Being the normal gals that we are, we can't always afford to always buy repro and vintage. I mean, who can? That's where our Great British High Street comes in to play. Yes, dotted between those charity shops we frequent lie retail stores galore, putting out products that appeal to vintage and modern minds alike. Here's a top 10 list of our favourites, in no particular order.
The infamous budget clothing store never fails to surprise us with it's selection. Amidst a sea of tackiness and novelty pyjamas, there are hidden gems to be found. With bardot tops starting from £3 and midi skirts galore, you could probably deck yourself out in a vintage-style ensemble for under a tenner. Bonkers! And let's not forget their gorgeous shoes, ankle straps, t bars and chunky heels. You're bound to find something you love, for a price you love too!
2. New Look
Us pinups are the luckiest girls in the world at the moment, now bardot tops are so on trend. You'll find loads in New Look, along with wiggle dresses of the same cut. Look out for their wrap tops at the moment too, for a cheaper alternative to Vivien of Holloway. The high street retailer are also great for their pinup-esque hosiery, as well. Keep an eye out for their seamed hold ups, £3 a pop in the sale!
Ever the shop for being ahead of the trends, Topshop do vintage with a quirky twist just right. From their jeans to their lingerie, there is always something there for the modern pinup. They are totally the ones to watch for sweet crop tops this summer.
4. Ann Summers
Saucy! The kinky lingerie and sex toy shop's stockings rival the best. Look out for their buy one get one half prices deals in store and online. While you're there, take a peek at their floaty babydolls and negliees for a sultry boudoir look.
Not the first place you would think of, but grab one of their cheap fluffy jumpers teamed with a bullet bra for a 1950s sweater girl look.
Did we not all transition from wearing solely H&M 'divided' and showing it off on our myspace pages before we were pinups? Head back to your old favourite shop and grab some of their scoop neck tees. But here's the deal-wear them BACKWARDS to create a classy slash neck look, with a scoop back! Genius!
7. Dorothy Perkins
Dotty P's love a good midi skirt, and were even kind enough to pop a couple in to their basic range! Team with a pair of their killer colour pop stilettos and your backwards H&M tee for an Audrey Hepburn inspired look.
Look no further for pencil skirts, because Matalan have your butt covered (literally!). They are also fab for retro style swimming cozzies. They are also worth a mention for their midi skirts and dresses.
You knew it would be on here! Not only do they supply us with a few of our favourite fluffy jumpers and bikinis, but we would be no where without their gorgeous pinup girl inspired bedding and homeware! Grab a packet of crisps and a sarnie while you're there!
10. TK Maxx
If you have the patience to rummage through this shop-come-jumble-sale, we assure you, you'll find some gooduns. TK have been known to stock BB favourite footwear brands B.A.I.T, Irregular Choice and Mel, fantastic hosiery brands such as Wolford and Falke, Maidenform and Marilyn Monroe shapewear, and cute retro inspired homeware and baking accessories. BB Sophie even found Agent Provocateur perfume there over Christmas! It may take you a day, but you'll get there!
We hope this has helped you in your quest for cheap an cheerful essentials! Go forth and shop, pinup babes.