Ask the Stylist: 30′s White Tie

Ask the Stylist: 30′s White Tie

Dear Ask the Stylist

 I’ve been invited to a summer ball where the dress code is “1930’s white tie”. What can I wear? Please help! A.B. London.

Oh you lucky thing, a summer ball!

White tie means a top hat and tails for the guys (their local suit hire shop should sort them out) and for ladies, it usually means a long dress. With the 30’s dress code thrown in, think Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Steal Ginger’s style with a halter neck dresses with tight-fitting bodices with floor-length skirts. Go for rich, baroque patterns and flowy tulle and satin dresses in bold colours. She wore lots of sparkle and flashed lots of flesh too!

Try eBay, fancy dress, vintage and thrift shops or if you’re feeling brave, order a pattern online and make your own dress.

Madonna did a modern take on 30’s evening dressing lately when she wore a beautiful, teal coloured Stella McCartney gown on the red carpet at the Met Ball.

Try Alberta Ferretti’s embroidered full-length silk dress to get a similar look. Alternatively, rent a designer dress online from Girl Meets Dress –the Australian designer Ruth Tarvydas dresses can be hired for £109 and fit the bill perfectly.

Other characteristics of 1930s evening dresses is that they are long and slinky, usually made of satin and can have open, revealing backs.

Add sparkle with your accessories (lots of sequins) and a faux fur or a fringed bolero.

Go “all out” and opt for a 30’s hairstyle too with tight waves, as seen in Ginger’s photo above. Keep your makeup porcelain with a strong red lipstick and lashings of mascara.

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One Response to “Ask the Stylist: 30′s White Tie”

  1. A.B. London Says:

    Thanks WSWs for the great tips!

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