You don’t need a theme in mind to create the best vintage hen party the wedding world has ever seen, but it’s a pretty good place to start. Here are the movies you should be watching with Prosecco and pizza on your next girl’s night in – all in the name of research, of course.
The Great Gatsby
Do you like large parties? We do, especially when they give us an excuse to emulate the heroines of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. Furs, feathers, pearls, sequins and cigarette holders are obligatory, and we’ll never not encourage a blunt bob, even if it comes courtesy of a wig.
We couldn’t call ourselves the vintage hen party experts if we didn’t mention everybody’s favourite high school romance. Pink Ladies are a classic but there’s nothing to stop you throwing on your fave leather jacket instead of slipping into the satin, because who says only the boys can be T-Birds? Beauty school dropouts needn’t worry either, because we’ve got a whole arsenal of skills to transform even the most hapless hens.
Bear with us on this one! Spice World might not be considered a vintage classic but those outfits take some beating. Any 90s gal who tells you she’s never wanted to rock Ginger’s Union Jack frock or Baby’s platform trainers is fibbing, but you’ve gotta go all in on this one. Pigtails, Adidas popper tracksuits, micro minis, red streaks and wild afros; we’ll do it all in the name of girl power.
Big knickers and a slubby knit isn’t a difficult look to put together, but something magic happens when you pull on those pale pink leg warmers and slip on your sweatband. Grab your leotard, backcomb your barnet and get ready to shake what your momma gave ya; water optional!
We’ll have you looking amazing – ‘come what may’ – but if that means feathers, frills and all-out fancy then that’s even better. We’re talking more Satine than slightly sleazy showgirl outfit, so think alabaster skin, Forties waves, rouged lips and ever-so-slightly extended eyebrows. That and a whole lotta plumage, of course.
We’ll forgive Cher for not knowing who vintage jazz icon Billie Holiday is, but only if she lends us that plaid skirt suit. Clueless was the Mean Girls of the 90s and you’ll find it easier than ever to throw a suitably Cher outfit together. Dig out your beret, pop socks and scrunchies girls…oh, and your pink fluffy pen!
Saturday Night Fever
Step away from the white flared trouser suit a la John Travolta and slip into 70s mini dresses, flared sleeves, platforms and jumpsuits. Make like Debbie Harry and Donna Summers with lashings of smoky shadow, contoured cheekbones and centre-parted curls.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
There’s the Audrey in a pink dress and the Audrey in the eye mask and pyjamas. There’s the Audrey in the tutu and, of course, the Audrey in the black gown, gloves and pearls. Whichever Audrey Hepburn, or rather Holly Golightly, persona you choose to recreate, the bambi eyes and high-octane updo are a must.
Desperately Seeking Susan
Take one head of wild curls, wrap them in a sheath of black ribbon – tied at the front in a big bow – and add a signature beauty spot beside those red lips. Susan Thomas’s look was that which every teen girl of the 80s sought to imitate and there’s nothing more fun than putting on that soundtrack and reliving the fashion disasters all over again.
You can keep Ben Affleck and Josh Harnett, because our love affair with Pearl Harbor started with the hair and make-up department. The classic forces beauties stole the show with matte red lips, powdered porcelain skin, subtle eye makeup and pin curls, rolls and finger waves. Of course, those outfits aren’t too shabby either.