{DIY} Vintage Pin-Up Costume


So I don’t know if y’all remember this picture I put up on Instagram last year, but that marked the beginning of this post for me. I bought this dress while it was on sale for only a few dollars through Ozsale, I instantly fell in love with the thin and flowy fabric and its vintage feel. I just knew it would make the perfect base for a pin-up costume.


Now when I first bought this dress, there was one element that stuck out to me, the buttons were NOT vintage at all! They were these cheap, metallic painted, plastic buttons, they did not suit the dress, or the vintage feel I wanted for the costume. I went to a craft store and bought these white shank buttons and replaced all the original buttons on the dress.

Now that I had the base of my costume complete I just had to look around for accessories and decide how best to do my hair and makeup.

I already owned everything else I used in this costume, just combining them to showcase their vintage style. The items I used for this costume included black pump heels and a white anchor brooch, some other optional items I had on hand was a small leather handbag, a large woollen overcoat and a vintage copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales (any vintage book would do).

Easy peasy.

The more difficult side to this costume was deciding how to fashion my hair and makeup, in the end I went with fake pin rolls on one side of my head, and curled the hair that was left loose, and for my makeup I chose a light “classic rose” look, with bold winged eyeliner and a bright red lipstick.
Let me know if you would like a more in depth tutorial on how I did my vintage pin-up hair and makeup in the comments below!

















I actually had a lot of fun with this costume, and it was incredibly cheap, basically the only thing I had to buy was the buttons for my dress. But I would have changed them whether I was wearing it as a costume or not.

If you just look in your wardrobe with an individual purpose of finding vintage looking pieces they will become obvious, you just need to take a step back and think of the item in a new light. If you really don’t feel you have any vintage or pin-up style pieces, go down to your local thrift store and pick up the base of your costume there, then accessorise with items you already own!

Have you ever dressed up vintage or pin-up before?
Would you like me to do a tutorial on pin-up themed hair or makeup?
What in your wardrobe do you think would be your perfect base piece for this costume?

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. September 16, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    you look so cute! <3

  2. September 17, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I love the vintage / pin up look. Great post! 🙂

    • September 18, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial! Xx

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  3. September 18, 2016 / 9:40 am

    This would make a great Halloween costume, but the dress is still so wearable and modern if you were to pair it with different accessories. The button change over was the best in my opinion, I prefer those white ones over the original ones!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂 Stop by my blog, I’ve got two giveaways on at the moment!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • September 18, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you Mica, it’s great timing, Halloween isn’t too far away now! I agree, everything I wore looked vintage, yet paired with other items could have a completely different look! I’ll take a look at your blog, and giveaways now, thanks for commenting!

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

    • September 18, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks Emily, I’ll definitely try to put up a hair and makeup tutorial soon, maybe follow me on Bloglovin so you can see when it has been posted?!

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  4. September 22, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    You look absolutely stunning. Makeup, hair and dress. It’s all gorgeous ?

    • September 24, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Carina, I’m glad you liked this post and I’m really happy with how the dress and pin-up look turned out!

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  5. September 23, 2016 / 10:01 am

    The post is so great! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice day!


  6. September 29, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Love the dress and your vintage hairstyle!

    • September 29, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks Ange, I appreciate your sweet words, hopefully I’ll have a tutorial for the hairstyle up soon!

      Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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