10 awesome pulp fiction book cover babes: vintage inspiration

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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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.