Every once in awhile, I’m told that I look like, or remind people of, a character from Mad Men. Sometimes, it’s not any specific character, other times it’s Joan. I’m okay with that, and I take it as a compliment. Joan is one of my style icons, really. A curvy Marilyn Redux. I’m overjoyed that 60’s hair/makeup/fashion is hot right now and embrace the “everything old is new again” mantra with open arms. Though I don’t smoke or have a full wet bar in my office, I’ve been rocking the retro style for some time now. Here’s how:
Teasing. Lots of teasing. And hairspray. Avoid any hairstyle that could be naturally-occurring. Feel free to take some help in the height, length, and volume department. I’ve been known to sport some, ahem, “enhancements” from time to time.
Think liquid eyeliner, tons of mascara (or better yet, falsies!), and red lips! I’m currently loving Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet. It’s a perfect wearable red without being too harsh. Plus, it’s super moisturizing, which is an added bonus.
Round, pointy nails are pretty very hot right now (or hot enough for me to think they’re hot). Betty Draper would never be caught dead with short, square nails. Long and pink! I’m not talking “I have my own show on TLC” long, but just long enough to enhance the femininity of your fingers. If you’re like me and can’t grow long nails, give some glue-ons a shot.
Pearls! Or, better yet, diamonds. And enamel. And yellow gold. That’s all.
Figure-flattering dresses. Small prints, and/or bold colors.
Scarves, low heels, long jackets… Panty hose - women of my generation seem to have forgotten about these little dandies, but unless it’s 85 degrees outside, I consider them a necessity. Librarian/hipster/dork glasses. Must have thick, black, plastic frames. I got mine at my eye doctor’s office, but I had to ask to have regular prescription lenses put in sunglasses frames. They were about $30, and they definitely up my overall cool quotient a few points.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the first episode of Fun Fashion Friday! Tune in next week for more!