Allow me to introduce you to one of the sexiest women to never exist: Hilda the original plus-size pin-up. The following is an obsessive exploration of her pretend life and wardrobe... and it may be a liiiiiiittle over the top. Not that its a bad thing, but you've been properly warned.
Hilda was visual magic created by Duane Byers in 1957 for a Bigalow & Brown calendar and she challenged the conventional pin-up for more than 20 years. I distinctly remember coming across her years ago and instantly knowing that if she was a real person... we would have been best friends.
Not only was she gorgeous, but she was also a stylin' maven with fashion sense to spare. I've spent an unhealthy amount of time researching plus clothing options for us so that we can channel her all summer long! I must say- it was nearly impossible to find similar outfits that were both available, adorable, and appropriately sized. I cursed the clothing industry for hours, but after finishing I felt quite pleased with myself. So- be babely now, and thank me later. All image links run clockwise; enjoy the experience. Three cheers for being undeniably fat and sexy!
"Off to the races" straw hat//vintage inspired one piece//coral straw hat//red gingham two piece//red and white polka dot bikini
Pale blue parasol//just use a sharpie!//...or iron on appliques//white underwire bikini//white retro two piece suit
Denim shorts//bright blue polka dot bikini//rope belt//teal bikini top//tied blue polka dot halter top
I took the liberty of selecting a few extra accessories that I have a feeling Hilda would have loved. I used to own a petal cap like the one below... and I now regret not joining a fatty synchronized swim team like this one to properly show it off!
Blue lace bandeau two piece//latex petal swim cap//floral chiffon scarf//killer sunglasses//vintage leather pumps//the most cheerful swim cap in existence
Vintage chiffon hair scarves are a summer must (if you're into that kind of thing) and you can watch a great tutorial video here if you have questions.
And lastly, lets just take a moment to admire this painting of beautiful Hilda who fell asleep while reading a poetry book and eating crackers in bed. No shame here; just the sweetest smile as she dreams about her next picnic adventure.
I just love her.
Tell me: who is your favorite pin-up? And who would you style your wardrobe after?