Last night I had a nineties formal themed 40th birthday party. It’s harrowing to think that my formal was in the nineties, 22 year ago to be precise. For Year 10 I wore a sweetheart neckline, long dress with spaghetti straps, a crepey material in a dark burgundy. For Year 12 I wore a black, Grecian style halter neck, long dress. Both would not fit me today at all, but I don’t have them anymore (thank goodness).
THE HOST of the party wore her year 12 dress. Let’s collectively hate her. So what was I going to wear? I raided my wardrobe for as many 90s items as possible. I came up with:
- wrist corsage (a hair elastic with flower attached)
- patterned pantyhose (that I ripped up the bum and threw out after the event)
- sparkly earrings (though these aren’t super nineties, sparklies are a classic)
- A black stole (sheer scarf thing with tassels, I have had this since the nineties!)
- Vampy burgundy nails (Ulta3’s Rustic Red)
- Black sparkly high heels (I had a pair similar that I wore to my Year 12 formal, but a friend borrowed them on Schoolies Week and stretched them, broke one of them in the arch!)
- A burgundy gingham print dress with a sweet heart neckline (recently bought at SES clothes)
- A choker (but I didn’t end up wearing this, it was all a bit too much by now)
- Wore some nineties classic perfume, LouLou by Anais Anais
I over bronzered my face, threw my hair up and curled the pieces left out to frame my face. Classic nineties, we called them security curls, as girls always needed some hair out when their hair was up. Ta da!
I lasted all of an hour in my heels, but thought my efforts were pretty good!
I love the nail polish so much I’m carrying it into this week! Inspired by burgundy, maroon, oxblood etc. See below!