Dita Von Teese is one of the most famous burlesque dancers in the world and famed for her glamorous vintage look and sensual lingerie routines. She is the ultimate modern pin up girl, with porcelain skin and striking black hair and is never seen without her trademark fiery lip. With great looks, on par dancing skills and a fabulous wardrobe to match, this is a lady who oozes old school glamour and sophistication. It is well known that Dita Von Teese has been collecting vintage clothing pieces for over 25 years, and initially started doing so because she couldn’t afford designer pieces. Inspired by 1940’s style dresses and 1950’s dresses, Dita has become a retro fashion icon to many women all around the world who all enjoy wearing something a little different from the modern. In this article we will look at some of the best retro-fabulous style tips as provided by the example set by Dita Von Teese. Whether its make-up, hair, costume or jewellery, we can all learn and improvise the styling of Dita Von Teese and add some jazz to our wardrobes.
- Cinch In That Waist!
There are certain clothing styles that flatter just about anyone, and styles that cinch in your waist are just perfect every time! Whilst Dita Von Teese has spent years mastering the incredible art of corset training, you can buy clothes which serve to also give your waist a flattering look. Whether you’re wearing a 1950’s style dress like a tea dress or a more figure hugging piece like the wiggle dress, you can always use belt to draw in the waist and create a more flattering silhouette. Choosing to embody the retro style has a lot to with emulating the shapes and silhouettes which were worn back then.
- Polka Dots
Polka dots were adorable back in the 1950’s and they are still adorable now! Dita Von Teese loves wearing beautiful polka dot style dresses and tops and they look incredible with her retro style! This style of print immediately adds a touch of funky retro fun and it can be worn so many different ways, that it’s impossible not to find something that suits you. Smaller polka dot prints work better if you are looking for something that makes you look smaller and this type work well on swing dresses and even Bardot tops.
- A Strong Red Lip
Dita Von Teese is never seen without her trademark red lip, and this is a perfect example of vintage glamour used in the realm of make-up. A red lip instantly transform an outfit from not-so-fab to exceedingly alluring. A daring red lip can really tie together a vintage look and is the perfect finishing touch.
- Classic Essentials
Theres nothing that screams understated retro glamour than a beautiful classic essential for your wardrobe. Dita von Teese has often been seen out in such pieces like beautiful plain coloured structured blouses, and Bardot tops that aren’t too busy design wise. The classical 1950’s blouse is iconic because it is demure and yet a sultry piece. The shirt is tailored in a way which darts in at the waist has short turned up sleeves and a very simple turn back collar. The classic 50’s shirt silhouette is one which will be sticking around for a long time, and is a retro fashion favourite everywhere!
- Retro Pencil Skirts
The iconic pencil skirt is a retro wardrobe must have. Dita Von Teese is always seen posing in a striking black or red pencil skirt and looking fabulous! These skirts give off the most flattering shape to a woman’s curves and look great all the time. You can try pairing them with cardigans or shirts or going for a bold printed crop top.
- The Shirt Dress
Shirt dresses are another huge retro glamour staple in vintage style. Though they are worn in a long style and are very feminine in a demure way, they ooze sophistication and with a beautiful 1940’s silhouette, it is a much desired dress. Dita Von Teese is also a fan of the shirt dress and definitely turns heads when she slips into this stunning item of retro clothing.
- Quirky High Heels
Dita Von Teese would never be caught out without a pair of her retro inspired high heels on! High heels are the perfect finishing touch for a night out on the town. Vintage inspired high heels come in all shapes and sizes, but I’m sure Dita would want her heel to be the highest of them all!