Over the years music and fashion has changed but one thing that has never totally disappeared is our love and fascination for the 50’s and it’s lifestyle. Today, Miss Happ takes all these classic influences, mixes them & brings you a range of clothing for the girl with a desire to be an individual.
Miss Happ is a local, original, South African produced and designed clothing and accessory range. Find us at our retail store, Retrospective, 215 Long Street, Cape Town
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Miss Happ does Cardigan clips now
I love a cardigan. I have an entire shelf in my cupboard dedicated to them. Part jacket, part sweater — it’s kind of an all year staple for my wardrobe. But let’s face it: Cardigans can get a little mumsy...
This is when a little vintage inspired accessory known as the Sweater Clip comes in handy. You may have spotted your grandmother or your local librarian, or Glee guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (below), rocking these awesome little accessories and Miss Happ is lovin' them!
They fasten the two sides of your cardigan together, or each side of the collar of the sweater (or just below), and they’re a mix of a broach and a necklace and are great! The sweater clip holds also holds your unbuttoned sweater in place when worn loose on the shoulders in the classic 50's style.
Trust me, they’re a great way to chic up your sweaters and a fab way to accessorize, and now Miss Happ is doing them too!
I have started off with 3 basic little styles - mine are in the more Rockabilly style where I have used cherries, swallows and a little cute skull as the detail.
check them out on my LOCAL (South African) online store, go to:
I get asked this often. "So what is this that you are doing?", "Why skulls?", "What's with the tattoos?"..so here goes..these are purely my views...in a nutshell :)
Rockabilly has it true roots in the rock n’ roll culture of the 50’s, but today girls and guys around the world have taken it to a new level. The look is edgy with strong tattoo influences and is very visible within the alternative community. Many a Rockabilly guy and girl is tattooed which only highlights their need to be an individual - it's a way to stand out from the crowd and is very reminiscent of the rebellious attitudes of icons from the era such as James Dean, Elvis Prestly and the notorious Bettie Page amoung others..
In South Africa we are seeing the subculture slowly gaining popularity and awareness amongst the younger 20 – 30 something’s, and for many it’s a natural progression from other small, niche subcultures such as Goth or punk. For the modern rockabilly guys and gals, …
Although the lines are not definite , there are a few little details to take note of here when looking at the pinup style....
The Pin Up style tends to be slightly more feminine when compared to the rockabilly style. This look is more vintage inspired with looks being very closely modeled on styles (mainly) from the 40’s and 50’s. For the Pin up style girls often revert back to vintage patterns to produce garments that are known as “vintage reproductions” circa 1950 as in our Miss Happ Vintage Dress (below), which was on original Vogue pattern from 1954.