Vintage style: styling a modern LBD

For a Christmas/New Years Eve party dress, I found myself oddly drawn towards the popular modern bodycon bandage dress from French Connection (you know the one). It’s well known for pulling your figure in in all the right places, which I just couldn’t resist. I view it as a modern take on a wiggle dress – I think if Marilyn were alive now it could be the kind of thing she’d go for. And although the dress is modern, I think it’s possible to create a more classic look with the right accessories…
Most importantly, hair and make-up. I’ve gone for large curls swept and pinned to the side, with a big flower, teamed with my usual red lips and eyeliner.

Add a nice frame bag…

And borrow the mid-century penchant of matching shoes to things… (in this case to the flower)

Hair flower: Accessorize (old)
Dress: French Connection
Shoes: Limited Collection/Edition, Marks & Spencer
Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave

… And I think this is a nice twist on a very modern dress.

By the way, this dress is my hot tip for fellow petite ladies – whereas on normal height girls this is probably mini-skirt length, as you can see, on the short of us (I’m ft 2″), it’s decidedly not.

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