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Friday, December 31, 2010

Style Insiration: Edith Head

Designer Edith Head

Hairstyle Inspiration: Jane Greer

Jane Greer
Jane Greer was often seen wearing suits, so her medium length curly/wavy side-parted style is well suited for business, as well as a formal style. Perhaps this would be a good style for an after-work function if you feel like something that looks polished but isn't too structured.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vintage Madame Grès Greek Style Evening Dress c. 1955

Detail of evening dress designed by Madame Grès in 1955

Greek style evening dress designed by Madame Grès in 1955

Back of evening dress designed by Madame Grès in 1955

Hairstyle Inspiration: Lizabeth Scott

Lizabeth Scott's bombshell waves
A glamorous side parted style secured with a hair pin or clip

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Style Inspiration: Vintage Givenchy Gown c. 1955

'Les Muguets' (Lily of the Valley) - Hubert de Givenchy - 1955

'Les Muguets' Detail

'Les Muguets' back

Hairstyle Inspiration: Ruth Hussey

Ruth Hussey
Ruth is wearing a cute short-medium curly/wavy style with a hair accessory and some killer false eyelashes. It would make a softer alternative to finger waves for those with short hair.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Style Insiration: Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly wearing the floral dress from Rear Window

A sketch of the dress by designer Edith Head
Check out more pictures on this blog.

Hairstyle Inspiration: Martha Hyer

Martha Hyer's bombshell waves
This unparted style is ideal for those with long hair to wear to a formal event.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hairstyle Inspiration: Marilyn Maxwell

Marilyn Maxwell
If you have medium length hair, this would be perfect for a formal event or wedding if you want something that looks polished and elegant.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Style Inspiration: Vintage Blue Floral Party Dress

1950s blue floral ruched dress with bow
This vintage 1950s dress would be great for a cocktail, prom or bridesmaid's dress.

Hairstyle Inspiration: Esther Williams

Esther Williams
This versatile style can be worn day or night and can be accessorised it with a hat. It is suits those with medium-long curly or wavy hair.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Style Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn wearing a suit with a waist belt and James Hanson

Hairstyle Inspiration: Abbe Lane

Abbe Lane
Abbe Lane looks like a total a bombshell with this long wavy formal do.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Style Inspiration: Vintage LBD

1950s little black dress

See this LBD on Etsy.

Hairstyle Inspiration: Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor
 Taylor's medium-length waves would make an enviable do for your next formal event. Consider complimenting this style with full, well groomed brows for a polished look.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Style Insiration: Audrey Hepburn

*UPDATE* I've been been getting a lot of traffic from this forum post - might be worth a look.

Hairstyle Inspiration: Priscilla Lane

Priscilla Lane's shoulder-length curls
 This side parted style could be worn anywhere from school to a prom or wedding. It would be ideal for a teenager with medium-long hair to wear to a formal event. Notice how it is pulled back from the face on one side.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Style Insiration: Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly in the dress from Rear Window (1954)
Check out more pictures of the dress here.

Hairstyle Inspiration: Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh
This cute side-parted ponytail would suit those with curly or wavy hair.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Style Inspiration: Vintage 1950s peacock design dress

Vintage 1950s party dress with peacock design
View more pictures and description here

Hairstyle Inspiration: Martha Hyer

Matha Hyer's polished waves
This would make an ideal formal event or wedding hairstyle for those with medium-long hair. Notice how her hair is brushed back, rather than parted. The style is mostly straight, with waves shaped around the face and only the ends curled. Pair this bombshell style with well groomed eyebrows and a dress or suit in a classic cut.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Style Inspiration: J. Crew and Grace Kelly

Silk chiffon Arabelle long dress from J. Crew
This dress from J. Crew reminded me of the gorgeous gown Grace Kelly wore in To Catch A Thief (1955)
Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief
A colour picture of Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief

For the video below, skip to 0.38 to see the dress.

Hair Inspiration: Betty Grable

Betty Grable
Betty Grable shows us how to wear short-medium hair with a hat. This would make a good style for the races.

Style Inspiration: Glamour Magazine

This editorial was published in Glamour magazine in September 2005


Hairstyle Inspiration: Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake's peek-a-boo hair

Veronica Lake's soft waves were immensely popular in the 1940s and have inspired many stylists over the years. Lake's bombshell style is the ultimate sexy hairstyle for any formal event. It is best suited to those with straight or slightly wavy long hair.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Style Insiration: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn wearing the Givenchy wedding dress from Sabrina (1954)
This embroidered full length dress could almost be mistaken for an evening gown. The narrow waist and full skirt is typical 1950s fashion.