New Year’s Eve: a night of sparkle, glamour, champagne- oh, and don’t forget that kiss- all while honoring the past and looking excitedly to the future alongside loved ones and friends. And so it goes, we once again put our best fashion foot forward, ready to seize the decadent night! Dancing shoes, check! A bit of bubbly, check! Party hair, of course, check! And what better way to pay homage to the glamour gods on this uniquely retrospective night, then by borrowing from the experts of yesteryear, the very women who personified glamour itself. Whatever ensemble you chose, whatever venue you’ve opted for, there is always room for vintage party hair. In the spirit of tonight’s celebratory nostalgia, here are my absolute, tried and true, favorite party coifs of the last century.
‘20s Pin Curl or Finger Wave
An all time personal favorite of mine, this do is simply the cat’s meow. Pretty, pristine, and intricate, this look runs the gamut from face framing and structured to loose and bouncy. Feel free to embellish with broaches or feathers pinned to your hair and a dark pout for authentic punctuation. Do note, however, this look should be saved for the grander of ensembles and is worn best with confidence.
‘40s Glamour Wave
Another look I’ve personally indulged in throughout the years, this sultry styling is not for the faint of heart. Made popular during the rise of the bombshell, this hairdo hits the perfect note between sex kitten and polished beauty, making it quite versatile to style with most outfits. With its deep part and cascading curls, it’s also surprisingly easy to achieve with the help of some hot rollers and curling iron. Pair with a red lip and position the wave over one eye to achieve the ever desired Veronica Lake effect.
Sixties culture ruled the year of 2012 and remains a relevant inspiration for 2013, so this coif may seem like an obvious shoe in, but the bouffant has been a longtime go-to do for vintage lovers . Sleek and stoic, the bouffant adds a pretty touch of rebellion to any look. Whether worn with a touch of fringe (bangs) and wavy hair or straight and minimal, this hairstyle remains a fashion forward fave while blowing a kiss to our renegade sixties counterparts. Do the bouffant justice, wear it with an equally retro frock and flats for a quintessential mod look or add impact to a chic tuxedo ensemble.
Feathered, curled, or teased, whatever your preferred texture is, the 70s has it in spades. From the urban and funky to the lithe and mystical, they were ascendants of the iconoclastic sixties, taking rebellion to an entirely new platform of excess and shock factor. Take cues from 70’s style mavens such as haute hippie, Bianca Jagger, the ever rocker chic, Angie Bowie and Debbie Harry, or fashion it girl and then newly married royale, Diane Von Furstenberg, the muses are endless! Style these frothy, textured dos with wide leg pantsuits, deep v-cut disco gowns, or off shoulder, bohemian frocks for an authentic look. Feeling inspired? Make the night complete and indulge in some local Studio 54 mayhem at beloved downtown haunt, Hotel Congress!
The night of new beginnings creates a spirit of giddy indulgence unlike any other, inspiring a time of sheer opulence. Romance, glamour, and frolic abound amidst the glow of electric candle light, so wherever midnight finds you, may your New Year’s Eve festivities be absolutely grand. Cheers!