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Party Pieces

posted by the hanging out team - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Party season approaches! Bring out the killer heels, the sequins and the door-brush eyelashes. Christmas work do’s can get pretty competitive. Your colleagues always promise to come smart/casual and scoff the occasion off as not a big deal, but when the night rolls round it looks like you’re all about to grace the red carpet. The key is in the outfit. From that piece springs inspiration for the hair, the shoes and the make-up.

I had a little look around the fabulousness of Topshop to nab 3 of my personal favourites that bring about a delicious wave of nostalgia as these pieces echo hints of a golden age.

Peplums are fabulous for accentuating the hips and hiding our so-called sins, lumps or bumps that make us more nervous. Beautifully, they can be worn with both a fitted skirt and a pair of leggings or skinnies. Fun fact- the peplum originated in the nineteen forties and was introduced by Christian Dior in 1947 as the ‘calyx’ line. It was a more structured look than the tops seen in a/w 2012. The peplum re-emerged in the eighties, feminizing the broad shouldered dresses of the period with pretty florals. This fashion statement can be seen in motion throughout happy, fuzzy comedy Troop Beverly Hills (1989).



Topshop @ 25.00

Everyone loves a bit of a boogie! And if you’re like me and tend to get a bit over zealous on the dance floor, what better way to keep one’s dignity than in a playsuit? What I love about this playsuit is it’s in keeping with the forties but with a modern twist. The plunging neckline reminds me of that iconic evening dress worn by Lauran Bacall in ‘To Have and Have Not’ (1944) or a shorter cuter version of something Bette Davis would wear.

And to top it off you look stunning in this seasons shade- Oxblood! The plunging neckline welcomes the use of a statement necklace, so be daring!




What party season would be complete without the LBD! Take a look at this sultry midi dress in crushed velvet, perfect for a sophisticated look. Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) . Bare calves and simple heels with a sophisticated up hair do, don’t forget the pearls!



Topshop @ 34.00

So it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the pressure needn’t be on to look awesome as the archives of the past makes it very easy for you. Take a quick voyage to the past with a vintage flick for some inspiration; get out there and shop for your yuletide best! Ho, ho, ho and happy hanging out this Christmas! Xoxo

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