Retro party clothes are inspired by clothes of the past ranging from the forties to the eighties and are a fun way to dress in a unique and individual way. Although retro party outfits from all of the decades are right on trend at the moment, there is so much choice that you should have no problems in standing out and looking a little different from everyone else. You can also add your own modern twist to give your retro party clothes a completely unique feel.
Pick your decade
Each of the decades has its own character from the pretty practicality of the forties to the more glamorous fifties, the swinging sixties and the flowing relaxed styles of the seventies with a bit of disco diva look to boot. Each of these eras has some fabulous party dress styles which will look amazing this spring.
Forties – Tea Length Dresses
The forties was a time of make do and mend in Britain and dresses were pretty but practical. The skirt lengths were below the knee which is an incredibly flattering and on trend but if you want a slightly more up to date look you can also opt for a tea dress with a slightly shorter skirt length like this Cindy bead neck tea dress by Boohoo. Look for cute and fun prints and team with a brightly coloured cardigan or biker jacket to bring the look right up to date for 2011.
Fifties – Halter Neck Dresses
The fifties were characterised by the Hollywood era when glamour and elegance ruled. Fifties styles of dress are big news this spring and you can choose from a simple floral printed dress with a flared skirt for a more casual party or some full on glamour for a really special occasion. Halterneck dresses with full prom style skirts are perfect for partying in and would even work well for a spring wedding, we love this Halter Belle Prom Dress by Oasis. If you want to really work the look you could even add a pair of ladylike gloves. These dresses need to be worn with heels for maximum effect.
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Sixties – Mini Shift Dresses
The styles of the sixties had a simple silhouette which is incredibly simple to wear. You can opt for mini shift dresses with or without sleeves in bold and bright colours and run prints. Party dresses with chiffon overlays are also a great style from the sixties that works particularly well. A Peter Pan collar dresses are also very fashionable at the moment and are great for parties. we love this lace Peter Pan collar dress by Rare Fashions.
Seventies – Maxi Dresses
Decadent maxi dresses of the seventies no only look great but are also really comfortable and easy to wear. They work well for both daytime and evening parties and if you want to really turn up the glamour you can opt for an embellished or one shouldered style. We love this purple frilled maxi dress by Dorothy Perkins.
If you are a little nervous of wearing retro style party dresses then a plain shift dress will look amazing for a special occasion in the spring with this floral hat by Oasis.
If you are a size 16 to 32, it can sometimes be difficult to find stylish and trendy clothes especially party dresses. Not only may there be a limited choice of dresses in your size but it may also be difficult to find just the right style. A great party dress will make you look sensational by flattering your feminine curves and being a great fit so that you can feel relaxed, comfortable and confident.
In order to find the right plus sized dress, you should follow much the same rules with regards to body shape as everyone else. The key to looking good is keeping your body in proportion by disguising the areas that are not in proportion and highlighting those that are. For example if you have a larger stomach, you can hide it by wearing dark colours on your torso and wearing empire line dresses. You should also avoid belts, patterns or fuss around this area. If you have wide hips and thighs you should cover or disguise these areas with darker colours and balance with wide necked tops and pattern and detail on the top half. A line dresses also work really well on plus size ladies with larger hips and thighs. A party is a great opportunity to get dressed up and look gorgeous and with the right choice of dress, you can ensure that you look stunning.
For the past few seasons maxi dresses have been a massive trend and the good news is that maxi dresses were obviously designed with plus sized ladies in mind. The empire line covers up the stomach hips and thighs and the loose fit allows the fabric to skim over curves giving a beautifully smooth and streamlined silhouette. The more fitted top is great for showing off a clevage and adds to the feminine charm of these dresses.
If you want to go for the ultimate in elegance, a black maxi party dress is not only very slimming but also classic and versatile. This jersey maxi dress is really comfortable and the spring details on the straps give it a definite feeling of Greek Goddess.
For those that love bright colours this orange jewelled detail maxi dressis just what you need for garden parties, weddings and barbecues. Team with an oversized clutch, wedge sandals and some chunky beads for a very stylish take on the boho trend.
Dark hair colours and skin tones will look stunning in this leaf print maxi dress. The strapless top looks incredibly glamorous making it suitable for all sorts of summer parties. It would look great with brightly coloured shoes or sandals for example green, red or orange. This is the sort of dress that will grab the attention of everyone in the room.
Adding a little sparkle is great way to get into the party mood. This gold embellished maxi dress is both flattering and on trend, Accessorise with gold strappy sandals and clutch for a great summer party dress.
Plus sized ladies can really carry of bold and bright prints. This multi print maxi dress for the fuller figure is the ideal way to stand out from the crowd when you go to a party this summer. Accessorise with bright and bold accessories to complete the look.
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Kimberly Wyatt is a singer, song writer, dancer, model, actress and choreographer who is best known for part in the former American pop and dance group, Pussycat Dolls. Kimberly is now proving that there is definitely life after the Pussycat Dolls. Kimberly left the chart topping girl band earlier this year to pursue her own solo career. Not only is she now one of the judges on hot TV programme ‘Got to Dance’, but she is also finding just a little bit of time to get out there and party herself. Not surprisingly, Kimberly is one of a long line of celebrities who choose to wear Lipsy party dresses when she wants to look stunning for a night out. Lipsy London is a label which is perfect for the party girl with attitude. The dresses range from body con to frilly and romantic designs but all of them are designed to get you noticed for the right reasons.
In the past Kimberly’s style has been described as a little risque with her clothing very much associated with the Pussycat dolls including corsets and PVC leggings. She is now getting the chance to explore and develop the more feminine side to her style bit still with a bit of attitude. She likes to mix up her outfits with clothes from British Designers like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen and pieces from the high street. Kimberly Wyatt is also the face of the brand Lipsy watch collection, a range of watches mix of quilted, cuff and chain styles with embellishment which will be the ideal accessory for a Lipsy party dress.
The nude and pink tones of Lipsy party dresses look perfect with Kimberly’s colouring but Lipsy also has a wide range of Lipsy party dresses in different colours to suit everyone. Kimberly favours the soft lines and textures of the more romatic and frilled or chiffon dresses which look great when contrasted with some tougher looking black accessories.
Kimberly was pictured (first picture above) after a night out at the studio Valbonne in London. She wore the Lipsy Grecian drape dress with a cropped leather jacket, silver clutch and chunky bangles for a look that screams rock n roll party girl. The dress has an elaborate design with a halterneck, fitted bodice and tulip skirt decorated with elegantly draped pieces of fabric. Grecian style draped dresses are huge news at the moment and Kimberly’s choice was the perfect choice for a night out. Her long quiffed hair is the perfect finishing touch for a polished but funky look.
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Grecian Draped Dress
Kimberly has also been pictured wearing the Lipsy chiffon tiered dress another great party dress. The dress is romantic and girly and perfect for those who love a little bit of whimsical style. With a delicate strapless chiffon pleated bustier top, a fitted satin waistband and tiered ruffle skirt with contrast chiffon draping, this dress works the seasons trend for romantic ruffles and frills to the maximum. Kimberly wears her dress without any accessories which makes a great look as this dress has so much to look at already.
Chiffon tiered bandeau dress
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A leopard print dress certainly says something about you. It says that you are right on trend and ready to party but also a bit of an animal. A leopard print dress needs to be worn with attitude. It is not for the shy and retiring types but for the girls who know what they want and that is a good time. With animal prints being such a huge trend this winter, the leopard print dress is the ultimate Christmas party dress of the season.
Animal prints particularly leopard prints do have a bit of a reputation though and you need to pick your style carefully to ensure that you look more ‘Pixie Lott’ than ‘Pat Butcher’. Consider the colour, size and boldness of the leopard print and how it will work with your colouring, size and shape.
Rare Fashion Leopard Panel Dress
For example if you are petite, then look for a small scale leopard print.
Motel Janine Dress
If you larger hips then perhaps opt for a shift dress with a black skirt and leopard print top.
Lipsy One Shouldered Gathered Party Dress
The one shouldered or asymmetrical leopard print dress is also a really fashionable look this year. Also combinations of leopard print with other animal prints is a great look that will work for most people.
You can also try combining you leopard print dress with another key trend of the season. A really up to date style or shape of shift dress will keep the look really fresh.
Paprika Leopard Lace Dress at Rare Fashion
If you love this seasons lace dress why not go for a leopard lace dress combination.
Rare Fashion Leopard Print Sequin Bandeau
If your average leopard print is just not glamorous for you then why not add sequins as well.
Olivia V Neck Maxi Dress
For those that don’t like body con and mini dresses, you can find some great leopard priny maxi dresses online. With a fitted bodice to show off you upper body and a long looser fitting skirt to skim over the tummy, hips and thighs, this is the perfect choice for those who are a little self conscious about their body. It also great for those who want to rock the leopard print dress in a slightly more grown up and sophisticated way.
A final word on leopard print dresses. They are a huge style statment in their own right and generally don’t need anything to compete with them in the way of accessories. Wearing your leopard print dress with neutral coloured shoes and accessories are very this season but you might also be able to get away with one really bright and bold accessory. Red works really well with leopard print.
At Dolce and Gabbana, leopard prints were combined with polka dots for a bold and unusal look. You could try adding a polka dot accessory for a brave but on trend look. Low key and understated jewellery is the way to go or even go without jewellery altogether.
So you have picked out some party clothes for Christmas perhaps an on trend leopard dress, sequin dress or black lace dress, but with the weather now turning so cold you might need to think about a cover up to give you that little extra warmth for your Christmas party or night out. Finding a party cover up can be a little challenging as often none of your usual or daytime cover ups will not be suitable. You will want something a little bit glamorous that will compliment your beautiful dress but not overshadow it. Of course if you have opted for a simple party dress, you could pick a cover up that makes a statement. A Christmas party cover up is also ideal for covering your shoulders at the beginning of the night or whilst eating your meal and can then be taken off later for dancing.
For a dress that makes a real statement like a sequin or leopard print dress, a simple cover up will usually work the best. Short cropped jackets, cardigans, boleros and shrugs all make great party cover ups. A long coat of jacket will cover up too much of your dress. Wraps and capes are also a very stylish addition to most party clothes including trousers and a top.
Grey Faux Fur Cape
If you have opted for the seasons fifties style lace dress with a flared skirt and want to continue with the vintage theme, why not add a faux fur cape. Not only does it look very glamorous but it is also really warm. A contrasting colour will usually look best to show your faux fur cape off, perhaps a grey, brown or cream colour with a black dress.
Black Beaded Cape
If you have a black dress and prefer all black party clothes then you could add some interest and sparkle to your outfit with a black beaded cape. The sparkle will draw the eyes up towards your face so be sure to put on some sparkly party make up to complete your look.
Simple Black Bolero
If you have chosen an elaborate party dress like a sequin dress or animal print dress, you will probably want a fairly simple cover up to balance the look and keep it stylish. This 3/4 sleeve style of bolero looks really classic and has the added benefit of having sleeves for some extra warmth.
For a smart tailored or shift dress, a structured jacket will look great. We love this lace jacket which could work great for daytime parties or even perhaps a work Christmas lunch as well as evening events.
Taffeta Cover Up
For a formal evening occasion or to wear with a formal evening dress, a taffeta cover up is suitably formal but also quite simple so as not to detract from the dress. This cover up is both cropped and open allowing the evening dress to hang freely.
What ever party cover up you choose to wear, try and balance the overall look of your party clothes and accessories so that you have just the right amount of sparkle and glamour and most important of all remember to enjoy yourself.
Fashion trends come and go and then return again at some time in the future. The body con trend is proving to be surprisingly popular at present and is supported by some of the big hitting names in fashion such as Karl Lagerfield, Versace and Alexander McQueen. â€˜Body conâ€™ stands for â€˜body consciousâ€™ and is epitomized by styling that emphasizes curves and tight fitting dresses and waistlines.
The great surprise about body con trend is that it seems strangely familiar in that if you look back to the classic film stars right through to the present day, you will see the shapes and figure hugging dresses that body con represents. Take Kate Winslett at the Oscars as a modern day example. She does not fit the stereotypical â€˜skinny waifâ€™ look by any stretch of the imagination and has shown off body con dresses to perfection with her fuller figure and stage presence as she glides along the red carpet in front of the worldâ€™s television cameras.
It will be interesting to see how the body con style continues to evolve as there is something timeless about the glamour that these dresses represent, being ideal for special occasions and those times when you want to show off your curves which are sculpted and defined by the cut of the body con dress.
Steal the style of young Hollywood beauty and actress Leighton Meester at Lipsy.
Leighton is probably a little less known in the UK than she is in her Native states, but the 23 year old is starting to make a splash.
As well as Being drop dead gorgeous, she’s an actor and a budding singer songwriter, and becoming hot property.
You may have seen her in a number of hit TV series imported from the states such as 24, HouseÂ and currently stars as Blair Waldorf in the Gossip Girl.
In 2006 she starred in in the comedy horror “drive Thru” where she also wrote and performed a song in the sound track to the movie.
Leighton is sure to be a massive star in the making, and you can be inspired by her look at Lipsy where you’ll get some great ideas for the Summer.
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Alexa Chung is the celebrity who knows her onions when it comes to Party Dresses. Never one to be seen in a bad outfit, Alexa Chung is the Fashionista’s, fashionista.
Plucked from obscurity at the age of 16 by storm model agency her reputation has grown from being a catwalk model to a TV personality.
As well as being a regular on the cat walks of the world, she is just as likely to be adorning the red carpets at premières around the world and is genuine a-lister.
Recently she became the marketing face of fashion name New Look, and she is fashion hot property. To show how Lipsy is bang on trend, steal Alexa Style with our suggestions from the Lipsy collection.