Providing garments that have been hand tailored in the USA since 1989, the designs that Mode Merr has offered in the past are nothing short of polished and sophisticated with the right touches of glamour and subtle sex appeal which has made it a favorite among fans of the pinup style. Their latest releases are all about sleek materials that hug curves in all of the right places, where dresses and separates are versatile and can be personalized with the right accessories. This guide will highlight a few of my favorites and pair them with heels, bags and jewelry for complete looks suitable for every occasion.
A part of the new Novelty Top Collection, Miss Ruth is a super flattering pullover that has 3/4 length tapered raglan sleeves, a graceful rolled collar and matching buttons. It is defined as being ultra comfy and “a dream to wear”, having been made from a non-itch, lightweight Lurex Eyelash Knit that can be worn for any occasion from day to evening. Fans of the Perfect Skirt can now get it in this lush Dove Gray, and as the name suggests this curve-hugging pencil skirt has enough options to ensure the right fit.
Create an hourglass figure by adding a wide belt, the Jade Stripe one by Vivien of Holloway will do the trick while bringing a bit of color to the otherwise neutral palette. In fact, go ahead and slip on a pair of Iron Fist Crosswinds platform heels, a heart racing design with a teal and grey background topped by grey, black and white skulls and flowers. While the weather remains chilly, choose black opaque Fully Fashioned Stockings from What Katie Did, which can also be worn by those who do not care for sheer styles. For a bag that is flexible and chic, check out the vegan friendly Bonebreaker Tote, a stunning skull graphic on the front and solid double handle straps accented with black bows. It also comes with a detachable, adjustable crossbody strap, zip pockets and enough space to make it convenient for school, work or even a day of shopping.
Here we see the Perfect Skirt in an enchanting Moss Green that really stands out against the skin and harmonizes well with the Eye Candy blouse. The black stretch velvet has a Peter Pan collar and keyhole neckline trimmed with black ric-rac and fastens with as grosgrain ribbon bow. While it has been pulled over the skirt in the photo, for a more 40’s style I would suggest getting the raised waistline and tuck it in, snapping on a black two inch belt to really emphasize a small waist.
The silver skulls, green roses and studded strap of the Muerte Punk Princess platform heels give this outfit a royal touch, the sexy pumps defined by a nearly five inch stiletto and peep toe. Though the name might suggest a tattered mess, the Ripped Net Pantyhose by Lip Service actually has an interesting pattern that just might have people checking out your legs. Not every outfit has to be serious, and so one can always spice things up a bit with a kitschy Zombie Bat Purse, a black and white polka dot bag with kisslock closure that has an adorable green zombie bat with bow embroidered on the front.
Dangerously gorgeous, the Vamp Dress is now available in a marvelous Ponte de Roma, a pliable and breathable medium weight knit that has abundant stretch. The pink and black stripe sleeves are made out of a cotton lycra and can be worn either on or off the shoulder depending on how much skin you feel comfortable exposing. Either way, the cut highlights your neck and collarbone, which is lovely if you are tattooed or like wearing statement jewelry.
This time opt for a Stretch Black Patent Belt to give the illusion of a smaller waist, while Stripe and Lace Pantyhose will make your legs look long and lean. When a spectator style is joined with the classic features of a pump, the result will be Empire City by Bordello where baby pink patent brogue piping contrasts the shiny black body. Get ready to take a gamble with Lux de Ville’s Sin City Purse, a combination of baby pink snakeskin and sleek black vinyl with plenty of room inside, which makes a great companion no matter where you go. Since I mentioned jewelry, add a touch of creepy chic with a Skeleton Hand Necklace from Restyle.
Advertised to “mold to your curves with just the right amount of support as you slink across a crowded room looking like a million bucks”, the Fancy Vamp Peasant Dress combines a sexy form-fitting pencil skirt with a fierce feline print top that will certainly garner you a lot of attention.
Layer with a cardigan such as the Cropped Keyhole Sweater, currently 25% off over at Too Fast along with the Rose and Leopard Mary Jane Heels and Diamond Net Tights. The belt in the photo is not included, but Vivien of Holloway has enough three inch elastic belts like this snazzy black and gold number to create a nipped in waist. Though it may be gaudy to some, the Roses and Leopard bag by Too Fast adds a bit of kitsch to the outfit, complimenting the colors in it as well as coordinating with those fabulous shoes. The vinyl exterior is covered with tiny leopard print behind realistic red roses, the handle a faux set of brass knuckles that will help you keep a firm grip on your valuables.