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UV Destination Getaway: Paris

August 8, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Lifestyle, Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

What is it about black, white, and pink that makes us dream of Paris? Maybe its the ladylike elegance of pink with the pops of classic black and white . Whatever the case, this summer we’re dreaming of sipping coffee in a Montmartre cafe and perusing the shops on Avenue Montaigne. Pack your bags and come with us to the City of Light!

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Brand Spotlight: Stop Staring!

July 31, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

There’s nothing better than hearing “I love your dress!” and our absolute favorite reaction is “Stop Staring!” Not to reject the compliment of course, but rather declaring the brand we’ve come to know, love, and wear quite frequently around these parts. We are thrilled to offer selections and exclusives from the Los Angeles-native Stop Staring! line, the retro-inspired brand that has been a cornerstone of pin up culture and fashion for over a decade! Slide into your heels and walk with us as we take a look at the latest & greatest from Stop Staring!

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Stop Staring! is known for the divine fit of their dresses, and the Hazel Wiggle Dress is no exception! A classic tan colored pencil dress, complete with a delicate embroidery detail at the natural waist with button detailing at the shoulders and a criss-cross style back, Hazel is a stunning addition to any gal’s closet. Understated and chic- Stop Staring’s forte.  Pair it with matching accessories to make the contrast embroidery pop!

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A good dot goes a long way, dames! The Dashing Wiggle Dress is a red and white dotted wonder! Stop Staring’s signature fit, complete with a fun little cha-cha hem! A deep-V neckline is perfect for a little cheeky cleavage, while a small cap sleeve tops off this divine look. Make sure to make us proud and pair it with red accessories!

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Have you met Tara? A fabulous forties inspired dress from the bygone era of Old Hollywood! Complete in an eye and light catching metallic silver, this wiggle style dress is complete with a criss-cross knot detail in front, while a pencil style fit is perfect for a little shimmy and shake. Dress up the Tara Metallic Wiggle Dress with a classic 1940′s ivory or white hair Dahlia and metallic accented shoes!

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When matching one’s lipstick to one’s dress, red is always the way to go, gals!  The Jenna Wiggle Dress, in all its crimson glory, is the perfect addition to any fashion rotation! A pencil style fit, complete with the staple of Stop Staring!- the low neckline! A red satin contrast at the shoulders ties in the back as a bow as well. They won’t have to wait for Christmas to unwrap something!

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And lastly, wave hello to the Duchess! A stunning all black wiggle with a fantastic 1940s flair! A lace-doily style peter pan collar and contrast center front buttons add a splash of detail to this otherwise classic LBD. Make sure to accessorize The Duchess Wiggle Dress accordingly with proper cuban heel stockings and even spice it up with a fabulous hat!

Stop Staring! has brought body-conscious dressing to the forefront of fashion and pin up culture to the mainstream in the most fabulous way possible. Wiggle over to our Stop Staring! section and greet your new wardrobe, darlings!

Brand Spotlight: Bernie Dexter for Summer 2013

July 8, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

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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

June 24, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Lifestyle, Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

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

June 21, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Pin Up

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 Marasching two piece is sweeter than cherry pie with high waisted bottoms, delicate bows, and polka dotted accents.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

June 18, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Celebrity Fashion, Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

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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.