I promised that I'd post the outfit in full, so here it is: The vintage 1970s dress that I wore to the Specsavers Awards event the other week.Some of you may have seen either on my Instagram or my Saturday Share link up post where I was "making a spectacle of myself" (see what I did there) that I attended a big awards night that also raised a huge amount for the anti-bullying charity Kidscape, and I've finally been able to show you the outfit I wore in full.
I was lucky enough to meet Twiggy (scroll down for the pictures) and see a whole number of C, D and Z list celebrities, but it was a hugely fun night, and as it was for blogging work (covering on social media) then I'd consider that a great day at the office!
IT TURNED OUT PLENTY OF LADIES WERE THERE IN TROUSERS, SO I THINK DRESS CODES THESE DAYS ARE VERY OPEN... COCKTAIL DRESS PROBABLY NOW JUST MEANS "DRESS UP A BIT, MAYBE A BIT SPARKLY BUT NO JEANS".
The dress code was "cocktail dress" which can always cause a bit of confusion, namely - do you have to wear a dress? Or are trousers okay? In my usual "I'm into layering" fashion I decided to wear both - and ended up with my go-to combination of a dress over trousers. It turned out plenty of ladies were there in trousers, so I think dress codes these days are very open... Cocktail dress probably now just means "dress up a bit, maybe a bit sparkly but no jeans".
I first wore this dress for my 40th birthday party so it was nice to have a chance to wear it again, and to style it quite differently. Though it leaves me with a big question: What decade is this dress actually from?
SHOP THE LOOK:
I've never quite decided whether it's a 1970s or a 1980s dress, though I think I'm going with the former, albeit late 70s. The flared sleeves are my favourite part of the dress, and you may be interested to know that it was originally a maxi (I shortened it myself) - so that for me confirms it's the 70s.
Of course this dress isn't available to buy and I couldn't find anything online near it except for this red floral on black beauty - but why not shop vintage 1970s dresses at Etsy, you may find an absolute beauty...!
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Vintage dress (eBay - I love this one and this one) | ASOS trousers (similar) | Aldo shoes (similar) | New Look clutch (I like this one and this one) | ASOS earrings (I like these) | Tommy Hilfiger prescription glasses c/o Specsavers | Leighton Denny 'REbellious Heart' nail polish c/o
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