You might be wondering what this post is about… well, it was my friend’s hen do last Saturday and in true hen do style, the theme was a secret and only revealed to the hen on the day. As you may have already guessed, the theme was nautical… My friend is getting married abroad on a yacht, so fittingly, we were her sailorettes and she was our mermaid!
River Island Polka Dot High Waisted Trousers (similar here) .:. Topshop Vest .:. H&M Cardigan (in store) .:. Primark Peep Toe Bow Flats (in store) .:. Sailor Collar & Hat .:. Heart Sunglasses .:. Topshop & H&M Rings
The talks of nautical outfits had been going on in secret for probably over a month, with everyone having a slightly different take on it, but a general consensus was ‘vintage’. I spotted these high waisted polka dot trousers around that time so I snapped them up straight away, thinking I had enough time to come up with something else if they weren’t right, but when I got them, I loved them! Plus, I was thinking that I wanted something I could wear again.
Next up, was the sailor collar as I couldn’t find a nautical top that suited, but it did the job quite well. I tied a little polka dot red ribbon to the knot, to sit with my trousers and give a little pop of red. At the time when I’d thought of it, I hadn’t quite worked out a jacket and everything was quite navy and white. Later, I found a basic red cardigan in H&M and completed my look with a last-minute-day-before dash to Primark for shoes and amazingly, they had the perfect ones in store!
With the theme being on the vintage side, I just had visions of heart sunglasses so couldn’t resist when I found some on ebay for a pound… and then there was the hair… after quite a few youtube tutorials and pinterest searches for victory rolls and retro hairstyles, I came up with this look. I did have to practice twice as I didn’t want a disaster early on Saturday morning and I think it came out pretty well. (If you ever want to try out a vintage hair style or victory rolls, I found this tutorial pretty useful, my fringe is number 3. The Pomp Swirl.) I then just twisted and pinned my hair round the back to the side of my face and it held all day and all night without me having to do anything. If I ever get up in time, I might do my hair like this more often!
And lastly, you can’t be a vintage sailorette without a red lip and large black winged eyeliner…
So what do you think?
Ship Ahoy! (hehe)
PS. I didn’t have much time to go out for any snaps, so a little make-shift vintage set up consisting of an old vintage trunk and paraffin canister (don’t ask) had to do in my living room!