Dita Von Teese is the real deal: she is a modern pinup and she lives like one. Like the most famous Hollywood divas, she’s always looking on point. You will never see her wearing yoga pants or a jumper, because she wears high heels and pencil skirts even to the supermarket (we’re joking, she doesn’t go to the supermarket, she’s a diva!). As a teenager her idols were Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth, so she grew up with a certain kind of style icons and we can all see the effects on her looks today. Dita ended up being the style icon for lady-like qualities: she’s feminine, smart, beautiful and sensual. She’s never tasteless, think about the way she performs in her burlesque shows or the way she dresses, always put together and seductive not too little, not too much, just right.
If you want to dress like Dita Von Teese we bet you’ll need quite some time, appropriate clothes and some serious makeup skills. We think that these tutorials could get you started: 1950 Pinup Makeup Tutorial – Victory Rolls Tutorial – Cat Eye Makeup.
How to Dress like Dita Von Teese
There are some basic garments that you should have in your wardrobe if you want to channel your inner Dita: they’re obviously 40s and 50s inspired garments, so get your vintage on and let’s go!
1. Pencil skirts. Dita loves her good ol’ pencil skirt. The pencil skirt was introduced in the 40s but it’s a typical 50s shape. It’s usually worn in a suit but it can be worn in mixed outfits, too. ” It’s like wearing high heels: there’s a ladylike discipline involved with wearing high heels or a corset…or pencil skirts.” this is what Dita thinks about tight-fitting clothes, it’s all about discipline.
Black Stretchy Pencil Skirt
2. Corsets. You need a lot of these: Dita is also a burlesque performer so if you want to look a tiny bit like her you’ll need some steel boning. Waist cinchers, brocade corsets, lace and trims: the possibilities are endless here! Dita loves them so much that she gets all of her corsets custom-made by none other than Mr Pearl himself, THE corset maker and the most famous man wearing corsets today (he has a 18 inches waist).
Brocade Pink Corset Garter
3. High heels. This is absolutely mandatory, Dita never wears anything under 4″ (unless she’s at home). She loves peep toe shoes, platform pumps and sling backs. This is what we mean in her own words: “But I’m not the girl who changes into flats because my feet are tired at the end of the night. I go the distance. I go all the way.” Got it?
Ginger Red High Heels
4. Classy lingerie. You’ve probably seen more of Dita’s lingerie than clothes so you know that she loves classy, lacey and sexy lingerie. She loves high waists, garters and stockings. She has a huge love for vintage, coming from her teenage years when she couldn’t afford the designer clothes she craved, so she started shopping in vintage shops. Because of that, you will almost never see her in modern lingerie, but she will always rock some 40s and 50s styles. If it’s not vintage than it will be extremely glamour, like she says: “I advocate glamour. Everyday. Every minute”.
Lace Red Nighty
Psst, don’t tell anyone but this is what Dita declared in an interview with Company UK: “My dressed-down look is usually simple ballet flats and usually I wear a lot of my vintage clothes during the day, like a full-skirted dress or Capri pants with a simple blouse, I like to be comfortable. Dresses with full skirts alway feel very comfortable to me with a ballet flat.” It looks like divas need some rest, too.
To conclude, Dita is not only beautiful and very clever as her own stylist; she’s also smart and you should follow her advice to never point out your flaws, because “people don’t notice the things we see in ourselves that we hate, so why direct them to it?”.
Complete the Look
Now that you have all the weapons you need in your wardrobe, you need the right hairstyle to complete the look. In this video you will learn how to style your hair like Dita Von Teese, when she wears it down (but looking perfectly put together). You will need some simple tools: a brush, hair clips, a volumizing spray, a curling iron and 5 minutes to watch the video below.