My fashionistas, ”Neon accessories add a high-voltage hauteur to simple black and white”- Michael Kors
Keeping MK’s theory in mind, I just broke up a monochrome Look with a massive fuchsia flower fascinator. Dressed for Ascot Racecourse on a 1950’s themed evening- Race, Rattle ‘n’ Roll. This is racing with a twist, and the perfect excuse to get together with friends, family or colleagues. It is also Ascot’s only evening meeting where the retro atmosphere will be electric with 1950s dress welcome. We all know Racecourse events follow a strict dress code, be it peak-season or flat-season. Ladies must dress smart for the occasion, no trainer allowed and one must cover their shoulder with a shrug or boleros or a stole. And when it is a 50’s themed event, one can envisage prom dresses, long opera gothic gloves, vanity bags, court shoes, polka dots etc.
Usually, I pick up the dress first and then accessories, this time, at first, I set my eyes on this black and fuchsia pink fascinator from Debenham’s exclusive designer Star by Julien Macdonald that has a mesh saucer design with an oversized silk blend rose and feather details. Then I thought, yes this would be my primary focus considering it’s a racecourse event, so I will create a Look around this star accessory and choose dress and accessories to compliment it. This is probably the very first time I have recycled my wardrobe for an event/party. Well…I do repeat clothes that I wear on daily basis but for occassionwear, it has been always like ”wear-it-once-and-they-go-back-to-the-closet-as-it-is”, that is why I prefer to put them on sale later, resulted me to start this blog under the name OneTimeFashionista.
Five years ago on a Boxing day, I went for shopping.What is the big deal? I shop every week! Unapologetically, I am a shopper who goes on shopping on a boxing day and come home with a full price designer dress as I buy what I like, not what is cheap. I have worn this only once at my housewarming party after shifting my base to London 5 years ago. And I wore it again last week at this event. Why repeat a dress? The fascinator was the main focus, I had to create a Look around it, since we are in a fashion season that’s going ga ga over the trend -monochrome, So I thought this is a good occasion to don a monochrome dress that already exists in my wardrobe, the bonus point is it goes with the theme of the party-50’s prom dress. Then I went on to adding sparkly clutch bag and court shoes to maintain a balance in the theme. I kept thinking what could be added to this Look to bring a royal touch, so I wore a pair of long black opera gothic gloves and a silver antique ring.
The fascinator’s net-veil is meant to hold the attention to the eyes, so I went for a dramatic smokey eyes and pastel lips. I couldn’t think of anything better than a victorian styled ear ring to go with this Look. With a dramatic and luxurious head accessories like this, I can’t make the mistake of going for a dangle or chandelier earrings, so I picked this 10 years old drop earring from my huge collection of earrinngs.
This black sleeveless shrug is part of the J by Jasper Conran designer evening wear range. Styled in soft feathers and lined with slippery satin, it is held in place with two ruched, elasticated straps under the shoulders. The moment I saw this, I knew I had to have it in my closet for its credibility of multi-purpose styling.
When it comes to styling your hair with hat or fascinator, you are not left with too many options to experiment, honestly! I could keep the hair open with soft curls or I could go for sexy side swept look which I did here. Why didn’t I keep them open? That’s because I wanted my halter neck to be shown clearly, I wanted my black faux-fur shrug to stand out. Why I went for side-swept curls? If you notice, my fascinator is designed to tilt to one side, so I could keep the hair falling on the other side of the shoulder, this way my halter neck could be seen clearly. Also, always remember to style your hair keeping the weather in mind. It was a very windy day, So I had to be prepared well, you see! Side swept curl is the latest hairstyle that is a rage among fashionistas women across the globe. Bollywood babes and Hollywood hotties are seen sporting this look everywhere, from red carpets to award functions. It looks extremely ah-mazing and classy! This look will work wonder for glam nights and weekend parties. Add some voluminous waves to your side swept side curls with hot rollers then pull back the side, and secure it with a sparkly clip or barrette. Chic and colorful hair accessories add a dash of zing to any simple hairstyle, just like I did here with my star accessories- fascinator.
Wearing: Debenhams Monochrome Prom dress | Jasper Conran‘s Black faux-fur shrug | Zara sparkly court shoes | Primark sparkly clutch bag | Claire’s black long opera gothic satin gloves | Accessorize silver ring | Drop victorian ear ring from New Delhi, India