Women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wear timeless looks with stockings fashion for a style that is as sexy, sweet, or professional as necessary. Stockings fashion was popular in the retro and pin up eras, with stockings worn for a variety of purposes and functions. Burlesque and flapper performers commonly wore stockings fashion to cover their legs, and women in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s often wore stockings to protect their legs and provide support in dresses.
Model: Bernie Dexter, Photo: Levi Dexter, Thx to: Ars Vivendi
Stockings fashion comes in a variety of styles and colors, everything from a simple nude for a barely there look, or bright, bold colors for a statement that either blends or contrasts with the dress or skirt accompanying them. Stockings fashion can also turn any basic look into a pin up, retro, vintage, or rockabilly style, providing a drastic change to an otherwise modern and unnoticeable style.
If stockings fashion is something you want to incorporate into your wardrobe but you don’t know exactly where to find the perfect pair, there are plenty of shops across the Internet that provide luxurious stockings fashion in a variety of colors and sizes, at all sorts of price ranges. One of the most popular boutiques for stockings fashion is Stockings HQ, one of the world’s largest sites for all things stockings and hosiery. For more of a lingerie and burlesque-inspired stocking look, Hepburn and Leigh is the perfect shop. For something sweeter, check out the selection at Sweet Pins, and for a large assortment of colors and styles, Cervin Paris is the shop for you.
For lingerie stockings, you will definitely love the selection at Dollhouse Bettie. Looking for the perfect stockings to wear for a burlesque performance or costume? Burleska is the place for you, offering everything you need for a burlesque outfit.
It’s easy to find stockings fashion that can be ordered according to your body shape, measurements, style, and personal preferences, all without breaking the bank. Browse through these shops for the greatest selection of stockings fashion money can buy!
Pin Up Girls Clothing
Pin up girls clothing is for the fierce, confident woman that would rather channel Bettie Page than the popular female celebrities today. Curvy hips, plunging necklines, fitted dresses and a fierce attitude are all important components of pin up girls clothing.
Model: Steffi, Styling: Louisa Kunstmann, Photo: See2Feel
Outfit: Pin Up Couture
Whether you’re a size 2 or a size 22, pin up girls clothing embraces your natural assets, showing off what you have to offer rather than hiding it and attempting to turn you into a carbon copy of the woman next to you.
Pin up girls are known for wearing halter top dresses, flowing skirts, fitted pencil skirts, sexy corsets and playsuits, red and navy pin stripes, clean lines with contrasting colors, seamed pantyhose, and sky high heels. All of these components of pin up girls clothing can be combined and mixed together to create individual looks and styles that add a pin up and retro hint to any outfit.
If you’re loving the thought of looking like a pin up girl but don’t want to sift through your mother’s closet or a smelly thrift store, there are all sorts of amazing online boutiques that offer vintage inspired retro styles that create perfect pin up girls clothing. Two of the most popular pin up girls clothing sites are What Katie Did and Modcloth. The boutiques combine vintage inspiration and styles with modern touches, so whether it’s a hint of vintage you’re looking for or you want to go full-on play girl, these boutiques offer every level. For more intense pin up girls clothing, check out Lucky Diva and Pony Maedchen for military-inspired styles, Lolita Girl Clothing and Stop Staring Clothing for a hint of rockabilly, and Babygirlboutique, Hepburn and Leigh and Miss Hussy Clothing for full-blown pin up girl, retro and vintage styles. These boutiques have everything you need for the perfect pin up girls clothing outfits whether you’re more retro or more rockabilly.
Finish off your pin up girls clothing with some bold accessories, some bright red lips, a swipe of black cat-eye liner, and tease your hair into some curls for the full-blown pin up girl look that will turn up the heat and have everyone turning their heads.
Samed stockings are often an important component of pin up and retro styles. Retro styles typically represent outfits worn in the 1920s through the 1960s or 1970s eras, including but not limited to flowing swing dresses, fitted pencil skirts, halter top playsuits with high-cut shorts, and sky-high stiletto heels. Many burlesque styles also call for seamed stockings, adding elongated legs to the sexy appeal of a corset top and shorts.
Seamed stockings typically have a seam down the back, creating a long silhouette. It’s a simple way to give the legs length with a sophisticated style brought to just about any skirt or dress. Even for lingerie, hold up seamed stockings create a sexy and seductive appeal. The elongation of the legs and classy look is why so many women lust after the look of seamed stockings.
To find the perfect pair of seamed stockings, there are a handful of online shops and boutiques that sell seamed stockings for lingerie, burlesque, and as an addition to any retro or pin up dress. Stockings HQ is one of the largest sellers of seamed stockings, nylons, pantyhose, hold ups and accessories on the Internet. Ars Vivendi specializes in vintage and retro inspired lingerie pieces, with an array of seamed stockings for any lingerie or pin up outfit. Looking for some sexy French inspiration? Faire Frou Frou is a French inspired boutique with lingerie, corsetry and seamed stockings to complement any of their signature sassy French pieces. Last not least you should have a look on Cervin Paris.
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Seamed stockings don’t have to be worn with lingerie or a burlesque type of corset. They can be worn with pencil skirts, flowing swing skirts, pin up inspired playsuits, high cut retro shorts, and virtually any other style you feel works well with your seamed stockings. They elongate the leg and create a smooth silhouette, so if you’re looking to sophisticate an outfit and keep your legs warm without layering on all the clothes, seamed stockings may be the perfect addition to the style. Whether you’re into pin up, retro, rockabilly or the vintage look, seamed stockings remain timeless while still making a serious fashion statement regardless of your shape, size or even age!
Pin Up Clothing
Ooh-la-la and va-va-VOOM, all the men love ladies in pin up clothing costumes! If they say they don’t, they are lying, plain and simple. The fact is this: the many pin up clothing styles easily enhance all kinds of figures and anyone who adores adorning themselves with retro fashions should take heed.
From innocent girl-next-door housewife to sexy bombshell, the pin up look covers a wide range of personalities in amazingly figure-flattering designs.
Now the stick-thin mod styles of the 1960s and the lean and lanky look for ladies of the 1970s are all well and good for females who like to look pre-adolescent, but if you want to feel like a Real Woman then you need to get your curves on. A girdle, corset or a bullet bra from shops like Secrets in Lace, FairyGothMother or Playful Promises give structure to your shape, and some retro heels like the Ellie Shoes Penthouse Collection Open Toe Pinup Girl Heels sold at Baby Girl Boutique give your legs and bum a lovely lift. Don’t forget your seamed stockings like those sold at Ars Vivendi. With their long line leading up your legs and underneath your skirt they give all the gents about a bit of wonder and intrigue.
Do you like to feel truly sexy and have all eyes lock on you as you sashay across a room? Buy a sassy wiggle dress like the Sugar Dress in Red with Black Cherries from Collectif sold at Pinup Girl Clothing. A true wiggle dress has a hem narrower than its hip and this tiny base is what keeps the ladies’ legs together at the knee and creates the classic wiggle walk.
Pin up clothing styles include bombshell dresses, satin A-line swings, bustiers, boleros, cardigans and capris; sailor-style shorts and skirts, tailored military outfits, shapely gingham shirts and flouncy peasant tops. Tailored to make everyone a wasp-waisted and busty as they possibly can be, what’s the bottom line? Whether you are tall and skinny or have girth and a full rear, there is no need for despair because pin up clothing will make you fair!
Pin Up Fashion
Pin up fashion is all about lined red lips, curvy hips, polka dots and cherries, leopard prints and zebra stripes, buxom busts, pencil skirts and peep-toe shoes. Glamorous, fabulously feminine and flattering to all figures, the pin up look is both a statement of individual style and an art requiring a dash of boldness to pull off.
Decade after decade the world continues to be obsessed with pin up styles and for good reason! Classic pin up girls from the ‘30s ‘40s and ‘50s emerged during a time of greatest despair yet were filled with innocence, hope and straight-up sex appeal. Coming up on the heels of the Great Depression and gaining popularity through World War II, pin up fashions flattered the female figure like no other while combining the apparently opposite characteristics of girlish innocence and voluptuousness.
Pin up fashions enhance what is already there, then mask or redistribute anything extra in an exceptionally becoming manner. In the 1940s, a bikini swimsuit showed what was then considered a scandalous amount of skin that currently seems almost chaste, yet they continue to this day to be undeniably sexy. Cute, colorful and distinctly sensual, pin up clothing is traditional and wholesome, enhancing female attributes while seductively covering them.
If you like pin up fashion but have no idea where to start, begin with classic retro undergarments to shape your physique, like bullet bras, girdles, corsets and nylon back-seamed stockings found in shops like Ars Vivendi, Girdlebound or Purrfect Pineapples. Next, select your silhouette; if you want your hips to appear curvier, choose a pencil skirt, or narrow your waistline with a circle skirt over a petticoat. For an evening out grab a rockabilly dress from stores like My Baby Jo or Moxie Minx. For daytime choose an innocent or sophisticated day dress from Pinup Girl Clothing, Overdue or Unique Vintage. Always select styles that enhance your attributes, like a V-neck, peasant or sweetheart-collared blouse. Finally, slip into some teetering heels from Baby Girl Boutique or Starlets and Harlots, coif your hair into gentle, tumbling locks, line your eyes and paint on pouty lips to top off the pin up fashion look to perfection.
Ars Vivendi is a much lovelier way to say “the Art of Living”, and this online store encouraging shoppers to “Find their Passion” is truly a lovely place to shop for erotic, fetish, burlesque, pin up and rockabilly items, including heels, hosiery, love toys, art and entertainment as well as lingerie and clothing.
For ladies Ars Vivendi offers items that look back to the ‘50s in the form of bras, garter belts and glamorous or1950s-inspired lingerie plus vintage dresses, bustiers, corsets, and costumes. Lovers of burlesque and goth will adore their Victorian style steel-boned corsets while rockabilly bellas can sort through the high-class selection of clothing from brands like Bettie Page and Bernie Dexter among others. Fetish fans have their choice of items made of latex, rubber, PVC, leather or wetlook, plus modern-style fishnet outfits that leave very little to the imagination and all and sundry females will enjoy their large selection of retro shoes, from rockabilly flats to peep-toe stilettos. For psychobilly greasers, Ars Vivendi has vintage-style work shirts and T-Shirts printed with tattoo-style designs and, for those men among us who like to play, a serious assortment of metal and leather erotic wear and adornments created specifically with the male anatomy in mind.
Truly special is their large collection of hosiery of all sorts. From the delicate and lustrous fully fashioned stockings knitted in England with pure nylon, no lycra or elastic, on one-of-a-kind genuine 1950s mills with Pointed, Havana, Manhattan Outline and Cuban-style heels and same-color or contrasting back seams in black, nude, red, purple, blue, gray and white to their seamless nylons in copper, gray and black, their hold up 50s style legwear in either seamed or un-seamed styles plus their modern sheer tights, fish nets, leggings and body stockings.
Model: Steffi, Makeup & Hair: Louisa Kunstmann
Corset: Bibian Blue, Nylons: Ars Vivendi
Ars Vivendi ships worldwide via DHL Premium and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard and American Express as well as PayPal and advanced payments through bank transfer. All prices are mid-range for the selection. Their best feature, in my opinion, is the Ars Vivendi “World of Glamour & Desire” Wish List, an online gift registry one can easily send to friends or playmates to let them know precisely what you desire.
What Katie Did
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All pictures with friendly permission by What Katie did
Ms. Halford became enamored with the glamour of vintage fashions as a teenager and found it easy to acquire authentic retro clothing but could find very little vintage lingerie to help fill her outfits out, so she began to design her own. Post University Ms. Halford, who never wears trousers, worked for several years as a designer in a London fetish shop where she was inspired to follow her own unique fashion vision by opening her very own luxury lingerie boutique.
What Katie Did originally sold only seamed stockings like the ones Katie herself wore every day but their product line soon expanded to all varieties of lingerie, shape wear and corsets plusanything else that caught Ms. Halford’s fancy.
Named after a favorite children’s book, What Katie Did’s followers can now purchase everything from feminine white lace undergarment sets to fetishist-a steel-boned leather corsets and all styles between at their online shop, their Ebay boutique or directly from their stalls at weekenders like the Helmsby Rockabilly or Rhythm Riots. Describing her design style as “50s Goth” for its darker-than-Doris-Day feel, Katie’s lingerie is deliciously racy, oozing suggestive pin up girl glamour without a trace of seediness.
Her ‘Striptease’ tie-side knickers and bralettes are naughty yet glamorous, her cheetah-print ‘Josephine’ set is pure vintage sex kitten and her ‘Hollywood’ line is straight-up 1930s starlet. Ms. Halford, who confesses to being an impatient seamstress, creates simple patterns that can be fabricated quickly by a skilled hand without compromising on quality or fit, and will consistently deliver alluring wasp-waists and lusciously generous curves to each body they grace.
What Katie Did ships worldwide with most orders arriving 3 to 10 days from when they were placed, no matter where your location. Orders can be placed online or by telephone and payments are accepted via PayPal and most major credit cards, which will be charged in UK pounds sterling.
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