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Pinup Of The Week: Designing Miss Desmond

A lot of women fall into pin-up fashion when they’re trying to find out more about themselves, and create who they really are. Instead of following trends saying who they should or shouldn’t be or what they should or shouldn't dress like; I’m starting a new series on this blog called “Pin-up of the week,” it’s a series were I introduce pin-ups from all walks of life and ask about their journeys to becoming who they are. Today, we meet Miss Desmond: A blossoming vintage fashion enthusiast and A blossoming vintage fashion enthusiast and classical music lover. I asked her several questions concerning her journey, style and experiences in the vintage fashion community. Here's what she had to say:



Q: How did you become interested in vintage fashion?

A: I think my introduction to vintage fashion was through music; I’ve always been an “old soul” (for the lack of a better phrase) when it came to my taste in music, so I grew up listening to favorites like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and admiring all of their album covers and photographs. And it just sort of expanded from there. So, once I was old enough to start experimenting with things like makeup and fashion, I gravitated towards those classic styles. 


Q: What are your favorite eras to wear?


A: 'The 1950s/early 1960s mostly. But I also adore the 1940s and tend to pluck and blend from all three eras.”



Q: What’s your go-to vintage look?

A: "When I’m dressing up, I love a good wiggle dress or skirt and a pair of mules. When I’m going for a more casual look, I typically go for a high waisted cigarette pant and a simple blouse. I try to keep it very simple because I’m honestly still curating my personal style so if I overdo it, the clothes wear me instead of the other way around which is definitely not what I’m trying to achieve!”


Q: What’s a must-have for you in your wardrobe?


A: “Bodysuits. When it comes to clothing, nothing drives me crazier than dealing with baggy blouses that refuse to stay tucked. It just throws off the entire silhouette. But bodysuits allow me to get exactly the look I want without having to adjust my clothes all day. 


I’ve got three bishop sleeve bodysuits that I have to tear myself away from because I reach for them so much. But I just love the sleek, fuss-free looks that they allow me to create.


What’s been your experience in the vintage fashion community s0-far?

A: As I mentioned, I’m still fairly new - at least to the community aspect. So, I don’t yet have much personal experience although I very much look forward to having more opportunities in the future. But from the outside looking in, I’ve always admired seeing so many women who have truly mastered the art of being themselves and expressing that through their style. It’s something I aspire to and that’s really why I started ‘Designing Miss Desmond.’ On the one hand, it’s about fashion but the crux of it is this journey toward authenticity, confidence, and self-expression.


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