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I have to look 'drop dead gorgeous' for a VERY fancy vintage-type thing a week today and I need help!

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IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Aug-11 01:32:58

I'm going with my sisters to a vintage afternoon at a posh hotel in London for one of their birthdays. It sounds fab and I'm excited - but the write up actually states the dress code as 'drop dead gorgeous or you will be sent home in disgrace'!

I do NOT have time to trawl the shops (got a DC's birthday party to plan before then!) and I don't know what to wear!

My usual style does usually have a nod to vintage/retro about it but I very rarely get to dress up and I have unbelievably boring hair to boot. I am tall and thin and pale (I basically look like a Mini Milk with boring hair).

Any ideas stylish ladies? (I might bump this in the morning if no-one's up!)

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 14-Aug-11 01:56:46

Do you know what period you're going for?

How much money have you got to throw at this?!

You mentioned hair - THIS PLACE is meant to be amazing, although pricey. But there are some great pics for inspiration!

You say thin - assume small of nork also?

rockinhippy Sun 14-Aug-11 02:09:40

our friends company here

She does stunning 40s/50s inspired dresses, that have built in support & will make anyone look like a glamour puss - lots of "slebs" buying her stuff ATM toowink

NotADudeExactly Sun 14-Aug-11 02:28:38

... and if the aforementioned hair link is too expensive: You can find some great and easy tutorials on YouTube. Some really easy 1940s/50s hair styles can be found on

msbunbury Sun 14-Aug-11 08:39:20

You could always wear a hat - some nice vintage type ensemble and a red lipstick = instant gorgeousness!!

tethersend Sun 14-Aug-11 13:50:37

What size are you?

What's your budget?

Which decade(s) do you like?

JennyPiccolo Sun 14-Aug-11 19:04:00

I think when it comes to posh vintage stuff, stay away from gimmicky 50s stuff, find a simple long dress and make it all about the hair and accessories.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Aug-11 19:21:01

Ooh, sorry, been weeding all day and only just came back!

Thanks for all the ideas, especially the hair ones. Might have to practise! Rockinhippy your friend's stuff is lovely.

I really like belted dresses and swooshy skirts so I guess I lean towards 50s - I don't know at what point it tips over into gimmicky though Jenny!
Most of the vintage-esque stuff I have is daywear, cotton dresses etc and I get the impression this is meant to be dressier!

Body shape wise, I do have norks, but they're not as norky as they used to be <sigh>. My waist is really low as I have a very long body, which I suppose is why I like belted dresses. Budget-wise, less than £100 for a dress is a must.

If I really can't find anything I could always wear my LBD which is lovely (and belted, of course!). How would you vintage up a LBD?

Thanks for the help so far!

tethersend Sun 14-Aug-11 20:11:34

What size are you?

How about:



Over budget



tethersend Sun 14-Aug-11 20:17:44

Phase eight

JackieNo Sun 14-Aug-11 20:18:55

I guess, if you wanted to vintage up a lbd (depending on the style of lbd), maybe a little hat with a veil and some gloves, stockings with seams, heels?

CMOTdibbler Sun 14-Aug-11 20:30:15

The Vivien of Holloway dresses are fab - theres a pic on my profile of me wearing a red one, and I felt fab even though my basic figure is not curvy it created some. I bought mine on ebay along with the petticoat.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Aug-11 21:15:46

CMOT you look amazing in that dress - are you accessorising it with a sling?

I am a size 10. Tethersend love the over budget one (of course!) and I like the pink one with the little jacket too. I'm not sure I'm brave enough for headgear!

CMOTdibbler Mon 15-Aug-11 10:03:10

Thank you King Thistle. Yes, the sling is the essential accessory doncha know ? The cast is red fibreglass too

IHeartKingThistle Mon 15-Aug-11 13:31:19

Where can I get one by Saturday though? grin

CMOTdibbler Mon 15-Aug-11 15:30:40

That is the tricky part of course ! Does your LBD have a full skirt ? In which case, you could order a swishy net petti off an ebay seller who does express delivery today, plus a pair of gloves and a 50's belt. Then with seamed stockings, bright red lippy, and an up do (maybe get a fresh flower corsage for extra va va voom), you'd be set

IHeartKingThistle Mon 15-Aug-11 18:33:47

That sounds lovely. It doesn't have a full skirt though, it's more of an Audrey Hepburn shape IYSWIM.

I had a lovely dress in my online basket earlier and someone bought it before I clicked checkout! angry

CMOTdibbler Mon 15-Aug-11 18:47:08

Audrey will work though - gloves, stockings, lippy and maybe pearls ? Sleek your hair into a low bun maybe

moonshine Mon 15-Aug-11 19:05:54

Yes, you can wear seamed stockings, bright red lippy and some block-heel shoes or mary janes. How about adding a large corsage or brooch or pearls and a fake fur stole a bit like this one?

TragicallyHip Mon 15-Aug-11 19:23:43

Just had a look at ASOS for you..

Dressy enough?

Prom Dress

Glam enough?

Love the shoulders on this but maybe not your style


MissMalprop Mon 15-Aug-11 20:39:00

How about some black gloves, get your hair put up by a hairdresser, wear a hat like this and finish off with some bright red lippysmile.

IHeartKingThistle Mon 15-Aug-11 20:53:03

Ooh I didn't know ASOS had a vintage bit! Just having a look now...

TragicallyHip Mon 15-Aug-11 21:43:18

Go look at Honey Go-Lightly..that's me smile I don't have any dressy items tho

TragicallyHip Mon 15-Aug-11 21:46:00

They have been doing Vintage for a while now, it's separate, under market place. I could buy so much there!

IHeartKingThistle Wed 17-Aug-11 00:27:57

OK I have had a moment of madness or genius and ordered a vintage dress online. Now I need to know what to wear with it!

Unfortunately when I bought it all the pics disappeared. I can't link to it so I'll have to describe it. It's 80s but the 50s revival period (!) and it's VERY pink -hot pink I think but lighter than fuschia - with a kind of gold lace top layer. Thin halter neck, tie waist with flower, full skirt. Really hope it fits. Really hope it's not hideous - that description sounds horrible but the pics looked lovely! It was in the sale at £20 anyway so I can always wear my backup!

I have some blush pink round toe T bar shoes that I am sure will do. But I have nothing that could go on top of said pink dress - any ideas? My first thought was a white cropped cardi but it would need to look dressy enough. Help - I only have till Sat!

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