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.
New Years Eve is the biggest party night of the year and requires some really amazing party clothes. What will you be doing to celebrate and what will you be wearing? We have put together our top tips on how you can welcome the new year in with style.
Nude Beaded Shift Dress
Wear Something Different
Try a new style or a new colour for a refreshing way to welcome in the new year. They say that a change can be as refreshing as a break. So why not try out some new party clothes for New Years Eve. You can get so many cheap party dresses at the moment and in the sales, why not go for something a little different to your little black dress. If you usually go for a body con dress why not try a semi fitted style. Of you usually go for mini try a maxi instead. Floral dresses are also really on trend at the moment and make a colourful change to a black dress. You should also be able to find cheap party dresses in the pre or post Christmas sales in most of the seasons key styles including the sequin dress, leopard print dress and black lace dress. Another option could be trousers and party tops.
Cream Silk Embellished Dress – Miss Selfridge
Glam It Up
It is the start of a new year, it only happens once ever 12 months so is a great opportunity to get really dressed up. On an occasion like this just about anything goes and there is no such thing as being under dressed. Even if you are only having friends over for a few drinks or popping out to the local pub, you can still wear that sequin dress.
You can always add some glamour to your party dress with accessories. Chandelier earrings and elaborate sparkly necklaces are very now. If the rest of your look is low key then add some sparkle with a festive clutch bag.
Feather One Shoulder Party Dress – Miss Selfridge
It’s going to be a long night
New Years Eve parties typically go on for later than most parties you will go to so ensure that you dress for comfort. At this time of year warmth should be one of your key concerns, look for an elegant cover up for travelling to and from party. You could also invest in a wrap, bolero or cape to keep you slightly warmer whilst at the party.
Comfortable shoes are also a must for new years eve especially if you plan on dancing. Heels are almost always the most glamorous choice for wearing with party dresses but you can make them more comfortable with gel pads and don’t forget to take some plasters in your clutch.
Whatever you choose to wear on New Years Eve, make sure that it is something that you feel comfortable in to allow you to get on with the serious business of partying. You need to feel confident and carefree in order to enjoy yourself to the max.
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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
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GET YOUR GLAM ON THIS CHRISTMAS!
We’re bringing you the very latest from Rare’s fabulous Christmas Collection. These wonderful party dresses are certain to have you sparkling and feeling fantastic from beginning to end of this festive period!
So why not check out some the hottest new dresses that are certain to melt this winter snow…
The Large Disc Sequin Dress (£49) is a fully lined dress that is covered entirely in large sequins! Wear with your highest heels and big hair for a stunning party look that will see you well into 2011!
Large Disc Sequin Dress
Large Disc Sequin Dress
The Flower Trim Velvet Dress (£45) is a perfectly feminine little black dress. This beautiful black velvet dress features an asymmetric one sleeve design and pretty floral detail on the shoulder. Wear with opaque tights and heels this winter.
Flower Trim Velvet Dress
Flower Trim Velvet Dress
The Sequin Chiffon Bell Sleeve Dress (£39) is a beautiful sequin dress with contrasting chiffon bell sleeves. Perfect for any party this season, team with killer heels and big hair.
Sequin Chiffon Bell Sleeve Dress
Rare’s Faux Fur Jacket (£65) is perfect to team with your favourite party dresses this winter season. This jacket is definitely a must-have this season. Don’t let that winter chill ruin your festive celebrations this year!
Faux Fur Jacket
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As it will soon be Valentines you might be panicking a little about what’s the best thing to wear on that all important date, no matter at what stage you’re at with your relationship you’ll want to get all dressed up for the occasion so we’ve put together 3 gorgeous Valentines outfits for your benefit?
However, before we can decide on your valentines outfits you need to think what type of date you’ll be going on in the first place. Obviously you need to dress right for the occasion or event that you’re going to… correct? So, do you have an idea of what you might be doing, is it a secret perhaps… Gulp!
If the boy in your life has dropped a few hints however, and you know more or less what type of date you’re going on we’ve that helps enormously, so to help you in this endeavour, we’ve put together a couple of looks courtesy of our friends at Lipsy for you to be inspired, we’ve selected one each for 3 typical valentines dates dependent upon the occasion.
You can also get Free World Wide Delivery on purchases over £75 from Lipsy by entering NEWYEAR at check out
A sophisticated evening in a swanky cocktail bar one needs to look the part don’t you think and this perfect Lipsy One Shoulder Sculptured Dress will do just nicely.
To round it off you need this little Lipsy Zip Pocket Chain Strap Bag just the right amount of rock chick to go with the glamour…
Then to catch the light and draw a little bit of attention to yourself the subtle additional of a little bling, but understated with this wonderfulLipsy Diamante Heart Charm Necklace
There’s nothing better than a slushy rom-com to put you in the mood, your fella might be hating it, but he’ll do anything for you on Valentines surely?
Get the look right for a night at the movies starting with this wonderful Lipsy Orchid Print Cape T Shirt.
Team up with these fantastic Lipsy Patchwork Skinny Jeans which are bang on trend but with a little design twist to them
The look could be complete without this Lipsy Rouched Charm Bag just a great little touch and perfect for lots of occasions smart or casual
Dinner For Two
maybe your bloke has splashed out on a fancy restaurant, you need to ready with the right look? so we thought to start off this Lipsy One Shoulder Embellished Dress is just the job to look suitable stunning and get his pulse racing
This dainty little Lipsy Diamante Hard Clutch is just perfect clutch bag to store your knick knacks.
And for dessert we finish the look off with this fabulous little Lipsy Handbag Charm Bracelet just beautiful I’m sure you’ll agree
Once you know what you’re doing for valentines date, it should be fairly simple to choose one of the above looks, but hey, if you still don’t know pick them all up and cover all eventualities:
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Over the next couple of weeks you may be looking for some festive party dresses right? Well we’ve teamed up with Misguided the online women’s e-tailer to give you their top 10 suggestions for the Christmas party season.
All the dresses below are just ideal in your search for Christmas party dresses and will have you on-trend and looking gorgeous in a matter of minutes, no matter what look you’re for, we’ll be flabbergasted if there’s not something in the top 10 which will suit you.
take the Saskia Contrast Cut Out Bodycon Dress In Black & White for example this a bodycon style dress but has an unusual mid-riff cut out detail which is sexy without being too revealing.
The Red Dress is the colour of the season and the Dasia Flower Detail One Shoulder Dress In Red is just ideal for a festive party dress not only in colour but in style too. It has several style stamps which are so on-trend such as the asymmetrical one shoulder, the body con styling and the red corsage which gives the dress wonderful feature.
The Crystalia Glitter Drape Dress In Red With Gold Shimmer is another classic party bandeau style but this time with draped detailing and glitter to make sure you turn heads.
The Beryl Strapless Asymmetrical Hem Dress In Black is a classic style with a twist, it has a super sexy sweetheart neck line, but featuring a wonderful asymmetrical hem too.
Again this Evonne One Shoulder Asymmetrical Hem Dress In Cream is a great looking party dress with not one but two asymmetrical features, the fist being the hem the second being the one shoulder. this sassy party dress is sure to create a stir and looks stunning in cream which is a little different to the typical Black dress worn at this time of year.
Now this dress is a real gem, the Sheenah Sequin Detail Bodycon Dress In Mocha is a super sexy body con dress primed for someone who wants to make a splash in all the right ways. Its figure hugging and sequinned which is just perfect for you to step out on the dance floor and attract all the attention.
If you’re looking for sophistication with a little sparkle well the Zena Sequin Maxi Dress In Black is just perfect for your party, the Maxi dress is the dress of the moment, but this is more of an evening dress, with bandeau neckline and just the right amount of sequins to make your Christmas party dress sparkle.
A little different but all the same beautiful, the Sharina Ruffle Dress In Nude With Black Trim is a lovely light shift style party dress with wonderful ruffle wave down the front, Its a fun dress which reflects your fun personality.
Now this is killer party dress if there was ever a one, the Elynn Sequin Bust Flower Applique Dress is a stunner, a beautiful mini dress with a sexy sequinned sweetheart bust, and a glorious flower appliqué detail on the skirt, rock the party with this little number if you dare!
Finally we come to another fabulous Christmas party dress in this years favourite colour to get noticed, the Ivory Sweetheart Neckline Sheer Drape Dress In Red has a wonderful Grecian look with its draping sweeping up over one shoulder. A nice little contrast is the animal print contrasting belt around the middle which again is on-trend, but suitably understated.
We’re sure you’ll agree that there’s something for everyone in this selection and with some wonderful prices too, they’ll be hard to resist.
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If you are going to a school or college prom this summer, you will probably be wanting to find the perfect princess prom dress to wear. Most girls dream of being a princess and with all the talk of the royal wedding, Princesses (and Princes) are very much on most peoples mind. For many, a prom is the first occasion that they will have to get really dressed up in an elaborate prom dress and they definitely want to make the most of it. But if you are only really used to wearing jeans and casual clothes, how do you go about finding the perfect princess prom dress?
Midnight Blue Organza Ball Gown – Debut at Debenhams
Pick your colour carefully
One of the most important factors when choosing a prom dress or any other dress is the colour. Whilst a pink tulle gown may be your idea of a princess prom dress, if pink isn’t your colour it won’ t have the desired effect. The perfect princess prom dress doesn’t have to be a really feminine colour, royal blue prom dresses are not only on trend but also look very regal. Look in your wardrobe and work out which colours clothes really look good on you, perhaps one of these colours would be the best choice for prom dress. Celebrity dresses are also a great source of inspiration. Look for a celebrity with a similar hair colour and skin tone to you and see which colours they choose to wear for their red carpet celebrity dresses.
Lace Tutu Ballerina Dress by Rare Opulence
Choose a style that flatters
Whilst in our heads we always picture a prom dress as having a really full skirt, in reality this does not suit everyone. Look for a style that suits you, the best way to work this out is to try on a variety of different styles of dress. Generally speaking if you are quite short try and go for a skirt that is not quite as full. Column style dresses can also look very elegant. If you are unsure whether a short prom dress style will be appropriate check out the photographs for previous years to see what everyone wore and speak to your friends to see what they are wearing.
Pink Taffeta Corsage Dress by Debut at Debehams
Be realistic about price
Unless you happen to have a very lucrative Saturday job, you will probably have to beg, plead and cajole your parents in to buying you a beautiful prom dress. But you should be realistic about the price otherwise you will only end up feeling disappointed. If you are on a budget then try searching on the internet for ‘cheap prom dresses UK’ you may be very plesantly surprised by the range of affordable prom dresses available. You should try looking both for specialist online prom dress shops and also department stores. If you are buying online remember to leave plenty of time to allow you to try on the dress and get alterations if neccessary.
Freya Flower Prom Dress by Boohoo