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  • UV Icon: Jean Harlow

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    Before Marilyn, there was Jean Harlow, the original "Blonde Bomshell." She left her mark on Hollywood and pop culture with her signature platinum locks and "laughing vamp" persona.

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    Harlow rose to fame in the 1930s and was labeled a screen siren for her revealing costumes and quick witted dialogue. Her signature towheaded look inspired a platinum craze with many fans dying their hair to match hers.

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    During her short ten year career, Jean Harlow established herself as one of the silver screen's most captivating actresses and was a key inspirational figure for both Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Ms. Harlow, tonight we "Vogue" in your honor.

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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Vintage Hair Scarf Tutorial: Tie One On

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    Ever wonder how to tie a vintage style pin up chiffon hair scarf like the grand dames of the 40s & 50s? Look no further, darlings! Here at Unique Vintage, we want you gals to be your most fabulous and we understand that sometimes vintage styles such as these can be elusive! Even the most fashionable doll needs a little how-to help from time time. That's where we come in!

    Watch as UV team member Ana shows you three different ways to wear adorable vintage style head scarves:

     

    There you have it, gals! Bad hair days begone! And oh-so-perfect for easy breeze looks for the summer months ahead! Ready to try it for yourself? Make sure to visit our Hair Scarf Section for a vast selection of printed and patterned scarves that will help you recreate these fun and flirty looks!

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  • Get Ready for Summer with Unique Vintage!

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    New dress day is like Christmas here at UV: everyone wakes up at the crack of dawn to unwrap their goodies, and someone ends up crying out of sheer happiness. Which is why we've learned to apply a layer of water proof mascara and greet the day fabulously! Our new collection of summer-ready exclusives have arrived and have exceeded our expectations in every which way! Grab your handbags and take a walk with us as we take a peek at UV's latest and greatest!

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    Summer has arrived in full force with our famous Flirty Swing Dress- now in a cheeky purple floral print! The classic halter style swing dress is pleated and ruched to perfection for a unique fit that only UV can deliver. For added flair, add one of our crinoline slips to the ensemble for an authentic 1950s look.

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    For an easy, breezy work-appropriate frock, try our Strapped For Time Wiggle Dress! A two tone beige and black combination is matched perfectly by a cocktail ready, pencil style dress. A sensible neckline is contrasted with a V-neckline in the back and the classic straight skirt is both body conscious and fabulously retro. Transition from day to night in true diva form!

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    We think you'll mesh together nicely with this next one. Our Sheer Elegance Dress is a fantastic new addition to our brand! Complete in a brushed cotton, this cocktail dress is pristinely 50s- from its mesh neckline to the gathered swing skirt. And get ready to hear your two favorite words: belt included!

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    Our classic Seeing Stripes Swing Dress has been updated for the season in a nautical navy blue! A strapless style top is made complete by a full, gathered swing skirt. Perfect for a night of doing the Watusi or Hand Jiving. For added volume, add one of our crinoline slips for a little extra boost of fabulousness.

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    And lastly, what better way to greet the season than in a ravishing red? Our Lydia Wiggle Dress arrived and stunned us all! This perfect tank style wiggle dress is pegged to perfection for all your pin up needs! A delicately pleated bodice is met with a tight, 50s-style pencil skirt silhouette. Channel your inner Joan Holloway in this red-hot stunner!

    There you have it gals! This was just a taste of all the fabulous new pieces that have just arrived, so throw on your sling backs and shimmy over to our Unique Vintage Brand section for a peek at your future wardrobe! Fabulously- and exclusively- at Unique Vintage!

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