♫ I don’t know how you convince them and get them, but
I don’t know what you do, it’s unbelievable ♫
— Lana Del Rey, “Million Dollar Man”
Since I was young, I’ve always been fascinated by all types of styles from the ’50s and ’60s, whether it was fashion, beauty, hair, decor, or design. Brigitte Bardot, Francois Hardy, and Jackie O were and still are just some of my style icons. And no, I’ve never watched an episode of Mad Men, but from what I’ve seen, I definitely would’ve found even more style inspiration from that series. There was that time I wore a Bump-It to rock a beehive at the most casual outings. There was that time I rush-ordered a red-and-white polka dot wrap dress for my university graduation. And there was that time I got that same pattern and colour in a pinup-style swimsuit.
So it’s no surprise why I’m a huge fan of Stop Staring, a vintage-inspired ready-to-wear clothing collection based in Los Angeles and designed by Alicia Estrada. I had first learned about them after Haley Reinhart floored me with her rendition of “Rolling In The Deep” in 2011 with that aforementioned red-and-white polka dot “Glamour Wrap Dress”. She looked adorable with her retro outfit and soft waves — and I wanted to look adorable, too!
Since then, I knew I’d always have Stop Staring as my go-to option whenever I needed a classy yet statement-making dress. This “Million Dollar Baby” red dress fits that exact description. I love the sweetheart neckline and feminine ruching at the bust and waist — instant flattery for my straight-and-shapeless physique (but any body shape really). I also really like that it’s just over knee-length, making it perfect for all types of occasions, from day to night, especially weddings.
This is my fantasy dress for when I daydream about performing as a jazz singer in a smokey lounge. My soundtrack to this dress is Lana Del Rey’s “Million Dollar Man” (my favourite track from the enchanting, gloomy-glam songstress), not just because they share similar names, but because both are very James Bond-esque. The song and the dress definitely have that sexy and dangerous 007 feel, and I love feeling like a badass Bond girl. (Very tempting to go into my essay about why Bond themes are the franchise’s main attraction, which ones are my favourite, and which artists would be a great fit for future themes, but I’ll save that for another time… or another blog entirely).
This outfit also features a lovely clear crystal bracelet from the newly-launched online boutique Rox ‘N’ Bunny. I rarely wear bracelets, mostly because my wrists are embarrassingly tiny and everything just slips off. But I love that this bracelet comes with two lock holes so I use the second one and it sits just perfectly. I really like the simple but glamorous design of this bracelet and it works perfectly with my evening look.
Do you have a favourite dress or outfit that makes you feel like you’re living out your daydreams and fantasies? Let me know in the comments section below!
Have a great one!
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