How a Costume Party Changed How I Dress


I went to a costume party on Saturday with some friends. The invitation gave a very specific costume theme: Laurel Canyon, 1977.  For more help they added: hollywood-glam-meets-sensitive-mellow-James Taylor-types-meets-post hippie-Eastern-mystical. Ha! I took some of my own liberties with the theme, and I think the results are pretty good.

Forever 21 supplied me with all my costume needs. It was so liberating to pick out clothes I would normally ignore. In the process, I started wondering why don't I dress like this all the time? I look gooood. For the first time in months I put my hair down and didn't mind the half wavy/half frizzy look that it seems to do naturally. When I got home and showed Rob what I bought, he asked, "Ok, out of all that, what I you actually going to wear again?" Truth be told: I've been wearing this outfit everyday since the party! haha Minus the faux mink coat of course. That will be going back to the store.  Yikes! But. Maybe I'll keep it. Who knows.

Another thing I learned? I was so whatever about buying flare jeans because I assumed I'd never wear them again. I bought those jeans without even trying them on. I figured they were only ten dollars, they looked like my size, and if they they were so bad, I could wear them around the house. I was shocked that when I got home that they fit me so well.  In the past, I've over analyzed jean shopping to death and never found a pair like this.

But where are my pictures? At least a self portrait to prove how good I looked?  I'm missing my chance. Oh well, you'll most likely see me wear this outfit the next time you see me antways.  

I think I've officially entered my 70's phase. Bell bottoms, long hair, low necks. It sort of just works on me. I've been fighting it for too long. My dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn never really was realistic. Remember my dream of looking like Molly Ringwald? When was that? Last month? ha! My style icons are obviously short lived. Today it is: Joni Mitchell.

I'll keep wearing my one 70's outfit until I get tired of it and switch style icons.  Or my outfit shrivels up and turns to dust like all clothes from Forever 21 eventually do. Which ever comes first.

Have you ever gone into a store and tried on something you NEVER would normally pick? And then LIKE it? If you haven't, I think it's worth a try. Go into it thinking: this is a costume this is a costume this is a costume and surprise yourself!

Click on the all the clothes below to get your very own 70's outfit aka my uniform.

Thanks for hosting us Joanna. I had so much fun. :)


  1. I bet you looked adorable! Long live the 70's!!!

  2. i was always told 'don't judge something on the hanger, put it on then decide'. but, i am still in my classic black on black on black maybe ill add in something crazy like jeans or a white button up shirt. yes, i know, i am wild and crazy! living on the fashion edge. ;) x

  3. I love 70s style and tend to gravitate toward boho-ish looks, even though no one is calling it boho anymore. One time I bought this shredded Harley Davidson t-shirt at a vintage store on a lark because it was so far out of my comfort zone. It was the first (and probably last) time I ever looked like a total bad-ass.

  4. I think I'll start wearing my witch hat more often.

  5. Gyða GunnarsdóttirMarch 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I have never done that, but now I want to take my ass to HM and try on clothes that I would not think off wearing myself, ohh wait I already did that. My red jeans.....still, I want to go and try out some more clothes.

  6. Do you watch Rachel Zoe? She wears very similar jeans,fur,& shoes all the time. She is a stylist. I LOVE her!:) I just bought a faux fur very similar to that one at Marshall's the other day:) Love it!:)


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