What Are You Wearing? It’s All About the Hair and Accessories

Monday, July 5, 2010

You don’t need a huge wardrobe of amazing clothes. Sometimes it’s all about the hair and accessories.

With temperatures heading up toward the 30 degrees mark at the weekend I wanted something cool and comfortable to do, um, nothing much, really. Dinner, a drink by the river and more drinks in some of my favourite Norwich Pubs, The Rumsey Wells, and new discovery The Plough.

This is my favorite, but possibly most boring, dress ever. I’ve had it a long time, and you’ve seen it before at least twice in August 2008 and May 2010.

The upshot is that todays outfit post isn’t about the clothes, it’s about the hair and accessories that make a boring black dress into an outfit.

❤ Black Dress - M&S via eBay ❤ Butterfly Necklace - AbiLu Creations ❤ Belt - Primark ❤
❤ Shoes - Miss L Fire via eBay ❤ Silk & Bamboo Bag - eBay ❤ Bracelet - River Island ❤ Fan - Boot Fair ❤

Yep, that’s me hanging around in an alley way trying not to look like I’m touting for business, and that last picture might look like I’m attempting a Tyra Banks Smize, but I’m not, I’m squinting in the sunlight.

That handbag has been in my wardrobe for years and I keep forgetting about it. It’s silk with a bamboo handle and it’s really striking and always gets compliments. The fan came from a Boot Fair and is a new handbag essential for the breeze less tropical paradise the UK appears to have (temporarily) become.

Also, I really just wanted to show off my experiments with hair. I purchased some sponge rollers from Wilkinsons and had bash at seeing if I could get a neater curl by setting my hair with those instead of pin curls, and the answer appears to be “yes”, so I added 3 40s style victory rolls to the front of my head to keep my hair off my face and had a very pleasant evening watching people on the High Street try not to stare.

You can also get a better look at my necklace here, which is another one of my AbiLu Creations pieces.

Even better I rolled my hair back into a few quick pin curls before bed, and it lasted right through the next day too, almost unheard of on my hair, so sponge rollers seem to be the way to go.

Also, as ever, the weekend was Boot Fair time, and I came home with the cutest little wooden deer brooch and more vintage china to add to my growing collection. If you want to see them you should like me on Facebook as I tend to share my Boot Fair purchases on there at the weekends!

Oh, and, in case you missed me pimping myself out on Friday, if you love me at all you should pop over to the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards and tell them how lovely I am.

What did you do at the weekend?

19 Responses
  • Abilu
    July 5, 2010

    Wow! You look Hot! Thanks for the mention and I have that Primark belt too it’s great! 🙂

    • Retro Chick
      July 5, 2010

      It is isn’t it! I pretty much only go in Primark for belts and pyjamas!

      This is a really good thick elastic, it’s very “cinching”

  • Ashe Mischief
    July 5, 2010

    Ain’t nothing boring about that dress! You look TOTALLY FOXY!

    That’s why people were trying not to stare. I’m sure a few were trying not to drool, too.

    • Retro Chick
      July 5, 2010

      lol! Thank you Ashe! That made me smile!

  • Lori Smith
    July 5, 2010

    That dress is anything but boring! However, I’m sure some people could make it boring by not accessorising half as well as you have here. Nice work!

    I find that leaving sponge/foam rollers in overnight is the only way for me to get pretty curls that stay. Mousse is good, but setting lotion is the bees knees if you want your style to last until your hair’s begging to be washed 🙂

    • Retro Chick
      July 5, 2010

      I had to wash my hair late the next day as we went to a Boot Fair in what appeared to be a dust bowl and I was filthy!

      I use setting lotion, though it seems to be increasingly hard to buy, worryingly! I plan to repeat my experiment and see how long I can make my curls last….

  • Lauren
    July 5, 2010

    Your hair looks amazing. Well done on the rolls and curls!

  • Freya
    July 5, 2010

    Love the tiny victory rolls! I haven’t used sponge rollers yet, but I think I need to try now, as my pincurls never end up as petite as those.

  • Laura Kim Connell
    July 5, 2010

    Wow, you look so hot! Work that hourglass figure!

  • Louise
    July 5, 2010

    Well, you may think it’s a boring dress but I think you look great in it. Also, the hair looks fabulous, another tip with those sponge rollers, try some setting lotion. It works a treat and holds the curls for days.

  • Kanga_Rue
    July 5, 2010

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Love the dress, it’s a classic in a cut that really suits you. You can dress it up or down. Love your hair at the moment too!

  • birdie
    July 6, 2010

    I can’t even TELL YOU how in-awe I am of that coif. Gorgeous girl!

  • Style Eyes
    July 6, 2010

    Yes I agree sometimes simple clothes show off the accessories best. You look beautiful. I love this look. Also love your hair and the neckline of the dress- defin itely not aboring dress.

  • Fiona - Notorious Kitsch
    July 6, 2010

    I love any dress with a sweetheart neckline always works for the hour glass figure! Great hair as well btw!

  • fritha louise
    July 6, 2010

    That’s a really lovely dress! And your hair looks amazing like that, I love the curls on you!

  • Andi B. Goode
    July 8, 2010

    Wish I could wolf whistle on the internet ;] Your hair looks great. =D
    -Andi x

  • Sandra @ DebutanteClothing
    July 9, 2010

    You look HOT in that dress! Boring my foot!

  • BobbinsAndBombshells
    July 12, 2010

    Absolutely gorgeous! Wish I could master my hair like that!

  • victoria price
    July 20, 2010

    You look delish lady! Love the ‘pulling together with all different accessories’ outfit, fabulous. Also if you have problems with keeping the curls in try bed rollers (ebay), they’re soft enough to sleep in and the curl stays and stays, especially with a squirt of setting lotion xx