50s Pinup Fashion With Miss Amy May

This week we had the chance to talk to Miss Amy May, a vintage style blogger. She loves nothing better than to dress in retro clothing just like a classic pinup girl. This is a style that we absolutely love, here at Blue Banana so we couldn’t wait to get some insider knowledge. 

How would you describe your blog to someone who has never read it before?

It is a body-positive space full of fit reviews of vintage inspired clothing and accessories, retro hair tutorials, budget friendly makeup recommendations, and the occasional DIY crafts tutorial. Plus, when I’m feeling really generous, a ghastly bloopers gallery of all the blog outtakes I loathe to share.

Featuring: Lighthouse 50. Dress / Red Snakeskin Clutch Bag

How did you develop your fashion style? Was there a moment of discovery for you? 

It happened almost by accident. In 2013. my hair was so heat damaged it would no longer form my natural curl nor hold one from heat styling. I’ve always had curly hair and it felt like it was a big part of my identity, so I began to research ways to create curls from no-heat methods. That research lead me to the wet set pin curling of eras passed. I began to practice the technique and fell in love with styling my hair that way for social occasions. Once my hair began to look a bit vintage, I started practicing winged eye liner, then crafting my full makeup routine to look more vintage as well.

From there, it finally dawned on me that I could even begin wearing the clothes of that era, which I had always admired, so I started to adopt small facets of the style bit by bit until eventually I was rocking a head-to-toe 50. pinup look. It was never something I officially decided to make a sudden change towards one day, but with each step I took in adopting the look my confidence grew and I began to feel I had found my style. 

What is your favourite vintage fashion era and why? 

1950s, for sure. I love that the variety of fashions from the era means there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a jeans lover who’s more drawn to the rockabilly styles of the era or whether you love something more glamorous, like Dior’s New Look. For me wearing a big ol’ swing skirt with a cinched waist feels the most stylish, feminine and glamorous any style has ever made me feel, so it’s a look that makes me feel like the best version of myself. 

Miss Amy May: Blue Banana Top 5

Every one of those pieces is classic and chic, exactly what I love to have represented in my wardrobe. 

Do you have any advice for people wanting to start their own fashion blog?

Get organised! Decide how often you want to post new content, then write up a list of 5-10 post ideas that you can flesh out with bullet points or fully draft before you begin publicly publishing to give yourself a cushion of posts to work with while you adjust to your posting schedule. Work on finding your own writing style and voice, avoiding the temptation to mimic the aspects you most enjoy from your favourite bloggers. 

Featuring: Banned Moss Garden Hound Heels

If you want to know more about Miss Amy May and have fallen in love with her awesome sense of style then be sure to check out her blog and Instagram!

Written By Amy McEvoy