The art of vintage hairstyling can take a long time to learn, and really the best advice I can give anyone starting out is that you just need to keep practicing.
However…..You want that look right now, don’t you?
With a few basic skills (and I mean a few) and the right tools you can turn out a vintage inspired hairstyle in as much time as it takes to make a coffee!
I want to share with you my four favourite “beginner” styles, all of which are tried and tested, because I too was a beginner once (and still consider myself quite the novice despite several years of practice)!
The best thing about each of these styles is that they are as quick to do as they are easy. Even if you’re a seasoned vintage hair stylist I have no doubt you’ll still appreciate these swift ‘dos.
Twist and Go
This one is my “go to” style when I am massively short on time and need a “done” look! All it takes is a pintail comb and a bobby pin. If you’ve got a few more minutes, grab a wide barrelled curling wand and loosely curl the ends of your hair for a bit of extra body and movement.
Style this look:
This is a really simple, yet polished hairstyle that would look great with the Riley Dress in black to create a vintage-esque, very office-appropriate look.
Victory is Yours!
Victory rolls – gah! Super hard, soooo time-consuming. Am I right? Maybe not? This tutorial by Rebecca, guest blogger at A Beautiful Mess, puts to bed once and for all the myth that victory rolls are impossible. The key with this swift and simple style is to embrace the mess and go with a relaxed style that looks all the better for the fly-aways and bits of hair that didn’t quite make it into the roll.
The trick to rolling your hair is to wrap the end of the section you want to roll around your first two fingers to create a loop. Pinch the loop between your fingers and start rolling towards your head. The direction can change depending on what style you’re creating, but for Victory Rolls you want to roll inwards towards the middle of your head so that the roll pops up on top of your head.
The best bit about this style is that you’ve just learned one of the staple skills for vintage styling. Knowing how to successfully roll your hair opens up a whole world of new styles!
Style this look:
Victory Rolls are as vintage-hair as it gets. Style your look with any one of our Cherry Bomb Vintage Couture dresses for a knockout vintage look that will have you standing out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
Beehive Cheat Sheet
I stumbled across this look a couple of years ago when I found Polish blogger Marlenka’s website. It’s so easy to do, I can whip it up in the bathroom just before opening the shop and you’d never know I’d walked in 5 minutes earlier with a mop of unkempt hair on my head! As with most vintage styles, it works best with unwashed hair.
- Bobby pins
- Hair elastic
- Comb or brush
Loosely tease your hair, then scoop it up into a high ponytail, leaving the front section out for later. Secure with your hair elastic. Grab the end of your ponytail and start rolling it up, towards the top of your ponytail.
Secure the roll with bobby pins, then fan the roll out and secure the sides with bobby pins. You may also want to smooth the roll out a little so there’s no crazy fly-aways or lumps and bumps. Blast with hairspray for good measure.
With the front section of hair you left out of the ponytail sweep it across to one side and tuck behind your ear. If you’re feeling adventurous, use your new-found victory roll skills and roll the front section of hair back into a swept-back barrel curl. Add a flower, or tie a bandana in your hair.
Style this look:
A fit and flare frock is the perfect choice for such a sweet hairstyle. The Lana Dress, with it's scoop neckline, fitted bodice, and pleated full skirt will be just right!
Technically, my final vintage hairstyle is actually 6. Yep, I can’t count, and you get a bonus round!
YouTube vlogger, Vintagious, takes you through 6 distinct styles, all focusing on different ways of working with the front section of your hair. Most of these you can do in about 1 minute! As she mentions in her video, it helps if you’ve already curled your hair as this gives you a bit more body to work with and also makes your hair a bit easier to manipulate. However, even if you haven’t done this these styles will work.
Like I mentioned earlier in this blog, unwashed hair is easiest to work with. If your hair is too soft and slippery throw on a bit of dry shampoo or some hairspray just to gunk it up a little bit and get a bit more control.
Style this look:
Get your rockabilly on and style with the Kay Capri Pant in pink spot, an off-shoulder gypsy top and killer heels!
All of these styles look great on their own. However, as you develop your vintage hair styling skills you can start to incorporate these elements into more elaborate styles. A well-styled 'do really does step up your vintage fashion game, so get some supplies, get yourself in front of a mirror and start practicing!
If you have any tips or tricks you've learned we'd love to hear about them in the comments below!
'til next time,
Miskonduct’s event calendar is filling up fast! In the next month we have three fabulous events that we’re involved in. It’s going to be crazy-busy but equally fun. Here’s the lowdown on here you can find us.
27th – 29th October 2017
The Entrance, Central Coast will be transformed once again into a retro-lovin' guy and gal's wonderland. With one of the biggest hotrod Show ‘n’ Shine’s in NSW (Australia? Quite possibly!) you’re guaranteed to get your fill of fabulous cars. They start rolling in on Friday, roll out for a cruise on Saturday afternoon and then the winners are announced on Sunday!
Flanking the hotrod display is a stack of retro and vintage inspired market stalls with some of the best selections of true vintage and reproduction items you can get your hands on. From 50’s memorabilia, car-enthusiast collectables and retro fashion there is something for everyone. You’ll also find a vast selection of food stalls to keep you well-fed and hydrated throughout the day.
Live entertainment is pumping all weekend long, with two outdoor stages devoted to bringing you the best of Rock n Roll from live acts such as The Rattlesnakes and Bad Luck Kitty, DJ Vinnie and DJ George Galea will be pumping all the classics and the one and only Si Cranstoun will be performing a special set on Sunday afternoon. You’ll also be treated to performances by Sydney’s Swing Katz plus the crowning of the 2017 Miss Pinup Doll Australia on Saturday. Miskonduct Klothing is a proud sponsor of Pinup Doll Australia, and we’ll be hosting a Meet n Greet with the Dolls on Sunday morning from 9.30am, so be sure to head in early on Sunday and visit us at our stall in the Plaza Markets.
All this entertainment is FREE, but if you still haven’t had enough retro revival fun you can book into any number of the ticketed events held at clubs and pubs in the area. The whole town really does get on board for this event.
Melbourne Cup Vintage Garden Party
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Hot on the heels of ChromeFest is our Melbourne Cup Fashion Show, held in conjunction with The Clarendon Hotel’s Vintage Garden Party. The perfect excuse to frock up and feel fabulous! Ticket price includes:
- 2 hour Gourmet Canapé service
- 3 hour drinks package featuring local legends Murray’s Beer and Andrew Peace Wines
- Unlimited gelato from Mr Goaty – which includes the rather decadent sounding sparkling sorbet cocktail on arrival!
- Live entertainment by Pete McCredie
- Sweeps, lucky door prize and best-dressed prizes (including Fashions on the Field, sponsored by Miskonduct Klothing)
- Vintage inspired fashion show featuring the latest collection from Miskonduct Klothing
Held in the outdoor beer garden, beautifully themed as a vintage-inspired garden party, it’s the perfect way to spend a Tuesday afternoon enjoying the atmosphere and the “race that stops a nation”!
Click here for tickets.
Sydney Rock n Roll & Alternative Markets
Sunday 26th November 2017
More than just a market, Sydney Rock n Roll & Alternative Markets are the perfect combination of music festival and markets. Held in Manning House at Sydney’s iconic Sydney University, market stalls fill three levels with live music upstairs at Manning Bar and DJ’s outside in the garden.
You’ll find a vast selection of vintage collectables, vinyl, comics and memorabilia, as well as fashion representing just about every alternative sub-culture you can think of. From popular brands, to unique and handmade you’ll need all the time you can manage to take in what’s on offer!
Punters are encouraged to bring their vintage cars and bikes (contact the organizer in advance to book your car park http://rocknrollmarket.com.au/vehicle-displays ) and you can also book into the beginners’ dance class first thing in the morning (for a small fee).
(Newlight Photography Graham Hynds)
Then there’s the live music. Organiser, Tiffany Palmer, works tirelessly to create unique, fresh lineups for every market, but the Christmas Edition is nothing short of stellar. Sydney Punk Rock icons The Hard Ons share the stage with Rockabilly powerhouse Hanks Jalopy Demons and The Keiron McDonald Combo as well as Indie Rock influencer Kim Salmon. For a cover charge of less than $10 for the day that’s money well spent in my book! Plus, kids under 12 get free entry. That’s right folks, it’s a kid-friendly show! A great opportunity to get the kids into some real music that encourages them to dance to their own tune. How good is that?
In addition to all of the above, we’ll keep the doors open at the Newcastle Boutique, so you can still pop in for your pretty-dress-fix any day of the week! Leah, Kate & I will be only too happy to help you.
‘til next time,
With the weather finally starting to warm up ever so slightly I thought it was a good time to introduce you all to one of the newest suppliers her at Miskonduct Klothing. I think you’re all going to be very pleased to hear who it is too!
So, tell me? Do you ever feel like it would be easier to find a real unicorn than find a swimsuit that you felt good in? Your quest is over my friend, because Miskonduct Klothing has just become exclusive stockists for Beyond the Sea Swimwear in the Newcastle Region!
Beyond the Sea Swimwear is a boutique brand that was established in 2011 by Sydney-based designer Kylie Van Wanrooy, a pattern maker with over 20 years’ experience. Kylie started her beautiful swimwear label after her own fruitless search for functional swimwear that was also flattering to real body types. We sure are glad she did because now we get to showcase gorgeous swimwear that you can actually feel good in!
Swimwear designer Kylie Van Wanrooy
Kylie’s designs draw inspiration from the fashion of bygone eras when pinups had curves and swimwear left a little to the imagination. Her collection of swimwear is designed to give great support for curvaceous women, with clever design tricks to accentuate the bits you love, while downplaying the bits you’d rather forget about. She offers her designs in a variety of fun, stylish fabrics that you can really express yourself with, and she uses real sized women to model her designs!
From the super flattering high waisted Betty Boyleg Shorts to Tankini’s with built in underwire support and one pieces with carefully placed ruching and panelling, there is literally something to suit every body shape.
Kylie uses only the best quality Lycra materials and each piece is fully lined, offering you comfort and support. All Beyond the Sea Swimwear pieces are proudly designed and made right here in Australia, so you’re not only supporting a local designer, but also a local industry. You can’t get much more home-grown than that!
You just can’t go past the Ruby Rouched One Piece. The Garden Party print features blue roses against a turquoise green background which is just so pretty. The classic swimsuit cut is so flattering, with contoured cup for bust support and low rise cut at the hip to create a tasteful and comfortable swimsuit that gives you support and coverage where you need it. The rouched front panel creates a slimming effect at the waistline while the halter neckline gives a lovely full shape to the bust line. Ruby is a lovely swimsuit that will look great sipping cocktails by the pool in a tropical island paradise, or just taking the kids for a dip at your local pool. (I know which location I’d prefer!)
For those of you that love to mix n match the Betty Boyleg is hard to ignore. The high waisted cut gives you coverage over your lower stomach, which if you’re anything like me rarely sees the light of day! The boyleg cut gives full coverage in the derriere and ruching along the side seams allows you to slightly lengthen or shorten as you feel with adorable bow ties at the end.
Betty Boyleg can be matched with any of the tanks (we love the leopard lounge one!) or bikini tops. Whatever suits your mood!
Kylie is getting ready launch her Spring/Summer collection and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us. We did get a sneak peek at one new design and instantly fell in love! You’ll be seeing the Lolita bikini set in Checkmate print in store and online very soon.
The adorable Lolita bikini features a crop top style tankini top with contoured cup support and gathering in the centre of the bustline. Beyond the Sea Swimwear’s signature high waisted boyleg bottoms have been given a super feminine upgrade with the addition of lacy frills at the hip. You’re going to find so many reasons to get to the beach this summer with this unique swimsuit in your summer wardrobe.
The bit I love most about Beyond the Sea Swimwear’s collection is that all pieces are available as separates, which means you can mix and match your tops and bottoms to create a truly unique swimwear set that suits you perfectly.
You can view Miskonduct Klothing’s full collection of Beyond the Sea Swimwear here. Stay tuned for updates on when the Lolita Bikini hits our store!
‘til next time,
I’m sure many of you have already heard the big news. Emma has hung up her petticoats and retired from the “rag trade” and Miskonduct Klothing has a new #girlboss
Introducing me – Alice – the new owner of Miskonduct Klothing. I’m so excited to be taking the reins here at Miskonduct HQ and I can’t wait to share this journey with all you wonderfully loyal Miskonduct supporters. But first, I wanted to share with you a little bit about me and why Miskonduct Klothing is a dream come true!
I’ve always had “a thing” for beautiful, yet unique clothing; I can’t ever remember a time when I wanted to fit in. Ask my Mum, and she’ll tell you plenty of tales of self-styled Alice from the age of 2! (Apparently I had a thing for miss-matched socks. Dad was not a fan!) My journey into vintage inspired fashion happened a little bit by accident, and certainly many years after my miss-matched socks stage. Really, I have my love of jewellery design and making to thank for my discovery of mid-century fashion.
It’s been a rare time in my life when I haven’t had a creative outlet of some sort, be that making clothes for my new baby (back when he was new – he’s 17 now!), various painting projects, learning how to découpage, knit, play the guitar, you name it I’ve probably decided at one stage or another to teach myself how! When I finally decided I was going to learn to make jewellery I had no idea just how much I would fall in love with it!
Over the years I’ve developed my own jewellery style, improving my skills all the time. I seemed to gravitate towards what I now know to be the rockabilly culture so cherries, dice, skulls, anything a little bit off-beat and a whole lot cool caught my attention. People started asking me to make things for them, and then they wanted to pay me for my work – what?! My little hobby slowly evolved into a business! While this was happening I was also immersing myself into the rockabilly and vintage scene, quickly falling in love with the fashion, the music, and the amazing people that make up this vibrant community. Big dresses, big hair, big bling – what’s not to love, right?!
I created my brand, Bobby Trouble, a handmade jewellery and accessories label that I’ve devoted the last 5 years of my life to. Some of you might even know me from events such as Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival, Greazefest or Chromefest. I’ve met some wonderful people through Bobby Trouble, both clients and colleagues. Many of whom I am grateful to call my friends.
(photo credit: Edwina Richards - Renew Newcastle)
About a year ago I embarked on a venture with one such friend, Lesley of Lesley’s Little Shop. We created a collaborative brand called The Pinup Parlour and setup shop in Hunter Street Mall. After about a year of trading out of a friend’s shop we had the opportunity to move into The Emporium and create our very own shop space! Newcastle people will be familiar with what The Emporium is, but for those who aren’t The Emporium is a retail space through Renew Newcastle. A project that works with landlords of empty commercial space and local Creatives to activate empty space in the short-term allowing creative people a work and/or retail space and giving landlords surety that their investment is being looked after while they find the next commercial tenant. It’s a win-win situation in many ways and one we were excited to jump on board with!
(photo credit: Edwina Richards - Renew Newcastle)
The Emporium was a beautiful space for our shop. Located in the historical David Jones building at the entrance to Hunter Street Mall, we had great exposure and were in a great position to share our unique, limited edition creations with the locals. Alas, the building sold and the new landlords were not as understanding of the Renew Newcastle model as our former landlords had been. Within 3 months of moving The Pinup Parlour to The Emporium the whole retail operation was shut down. Needless to say, we were devastated but tried to focus on the positive and find a new location. The old adage “when one door closes, another one opens” was uttered several times! Never in a million years could I have guessed how very true this saying would become!
One night, while trawling the web for a new retail shopfront I allowed myself a short break to check my Facebook (you know, when you’re completely over what you’re doing and pretend you’ll just “quickly check” Facebook, to find yourself an hour later still flicking through your feed? Yeah, that!) Lo and behold, a post from Miskonduct Klothing – the icon of Newcastle vintage fashion – pops up in my feed. Emma is selling her business!! Whaaaaaaat?!!! Why? How? Hang on a minute. I’m looking for a shopfront for my vintage fashion business. This is perfect!!
I quickly contacted Emma and she told me she’d call the next day. Being a woman of her word, she did and we hit it off almost instantly. Emma needed to sell, but wanted her business baby to go to someone who would love it and nurture it as much as she had. I needed a home for my mini-business, and wanted to achieve similar outcomes to that which Emma had hoped for Miskonduct. Could the two possibly go hand in hand? Heck yeah they could!
Boring business bits happened, like things solicitors and accountants do for loads of money so you don’t have to do the boring business bits (money well spent, in my humble opinion!) and here we are, saying farewell to Emma and hello me!
Miskonduct Klothing is a fabulous brand that embraces vintage fashion for all shapes and sizes. Emma has curated a stunning collection of clothing suitable for special events to be worn by special women. I love what Emma has created and can guarantee that the service and selection you have come to expect from Miskonduct Klothing will stay.
We’re going to take everything you love about Miskonduct and turn it into an empire of awesome. Based on the foundations of vintage inspired fashion for every body that Emma has devoted seven years of her life to creating, Miskonduct Klothing is ready to jump to the next phase with more variety of styles available in store, a host of styling classes from winged eyeliner for beginners to advanced vintage hair styling, an improved online shopping experience and loads more face-to-face time at events around Australia – and that’s just in our first year!
With my handmade background and passion for unique and slightly quirky styling I plan on incorporating a whole new concept into the Miskonduct Klothing brand allowing you to shop for both special occasion and everyday wear, classic vintage styling and quirky post-modern pinup style. Whether it be a look Audrey Hepburn would love, or something Cherry Dollface would be right at home in you’ll find something to suit whatever mood you’re in (because let’s face it, when it comes to expressing your unique self through fashion it’s all about what you feel like wearing, isn’t it?)
Vintage-Inspired Style Post Modern Pinup
I hope sharing a bit of my story has given you some insight into what makes me tick. I look forward to getting to know you all either in store in our beautiful boutique on Newcastle’s historic Hunter Street, or as part of our vast online community – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and through our website blog. If you haven’t already, sign up to our email list or join us by clicking on the social media links. I’d love to hear from you, so please drop me a line any time, or just say hi & tell me what you love about Miskonduct in the comments below. Stay tuned for the next blog post in which I’m going to share with you my style icons and how they’ve influenced not only my fashion choices, but my lifestyle choices too.
‘til next time!
Vintage style of the 1940s and 50s is now appearing amongst our fashion of today and becoming more popular, thanks to celebrities and current fashion trends.
There was something very special about the way women presented themselves during the 1940's and 1950's. Women of those days were elegant, well presented and feminine. They had a very refined, put together look.
The accompanying style of ladies hair and makeup always matched their outfit. Well groomed perfection was achieved with porcelain skin, bright red lipstick, and strong arched, yet well defined eyebrows.
We can now re-create these looks. There are many books, information on the internet and also an abundance of Youtube tutorials, offering step by step instructions on how to do your own hair and make-up.
For the past 3 years MisKonduct Klothing has offered a styling service to their wonderful customers. Many hair and makeup workshops have been held to teach you the basics so you can recreate these styles for yourself at home.
Whether you wish to look the part with victory rolls and pincurls, or waves and hairflowers, we are here to help you. To perfect those perfect wings and of course that sultry red pout.
Classes are held on a Sunday afternoon and set into 2 parts, of course always with a glass of bubbles in hand (not me of course, thats not until afterwards). I like to take you through some basic hair styles helping you along the way. Showing you how you can easily achieve a basic pinup or vintage style for an everyday look.
After this we break for a bit, have some more bubbles and nibbles and lots of giggles, and the best part shopping! Who doesn't love to shop with their girlfriends. Especially when you have the boutique to yourself.
For the second part it is makeup. Here I shall take you through the basics of an everyday 40s makeup. Yes we even go through the tips for the dreaded winged eyeliner. Everyone is always worried about this part. But really, every single person always leaves with perfect wings, and that sexy red pout.
So whether you grab some girlfriends and come along have fun and giggles, leave looking spectacular then go out for dinner. Or come on your own, (we always look after you) you will be sure to leave having a fabulous time and making new friends with other like minded ladies.
For the rest of the year we have a few dates set aside ready for our next series of workshops.
The next one shall be held on the 23rd August at 2.30pm. More details shall be posted on both Miskonduct Klothing and Style by Divine facebook and Instagram pages in the coming days.
The other 2 shall be October 18th and December 6th (both to be confirmed).
If you have been thinking about doing one of our workshops, please get in contact. Places are limited and always fill fast. You can either contact me via this page on any of my contact details or email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the shop on 49613909.
We hope to see you soon! xxx
Brooches, a necessary accessory. Brooches are not worn as often today, but in the 1940s they were a necessary accessory for any outfit. Worn on a suit lapel, blouse or dress. Generally they were bright and colourful; this was of course to brighten up a dull drab outfit, as coloured fabric wasn’t as readily available then. Popular shapes were flowers or animals, and made of just about anything, such as plastics, Lucite or rhinestones for evening wear.
Literally anything that could be pinned on, was. I am fortunate enough to have been given originals, my mother’s that she wore in the 50s and even luckier to have my Nannas from the 30s. But I do have my fair share of quirky reproduction as well. These I wear on a daily basis, on scarves, blouses and have even pinned onto jumpers or my overalls. Occasionally I have pinned them into my hair.
Today brooches are starting to make a comeback, even in some of the mainstream shops. At MisKonduct we have a quite a large range to choose from. The vintage reproduction range is made from coloured rhinestones, they are quite popular and authentic looking as well.
Some of these are able to be doubled as hair clips or added to a chain for a necklace. The coloured crystals give them that true vintage feel, some of the brooches are almost an authentic replica of marcasite or aurora borealis There is also the quirky Erstwilder collection. These are very popular for all age groups.
They are fun and colourful and are lovingly designed in Australia. Made from a resin, hand assembled and hand painted. Inspiration is taken from the vintage, retro, rockabilly and pinup scenes. Some of the ranges are limited edition, making them a collector’s piece. At an average price of $30 they are a perfect added accessory or even gift idea.
Find our collection of brooches here ....> http://www.miskonduct.com/search?q=brooch