisted shorts for effortless style.

    Some say diamonds are a girl's best friend but we think no girl should be without classic cherry red lipstick. Besame's Classic Cherry Red Lipstick is the perfect red for all skin tones. The cool blue undertone will brighten your smile while adding a vibrant pop of cherry red to your pout.

    Whether you're lounging poolside or headed to an island getaway, our delicious fruit prints will lend effortless retro-inspired style to your summer wardrobe.

  • Get The Look: Marilyn Monroe

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    If there ever was a grand supreme icon here at Unique Vintage, it would be none other than the incomparable Marilyn Monroe. Often regarded as the epitome of a vintage body type, Ms. Monroe and her now famous mystique are, and forever will be, an inspiration to pin up girls worldwide. Now, let's take a peek at a few Marilyn-esque pieces every gal needs!

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    Being known for a killer hourglass shape, a pair of high waisted jeans that accentuate the high, natural waist is a versatile and classic piece. New from Kustomville Design, these high waist stunners are a dark wash denim, complete with gold button detailing and top-stitching. In proper Marilyn fashion, pair it with a cheeky gingham top that ties, or a basic white cotton blouse.

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    Marilyn was known for we famous wiggle. Achieve the same shimmy and shake with a fabulous 50's style pencil skirt. New from Steady Clothing, the Nikki Pencil Skirt is an all-stretch skirt, complete in a slimming black.  The allure of Marilyn was due to the fact that she moved like no one else, and the tighter the skirt, the more fabulous the wiggle became.

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    The little black dress is a staple of vintage and retro clothing, and remains a fabulous piece for any gal's closet to this day! Ms. Monroe was well aware of its importance, as evidenced by the above photograph. If anything, the slimming quality of a perfect LBD is the best kept secret to a truly happy pin up. Our new Lydia Wiggle Dress is a pristine tank style wiggle, complete in an all stretch Bengaline. With slight pleating for fit in the bust, and a tight pencil style skirt, the classic LBD has arrived for all of our modern day Marilyns.

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    And lastly, a night of glamour calls for a little something special. Marilyn, like many of the classic stars of Hollywood's days of yore, knew that getting noticed in a crowded room only took the right hairstylist and one stunner of a cocktail dress. The new Champagne Radiant Dress from Stop Staring is a perfect blend of modern day sex appeal and classic Monroe allure. A tight wiggle fit is complimented by a lightweight stretch fabric- perfect for one and all.

    Here at UV, Marilyn will always shine just a little brighter than some of the other stars in the classic Hollywood sky. Her stunning style could never be replicated, but will forever be a point of inspiration for aspiring style starlets like us.

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