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One days notice. Evening out tomorrow is 50s themed. Help!

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EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 17:41:20

So how can I get a 50s look from my wardrobe / makeup? Don't have time to buy anything. Don't have the money either.

I have 2 dresses in mind. One is a 50s inspired summer dress, it's in the shape of a prom dress but it's quite casual. The colours are very summery and I think would look silly with tights, however bare legs would be rather cold. It comes up just above the knee

The other dress is red polka dot, below the knee, sort of puffed capped sleeves. It's nice but makes me look a bit frumpy I think. But better for this dreary weather.

I have long curly / wavy hair. Is there something simple I can do, 50s inspired?

Of course lots of eyeliner (which I do anyway).

I also have a pair of black gloves I wore to fancy dress last year.

Any ideas or comments?

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 18:06:28

Would bare legs be a madness? Or would black tights be wrong with a summer dress?

BillyBigchin Wed 20-May-15 18:13:31

Black tights would be so wrong. Can't you wear nude tights if you're really that cold?

I'd go for the prom style dress - just google 'easy 50s hair' or something, there is millions of great tutorials.

netty7070 Wed 20-May-15 18:16:26

Youtube is packed with tutorials for simple retro looks.

A high pony tail would look very 50s, or you could do sort of pleat/roll at the back and slightly quiffy front. Big earrings too.

nilbyname Wed 20-May-15 18:16:53

I would wear nude rights with the summery dress.

Or- you could go rolled up jeans, sneakers, white beat, plaid shirt worn open and your hair piled up with a knotted scarf? Much warmer!

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 18:20:03

I've never worn nude tights in my life. I imagine my legs would look like raw sausages. And don't imagine they'd provide much warmth? Could be wrong on both counts of course. Might just buy myself a pair to try.

I had a look at the hair tutorials earlier but they all look really complicated. Have to consider I'll be getting ready in my work bogs at 5 tomorrow, and I'll have less than half an hour before my train!

nilbyname Wed 20-May-15 18:20:05

Like this

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 18:21:53

Ooh! Jeans option, I didn't think of that, with the scarf! Great idea. Knew mums net would throw something in that I hadn't thought of. You lot never fail me!! Will have to dig out my jeans and try and squeeze into them

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 18:22:32

Oh my nod. I love the scarf look!

Elfontheedge Wed 20-May-15 18:22:35

You can do your hair in a really easy pomp style - vintageous on you tube has a tutorial that is great. I'll try to link for you.

Elfontheedge Wed 20-May-15 18:24:24

Super easy!

BillyBigchin Wed 20-May-15 18:26:37

Oh god Edward there are seriously thousands of vintage/retro tutorials! Loads are really hard (don't even look at the wet set ones) but so many are super easy.

I'd go for a high ponytail with a pomp at the front, red lipstick and winged eyeliner (if you can do it because I can't)

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 18:30:15

Have watched a bit of that link, thank you looks amazing and easy! But I can't properly look as I have a toddler here who wants to play doctors!

nilbyname Wed 20-May-15 18:35:22

Yay! Glad you like the jeans look! Have a great time grin

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 18:37:54

Just praying the jeans fit. It's been so long. Actually I'm not even sure if I have them still. confused

Will have a look when little one has gone to bed. Definitely will be adding a scarf to my head though. Great idea.

Allalonenow Wed 20-May-15 18:38:57

Turn the collar of your shirt up at the back with the "wings" out, push the sleeves up towards your elbows.
Bright red lipstick, large plain earrings, glittery hair slide at the side of your head, ballet flats, white or neon short socks.

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 18:44:40

The only shirt I own is a blue and white stripey 'office' type one, definitely not right for this look.

Think I'll text my work mate to see if she has anything she can lend me. Also will dig out what has been bagged away for years and see if I have anything

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 19:10:32


EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 19:11:26

Red polka dot

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 19:12:34

My jeans don't fit. Andy don't have a shirt.

Leggings wouldn't do instead of jeans, would they? If my mate could lend me a shirt

shadesofwinter Wed 20-May-15 19:20:47

I like the summer dress and the spotty skirt. Could you wear the skirt with top tucked in and a belt?

sassytheFIRST Wed 20-May-15 19:22:52

Go back to the dress butcwearcwith ankle socks?

sassytheFIRST Wed 20-May-15 19:23:32

(How has my phone substituted a c for the space bar there??)

soontobemumofthree Wed 20-May-15 19:31:44

red polka dot dress with any small scarf at neck.
back comb front of hair so you have a quiff, hold in with few hairpins and then wear loose with some curls at end of hair (if possible).
red lipstick

EdwardScissorhandsHair Wed 20-May-15 20:31:51

This is way too short!

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