A full-skirted sun dress made from heavy, high quality stretch cotton sateen, the Ginger Dress by Pinup Couture is structured but sophisticated. Seen here in their exclusive Circus Print, a collaborative design by Joe de Blois and Micheline Pitt, there are plenty of features such as the gathered, elasticized bodice, fitted waist and pleated skirt that give it plenty of retro charm. The adjustable halter ties assist in the perfect fit, while black lace trims the hemline and the waist is accented with a small black bow.
Of course an outfit is not complete without the right accessories, and of course a pair of Bordello Teeze heels in baby pink with black trim are an excellent way to echo some of the design elements of the dress. What Katie Did combines a great modern fit with vintage style with their Retro Contrast Seamed Stockings; the nude with black would be a lovely way to accentuate curvy legs.
For a dramatic yet soft eye, sweep Machine, a rich charcoal black with glitter, from the outer corner and blend into the crease. Add a heaping dose of Dizzy, a warm dusty rose, then highlight the inner corner and brow with Furore, a champagne peach shimmer Pure Pigment by Illamasqua. Let cheeks Tremble beneath soft lilac pink Powder Blusher, perhaps with a slight highlight of Intrigue, while lips Indulge in bright hot pink high-shine, color-rich Intense Lipgloss. Polish nails with Loella, a bright can pink with glossy finish that would look adorable with black tips or half-moons.
Though the skirt is somewhat similar, the Zooey Dress distinguishes itself with a fused waist band that is lined with stretch charmuese, which creates a corset type effect to give the illusion of a smaller waist and larger bust. The contrasting black and giant silver buttons add the right amount of charm to an already quirky garment. It also has adjustable criss cross straps for fitted comfort and zips in the back.
Dare to get flirty with Retro Seamed Dot Pantyhose, a favorite among pinup artists of the 1950’s and brought to life by What Katie Did. Nude with a black back seam and Swiss Dots, these stockings pick up the small details in the print of the dress. Tempt onlookers with black satin pumps and rhinestone encrusted heels from Bordello.
Continue with being less than demure by stroking Victim across your eyelids, the bright azure blue will make just about any eye color pop. Etch in contrast by blending Burst, blue-green, from the outer corner and through most of the crease. Top off with the pale eggshell coolness of Servant, and treat lashes to a few coasts of Masquara.
Delicately spread Lies, pearlescent cool pink Cream Blusher, across cheeks to shape your face, hypnotizing anyone who gazes in your direction. Accent with Aurora, a champagne Gleam with iridescent pigments that provides an alluring glow to whatever it is applied to. Since the eyes will be bright and therefore the focus of this looks, keep lips neutral with Intimacy, a nude pink brown Sheer Lipgloss designed to enhance your lips. Finally, coordinate nails by painting them deep teal blue by way of Muse, stay Monogamous and neutral with creamy flesh pink or just go bright jade with Nomad.
When it comes to selecting jewelry, I am of the opinion that less is more and it is better to have a few statement pieces rather than trying to wear everything at once only to wind up being a literal clusterfuck. The simple silhouette cutout of Fable & Fury’s Conjoined Twin Necklace has been intricately laser-cut into a stainless steel pendant with a black powder coat eggshell finish.
These fantastic Circus Poster Earrings are made by Frou Frou Bijou, where the future has gone vintage! Completely handmade, these darling dangles have high resolution images printed on both sides and come with your choice of earring hook.
This handmade Filmstrip Resin Bracelet is made using frames from the 1946 movie Here Comes the Circus, which stars Emmett Kelley, Clyde Beatty and Betty Rich. It is so fantastic to see that Duck and Cover Shop took the time and care to preserve this piece of history in wearable art, and truly this is what Carny Style is all about. The little things with fantastic stories that get carried with you every time you put that item on is what makes them priceless.
Described as “junk to funk”, Rutabaga Redesign has transformed an old belt into a Cotton Candy Carnival bracelet. The bright pinks and blues have an almost water color effect to them, while the roller coaster, Ferris wheel and other designs would tie in well with either of the dresses above.
Made from Japanese cotton and full lined with polka dots, this super cute Pink Circus Purse is ideal for storing pens, cosmetics of other essentials you can’t leave home without. Several circus animals frolic over a pink on pink striped background, while a black scalloped boarder on top is dotted with bows and the black band on bottom features the four playing card suits.
Personally I feel that bows never go out of style are not exclusive to being worn by toy dogs or little girls. Cute & Creepy has a full range of hair accessories that can compliment any outfit, though for the purpose of this guide I selected the Lady Swallow Hair Clip.
Last but certainly not least, this Vintage Circus Poster Compact features a vibrant illustration on the exterior that depicts several people riding bicycles around what I assume is the Wall of Death. It opens with a quick push of the button and can conceal medication if you happen to need to take some while out and about.