Thursday, 18 April 2013

Rockabilly Daily Essentials

Always a trend setter, never a follower. Joan Crawford remains a timeless icon in Rockabilly fashion and style. With an all time favourite fashion quote from the lady herself :-

"1.Find your own style and have the courage to stick to it. 2. Choose your clothes for your way of life. 3. Make your wardrobe as versatile as an actress. It should be able to play many roles. 4. Find your happiest colours - the ones that make you feel good. 5. Care for your clothes, like the good friends they are!” Joan Crawford

When wearing Rockabilly fashions its not all about taking hours and hours of dressing up to achieve pinup perfection on a daily basis. Rockabilly girls can easily maintain their sexy style with everyday outfits and a few basic essentials.

1. Hair and Make-Up
Bandanas, Roses and Hair Rolls are a simple way to keep within the Rockabilly theme. Slap on some red lippy and black eyeliner to create effortless flicks. Plus if you wear glasses then add a pair of retro- statement specs.

2. Jewellery
Rockabilly or Tattoo inspired jewellery usually involves a statement necklace or brooch, and earrings which are usually very budget friendly, and is something we all hunt for!

3. Rockabilly Prints and Patterns
Polka dots, leopard print, nautical prints, tattoo prints in red, black, blue and white are all timeless Rockabilly colours that can be mixed and matched easily with wardrobe staples. For summer gingham, floral and fruity prints work really well too.

4. Wardrobe Essentials
Pencil or swing skirts are an absolute must have and jeans can be cropped, tight fitting or high-waisted to flatter and give the shape you want to but still let you rock and roll!

5. Handbags
Finally make sure you pick out the perfect vintage style handbag to complete your 1950's look.

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Rockabilly Rolls- All you need to know on Rockabilly hair!

There are a few things that anyone has to keep in mind when getting their Rockabilly hair just right. Here is a quick guide on the main elements of doing just that.

The Haircut: Having the right hair style is an essential aspect of the Rockabilly look. You need to keep to the 'era', which would be mostly the 1940's and 50's, and your cut must be simple as well as practical. It should be able to be styled in many different ways. For this style your hair will be cut to approximately four inches throughout. This is apart from the sections in front of the ears which will be a little shorter. This length allows for a good 'curling' of hair all over the head. Platinum blonde is a great style but dyed-black hair is a 'classic' Rockabilly look. 

  1. Bettie Page: The Bettie Page style is the essential hairstyle of the Rockabilly Pin Up look. Named after the (in)famous 1950's pin-up model and actress, the fringe is short and straight across the forehead to show off strongly shaped eyebrows, whilst the rest of the hair is longer, preferably up to shoulder length. This long hair is often pulled back into a high pony tail, or it can also be curled and left hanging over the shoulders.

  2. Victory Rolls: This is a style straight from the 1940's. Sections of hair are rolled up and pinned to the head to create tube-like structures of hair. It is so popular with this neo-vintage trend as it is not a style that is static. This look also has the shorter strands of hair at the front of the ears too. Victory rolls can also be stacked one on top of the other should you need a little extra height.

  3. Pin Curls: Pin curls are made by rolling up sections of damp hair around a finger, then sliding them off and pinning the curls to the head using pins - hence the name. They work in the same way as Victory rolls do, except they're smaller. Once the hair is dry you can brush out the hair to create waves if you wish. This makes for a really great relaxed and free, loose hair styled look. Pink does an amazing updated version of pin curls, albeit with one side of her head shaved.

  4. Bouffant: One of the more classic Rockabilly hairstyles that women can have is the bouffant, also known as a 'beehive'. The hair on top of the head is sprayed, teased and combed into position so that it gives the hair a raised structure. This look can have several variations. For instance, you may want to have a short 'Bettie Page' fringe at the front for a more modern look.

  5. Hair Scarves: There is nothing more Rockabilly than a patterned hair scarf! Pull up your hair from the back, support it with the scarf and tie a bit knot at the front of the band. And the choice of patterns available is ample. Paisley, floral, anchors, skulls, and tattoos to name but a few. There is a super selection of Rockabilly scarves at Rockabilly Pin Up too!