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Can you suggest ways I can do 1950s style for a hen do on zero budget?
Ballet flats, a scarf in hair and a skinny belt would be perfect accessories for the look. Capri pants are quite 'in' at the minute as well so if you can't borrow any, you should be able to pick some up cheaply. Failing that, a tight pair of skinnies rolled up above the ankle would be a good substitute. A cropped cardi would also work with it. It sounds like this look might suit your figure a bit more than a dress tbh
Have you got another pair of trousers that you could take up/ in to turn them into capri pants? Shoes wise you could try rocking brogues or plimsolls with bobby socks. Gingham shirt tied at the waist or a twinset. Lots of black mascara and eyeliner and red lippy.
Have you tried a charity shop for things you can adapt?
You can do a 50s look with a pair or 3/4 length black leggings instead of Capri pants, a vest or tight t-shirt, and a little cardigan. Tie a scarf around your neck, knotted at the side (try watching clips of the movie "Grease" on YouTube for inspiration).
If you want to wear a dress and don't like the full-skirted look, the other big 50s style was the wiggle dress. This type of thing https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=1950s+wiggle+dress&client=safari&hl=en-gb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=_P-IUYneB4KUOLT5gaAO&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=672
Or just whack on a black dress and say that you're paying homage to Audrey Hepburn ;)
I second Mrs McEnroe... For my sisters hen I went as Sandy, my only real expense was a wig (which you wouldn't need). I wore 3/4 length black leggings, an old pair of red heels, cheap flashy belt from H&M, black top.. job done
i love 50's style and wear it nearly every day.get skinny jeans,a 3/4 sleeve cardigan,skinny belt and bandana.you could get this stuff from primark or charity shop for pennies. yes where is your shop mrsmacenroe? i love vintage shopping!
I did a 1950s fashion show last week so feel free to PM me! same thing if you'd like details of my shop - not allowed to advertise on here! (Although I think my location may be on my profile page ....)