I love rockabilly fashion, but I especially love plus size rockabilly fashion. Nothing makes me feel more babely than putting together a look inspired by my favorite pinup models or the Pink Ladies. The rockabilly look is a mix of classic, quirky, and downright sexy that I simply can't resist. (Plus, any excuse to put a flower in my hair is a good one!)
For a long time, however, I was way too intimidated by the idea of trying to dress my size 22 frame in anything that remotely resembled pinup. Thankfully, through experience, I've found there's actually nothing to be afraid of. In fact, Tess Holliday began as a pinup and rockabilly model. So, if you need some inspiration, give her past photo shoots and videos a look. And if you think that rockabilly/pinup inspired clothing is only made for straight-size girls, I am so thrilled to tell you're wrong! Plenty of plus size brands make gorgeous vintage inspired clothing that fits into the rockabilly style and will make you feel like a million bucks.
Don't know where to start? Check out these 11 adorable pieces (which I will for sure be adding to my closet) that will land you in a malt shop with a greaser in no time.
Image: Georgina Horne/Claire Seville Photography
Rockabilly Sailor Anchor Skirt
It’s really hard to write about rockabilly clothing without using anchor puns. In any case, I’m in love with this skirt: hook, line, and sinker.
Rockabilly Sailor Anchor Skirt, $44, torrid.com
Anchor Polka Dot Swing Dress
This understated anchor pattern dress can easily cross the boundary between office and on the town. Pair it with a floppy hat for an instantly vintage look.
Anchor Polka Dot Swing Dress, $55, torrid.com
Pineapple Party Dress
Pineapples are sassy, and so are you. Rock the universal symbol of welcoming (and luaus) with this fun halter dress.
Pineapple Party Dress, $65, dominodollhouse.com
Sea Sparkle '50s Dress
I envision wearing this daydream of a dress during a nice long walk on the beach with my dog. I can almost hear the waves all the way from my studio apartment…
Sea Sparkle ’50s Dress, $75, dominodollhouse.com
Dolly Top In Black
Va-va-voom! While best reserved for a night on the town with your sweetie and not the office, this black and white striped top is simply to die for. Who said curvy girls can’t rock horizontal stripes?
Dolly Top in Black, $30, dominodollhouse.com
With A Bow On Top Dress
Classic and cute, this little red number can easily transition into work wear with the addition of a solid cardigan.
With a Bow On Top? Dress, $80, modcloth.com
Blueberry Buckle Dress
I have a pretty deep-seated fear of polka dots, but this dress is way too cute to pass up. The white and blue motif, accented with a red flower in your hair, is perfect for that 4th of July barbecue you still haven’t RSVP’ed to.
Blueberry Buckle Dress, $90, modcloth.com
Stay By My Seaside Skirt
This skirt is perfect for staring at the ocean longingly while waiting for your beau to return… or to just look really cute at the supermarket.
Stay By My Seaside Skirt, $60, modcloth.com
The Schooner The Better Top
Nothing says “pinup” quite like a nautical theme. Heavily inspired by the military, classic pinup models were frequently drawn in sailor suits as a tribute to the Navy.
The Schooner The Better Top, $50, modcloth.com
Blast Of Botanical Dress
I’m a sucker for florals. Get your ’50s housewife look on with this fresh breath of spring.
Blast of Botanical Dress, $75, modcloth.com
Sugar, Spice, And Everything Enticing Dress
Sugar, Spice, and Everything Enticing Dress, $90, modcloth.com