Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Nifty Fifties

There's a good chance that with the resurgence of films set in the late 1940's and 1950's, such as The Black Dahlia and Hollywoodland (welcome back, Ben Affleck!), we may be seeing more 1950's style hit the runways and stores near you. Even Christina Aguilera is giving up her dirrty ways and is getting into the old Hollywood glamour/Marilyn Monroe style.

How can you incorporate this style into your wardrobe and make-up? Follow Christina's lead with a perfect-for-you red lipstick, thick, dark lashes, and a perfectly arched eyebrow. Platinum locks in a deep side part complete the look.

If you think you can pull it off, you can try blue-grey eyeshadow with this look, but this may be best left to the pros on the red carpet. This is probably not a good look for the office.

However, other than the cigarette, Scarlett's look (below) in a fitted twinset (probably paired with a navy, black or red pencil skirt with kitten or high heels), is a perfect example of something you can wear to the typical office job:

Although you may feel skittish about wearing a sweetheart neckline, try at least one dress with one, especially for a soon-approaching holiday party. Sweetheart necklines enhance the bustline as well.

Do try the occasional classic, even if it's not your usual style: pearl earrings, soft red lips with minimal eye make-up, fur (even faux fur can look fairly soft and real nowadays), and the occasional classy hat (maybe leave the veil behind).

And although broaches reached their pinnacle a few years ago, those of us in the know are holding on to them and still incorporating them into our wardrobe when appropriate. Fall and winter are the perfect time to pin them to more substantial coats, sweaters and dresses. The broach here takes this little black dress from drab and non-descript to unique and lovely.

Have fun incorporating 40's and 50's style into your wardrobe, especially as the weather turns cool!