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!)
... 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 www.youtube.com/user/elegantlyamused
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?
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.
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
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!