Fashion, Shoes

Fancy-Dress Bowling Style…

…and a little more on the boat party that wasn’t. So as promised on Tuesday and the epic tale of the missed boat adventures, here is outfit that launched a million(alright not quite…) smiles and strange looks across London (if you missed the full story, check out When you miss the boat…). A few posts back I wrote up a review on the shopping site Chicwish, mainly focused on the two tulle skirts I was pumped about ordering. Well, they not only came in quickly but they are just as much fun as I hoped they would be. And, yes, I am actually wearing both of these skirts in the picture!

Boat party dress... or not. London, England. May 2015.

Boat party dress… or not. London, England. May 2015.

I absolutely adore this Amore tulle skirt because it is so versatile—a feature you wouldn’t expect from a tulle skirt! Most of this versatility comes from the skirts construction: two layers of tulle over the darker base lining all cut in a basic A-line pattern which means that while this skirt has some natural volume, for the most part it lies flat. This means that wearing this to work, on the tube, around the city is just as easy and space consuming as any other skirt you could pick to wear—bigger skirts, for example, can make sitting down a major pain! When you are planning on making a party sized fashion statement, however, a bigger skirt may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Which brings us to my lovely Lavender mini. While this piece is a little less versatile for me—I am personally not a miniskirt at the office girl!—it does a great job double tasking as a beautiful weekend choice and a great substitute for a petticoat when worn at the hips. So yes, two skirts helped me make the above outfit totaling at about £50—£26 and £24 respectfully—which isn’t bad considering I didn’t have to construct them myself and taking Stacy and Clinton (What Not to Wear)’s ‘cost per wear’ into account. Still, with that kind of price tag, keeping the rest of your outfit on the cheaper side is always a good thing, if you can’t simply use what you have on hand, that is.

My Rory Gilmore styled go bag. London, Engalnd. May, 2015

My Rory Gilmore styled go bag. London, England. May, 2015

I got the black crop top (here’s a great design they didn’t have at my store but would be a great substitute!), belt, and hair flower at H&M which totaled out at less than £12. When it comes to your top, H&M and most other stores have different cuts, materials, and colors to choose from. For this look, it was important to get something that hugged my curves to offset the fullness of the skirt, in a complementary neutral color—black was perfect with the black belt and unlike a pale pink which would have matched the tulle nicely, black doesn’t show dirt or sweat from running around all night like a light shirt would have—and in a simple material that wouldn’t compete with the tulle—there are a lot of cute lace and knit tops but unless you are willing to pay loads for quality, they’ll probably just clash!

Devils in the Details. London, England. May, 2015.

Devils in the Details. London, England. May, 2015.

The rest of my outfit from heels and flats (both Target—the heels are from Massimo and cost me $15 last summer, look interchangeable with a variety of designer/boutique shoes still being sold but for at least double that price, and are very easy to run around in!) and jewelry I happened to have on hand but to get this look, just throw on what makes you comfortable and a (shiny) costume necklace that looks elegant, simple and brings attention up to your face. I top this off with an easy and fresh faced makeup design with rose-gold to bronze smokey eye with an exaggerated winged liner. To glam this up further, I lined my lower lashes, the inner corners of my eyes and just under the winged edge of the liner using the same shimmering gold ELF eye-shadow pencil I used for the gold part of the rose-gold lids. Because of the attention to my eyes, I kept the rest of my face simple forgoing any heavy concealer for a nice oil free face lotion—tinted BB Cream works just as well—and coral lipstick and blush blended with a touch of bronzer as a slight cheekbone contour. Another great makeup style for this look—which I’ll be doing next time—is to go full 50s style with a neural smokey eye, keeping the exaggerated cat eye, and a bold red lipstick (just be sure to either buy a brand that stays, fades well, or be willing to reapply throughout your night out!). Pair this with a leather moto-jacket rather than a cardigan, and you’ll make quite the statement! One last thing that I have to say about this outfit (or others like it) is that if you decide to go out on the town in it—even if you aren’t running across bridges and flashing tourists you pj shorts—be ready to draw attention to yourself. While the club boys trying to chat me up while I was trying to drink my cider and sing along to my girl T-Swift, even those who said truly nice things about the outfit before getting creepy, were a bigger pain than I needed, it was the people on the streets both during the day and walking home that made the outfit for me. From little girls with wide eyes to the security guards with their slight nods and small smiles I passed in the slight drizzle of late night London, knowing you look a little like a princess in the land of miniskirts is kind of a fun feeling. And no judgement on miniskirts—sometimes being a princess is just more fun!

–Taylor Gallagher

P.S. For inquiring minds, Cal’s excuse for forgetting to get me was something about a curling iron and other disasters which I didn’t fully understand during my Tuesday post. Apparently—from other reliable sources—there was a ripped dress incident and a last minute hair curler replacement errand which caused quiet the fuss—ie the disasters—but Cal really was fixing his hair and curls before he got distracted by everything else—the boy was lending girls HIS hairspray before they left. Nothing wrong with a man caring enough to put the effort in, but the explanation of all the disasters felt like a story worth sharing!

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