Heart of Haute: Top 10 Must Haves for Fall

Heart of Haute: Top 10 Must Haves for Fall

Heart of Haute is known for those beautiful, figure flattering dresses with the swooping full skirts, the incredible prints, and unique vintage designs. While this may be true, we are also VERY,  very busy when it comes to making all those solid basics every Haute Honey needs in her wardrobe. We know you mix and match your pieces to get that perfect pinup look. We also know that our Marilyn Top, Etstelle Top, and Sweet Sweater have been at the top of your shopping list!  If you don't own one of these awesome staples yet, today may be the day to try one...or all three!!! 

And if you DO have one of these, just remember that they all come in an array of different colors and prints. Here are some of our top picks and best sellers that every Haute Honey needs in her closet this season!

 

1. The Aimee Dress in Sunshine Daisy

Aimee Dress in Sunshine Daisy | Heart of Haute 

In a world that may be turning gray, you can still brighten up the day in this beautiful Sunshine Daisy print! Just the right colors to welcome in the Fall. We've done it up in our classic Aimee dress.

2. The Sweet Sweater

 Teer Wayde  Black Sweet Sweater by Heart of Haute

 

It is an undeniable truth that the Sweet Sweater is one of our greatest inventions! You will never have a better sweater, we promise. This baby is there right when you need it. Compact enough to roll up and hold in your purse until you need it. The Sweet sweater also comes in tons of great solid colors, so you can mix and match with your closet as needed.

3. The Haute Circle Skirt  in Patriot Plaid Flannel

Haute Circle Skirt in Patriot Plaid | Heart of Haute

I bet you didn't think you could wear flannel outside of some comfy PJ's or when your boyfriend let's you borrow his flannel at camp, right? WRONG!!!  A few years ago, Heart of Haute took a great liking to a line of flannels and decided they were fashion worthy.  This means warm, cotton dresses and skirts for you! Not everyone can hang with wool, I get it. Our flannels are high quality and light weight. If you don't know, it may be time to find out.

4. The Diva Jacket

The Diva Suit by Heart of Haute

So far proven to become a favorite among the honeys and fashion bloggers like Miss Amy May and Teer Wayde. This fitted jacket with the adorable peplum is chic, stlyin', and will automatically make you feel like...well...a DIVA.  Don't believe us? Find out for yourself. In fact, we had such a great response from ya'll, we added this style in MORE COLORS!!!!  Don't forget the matching skirt!

5. The Estelle Blouse in Chambray Dot

The Estelle Blouse in Chambray | Heart of Haute

The Estelle Top is the sweetest blouse vintage fashion enthusiasts have seen yet! This has become a swift favorite for its classic very-vintage styling. Honeys LOVE to pair this blouse with our skirts.

6. The Vogue Pencil Skirt

The Vogue Pencil Skirt | Heart of Haute

Classic lines for you classic lookin' gals out there. The Vogue skirt is a high-waisted dream boat of a skirt with a matching belt, stretch twill to hug your lady curves, and a sensational walking slit. Knock 'em dead, Honey.  The Vogue Pencil skirt comes in black, navy, and red.

 

7. The Manhattan Dress in Caramel

The Manhattan Dress in Caramel | Heart of Haute

The Manhattan Dress was a complete success last Autumn when we first released her to the world! Now, we've added a delightfully dapper new color. Feast your eyes on this Caramel color Manhattan dress.

8. The Doreen Dress in Watch Plaid

The Doreen Dress in Watch Plaid | Mandie Bee

Back to School Babes, be glad! Mandie Bee's spin on this classic print will have every head turnin' while you waltz your way through the commons. It even has 2 front pockets to hold your phone when you're on the go go go!

 

9.The Elsa Top in Tartan Plaid

The Elsa Blouse in Red Tartan Plaid | Heart of Haute

The Elsa Blouse is the long-sleeved sister of our popular Estelle Blouse. It's the perfect blouse for layering up with sweaters and skirts. To keep things classic, we chose this red Tartain plaid to

 

10. The Super Spy Dress

Super Spy Dress - Black - Heart of Haute
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Ah yes, will we ever get tired of this dress? 10,000 happy customers agree that this is the dress of the century! Modeled by our pal, Bernie Dexter, The infamous Super Spy Dress has been a part of our line since 2005 and it is STILL a best selling item every Fall and Winter season. Honeys even admit to re-ordering when their original one begins to show its wear....it's timeless. It's sexy. It's got a cool name! (I sometimes like to believe it was the inspiration for Lana's wardrobe on the Archer TV show.)

Bonus Feature!   Because Our Super Spy Dress is such a hot seller, it only made sense to offer the same classic cut as a top!

The Spy Top | Heart of Haute

 

A Haute Honey Tee - For Free!

A Haute Honey Tee - For Free!

 

Hey honeys!

 

Want to show the world you're a Haute Honey?  Here's a fabulous screen printed tee that's made of a super soft 100% cotton!

Want one for FREE?  All purchases of $250 USD or more will get one of these cute t-shirts for free!  While supplies last!

July 14, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Tiki Oasis 2016 - Vintage Monster Movie Style with Heart of Haute

Tiki Oasis 2016 - Vintage Monster Movie Style with Heart of Haute


Creature From The Black Lagoon Tiki Oasis 2016

An interest in the exotic (and largely imagined) lifestyle of the South Pacific has been a part of American fashion and culture since the 1920s. In the 1940s, many served in the South Pacific during World War II, and returned home with tales of palm trees and rum. Hawaii's 1959 statehood and the advent of quick and more affordable jet travel made it a popular - yet still exotic - travel destination. "Trader Vic" Bergeron opened his first restaurant in California in 1934, serving an approximation of Cantonese food and concocting cocktails like the Mai Tai. Mid-century America was crazy for Polynesian pop culture in the 1950s and 1960s: Tiki bars, backyard luaus, and Exotica music and movies were everywhere.

The tiki trend vanished from the mainstream in the 1970s, but it has recently found new devotees and an increase in popularity. Those who still still celebrate the sips, styles and sounds from this era meet up at various tiki weekend parties all over the country, and Tiki Oasis is the biggest and longest-running event.

Each year, Tiki Oasis has a different theme. For 2016, the theme is Party on Monster Island - “From rubber Godzillas tearing apart the South Seas to surfin, Go Go dancing Frankenstein and Wolfman, creatures have always been lurking in paradise.”

If you attend Tiki Oasis, you will probably want a couple of outfits that work with the Party on Monster Island theme, plus some of your best and brightest aloha wear, whether vintage or new. Here are our ideas for Tiki Oasis 2016:



Plan 9 From Outer Space Vampira Tiki Oasis 2016



If you are looking for some tiki bar basics, don’t miss out on our Paradise, Sweetie, and Rebecca Dresses, all available in our tapa cloth inspired Tiki Serenade Print. Don’t forget to pack a new hair flower, and a sweater to ward off any air-conditioned chill. We have colors and styles ranging from basic black to fashionable coral. Need to save some money for mai tais? Check out our Sale Rack for some exclusive South Pacific Style savings, including:

Marie Dress in Tahiti Pink

Twirl Skirt in Blue Tiki Serenade

Rebecca Dress in Blue Tiki Serenade

Marie Dress in Tahiti Blue


Enjoy your visit to Monster Island, and if you wear Heart of Haute at Tiki Oasis 2016, don’t forget to tag yourself as a #hautehoney!
Tip of the Day!  -  The Solution to the Slippery Hanger!

Tip of the Day! - The Solution to the Slippery Hanger!

Hey honey! Do you have a dress that is constantly slippin’ and slidin’ off the hanger? Yeah we all do! Our Beverly Dress is beautifully crafted with a round neckline and tied off with a cute self tie but, due to the wider width of the neckline the dress may not always hang perfectly on a hanger. We have solved that problem for all our honey’s by using just one item. This tip is actually how we hang all our Beverly Dresses at Heart of Haute HQ. We actually use rubber bands! Yes, you heard right, rubber bands. It’s so simple that it’s going to have you saying why didn’t I think of this? Don’t you worry honey we’ve got you covered and we’re going to share with you all a step-by-step picture tutorial on how you can take your Beverly Dress from this
to this:
What you will need: a hanger, two rubber bands, and your favorite Beverly Dress.
STEP 1: Take one rubber band and wrap one end of the hanger with the rubber band as many times as you can.
STEP 2: Repeat step 1 and do the same to other side. Your hanger should look like this.
The grip from the rubber bands will come in contact with the dress and that will make sure your dress doesn’t slide off the hanger. Don’t you worry honey your dress will not be harmed while utilizing this technique.
STEP 3: Now all you have to do is hang it up. Your Beverly will be hanging pretty and waiting for the next adventure.
This post was written by Elizabeth Valenzuela -
Heart of Haute Marketing Intern from Cal Poly Pomona
June 28, 2016 — Alisa Martineau

Made in the USA... what does it mean?

“Made in California with Love & No Regrets!”

 

(Pictured: Monique Dress in Tulips Black)

 

You may ask yourself, what exactly does that mean? At Heart of Haute it means a great deal to us that we are able to assure our loyal customers that we produce all our beautifully crafted clothing right here in Southern California.  In fact. all our skirts, dresses, and tops are cut and sewn right here in San Dimas at our Headquarters along with the services of three local sewing factories in Los Angeles, that each follow the same ethical practices we follow.

Buying clothing Made in the USA comes with many ethically great practices that you support and contribute to positively. Some factors to take into consideration when buying from Heart of Haute -  Made in the USA clothing:

We are contributing to fair wage standards that are maintained in the United States. Unlike mega chain fast fashion retailers that we won’t name, but you know who they are, we believe it is important to pay all employees a fair wage so that they are able to live a comfortable lifestyle. That includes the employees in the production facilities who are sewing your clothing together with the employee who is delicately wrapping and shipping out your order from headquarters.   

We are also helping our planet earth! You may ask “how?”                                      According to www.takepart.com, Americans produce an estimated 11 million pounds of textiles to be thrown away every year. We encourage everyone to use proper recycling methods and donation facilities but, most of the time that is not the case. When consumers buy clothing from fast fashion retailers the clothing is purchased at a very low price. The quality of the material being used will not withstand many washes and will therefore tear and have to be thrown away faster. Most of the time the non-biodegradable clothing end up in landfills which means that the clothing will sit in landfills for at least 200 years until the textiles start to decompose. When purchasing clothing at Heart of Haute you are getting great quality fabric that will be sure to last you a long time.

 

Heart of Haute also works closely with local colleges who are educating the next generation of fashion professionals.  These ethical and socially conscious students can see first hand the importance of their contribution while learning how to carry forward these best practices. 

 

At Heart of Haute we take pride in producing our clothing in the USA. It is important to us, and we hope after reading this blog post it will be important to you as well, and make you more aware of your purchases the next time you go out shopping. 

 

 

http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/05/29/clothes-trash-landfill : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-fast-fashion-met-20151125-story.html

 

-Elizabeth Valenzuela

Heart of Haute Fashion Marketing Intern from Cal Poly Pomona

May 27, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Congratulations, Pinky Swear!!! Crowned 1st in Pinups Against Bullying

Congratulations, Pinky Swear!!! Crowned 1st in Pinups Against Bullying

Long time Haute Honey, friend, passionate pinup, and excellent mother, We took a moment to interview Miss Pinky Swear and congratulate her on her recent crowning!

Tell us...what is the pinup against bullying contest about? The contest was about inner beauty over outer beauty. It was women telling their stories 
of bullying and overcoming that hardships it can bring.
How did you hear about it? A friend of mine that owns a jewelry shop (Classic Betty's Rubbish) was one of the sponsors. She posted a flier and tagged me in it, so I thought,
"lets enter and see what happens ..."
Who set it up? The Dainty Dames are the ones that put the car show together and the Pinups Against Bullying hosted the pinup contest.
How awesome is your crown? Oh my god it's amazing! Super sparkly! It really makes me feel like a princess!
How long have you been a pinup model? I have been modeling for over 10 years and competing in pinup contests for about 5 years.
What does your daughter think about her mama being a pinup? She loves it. She thinks it's so great. She cant wait to be grown up so she can do pinup things as well.
She especially loves seeing me on stage, win or lose she knows her mommy is a winner!
Anything else you want to include about the contest? I am so grateful for this contest. I haven't heard of a contest like this one. For me i have always been self conscious about the way I look.
I was picked on so much as a kid, and even as an adult, so to be in a contest like this- one that helps uplift women rather than pick who is the prettiest or most pppular- they picked the one with the biggest heart, and beautiful mind. 
Anything else you want to share?.... well, I hope that this is my year of winning. I tried to give up on doing pinup pageants because I knew I would never be the tall sexy type of girl most judges and magazine people want on the cover of their magazines. But I couldn't. I feel I need to make a change in the type of people they choose to be winners. Not all women can be thin and sexy. Some of us are curvy and sexy as well. 
What are some of your favorite Heart of Haute pieces? Oh gosh, too many to choose from. I would have to say for sure the Monte Carlo dress since it is the dress I won my first pageant in.
I would also say the  Maybelline dress cause it's just such an easy everyday dress and it has POCKETS !!!
What kind of Honey are you today?

What kind of Honey are you today?

How are you feeling today?
Sweet?  Sultry?  Maybe a little Sassy? 

One thing we know for sure, you are a Haute Honey if you are reading this!  We all know that depending on your mood, you may be feeling all kinds of honey goodness.  What kind of Honey are you today?  What about tomorrow?  Occasions change, moods change and so do you!  Discover your inner Haute Honey with a dose of Heart of Haute and you will be surprised at what a statement you can make! 

Sweet Honey is a lovely little lady who's excellent dinner parties always leave her guests drooling for more.  She's that dear friend who's got the best advice, once she's done being an awesome listener!  When Sweet Honey reaches for her go-to outfit of the day, it's a carefree floral frock that she can wear with comfort and class that knocks the socks off any onlooker. 

Sweet Honey is everyone's dear friend.  Always in search of the perfect bridesmaid dress, and she has found it in the Heart of Haute for Bettie Page Bridal's new Yvette dress, in care free washable poly 'Baby Pink Shantung'.  Of course her betrothed friend approves!  Sweet Honey saves the day - it's gorgeous, comfortable and affordable - the wedding party applauds her excellent taste (and for watching out for them!)  She is so Sweet!

 

Sassy Honey is a gal on the go, a style savvy sweetie who's always sporting her favorite novelty print.  Whether it's a regular day at school, or a night out at a gig with friends, this sassy babe's style is always on point.

Sassy Honey is having quite the dilemna.  How to go from a busy day at the office to the dance club tonight with no time to change?  The Roxie dress, of course.  With a little cardi to cover her shoulders, her look goes from day to night seamlessly.  The Roxie in fabulous 'Constellations' print, with it's full swing skirt,  is just the answer for dancing under the stars til the sun comes up.

 

Sultry Honey is a boss babe with impeccable taste.  Emulating tones of classic Hollywood glamour in her everyday life is this honey's forte.  Sultry Honey's classy style is sure to provide killer curves with just the right amount of sex appeal.

When Sultry Honey takes over, she can make dressing in work attire an exercise in seduction.  Her perfect workday staple piece; the Estelle Blouse in 'Vintage Polka Dot Pink'.  This semi-sheer feminine blouse leaves a lot to the imagination, with a fit that flatters all over.

Sultry Honey knows how to dress to impress.  The classic Diva Suit is a go-to for this style savvy seductress.  Pairing the Diva Skirt with any Heart of Haute top is the perfect start to a work week, but can also be easily transitioned into a sleek nighttime look.

 

So Haute Honeys, tell me, what kind of Honey are YOU today?

May 09, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Tips for the Best Dapper Day!

Tips for the Best Dapper Day!

If you haven't heard about it... Dapper Day is an event held at different Disney theme parks twice a year, where everyone is encouraged to wear their best outfit!  Whether that may be inspired by a specific era like the 1950s, or just your own personal style!  Some park-goers have even used Dapper Day to create unique disneybounding outfits.  Celebrities like Drake Bell & Dita Von Teese are known to appear as well!
If you're planning on going to Dapper Day for the first time this year, here's our list of just a few things to get yourself ready for the big day.
Wear flats! Sorry, gals.  If you wish for blisters then by all means - wear those adorable heels!  But my advice is to go for a comfortable, cute alternative.  Or bring along a pair of flats to switch in and out of for comfort.
 
Set your makeup & hair. A simple makeup mist spray can save you from having to touch up your blush every hour!  You can find affordable makeup setting sprays, like this one from e.l.f. cosmetics.   You'll want to keep your bag light, so bring just your beauty essentials.   Also, it's important to keep in mind that fast rides like Space Mountain & the Matterhorn may mess up your fabulous hairdo!  Make sure you're ready for touch ups if you plan on riding the Disneyland classics.
 Set aside time for the Expo! There is lots of tempting shopping inside Disneyland & Downtown Disney, but since you're going to be there for Dapper Day, why not check out the Dapper Day Expo!  Many big and small pinup reproduction clothing companies will be vending there, as well as lots and LOTS of vintage!!  The perfect chance to try on some of your favorite brands, and find your new favorite pieces. We will be vending at the expo, too!  It's free for anyone to attend, located in the Disneyland Hotel.  Saturday April 30, noon-7pm, and Sunday May 1, 10am-7pm!
Check the weather before & dress accordingly!  Although Disneyland was built where it is because of Orange County's notoriously beautiful weather... mother nature sometimes has something else in mind. If the weather says it will be 90 degrees, you may want to think about skipping the seamed stockings and fur stole.  At Disneyland, you will be walking around a lot and shade is minimal, so remember to bring/wear sunscreen! Check out the Dapper Day gallery for inspiration!
Need some Disneybounding Ideas?
Mickey Mouse Disneybound Dapper Day by Heart of Haute
Disneybound as Mickey Mouse in the classic Vogue Skirt in Red!
Cheshire Cat Disneybound Dapper Day by Heart of Haute
Disneybound as the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland in the Estelle Blouse in 'Chambray Swiss Dot Blue'! 
Sorcerer Mickey Disneybound by Heart of Haute
Disneybound as Sorcerer Mickey in the Roxie Dress in 'Navy Constellations'
Don't forget to take lots and lots of photos, and have FUN!  Dapper Day is a great chance to see the most fashionable vintage styles, make new friends, and have a wonderful day at the happiest place on earth!
So what about you, ladies?  Got any advice for Dapper Day attendees?
April 27, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Blog Share!  Miss Amy May in the Sweetie Dress

Blog Share! Miss Amy May in the Sweetie Dress

I'm sure you've all heard of the fabulous Miss Amy May (aka @miss_amy_may on instagram).  If you have not, she's a gorgeous curvy blogger from the UK who's classic style inspires us everyday!  
Every now and then, Amy reviews a Heart of Haute garment and provides excellent advice on sizing and has great tips!  
She's just reviewed the Sweetie Dress in 'Meadow Daisy' and the photographs are gorgeous.  Check out her blog by clicking the photo below - 
Miss Amy May Heart of Haute Review
The Sweetie Dress in 'Meadow Daisy' is available in sizes S - 2X here.
February 29, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Pinup Style at Mardi Gras 2016 with Outfit Ideas from Heart of Haute

Pinup Style at Mardi Gras 2016 with Outfit Ideas from Heart of Haute

If you are searching for ideas for your 2016 Mardi Gras outfit, you can't go wrong with gold, green, and purple. These three official Mardi Gras colors are everywhere - and we have amazing options for you that feature them. 

During Mardi Gras, or carnival, lots of people are dressed in their best - and wildest! There are costume contests everywhere in the city, so don't be afraid to wear something that gets a lot of attention. That said, the French Quarter can get crowded and messy at this time, so make sure you are comfortable - and read these Mardi Gras tips

Here are our picks for amazing, vintage-inspired 2016 Mardi Gras looks:

  • Sparkle in Gold: Try our Marie dress in a shimmering gold and turquoise patterned fabric, or the luminous Copper Allure fabric in our sexy Sweetie dress, the pin-up worthy Serena dress, or our Circle Skirt. Looking for something with a black base? Try our Sweetie Dress in Copper Stars, or the Monique Dress in Gold Rings.
  • Shimmer in Separates: Try the Best Frocks Forever Circle Skirt (created in partnership with Pinup Girl Clothing's Pinup Couture) in Metro Metallic Gold. This full circle skirt is a touch shorter than our other Heart of Haute circle skirts - great for petites, or just a sassy look! It may get cool while you are partying outdoors, so pack our Sweet Sweater in the new Gold Sparkle.
  • Demure Daytime Looks: Our purple and green Phoebe Paisley or Garden Royale print Amanda dress is perfect for daytime sight-seeing. Show your sweet Southern style in our Beverly Dress in Hydrangeas, or our Monique Dress in Ava Rose Blue
  • Almost Sold Out: Nothing says New Orleans like the iconic Fleur Di Lis, and we have just a few Monique dresses left in our striking Gold Fleur Di Lis fabric. These are almost sold out, so grab one now for Mardi Gras 2016! Our gathered Gypsy Skirt in an ornate metallic Medallion print is also almost gone.
  • Peacocks on Royal Street: Will you be strolling down Royal street our Peacock Royale print? Stand out in the French Quarter in a dress or skirt in the best-selling print. Instant costume when combined with a peacock feather Mardi Gras mask! 
  • Crescent City Shopping: Don't forget to leave a little room in your suitcase for all of the great shopping, both in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street. Check out Dollz and Dames, A Girl Is A Gun, and pick up some extras for your carnival costume at Trashy Diva

Even if you are just heading to a local Fat Tuesday party, Heart of Haute has you covered with loads of choices for festive carnival style - with a retro touch. If you wear Heart of Haute for Mardi Gras, don't forget to tag yourself as a #hautehoney - we love seeing your looks! 

gold copper sparkle sexy pinup mardi gras halter dress with full skirt

January 22, 2016 — Allison Vallerga