The Pin-Up Pop-Up Shop came back to London for the third year, so I decided to get dressed up in my vintage finery for the first time since before my daughter was born and brave the crowds in London. My hair was a mega-easy vintage poodle style; I followed this tutorial from Cherry Dollface (if I can do it, it must be easy…). From the moment I arrived, everyone looked after me; I’m still a bit up and down and likely to burst into tears at any given moment, so I really appreciated their kindness (and clothing/lunch recommendations).
I was really pleased to see plenty of plus sizes available to try on in the shop; there’s been many a shopping trip where I’ve been waiting outside, browsing online while my friends head to the fitting rooms with piles of clothes, so it was nice to have a pile of my own to try on.
What is the Pin Up Pop Up Shop?
Six vintage reproduction brands, all run by women, have teamed up in one place. There’s glitz and glamour, kitsch and cute, or funky and…well, my alliteration skills have let me down here. I wanted to use fun, but it seemed a bit too close to funky…
Anyway, there’s lots to love. I tried on many, many dresses (making it out relatively unscathed with two Gatsby Lady purchases, although I wanted so much more).
Gatsby Lady – 1920s vintage style gowns, up to size 30
This is a size 18, and makes me feel like the tallest woman in the world (no small feat, as I’m 5″1…pun intended).
Silly Old Sea Dog – quirky print dresses, skirts and accessories, up to size 28
It’ worth mentioning that Silly Old Sea Dog sizes are generous. I’m wearing an 18 here (I’m between and 18-20) and could have possibly sized down to a 16. It makes me feel like I should be running around with Jodie Whittaker shouting ‘Doctor!’ while she points a sonic screwdriver at aggressive aliens.
In case you were wondering, this is a very good thing.
Love Ur Look – vintage style dresses up to 3XL (size 22-24)
This is a size 18-20 and I adore the rainbow stripes.
Palava – vintage style clothing and accessories for women and girls, up to size 28
Swimmers, swimmers everywhere! This lido print dress is fabulous and a size 20, and the cardigan is a large. Oh I do love them so.
If you can’t make it to the pop up shop, Palava is offering our readers 15% off, use the code PINUPPOPUP15
Dolly Cool – rockabilly style jewellery
Look at this octopus. Look how friendly he is. I don’t know what it is about him, but he makes me smile.
Fairytale Collars – handmade felt collars and corsages, funky pin badges
Seashell brooch! I shall say no more.
The team is planning more fairs, so if you can’t make it to this one and would like to go in future, I’d recommend keeping an eye on the event’s Facebook page.