Feminist Fashion

1When we talk about feminism, or, more accurately, the antithesis of feminism, we often bring up the ’50s housewife and/or pinup girl fashion. We envision a woman who wore beautiful dresses and heels every day while milling around the house, dusting, sweeping, and baking a picture-perfect Betty Crocker devil’s food cake for the sock hop. She was subservient to her husband, devoted to her children, and never seen in anything less than her best. She didn’t “work,” though her housework never ended, and her opinions were largely dismissed with a pat on the head.

Thankfully, American society has come a rather long way from that time, now that 47 percent of our workforce is made up by women. And we’d venture to say we’re all pretty happy about that. We’ve rejected most of the things that were treasured in that era, including segregation, blatantly sexist and racist laws (sort of), smoking indoors and Wonder Bread. But one thing we haven’t quite given up is the fashion.

2There’s actually been a rather significant trend of rockabilly fashion, more commonly known as pinup fashion, which evokes a sexier, more exaggerated version of the ’50s housewife aesthetic: Including but not limited to candy-colored dresses, high heels, perfectly coiffed hair, and precisely applied makeup.

And let’s be real: It’s gorgeous. But for those of us who are proud feminists, it can be hard to rationalize loving a fashion style that came from a time when women were oppressed even more so than they are today. There’s no way pinup fashion could be feminist, right? Actually, that’s not entirely true. Here are seven reasons why embracing our inner ‘50’s housewife fashionista is actually empowering for women:

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1. It reclaims femininity in an empowering way.

There’s an antiquated notion that power and self-determination are purely masculine traits. This belief is probably singlehandedly responsible for the rise of the pantsuit (sorry Hillz) in the ’70s and ’80s when women started going into the workforce en masse. The idea was that, in order to be respected, women needed to emulate men’s fashion choices to blend in as much as possible.

We know now, of course, that feminine doesn’t mean weak. A woman can dominate the workplace in a tutu if she so desires — and those ’50s housewives were strong and capable as any man, they just weren’t aware there was another way to show it other than being a good homemaker, wife, and mother. Pinup fashion embraces the gorgeous aesthetic of the era while also propelling it into the 21st century. Its main message: Femininity was and will always be powerful.

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2. It embraces a wide range of body types.

Back in the day, when photos of pinup girls were hung up in army barracks and adorned mud flaps, the women were largely white and largely thin. These days, women of all sizes have been not only invited but encouraged to participate. There’s no height or weight requirement to be a pinup girl. Also, tattoos are welcome (if not encouraged), whereas in most modeling communities they are shunned. So inked ladies needn’t shy away!

The coolest part of this, in my opinion, is that a good amount of famous pinup models do tours around the world, inviting women to come meet them, get their hair done, be dressed in pinup-style clothing, and do a photo shoot with them. Up until her recent explosion to fame, Tess Holliday regularly did this with her fans (and hopefully still will).

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3. The pinup fashion community supports itself.

Fashion can be a vicious industry, especially when models and designers are encouraged to compete with one another for who looks the best. Because feminism is (or at least should be) about women lifting each other up, the feminist attributes of any fashion trend or subculture could be considered dubious when one considers the intense emphasis on competition.

While the pinup community is in no way exempt from this (it is on the Internet, after all), women in the pinup community support each other publicly and frequently help each other out by doing clothing swaps, giveaways, offering makeup and hair lessons on YouTube, and writing tutorials.

74. There isn’t an age limit.

Because pinup fashion is inherently an older style, you can be any age and still rock the look. In fact, the older you are, the likelier it is you or your family has some authentic ’50s fashion items laying around.

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Even though it’s a fashion niche, pinup fashion allows women to express their individual style in tons of ways, whether it’s color combinations, hairstyles, tattoos, or themes in their clothing.

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Pinup girls aren’t wallflowers. They’re ballsy, strong and the epitome of in-your-face attitude. They might get strange looks in public but they feel absolutely fabulous and couldn’t care less!

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7. It’s becoming increasingly diverse.

The modern day pinup fashion community still has a bit of a racial diversity problem (that’s another article for another time), but every day there are more and more badass women of color joining the fun. Hopefully they feel welcome, so we’ll see even more inclusivity across the board. Plus, how gorgeous is Angelique Noire in this photo!? More please!

Source: The Bustle

8 Style Rules

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Kate Moss has revealed her eight style rules

She barely gives interviews and has shunned social media but as she prepares to celebrate her 41st birthday on January 16th, Kate Moss has decided to divulge her wardrobe secrets.

The blonde-haired supermodel spoke to Look magazine about her top eight style rules.

1. Vamp up your look with lipstick

Kate wears a natural beige lip colour day-to-day but for a more dramatic evening look opts for a pillar box red.

“I just slick it on, I don’t bother with lipliner,” she says.

2. Don’t be afraid of high heels

Even when she’s papped popping to Tesco for a pint of milk, Kate is hardly out of her trusty sky-high boots.

She tells the magazine that “great shoes” can transform a look: “They will make an outfit feel polished, cool and put together.”

3. Sort out your clobber

Kate has not one, not two but THREE wardrobes – “one big one and two everyday ones”.

In order to keep your clothes in check she recommends organising things into boxes and labelling them with Polaroids.

“I organise my denim, leather and dresses by colour, although my jeans are usually black and grey,” she adds.

4. Summer style should be effortless

Make sure your beach bag is full of “floaty chiffons and soft suede”, says Kate.

The supermodel is a fan of maxi dresses but leaves her heels at home because “wearing them on a beach is ridiculous”. Agreed.

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The supermodel vamps up her night time look with the help of red lipstick

5. Shop vintage 

Don’t be afraid to rifle through charity shops and flea markets to find hidden gems.

“Look for quality pieces that can be repaired if needed,” says Kate.

Leather jackets are a Kate Moss wardrobe staple

Leather jackets are a Kate Moss wardrobe staple

6. Pick a capsule wardrobe 

Kate says her staple items are “jeans, a tank top, a jacket and boots”.

She thinks every woman should find key pieces that work for her, including a must-have “little black dress”.

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Kate says you should ‘only dress for attention if you want it’

7. Ward off the paps

Kate tries to keep the cameras off her by wearing similar things every day.

She says, “If you wear the same thing, they get bored and leave you alone.”

8. Find a beauty regime – and stick to it  

Mossy swears by Creme de la Mer to keep her skin moisturised and Lucas Papaw balm for chap-free lips.

She also treats herself to Nichola Joss facials when she’s looking for a pick-me-up.

Source: Express