Iconic Pin-Up Style to Copy from The Silver Screen

Sexy pin-up style came to be in the early 1940s and has been dazzling the world ever since. Pin-up icons such as Betty Page, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and many others inspired a range of women today to follow their footsteps and join the sexy style, by showing off their curves and promoting pin-up style on the silver screen. For a bit more inspiration on your future outfits, feel free to copy some of the fabulous getups from the 1940s. 

Pin-up Girl

Pin-up Girl is one of the best-known movies of Betty Grable, where you can see not only the fabulous performance of this 1940s icon but also an array of stylish ensembles which belong to pin-up style. One of the perfect examples are the curve-hugging and flare-bottomed dresses that both highlighted the narrow waist and voluptuous hips and made the bust look incredibly appealing. A dress featuring polka dots in combination with sassy, classy and undeniably sexy waves is what you need to achieve your pin-up style. Aside from trademark 1940s waves, you can also make vintage upright pin curls or victory rolls. 


Even though Grease was made in the late '70s, you can still spot a dose of pin-up in this fantastic movie. Tight tops in combination with high waisted tight trousers that perfectly emphasize the midriff while giving the perfect shape to the buttocks are all you can see in the final minutes of the movie when Olivia Newton-John goes from sweet girl to a sexy foxy featuring all-black tight outfit. Add bold makeup such as the red lipstick and cat-eye to the mix and you get the ultimate pin-up outfit just like back in the 1940s and 1950s. 

How to Marry a Millionaire 

Betty Grable, Marylin Monroe and Lauren Bacall have a breath-taking performance in the movie How to Marry a Millionaire and in some of the scenes, you can spot the ultimate spirit of pin-up. A tucked-in ¾ sleeve top in combination with checked shorts and a wide belt to make the tiny waist stand out while allowing the curves to be flaunted without mistake is just one of the many examples of pin-up style. This transcendent style wouldn't be what it is without classic high heels to match the sexy wardrobe. From 2- to 4-inch pumps to platform pumps and lace speak, there was a wide range of stunning heels that allowed women of the time to spread their sex appeal. 

The Seven Year Itch

We all remember the iconic “delicious breeze scene when Marylin Monroe’s dress starts to wave due to the strong air. Well, in a few other scenes, you can spot a head-on pin-up style in the form of a white curve-accentuating dress with a halter top and a plunging neckline. What would contribute to the pin-up spirit is certainly a pattern leaning more towards polka dots, sailor stripes, or cherry prints on it. Nevertheless, Marylin was able to deliver a breath-taking performance and allow us to learn a bit more about how we could flaunt pin-up style too.

Final Thoughts

When you think about pin-up, the first to come to mind should be curve-hugging pieces that aimed towards showing off everything sexy about women. From making breasts the focal point to putting an emphasis on curvaceous behinds, everything about pin-up screamed sex appeal. When you add luscious curls, elegant waves and show-stopping bangs to an entire mix, you get a whole lot of attractive, impressive and inspiring. Not to forget the trademark make-up which made the entire style look more put together, with cat eyeliner, bold red lipstick and strong eyebrows. If you’d like to feel a little bit of the 1940s spirit, pin-up is the right way to do it. Feel free to learn more from movies and enjoy a fun and educational night.

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