Great Gatsby Meets the 1980's



I've been super thirsty to get all dolled up and hit the town even though it's wintertime. I'm totally embracing having fun in the winter and not hibernating. It's one thing to dress casual, but another to get fancy. I love a good vintage sequined dress, as we know, so when I spotted this vintage 1980's Carmen Marc Valvo sequined dress at a thrift store, I had to grab it. 



What's funny is that I have two more blue, vintage 1980's sequined dresses that I've purchased in the past few years, Hopefully I'll come across a pink or purple one on my next vintage shopping adventures to get some variety in my closet. I went to dinner at the Signature Room at 95th in the John Hancock Tower that night. It's a top tier restaurant here in Chicago with a strict dress code, so I took the opportunity to rock this ensemble that night. 



Upon choosing the dress, I had to create a fly ensemble. I added a pair of black satin gloves I bought from Claire's, my tennis bracelet, black Chinese Laundry clutch, Juicy Couture raccoon fur collar, and a pair of Oka-B black, rhinestone ballerina "Bella" flats. Oh and a quick note about the flats; got 'em on sale for a whopping $5 at Village Discount Outlet. They're in great condition and super comfortable, might I add. (see why I love thrifting?). I loved the direction the look was going, but something else was missing, so in came the fascinator hat creation.




I've been a fan of fascinator hats for some time now. They're so whimsical, so kawaii, so damn creative and they fit my style perfectly. After watching a few YouTube tutorials, I visited my local JoAnn's craft store, grabbed some supplies, and created my own, personal fascinator. I love how it came out and I love how it looked with the entire ensemble. It gave me a "Great Gatsby" feel meshed with a classic 1980's sequin dress. I think I'll eventually be making these for my art business (shameless plug).

For hair and make-up, I had to go all out. I usually wear my hair in its natural afro state, but this time I decided to wear curls from a flexi-rod set (yup, I'm not putting a lot of heat on this head). And of course I had to go with a dramatic, smokey eye look for the eye make-up and a matte, classic, vintage style for the overall face and lip.

I'm read for more fancy nights out on the town, especially come springtime!


Photography: Illavision



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17 comments:

  1. I am in LOVE with this entire look! I love the Great Gatsby and I would've never thought to combine that concept with 80s attire but it TOTALLY works; I'm so impressed! Your makeup is on point too. I'm loving the red lip and brows. I'm definitely subscribing! Thanks for this look!!

    Alicia Nicole xo
    https://mymelanatedbeautiful.com/

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    1. Thanks wonderful! I LOVE dressing in different eras so combining them together was so natural to me lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Loved your outfit. Blue is my favorite.

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  3. Ok, first off, just looking at your other photos... LOVE your hair! That fro is so thick and full! :-) Now, this ensemble, super cute! You definitely could've gone a couple of ways with this dress but you nailed it with the fascinator idea, great touch to give it that 20s (or is it 30s?) glam! And the color pops. Great look!

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    1. Thanks wonderful! I definitely will try new styles with this dress! Maybe more of an "80's look" next. <3

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  4. That blue is amazing! Looks great on you.

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  5. I loved your look! Reminded me of Julia Sugarbaker, Joan Collins and every high end female lead character in the 80s. Spot on for continuity of the era but you still made it your own!! So creative!

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    1. Thanks Ally! I always aim to add my own personal style in everything I wear haha!

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  6. Oh my gosh you look super classy!!!!

    Vanessa

    therealnessonline.com

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  7. Wow I can't believe you created your own fascinator. I would have never guessed if you didn't mention it! Amazing and you're looking very glam

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    1. Thanks hun! I love diy projects and I'm an artist so this came natural lol. I definitely want to make more!

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  8. What a stunning look - you look incredible! I LOVE the vintage look, and the blue is an amazing colour - what a vibrant shade!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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    1. Thanks Britt! It's one of my favorite looks I've ever put together!

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  9. What a creative look! You could totally have a Gatsby-80s fused party and it would be a hit!! And I can't believe you got the dress from a thrift store, it looks expensive. Great outfit, love it!

    Hannah
    Floraful

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    1. Thanks Hannah! Yes I STAY in the thrift store lol. This dress would havecosted between $100-$200 back in the 80's!

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