Car Show 101 - What To See and What To Wear From Heart of Haute

Summer and fall are prime time for car shows, and if your photos are any indication, our Haute Honeys love visiting them! Whether you drive in your own lovingly restored ride, or just like to window shop and dream, a car show is an amazing way to bring history to life for an afternoon. If you are not working on your own vintage vehicle, knowing what you are seeing at a car show is a little confusing, and even intimidating.

Want to know a little bit more about what you are witnessing (and posing with) at the car show? Here is the Heart of Haute lesson on car show 101.

  • What kind of show is it? Car show themes have become quite niche. Theme examples can be based on a manufacturer like Mopar (Chrysler-built cars - including Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth) or a specific make like Corvette. Other shows are open to all makes, but limited by a date range such as 1970 and earlier. Car clubs put on shows as well, and any or all of these shows can features certain types of cars: traditional, hot rods, customs, lowriders, or rat rods.
  • Custom cars have had their original design modified or re-styled. Examples include removing or chopping the roof, frenched headlights or taillights, and removing elements from the nose or back of the car. Many custom modifications were popular enough to  influence auto manufacturer’s new designs. In the past, customizations often focused on the speed and performance of the car. Removing the roof or hood meant less weight and a faster car! Today, most customizing is based on the style and value of the car. Customs are not only hot rods - any vintage car with modifications is a custom: a lowrider Impala, a drag-racing GTO.
  • Traditional cars are as period accurate as possible. These cars are restored to be almost identical to their original incarnation. That immaculate station wagon with a mexican blanket and 1950s picnic set in the backseat is a traditional restoration. Hot rods can also be restored in a traditional fashion, with any customizations being period-accurate.
  • What about those rusty, mismatched hot rods with no hood? Known as rat rods, they are created as a response to the cost and strict rules within restoring traditional and higher-end custom cars. Often associated with rockabilly culture, they are finished in an intentionally crude way, unconcerned with historical accuracy.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything that interests or confuses you. Do be aware that car owners often have allegiance to one of the above styles, and may dislike the others! It’s a detailed and tribal world. 

Pinup car show outfit ideas

Vintage Inspired Looks For Any Era

Now that you know what you will be seeing, it’s time to think about what to wear. Start getting ready with sunscreen, sunglasses, and maybe even a parasol. Wear or at least bring some flats - car shows can be on grass, dirt or hot concrete. For your outfit, a look that corresponds with the period of the car show or your favorite era is a great idea:

  • 1940s - Our Manhattan Dress goes perfectly with victory rolls and spectator shoes.
  • 1950s - Be a car hop daydream in our Diner Dress - bring your own milkshake, but unfortunately we can't help you with all of those boys in the yard.
  • 1960s - The mod Caroline Dress is perfect for a ride in a 1960s roadster. Don’t forget your driving gloves and head scarf.
  • 1970s - Summon your inner Daisy Duke with our gingham Ellie Tie Top.

Happy car show hopping to all of our Haute Honeys, and don’t forget to use the tag #hautehoney on Instagram, or send in your car show photos to alisa@heartofhaute.com - we love seeing them! 

car show pinup dress

September 05, 2015 — Allison Vallerga

Patriotic Pinup Fashion - Made in America by Heart of Haute

Pin up or pinup images got their name from the way that they were "pinned up" on the walls of barracks, bunkers, office walls, ships, and even planes during war time. These alluring photos and illustrations were created to help raise the "morale" of the many young men serving long, dangerous tours away from friends, family, and love. 1940s era pinups were a part of a long history of soldiers customizing their gear and living quarters - a tradition that continues today. 

From Rita Hayworth in her nightgown to Betty Grable in her bathing suit, patriotic pin up girls were everywhere, even in Yank - the unfortunately (or appropriately) named weekly magazine published by the US Army.  Winston Churchill jokingly dubbed Jane, a blonde cartoon pin up drawn in the Daily Mirror Newspaper 'Britain's secret weapon.' War time pin ups even moved out of photos and postcards to be painted on jackets, the side of tanks and bombers, and tattooed on many bodies. Pin ups were depicted in dresses, lingerie, bathing suits, sometimes even less. 

1940s USO girls wearing pinup bomber jackets

 

Pin ups in modified military uniforms were created to show sexy support for the war effort. The sailor or Navy pinup has always been popular, appearing even in early Sailor Jerry tattoo designs. This iconographic look is patriotic, retro, and above all sexy. Nautical style is always fresh and classic, and Heart of Haute can help you use the best of this venerable vintage American look to create a memorable modern pin up figure. We have curated an amazing Patriotic pinup style collection - red, white and blue looks good on you! Perfect for 4th of July parties, parades, and the many summer festivals that we all enjoy.

Our Sailor dress is a classic - based on the pattern of a vintage dress, it has nautical pin up style without looking too much like a costume. Available in a patriotic palette of red, white and blue! In cool, crisp 100% high quality cotton, this dress is versatile and flattering with side ties for a perfect fit. Our sweet anchor print in pale blue can be found on our Matey Dress and Ella Top. Add a matching headband for a Rosie the Riveter inspired vintage look. You can even get the Baby Beverly Dress in Blue Anchors for the perfect mother daughter photo look! 

 As we celebrate the unique country that we live in, why not do it in a unique outfit that was made in America by Heart of Haute? A special thank you and an extra kiss from Heart of Haute to all of those who have served in the U.S. Military - past, present, and future! 

Warbird Pinups

  -5 We received these photos this morning from Gili Kieffer of Warbirdpinups.com Warbird Pinups  is a group of lovely ladies whose mission is to recreate authentic looking images of 1940's Nose art Pinups.  Sure, we see tons of beauties posing with hot rods, but let's not forget about our fly guys in the sky! This blonde beauty is rockin' our Maxine Dress in Darla Blue. You can catch the Warbird Pinups at various events through out the year. Check out their calendar here. -6 -7