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How to Dress in Feminine 50s Style for a Late Summer Garden Wedding

50s garden party

50s garden party

Contemporary brides are increasingly being enticed by the late summer garden as a preferred venue for their special day. Emerald lawns, balmy breezes and classic blossoms create a dreamy sense of nostalgia and romance, the perfect setting for unapologetic feminine style if ever there was one. The fashions of the 1950s and early 60s, celebrated the glory of femininity and vintage dresses from that time offer an ideal choice for the alternative bride or her guests who are looking for a pretty, yet less formal look.

Swaying skirts and nipped in waists… lovely florals, exquisite details and pretty prints, all designed to make a woman feel her most beautiful. Today’s vintage market provides an array of captivating choices and a reputable vintage dealer should be able to make suitable suggestions and will help you with sizing and fit. They might advise you on the subject of appropriate undergarments. Dresses from the 50s and early 60s are made to show off the figure and can look even better with the help of good foundation garments. A petticoat is not necessary but it will create a lovely flair to the skirt, again, a seasoned dealer will help you to pick the best one for the cut of your dress.

Once you have found your perfect frock the right accessories will add polish and even a bit of fun to your look. Comely shoes are a must and so is the perfect little handbag. For shoes you can choose to highlight a matching color from the dress or stick with the basics like white, bone or black. When in doubt,  patent leather is a time honored, summer choice which can be worn with virtually any dress. You will want to coordinate a smart little vintage purse or clutch and for those of you who prefer bold you might even consider a summery straw  tote or shoulder bag. No need to match shoes to bag, unless of course, that is your preference.

Jewelry, hats and even scarves can add further signature to your look. If you are wearing a sleeveless dress, with open décolleté, then you might consider tying a long chiffon scarf around your throat and letting it drape down the back. Infuse a touch of sparkle to your ensemble with a pair of vintage crystal cluster clips or a dash of innocence with a delicate ear drop and you can never go wrong with pearls. Little lacey gloves, vintage sunglasses, a wide brim hat, a silk rose tucked behind the ear…so many different ways to tie in your own sense of expression. One final touch… for all of you sentimental romantics, tuck a dainty vintage hanky in your bag, to have at ready during the ceremony

So…in this day of casual attire…boho tops and jeans, t-shirts and shorts, capris, hoodies, flip flops… as opportunity to get ones girly-girl on keeps dwindling, it’s comforting to know that a grand exception remains. We will always have weddings, especially those lovely summer garden weddings where a woman can dress-up to her hearts content.

Below are some feminine 50s outfits put together for your summer garden wedding inspiration.

50s pointellist print sundress

50s pointellist print sundress

1950s pointellist print dress, 34 bust/26 waist,  ivory Mary Jane pumps, summery vintage shoulder bag and  dainty flower earrings.

1950s floral print Jerry Gilden dress

1950s floral print Jerry Gilden dress

1950s Jerry Gilden Dress, 36 bust 28 waist,  with dainty floral print, navy patent heels, vintage navy mesh purse and blue bead cluster clip earrings

1950s floral chiffon cape collar party dress

1950s floral chiffon cape collar party dress

1950s floral chiffon dress, 42 bust 33 waist,  with gathered shawl collar and open décolleté, little lace gloves, white Mary Jane pumps and aurora borealis cluster clip earrings.

Classic Dame brand 50s style apple green halter dress

Classic Dame brand 50s style apple green halter dress

 Classic Dame brand 50s style apple green cotton sateen halter dress ,  green rosette earrlngs, black cinch belt,  black  mesh clutch and black satin d’orsay pumps. The black accents lend an air of sophistication that would work beautifully for an early evening garden wedding. Dress available in sizes Small-XLarge

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Midnight Lace- The way to wow at your next special event

You need an outfit for an upcoming formal affair.

The mission~ Find something classy that exudes sex appeal in an understated, yet tantalizing way. Like something  Marilyn Monroe or Rita Hayworth would wear back in the day.  You want to show off your womanly figure, but not in a Kardashian kind of way, if you know what I mean. And you want to dazzle every male at the event!

Also, has to be easy on the wallet!

The solution~The gown below. Because you can’t go wrong with what I call the “Midnight Lace” classic glamour look.  The combination of black lace and a curve hugging silhouette evokes images of femininity, lingerie, the boudoir, everything that gets a man’s neurons firing at the speed of light.  Yet this evening dress does not  have a high slit that barely covers, nor is it cut too low at the neckline, which leaves plenty to the imagination. And if there is one thing that piques a guy’s interest it’s bit of mystery.

Just think about it, they’re born problem solvers.  After gazing at you in your devastatingly demure dress, they’ll be trying to figure out all night how to make the proper approach, all the while fantasizing about the treasure that lies beneath!  A technique burlesque dancers refer to  as “The Art of the Tease.”  Show just enough to make them want to see more. And it has worked for ions.

Curve hugging midnight lace over teal jersey evening gown

Curve hugging midnight lace over teal jersey evening gown

The gown has flattering ruching down the front, a pretty scalloped lace neckline that dips to a provocative V in back, hugs your curves to the lower thigh, then flares out beautifully below.  It has a seriously sensuous drape because of the jersey fabric beneath. As you saunter across the room (you should practice your sauntering before the party), the fabric undulating hypnotically as you walk is sure to have a mesmerizing effect!

1 Lace gown   $110.00  2. Gloves $28.99  3. Evening Bag $24.99 4. Heels  54.95  5. Earrings $10.99 6.Bracelet 29.99

But to really pull off a seductive classic glamour look, you also need the right accessories,  makeup and hair.  The proper heels,  long satin evening gloves,  glitzy vintage inspired rhinestone jewelry, red lipstick and wavy or curled hair  parted to the side will complete your tantalizing vintage look.

Marilyn in Black lace over red dress

Marilyn in Black lace over red dress

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Rita Hayworth publicity photo

Rita Hayworth publicity photo

 

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Top Ten Tips for your First Pin up Photo Session

Amanda Lee pin up model poses for Blue Velvet Vintage shoot. Photography by Doug Monce of  Atomic Age Pictures

Amanda Lee pin up model poses for Blue Velvet Vintage shoot. Photography by Doug Monce of Atomic Age Pictures

At Blue Velvet Vintage we often utilize photographers, models, makeup and hair stylists for our vintage style web images and advertisitng. And a while ago I also did a post about my very first pinup shoot and how, after my initial self consciousness, I was able to relax and have fun.  Because of my own  experience with this personally, and in business, I thought I’d offer up my Top Ten Tips for your First Pinup Shoot to help anyone considering this fun way to have a day of pampering and end up with fabulous photos of yourself as well!  There’s no doubt that part of what can make the experience less stressful is being well prepared.   Following these tips will definitely help things go more smoothly on the day of your shoot.

1. Research
Before you call and make an appointment, start looking for inspiring images in books, magazines and online.  Whether it’s classic movie stars or famous  pin up and burlesque beauties of the past,  this research will help you narrow down your choices and give you some great ideas for hair, makeup and wardrobe.

2. Communicate
When you do book your appointment it’s a good idea to let your photographer know what sort of theme you are envisioning for your shoot, i.e. Old Hollywood Glamour, sexy 50s housewife, 1920s vamp,  40s swimsuit pinup a la Betty Grable, etc.  Send her any digital images you’ve saved so she’ll know what look you’re going for. Also, whether you want to shoot outdoors or indoors.  That way she can make suggestions about backgrounds, props and best time of day for lighting,  if shooting outside. Also, ask if they provide wardrobe and/or accessories. But most studios will also let you bring your own outfit.

Most of the time hair and makeup, and sometimes a stylist,  is included in the price, but ask just to be sure.

3.Practice
Once you’ve done your research, start trying out poses and facial expressions in your mirror at home.  Practice  the ones you like best repeatedly until you feel comfortable with them. You can even try and enlist a friend to take some quick shots to see how you look.  It’s tough to try and just wing it when you get there. Though a good photographer can direct you, it always makes things easier if you already got a few poses down pat.

4.Under Garments
If you are bringing your own clothing, make sure to try on your outfit with all the appropriate undergarments, including shapewear, to make sure everything will look the way you want it to!  If the studio is providing your wardrobe, ask the stylist or photographer what type of underwear or support garments you should bring.

5.Hair
Don’t wash your hair for at least a day or two before. Believe it or not , freshly washed hair is harder to style.

6.Legs
Unless stockings are already part of your outfit,  you may want to bring very sheer to waist pantyhose if you don’t have flawless skin on your legs.  If you have any spider veins, bruises, etc, the sheer hosiery will help cover them up and there will be less photo editing required post shoot. And whatever you do, don’t get a spray tan thinking they’ll cover up imperfections. That orange tinged look does not translate well with a vintage glamour look.

7.Skin
Make sure to drink plenty of water and moisturize after every shower. You want your skin to look as glowing as possible. And be sure to show up with a completely bare face so the makeup artist has a clean canvas to work with.

8.Hands and Feet
Get a manicure and pedicure a day or two before your session.  For an authentic vintage look red is the classic color of choice.  Your feet should look buffed and beautiful,  especially if your shots include showing them off!

9. Rest
Get plenty of sleep.  Go to bed early night before so you’ll look rested.  A late night that includes lots of partying will prevent you from looking your best and will make it more challenging for the makeup person who will have to cover up those dark circles under your eyes!

10. Relax
And last, but not least-It’s easy to feel pressured because a photo shoot is an investment and you want everything to be perfect. So if you’re feeling super anxious or self conscious try deep yoga breathing or even have a glass of wine if you need to loosen up a bit. Just remember, it’s supposed to be fun!

 

Any helpful tips to add?  Let me know!

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Get the Look!-Downton Abbey Dresses for the Bride and her Guests

Summer is the perfect time to plan an outdoor Downton Abbey themed wedding, engagement party or bridal shower. The styles on the show portray the gentility of aristocratic ladies from the turn of the century into the 1920s.There is a definite aura surrounding these fashions, exuding that romantic, ladylike look of a bygone era.

You can certainly picture a bride and her guests strolling about on the lawn of a great estate or having high tea in a beautiful manicured garden while wearing these elegant dresses.

Whether you love the fashions from earlier seasons, which were Edwardian, or the more recent 1920s silhouettes, these styles are very appropriate for an outdoor affair with a classy Downton Abbey inspired high society theme.

Downton Abbey Edwardian fashion

Downton Abbey Edwardian fashion

Image source PBS

 

Downton Abbey 20s fashions

Downton Abbey 20s fashions

Below are styles we offer in Edwardian and 1920s looks.  Embroidered laces,  tulle and chiffon that are light and flowing, sure to keep you looking graceful and refined, no
matter how steamy it gets!

For more info on the dress below, go here!

Ivory embroidered tulle dress

Ivory embroidered tulle dress

Find these dresses here and here!

Downton Abbey inspired dresses

Downton Abbey inspired dresses available at Blue Velvet Vintage

Find this ivory and beige embroidered tulle dress here!

Ivory anf beige embroidered tulle 20s style dress

Ivory anf beige embroidered tulle 20s style dress

This ivory Edwardian style empire dress can be found here!

Ivory embroidered tulle Edwardian empire dress

Ivory embroidered tulle Edwardian empire dress

 

Of course, you need the right accessories to complete this early twentieth century look. Pair with parasols, white lace gloves, strands of pearls, t-strap heels and  cloche or wide brimmed straw hats festooned with flowers or bows and you’ll be styling in dreamy Downton Abbey fashion.

 

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Pajamas to the Beach? Ladies in the 1930s did it in style!

That’s right!  According to Voguepedia  beach pajamas were introduced by Coco Chanel in 1922.  Starting out as wide legged trousers for ladies to wear while yachting,  they made a natural transition to resort wear for shoreside or cruises.  These beach outfits consisted of jumpsuits or full pants worn with short sleeved or halter tops, accompanied at times by a bolero or jacket. Women wore these over swimwear for strolling the promenade or boardwalk

At first only the most affluent women wore them to the beaches of the Riviera on holiday. But by the 1930s the style became more widespread.   Women in the United States eagerly adopted the trend after seeing their favorite screen stars wearing them on film. The style was revived in the 60s and 70s in what most of us would remember as “palazzo” pants.

This is a look I am totally smitten with and would love to get my hands on an original set of 30s beach pajamas. But they’re quite rare, so it’s literally like finding a needle in a haystack!  It’s a look that is both casual and very glamorous.  Nowadays they would be appropriate to wear most anywhere.   So if I can find some really fabulous rayon print fabric, perhaps I can have some custom made for me.  They are perfect for Florida. So the search is on!

 

Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas

Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas

 

Below two photos via Giant Pants of the 30s on Tumblr

 

Actress Ann Sothern wearing fabulous wide legged “pajama” pants

and halter top.

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit

 

Oftentimes the pants were so full they almost looked like a long skirt.
This striped jumpsuit with the wide belt and striped edge hat is the epitome of classy, summer chic!!

 

Beach pajamas 1932

Beach pajamas 1932

Below photos via La Mode Pyjama

1930s Fashionable ladies  strutting their stuff on the Riviera.

Women in beach pajamas Cote D'Azure

Women in beach pajamas Cote D’Azur

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

This star studded beauty is my favorite!

1930s star print beach pajamas

1930s star print beach pajamas

 

So what do you think? Would you wear this style?

Have a glamorous day!

 

 

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Dressing for 1920s Gatsby Themed Prom Night

Not only are vintage themed weddings a growing trend, but vintage themed proms are  becoming very popular as well!  How fun for young ladies to dress up in a glamorous Old Hollywood Style for prom night.   It really does my little vintage loving heart good to see this, rather than some of the more “modern” prom fashions that leave so little to the imagination!  And our customer Jenny Pless Houser was kind enough to send us photos of her daughter Katelynn in the vintage inspired evening gown she purchased from us for her Gatsby Themed prom.    Check out how beautiful  and classy she looks!

katelynn houser Gatsby Themed Prom

Katelynn and handsome friend decked out for their Gatsby Themed Prom

When you love old school glamour and have an online vintage style special occasion wear  business, you can’t help but wonder where all the dresses being shipped out are being worn, what special events and celebrations will our dresses make an appearance,  how the customer is going to look in their purchase and how they’ll accessorize it. So it’s such  a special treat when we get to see pictures of our classy customers glamming it up in clothing they purchased from us!

katelynn houser

And the vintage car just completes the look perfectly!

katelynn houser prom

Katelynn chose a gown that is elegant, sophisticated and classic.  A timeless style that would flatter a woman of any age.

katelynn houser gatsby prom night

And Katelynn’s mom actually took these pictures and did a fantastic job of capturing the romance of the Gatsby Era Theme.

Katelynn Houser Gatsby Glamour

Everyone at Blue Velvet Vintage was so thrilled to see Katelynn’s prom photos and we’re all very appreciative that Mrs. Houser and her lovely daughter were kind enough to share them with us.  We hope these pictures inspire other young women to opt for a vintage inspired look like this when prom time rolls around!

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Summer Style Inspiration-Retro Sunglasses

My collection of retro sunglasses

My collection of retro sunglasses

Summertime is the perfect time for trying a new, fun way to add some vintage glam to your outfits.  If you’re totally into dressing in 50s style, as I am, then cats eye sunglasses are the way to go. The above photo shows some of my favorites from my collection. Some are authentic vintage and some are reproductions and I love them all especially the ones with the rhinestones!  And even if you’re not totally into the whole vintage look, retro style shades are still a cool way to add a unique flair to any outfit.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how many people will come up and tell you how much they like your glasses when you switch to vintage style eyewear. Trust me on this!

And here are some photos of movie stars in their classic sunnies!  If these don’t inspire you to go out and get yourself a pair of retro sunglasses, then I don’t know what will!

Love, love, love the pair Shirley MacLaine is wearing here! So fun!

Shirley Maclaine in Cats Eye Sunglasses

Shirley MacLaine wearing 1950s cat eye sunglasses

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The glamorous Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth wearing sunglasses 1952

Rita Hayworth-1952

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe-1956

Marilyn Monroe-1956

The ultimate in chic style~Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly looking effortlessly chic.

Grace Kelly looking effortlessly chic.

And for those of you who enjoy the Mod look!

Audrey Hepburn in mod sunglasses

Audrey Hepburn in mod sunglasses

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Sophia Loren wearing mod sunglasses

Sophia Loren wearing mod sunglasses

And here are a few fab retro style sunglasses that will give your that Old Hollywood movie star look!

Fab Fendi sunglasses from LoveParisianChic on Ebay- $234.99

Fendi retro style sunglasses

Fendi retro style sunglasses

Tom Ford Tortoiseshell Cats Eye Sunglasses from Sole Eyewear-$194.00

Tortiseshell Cats eye sunglasses-Tom Ford

Tortiseshell Cats eye sunglasses-Tom Ford

Here are some stylish two tone cat eye glasses-  $99.00
From Decades Vintage

60s new/old stock sunglasses

60s new/old stock sunglasses

And if you really want to make a statement, these amazing authentic 1950s glasses may be just the ticket! $234.00
Available at Vintage50sEyewear

50s rhinestone starburst cat eye sunglasses

50s rhinestone starburst cat eye sunglasses

 

 

Of course the most flattering vintage style frames are the ones that are perfect for your face shape.  And if you want to know how determine your face shape and the style and color of sunglasses that are best for you, then check out this article from A Vintage Nerd’s blog. She’s got all the info you need to pick the right pair.

A GOOD TIP! If you wear prescription lenses and want to sport a cool pair of retro sunglasses (or even everyday glasses), try scouting flea markets, antique malls and online shops for vintage frames.  If they are in excellent condition, you can have your optometrist put your prescription lenses in them for a fraction of the cost of new retro frames that can easily run into the $400-500 range.  I’ve had this done with a couple of pairs and it worked beautifully!

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Navy and White Dresses- Classic Nautical Look for Summer

Though navy blue is a classic year round color and a lovely alternative to basic black dresses, combine it with white and you’ve got yourself a nice nautical inspired look for summer.  Ever timeless, navy and white dresses, especially vintage or retro ones,  are a chic,  polished way to step out in style when the  warm weather hits. And adding red accents in the form of scarves, jewelry, shoes or bags is the classic way to  complete the look nicely!

Here are some of my favorite images of  navy and white dresses from the past to get you in the mood for nautical inspired summer dressing!

Ladylike navy summer fashions from the 1930s.

Navy and white nautical fashions-1930s

Navy and white nautical fashions-1930s

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Adorable nautical dresses from the Sears and Roebuck 1941 catalog.

 

Navy and white dresses-1941

Navy and white dresses-1941

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Feminine 50s navy and white sailor inspired dresses

1950s navy and white nautical summer sundresses

1950s navy and white nautical summer sundresses

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I don’t know about you, but I would be very happy to wear any of the navy and white vintage dresses pictured above!  Below are some outfits we put together that feature some of the dresses we have available if you’re craving the navy look this summer!

First up is a classic 50s sailor style swing dress.  Find it here!

1950s style sailor inspired swing dress

1950s style sailor inspired swing dress

Or, how about this sweet one of a kind,  authentic 1950s shirtwaister?  28″ waist.

11950s navy blue shirtwaist dress

1950s navy blue shirtwaist dress

Our Classic Dame brand 50s inspired navy and white polka dot halter dress.

Classic Dame navy white polka dot halter dress

Classic Dame navy white polka dot halter dress

 

Have a glamorous day!

 

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How to Dress for a 1920s Themed Wedding

Vintage themed weddings are a hot trend.  And why not?  Picking a favorite decade to  plan your special day around adds a whole new element of fun to the celebration.  And recently, due to the popularity of shows like Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey and the movie remake of the Great Gatsby, the Roaring Twenties has been on the minds of many brides to be.

The 1920s represent an era of decadence, glamour and liberation for women.   Fashion design was influenced by Art Deco and surrealism, jazz music and the discovery of King Tut’s tomb,  which caused a major trend toward anything with Egyptian motifs.    Coco Chanel was the designer whose creations most influenced womens’ fashion in the 20s, including the loose fitting chemise dress worn with long necklaces, which became the hallmark of  “the flapper” look.  Ladies’ looks for evening involved lots of intricate beading, fringe, and sequins with bejewelled turbans, feathered headbands and other decorative hair ornaments.

So if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a formal or “after 5″  1920s themed wedding,  you certainly can’t run out to your nearest costume store and grab one of those flimsy polyester numbers with rows of fringe.   Au contrare!  An occasion like this calls for puttin’ on the glitz,  with elegance and class of course!   This isn’t the time for being wishy washy about your outfit.  For a 1920′s evening wedding event you’ll want to show up looking authentic roaring twenties glam, meaning dressed something like Lady Dudley below. (In case you don’t know who she is, read more about her character here)

Lady Dudley from Downton Abbey

Lady Dudley from Downton Abbey

Coco Chanel once said “A girl should be two things. Classy and fabulous.”  So here are my recommendations for looking classy and fabulous for a formal dress 20′s themed wedding.

•Straight, somewhat loose fitting sleeveless cocktail dress covered with elaborate beading and sequin designs, preferably in a geometric deco type pattern. Some element of fringe is always a plus!  Does not have to be too short! Most women in the 1920s did not wear really short dresses.
•Long strands of pearls or other beads, either worn singly or in layers.
•Opera length gloves. Add a glitzy bracelet on one wrist.
•For the hair, chose a beautiful head scarf or turban and pin a sparkly brooch on it, wear an elegant beaded headband, perhaps with some feathers, or go with a dressy cloche hat trimmed in satin, bows or flowers.
•Find yourself a pair of patterned or fishnet stockings that will match your dress. Hosiery with embroidered designs or rhinestone decorations will work too.  Some flappers even wore stockings with designs on the knees!
•Shoes should have a curved (Louis) heel and be T strap or Mary Jane style.
•Carry a small purse with beaded design and/or fringe.
•For makeup tips to complete your authentic 1920′s look see this article.

 

For more 1920s style inspiration, see our YouTube video slideshow of our exclusive collection of beaded flapper dresses that are very popular for 1920s Old Hollywood and Gatsby themed weddings.  We sell  accessories and shoes to go with them too!

 

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Kendra’s Fashion Challenge-Night Out in New York City

I was recently contacted by travel expert, Kendra Thornton, to participate in a fashion challenge for her upcoming visit to New York City.  She is looking for style boards with wardrobe recommendations for her trip.  Thinking this was a fun idea, I jumped at the opportunity to put something together.   Kendra did not provide me with any clues as to her own personal tastes in clothing, so left it up to me to come up with an outfit. So I hope she likes a vintage inspired look, because that’s my thing!

Anyway, here are the deets on her challenge~

New York Style: The Fashion Challenge

“I don’t need anyone to give my regards to Broadway because I’ll be traveling to New York City myself soon. A group of friends and I will be spending a few fun days in the Big Apple, and I’ve had a ball planning for our trip. I’ve chosen to book our stay at the luxurious Dream New York City hotel, and I know we’re going to have all kinds of fun together there. Before we leave, I need some help from you.

The Fashion Challenge

New York City is famous for fashion, and I don’t want to step out on a night in the Big Apple without looking absolutely gorgeous in the latest styles. As a mom of three kids living in the Midwest, I could certainly use some fashion tips before my trip. Will you please review the description below of one of the places that my friends and I will be visiting? Then use that as inspiration for your fashion recommendations.

The Bar at Dream New York City

When staying at a trendy Midtown hotel like Dream New York City, you don’t have to go out in order to enjoy a night on the town. One evening during our visit, my group of friends plans to enjoy some time relaxing, drinking and people watching at The Bar. Located in our luxurious hotel, this lounge, reminiscent of a classic Midtown Manhattan bar, features comfortable elegance and sleek finishings accented by the occasional well-placed antic. Perhaps we’ll while away the hours drinking at the marble-top bar as we watching the city pass by outside The Bar’s windows. We’ll definitely enjoy selecting drinks from the Beer Manual, which features traditional favorites as well as a full selection of craft beers. The two huge flat-screen televisions in The Bar make this a perfect place to catch a big game as well, and if the munchies strike, guests can order decadent tapas or light small plates to go with their drinks.

New York Style

Like every world city, New York City has its own unique style, but few cities hold as much sway over global fashion trends as the Big Apple does. That’s why I’m super excited to be getting your expert advice concerning what fashions I should sport on a night out in New York.”

So I’m thinking historic building  built in 1895 , updated inside with a fabulous modern decor.  A beautiful old world meets new world look. I started flipping through my magazines and books on vintage fashion, searching for inspiration that was sophisticated and feminine and would be a fab look for a “swanky” hotel bar in the big city.  I  was drawn to the 1940s styles of peplum tops worn with sleek, narrow skirts.  And I also love classic movies, hence the choice of black and white, which is always a classicly chic combination.  A sophisticated silhouette for a night out in NYC,  with a feminine, timeless flair is my recommendation for Kendra’s night at The Bar at Dream Hotel.

Outfit for Night out in New York City-1940s Style

Outfit for Night out in New York City-1940s Style

Black and white dotted silky wrap peplum top worn with a black pencil skirt that has flirty little pleats in front. Triple strand vintage black bead necklace, multi strand black bead bracelet with rhinestones, peep toe platform heels in black patent with white trim, silver mesh clutch and for a touch of color~ MAC Russian Red lipstick (my favorite!) and OPI nail polish in, what else but Big Apple Red!

Hope Kendra likes it!

 

 

 

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