I’m writing this post after a weekend full of singing, dancing and fun in London. If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll know that over the last few weeks I’ve been in lots of rehearsals for an inter-University Show Choir Competition. I’m in my University’s Glee Society and on Mother’s Day, we had the opportunity to perform on a Leicester Square stage. It was the most amazing experience and one that I will never forget. We got to wear swing dresses much to my delight, and as someone who loves vintage and pin-up style, I used it as an opportunity to bring out my inner 50s girl.
I originally became interested in the 50s when I watched Grease for the first time and whenever I’ve visited Camden or Spitalfields Market in the past few years, I’ve always been drawn straight to the vintage and pin-up stalls. I’ve stood there for ages considering which dress I’d like most and then just gone home without purchasing one, thinking I’d find the right opportunity to wear one of these dresses at some point.
For the show choir competition, I finally got a swing dress and they were entirely polka dot print. Pulled in at the centre with satin ribbon, they were both flattering and pretty. As a team, we had these dresses in green, pink and yellow, and which vocal group you were in depended on what colour dress you had. Being a soprano meant I got green and although green is something I wouldn’t normally wear, I think I’ll definitely consider it when shopping now; it contrasted well with my dark hair. I need to wear bright colours because of my dark hair and eyes, and this green was still bright enough for me. We completed our fifties look with curly hair, deep lipsticks and strong eye make-up, with me opting for my favourite Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in number 30, that I’m always raving about.
I’m really glad we opted for classic fifties style for the competition because it meant I finally got myself a swing dress. Since wearing it on Sunday, I’ve become obsessed and I really want to try more 50s outfits soon. In fact, Sunday’s post is actually an Olivia Newton John Grease-style outfit, sticking with the fifties theme.