Work the 30s and 50s vintage style dresses into your prom

By Sisi Tsoi

Let's continue our journey with the 30s, our all time favourite era. Think Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo. You might be interested in emulating Dietrich's style, with a white tux, shirt and bow tie. If you style your hair with a finger wave, it is bound to cause quite a stir. Alternatively, you can go ultra feminine like Garbo, with a floor sweeping satin gown, red lipstick and false eyelashes. Although you could be ultra feminine, you can command a statement entrance by injecting sober colours, bias cuts and lots of strong posing. The dress we show here is actually a vintage style dress, and it is inspired by the 30s.

What about the 50s vixen style for further inspiration? There are so many icons to choose from. Two which immediately spring to mind are Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Both of these stars were curvy, sexy and irresistible women. This look particularly suits anyone with a curvy figure.

The standard outline of the 50s goes in at the waist and flares out from the hip down. We all know there are a lot of options, one being Betsy Johnson's designs, although the courageous designer is unfortunately going out of business.

You can go for a classic pin-up dress, with a voluptuous clingy shape. With either a pencil skirt, peplum or sweet heart neckline, you will be the image of a 50s style icon. You can try to imitate the look of our sweetheart Elizabeth Taylor, with a full bosom and skirt. Try the dress shown here; with fitted bodice and flared skirt, it emphasises your figure and aims to hide all your sins.

What about the 60s? The swinging age went through an especially similar trend turnover to the 20s. It had lived through comparative revolutions to the 20s ; with the sexual revolution, ladies were out there to have a good time. With the trend of straight cut shift dresses, there were a lot of designers who popped up with the creative notion of a mini skirt. It certainly benefited us modern girls who want to display our legs. There are many shift dress options to be found on the high street like a simple pretty color block shift dress with a scalloped edge. A long sleeved baby doll shape, paying homage to Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, would be similarly trendy. With flowy long sleeves and colour contrast lace and ribbon design, these super short dresses will make you feel girly with that vintage edge.

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