How to Achieve the Perfect 1950s Red Lip August 26 2014

As any vintage fashion follower knows, the red lip was a staple to most 1950s starlets’ looks. It appeared that everyone who was anyone was flaunting the scarlet lip. Thus, we are here to help you recreate the perfect red lip to ensure that your makeup is as authentic as the rest of your 1950s ensemble.

Step 1: Prepare Your Pout

First off you will need a silky canvas which is pre-prepared and ready to be painted. To achieve smooth lips you may need to get rid of excess dead skin. One of the best ways to do this is to use a gentle exfoliator. You can make a homemade exfoliator with the contents of your kitchen cupboard - mix together a couple of teaspoons of sugar with some honey (enough to make a paste) and then rub into your lips. Depending on the surface of your lips, you may want to choose granulated sugar for a little spruce up or brown sugar (which has larger crystals) to get dry lips into better condition. Rinse after a couple of minutes of gentle massaging.



Step 2: The Hollywood Smile

This is an optional step for those of you who wish to have an absolutely flawless smile. Even though red lipstick makes your teeth appear whiter, you may want to use a whitening toothpaste before embracing the scarlet smile. When one wears a striking red lipstick, it draws attention to the mouth and consequently the teeth, so if you want to achieve a sparkling white smile, use a whitening toothpaste of your choice beforehand to feel super confident and ready for your close-up.



Step 3: Face First 

Make sure to finish applying makeup to the rest of your face first before starting on your lips. The reason? It is quite a challenge to apply eyeliner with precision or a base layer of foundation without smudging a freshly-applied lipstick - trust us, we speak from experience! Plus no matter how hard you try, once smudged, red lipstick is quite a devil to remove from the face without removing other pre-applied makeup and you may have to start all over again.

Step 4: Banish the Bleed

To ensure your chosen lipstick doesn’t bleed out from your lips and create an unsightly smudge around your mouth, use a lipliner to create a barrier. We recommend using one in a slightly darker shade than your chosen lipstick to really make your lips stand out and accentuate certain features such as your angelic Cupid’s bow.

Step 5: Pick the Perfect Shade

For a super authentic 1950s starlet shade, choose a pillar box red. We’re talking a no holds barred, loud and proud, scene-stealing scarlet red. Think ‘Stop’ signs or Coca-Cola red for true vintage Hollywood glitz. 


Step 6: Apply

Once you have found your perfect shade, apply your lipstick from the middle of the lip. Press your lips together gently. To eradicate lipstick stains on your teeth, place your index finger into your mouth as if it were a straw. Carefully remove and you will find that your finger is coated in a ring of excess lipstick which may have ended up on your pearly whites!

Step 7: Sustain

To ensure your pout lasts, use a lipstick sealer such as Lipcote. Lipstick sealers are magic vials of liquid that when applied directly on top of your lipstick, create a protective layer that makes your color stay put. Blot your lips on a tissue, apply your sealer and keep your lips slightly open until it has dried. Et voilà! Your 1950s lip is completed. Now choose your favorite Whispering Ivy dress to accompany your glamorous new look!


Top 3 Modern Siren Style Steals August 12 2014

  1. Katy Perry’s polka dot dress vs Whispering Ivy’s polka dot frock

Katy Perry is seen here in a photo shoot for Glamour magazine in a pretty pink polka dot dress. Our spotty spearmint green gown is the perfect choice to replicate Katy’s style - it is super glamorous and sophisticated. Added extras include a halter-neck tie which gives you more freedom to move about and a beautiful bow detail on the reverse to create a flattering shape. Now all you need to do is copy Katy’s accessory choice; a dashing young gentleman to accompany you to your party - however we do suggest he wear a shirt!


  1. Taylor Swift’s mustard yellow flowery frock vs Whispering Ivy’s burnt orange bloom dress

Taylor Swift is pictured here in an elegant yellow and cream dress with matching cardigan. Copy her citrus color palette and pattern with our feminine and floral burnt orange dress. Both garments have a comfortable and stylish A-line skirt, however ours has a gorgeous sweetheart neckline with wide straps so that the wearer will feel super girly yet supported. The length of our dreamy orange dress is a little longer than Taylor’s which means it’s perfect to wear from morning to night.



  1. Sienna Miller’s flower power dress vs Whispering Ivy’s poppy galore gown

Sienna Miller looks lovely in this 1950s style, girly, garden-inspired dress. Whispering Ivy has a similar ensemble including a very close color scheme of reds, greens, blues and yellows on a white background. The dresses also share a flattering nipped in waist and an A-line knee-length skirt which make the wearer feel a million dollars and also give a fantastic feel of the decade. Our Audrey dress has an added bonus of a subtle Peter Pan collar to give this dress a really cute edge.


Welcome to the Whispering Ivy blog April 29 2014

Are you bored of the same modern styles found on the high street and across many online stores? Do you want to stand out from the crowd?

Join other like-minded women all over the world who are wearing Whispering Ivy and embrace your inner vintage vixen.

We are a vintage wholesale and online store specializing in 1950s dresses with a twist. Our designs mix the hottest vintage trends, with modern materials and add in a sprinkle of retro glamour so you will always be one step ahead of the vintage fashion crowd.

Whispering Ivy takes inspiration from pinups of bygone eras - we look back to the iconic starlets of the 1950s such as blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe; the epitome of elegance Elizabeth Taylor and elfin darling Audrey Hepburn.

Our dresses ooze sophistication with Peter Pan collars, pleats and pencil skirts aplenty so you will never be lost for styles to encompass ladylike chic. With sizes ranging from Small to XL and a range of styles to suit every shape, we pride ourselves in creating flattering dresses to suit all figure types.

Love florals? Then you will adore our latest range. Our dresses come in a spectrum of colors from burnt orange to pale turquoise and all shades in between. Choose an A-line dress with delicate pink and yellow tea roses spotting a monochrome gingham fabric, with a charming white bow trim for a romantic picnic. For an evening dinner with friends, why not wear a square-necked pencil skirt dress adorned with blooms bursting in shades of purple, blue and amber and finished off with a modest, triangle cut-out which draws emphasis to the décolletage?

No matter what the occasion, there is a Whispering Ivy dress to suit all events. With necklines ranging from square, to sweetheart, to plunging; daring keyhole cut-outs and above-the-knee to mid-calf length skirts, there is a Whispering Ivy design for work attire, daywear and all of life’s celebrations.

Pop over to our online store to choose your favorite Whispering Ivy design.