Sasha Dobies (Miss Sherbet): pin-up expert, photographer and stylist has these tips for feeling your best in your body.
1. The Pin-up Perspective
Understand your best features and the parts of your body that make you feel the most confident. Whether your favourite body parts are your eyes, legs, waist, derrière or hair: don’t be afraid to make them stand out and sizzle! Don’t hide your body under lots of layers of clothing. Whether you have a beautiful voluptuous figure or a column shape, emphasise your waist line, push up those princesses and pay homage to our screen sirens of yesteryear. If you've got it, flaunt it! The truth is that by owning and having confidence in your body shape, size, colour, and character you’ll simply ooze beauty.
2. Take a fashion cue from the past
You can never go wrong when you’re styled in something designed with 1940’s and 50’s fashion principles. Shapes were flattering and designed to emphasise existing curves, or create new ones for petite ‘birdies’. Don’t judge your beauty in the context of modern celebrities or glossy fashion magazines, or anyone else for that matter. If you need beauty inspiration, look to the pin-up icons and screen sirens of yesteryear! Their bodies were curvier, more realistic and in most cases left unaltered by surgery. Miss Sherbet’s favourites are Marilyn, Bettie Page, Jane Russell, Audrey, Rita Hayworth and Judy Garland.
3. Get acquainted with your beauty booty
Women of the 1940s and 50s never shied away from a red lip as a way to emphasise a juicy pout! If you try this, just remember only to keep your eyes and complexion clean and simple (unless of course you’re channelling your 1920s vamp, in which case; all bets are off!). For the perfect finishing touch, add a beauty spot near your favourite feature on your face (Dita Von Teese chooses her eye). To unleash your inner flirt blow dry your hair from the roots to get maximum root lift and a bouncy fuller look, and rollers are a sure fire route to vintage elegance. As Miss Sherbet always says: the bigger the hair the closer to heaven!
4. Be wise, accessorise
A colourful, bejeweled or sparkly accessory will add a lick of fabulousness to any outfit. Whether you’re pinning on your favourite headpiece or being a demure “Birdie” and peering over a feather fan, you’ll look fabulous with an array of accessories in addition to your vintage ensemble. Gloves anyone?!
5. Drink your martinis slowly
Be careful ladies! Drunken stumbles in 6-inch pumps can lead to unsightly grazes and bruises, which is never an elegant look for a pin-up queen! Let’s leave the bruising in our roller derby rinks!
Not just any old stocking, a fully fashioned seamed nylon will conceal all wobbles and bumps. Remember to straighten up that seam and pull them tight, no one wants their ankle to look like a wrinkly knee.
7. Cinch and pinch, ladies!
There are a blessed few who don’t need to, but the rest of us can really benefit from a simple non-surgical nip and tuck. Using a simple waist cincher and some structured shape-wear you can remove unwanted lumps and bumps and give yourself a waist to boot.
8. Carry it off with confidence
Trust Miss Sherbet when she says “there’s no such thing as a plain Jane”. Every girl has at least three outstanding features. Emphasise these with confidence and make them swoon!
9. Put your best foot forward
Slip on a pair of killer heels. Your pins and derrière will never look better! But make sure they're practical and you can walk comfortably in them (see point 5 re: bruising)!
10. Pose for your own photo shoot
Finally, have a shoot with Sherbet Birdie. The team will teach you all the pinup secrets to feeling delicious daily. Our Birdies will unleash your best features and you'll leave our studio with you head held higher and a skip in your step. With high tea and a vast array of beautiful vintage costumes you will be in heaven in the studio, and over the moon when you receive your final photographs!