They wear garter belts and lace catsuits, carry guns and drag languidly on cigarettes. They make for sexy detectives or intriguing corpses…

If it seems strange to want to take style inspiration from women who never really existed – but rather were drawn to life by some overachieving imagination – then just consider that we’re all, more often than not, reaching to recreate some fantasy or ideal. Like Vargas’ pinups, those beauties drawn with beyond-perfect proportions, illustrious bed-hair, and draping silk dresses appeal because they’re what any woman might want to be.

In the realm of pulp fiction, it’s the distressed damsals and fiery femme fatales who generally make it to the cover. With their waists as tiny as their chests are full, these book cover babes – with their ’40s glamour waves or ’60s sex kitten bouffants – offer up fun inspiration for retro dressing on any day of the week.

vintage pulp fiction book cover babes

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Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes
Retro pulp book babes

Did we mention that the book titles and taglines are also pretty entertaining?

At the gallery: 10 pulp fiction book cover babes with style.

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