So, it’s that time of the year again; Christmas! We had my work Christmas party over the weekend in Sydney, and the theme was 50s jazz. I found that to be quite a conflicting theme…so I opted to go with just the 50s part.
Luckily, as that is one of my favourite eras, along with the 60s. So, naturally I had no qualms in dressing up! In fact, I didn’t have to purchase or borrow any item to achieve this look. And to be honest, I wouldn’t need a themed party to wear it!
I actually have owned these items for quite some time, and thoroughly enjoy wearing them. I love the feminine shape that a classic corset and full skirt can provide. It’s fun, flirty and classy. Of course, I took the opportunity to add a bit of flair to it; I clasped a red flower over a (glomesh) chain choker, and matched it with a big pair of geometric statement earrings.
And a red lip was a must. If you’re struggling to find the perfect red lip shade – check out YSL Rouge Pur Couture No.1 You just cannot go wrong, as it matches most skin tones.
I had every intention of wearing my hair with a little more slickness through the front. Although, being in the humidity in Sydney, the gel melted rapidly! So I went for the half slick, half flowy look! But I would like to attempt the full slick look again. I do believe I will need a substantial amount of gel to achieve this look! Has anyone else tried this?
One of the most iconic 50s look is the full skirt, which was originally worn with a petticoat for extra fullness. But most women don’t wear a petticoat nowadays, due to the itchiness and inconvenience of one. This beautiful Toni Maticevski skirt has been spectacularly tailored to achieve the ultimate full look without the need for a petticoat. If you haven’t checked out he’s range; I suggest you do so now!
Full skirts are most definitely a classic piece due to their ultra feminine, and flattering fit. Full skirts can be worn casually or dressed up, and suit most body types. I would recommend investing in a really special full skirt, at least once in your lifetime. You’ll have it for years to come.
I feel the same about the classic corset. This corset is actually a lingerie piece that my husband gifted me. He has great taste! The best thing about a corset, is that it can be worn as lingerie or as a top under skirts, or with a classic trouser. But one thing for sure, is that you will definitely need help getting in and out of it! This is not a simple task, but totally worth it!
Next time you’re stumped on what to wear, why not draw your inspiration from different era’s. I love collecting images on my Pinterest account. I look for silhouettes and colours that I enjoy wearing, and make up my own looks. Quite often I will mix eras and themes together to modernise the look.
Christmas is the perfect time of year to experiment with different looks; so have fun with it! And most importantly, enjoy precious moments with family and friends. Life is too short to wear boring clothes, and to be with people that don’t lift you up.
Thanks for stopping by.
K – Leather & Soie
What I wore:
Corset – Agent Provocateur
Skirt – Toni Maticevski
Flower, choker & earrings – Colette
Shoes – Alexandre Birman
Clutch (old) – Glomesh