2010s Does 80s Does 40s… Evening Version.

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Today I am doing a Day to Evening Post, but in reverse order.  I wanted to start with the Evening look, to show this dress in its original form.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the Day version to show how I re-styled it to make it office appropriate.

Grey Polka Dot Peplum Dress

When I saw this dress on the ModCloth website, it was hard to tell what the proportions were or what the fit would be like.  I was truly hoping for a more classic 40s fit, but it’s impossible to tell in pictures on a mannequin.  I added it to my wishlist anyway, because I fell in love with the fabric, the peplum, and that adorable grosgrain bow at the waist.  Mr. Kitty loved it, too, so he bought it for me!

Vintage Hairstyle

The skirt turned out to be much shorter than I expected, and the fit is very, very body-conscious.  I love body-con fashion, but in this case it’s just a bit too snug for me (especially since it has no stretch whatsoever).  It really struck me as having an 80s vibe to it, reminiscent of the big “80s does 40s” trend.  So I decided to play that up with satin gloves and pearl overload, while keeping it a bit more classic with my hairstyle and simple shoes.

Grey Polka Dot Peplum Dress

This turned out to be a fun look, but not one I would get a lot of use out of.  There also just isn’t that hint of Goth that I love to incorporate into vintage-inspired looks.  The office version of this dress worked much better for me.  Stay tuned to read about it in my next post!

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  1. Isn’t it nice when hubby buys clothes. It is so nice!

  2. I think the cut and length of the hem is very flattering on you. It gives the dress a modern twist.

  3. I normally don´t like peplum dresses, but I appreciate the way you revamped this particular piece. It is nice you got the 40´s look with such a piece, and I always find lovely the grey/black combination ♥

  4. I’m not a fan of peas but this outfit is going to wow you. I also want to say that I am appreciative of your hair and their length. They’re are beautyfull and awesome.

  5. You’re so right, this is so eighties. I’m in love with it!

  6. I get your point about the shape, the length and the lack of gothy – ness, but I still love everything about this dress! 🙂

  7. That’s a great colour and cut on you! I’ve been looking at your hair in the photos for about five minutes trying to imagine how you’ve done it at the back. Is there a bit of a bun made of braid or some curls in there? Or maybe something completely different to what I’ve tried to guess…

  8. You have great legs and can totally pull off that length of hem. The dress is cute and you look fantastic but I can see your point about the lack of gothy-ness. You never know, you may pick up the perfect goth accessory for it to give it a sense of darkness. 🙂

  9. Can’t wait to read your next post… where you turn this evening dress into a formal office dress. I think the way you have accessorised this dress with elaborate pearl necklaces, satin gloves and pulled back hair give you a great evening cocktail party look. Wondering how you will turn this traditional dress with a modern twist into something more suited for wearing to work!!

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