• Belinda Bennett

Platinum Jubilee Party Looks Fit For A Queen

Updated: May 24


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Red, white and blue bunting is going up for the biggest celebration of the century - the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.


It's time to party! And, after Covid-19, what better excuse for a knees-up?


Whatever event you are planning to attend, be it a street party or disco at the pub, I've come up with some right royal ideas for your jubilee look.


Drawing inspiration from the seven decades Her Majesty has been on the throne, this really is an - almost - anything goes affair.


Let's get the party started!


1950s Party Looks


1950s fashion

The Queen's Coronation took place at Westminster Abbey amid a fanfare of pomp and ceremony on June 2 in 1953 - the year swing dresses were in vogue and tiaras became a fashionable piece of jewellery (a trend set by Elizabeth II herself). Max Bygraves was topping the charts with Cowpuncher's Cantata while Perry Como and Eddie Fisher were knocking out hit after hit. Less than ten years after the end of the Second World War, a spirit of optimism was in the air.


Across the pond, Marilyn Monroe was the darling of Hollywood - along with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner.


Want to embrace the '50s? A swing dress with a fitted bodice and sparkling necklace will go down a treat at any event. To recreate popular makeup looks of the '50s, try mono light blue eyeshadow, red lipstick and lashings of mascara. Don't forget... it was also the era of the cat eye.


1960s Party Look


1960s fashion

With the birth of the mini skirt, the rise and rise of iconic designer Mary Quant and 'free love', the1960s elevated pop culture to the mainstream. Liberating and exciting, it changed the face of British society forever.


The Beatles were a worldwide phenomenon, selling more records than any other artist. But, by the end of the decade, sharp suits and pudding basin haircuts were replaced by long-haired hippies strutting their stuff in mega-wide flares.


If you fancy giving the swinging sixties look a go for the Platinum Jubilee but aren't a fan of short skirts, why not consider hot pants or flared jeans? Neon eye makeup was in vogue, along with false eyelashes, baby pink lipstick and heavy black eyeliner. Sunglasses with bright-coloured frames and headbands were must-have accessories.


1970s Party Look


1970s fashion

Yellow, orange and brown - often in swirls and with a psychedelic twist - were the 'in' colours. Not just for clothes but wallpaper, furnishings and fashion accessories too. This was the era of sideburns (men only) and Pat Butcher earrings; big and dangly!


The band Queen, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac were hitting all the right notes for music lovers. While flares were still in vogue, punk burst onto the scene - inspired by a New York club's favourite acts, Blondie, Iggy Pop and the Stooges. This was also the height of the disco craze. Think of Saturday Night Fever, The Bee Gees, The Three Degrees and Boney M.


Because of its diversity, this decade gives you plenty of scope to dress up - or down. Fancy waxing your hair up into a Mohican or sporting some brown polyester or cord flares? This is your big chance! You can be as wacky or plain as you like with makeup. Try black or purple lipstick for the punk look, and pimp up your drainpipes with some chains for an authentic finishing touch. For the psychedelic look, why not match those flares with a colourful, baggy blouse? Use paints to create a bit of drama on the face.


1980s Party Look


1980s fashion

It's time for those padded shoulders, hair highlights and a touch of glitter. Yes, we've made it to the decade of the New Romantics. Think of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Visage. And then think of sweat bands, stripey long socks and asymmetric-cut fringes. Remember when almost everyone had a Walkman and big headphones? Sadly, I do!


This decade is credited with being the birthplace of power dressing, spurred on by strong female characters in TV shows like Dynasty and Dallas.


Whatever look you go for - be it a confident, smart Alexis Carrington Colby style or something inspired by pop culture - don't forget to wear blusher. It was big in the '80s, along with blue eyeliner and flavoured lip gloss. Tasty!


1990s Party Look


1990s fashion

Enter the era of boy bands, Britpop and fashion dominated by trainers and jeans. This decade also saw rap, grunge and hard rock all resonate with music lovers. Makeup styles tended to be a continuation of the '80s. Bright colours and blusher were a must.


Madonna was the Number 1 star of the decade and, although released in1985, the movie she starred in, Desperately Seeking Susan, was still influencing fashion choices. Think along the lines of lots of necklaces and bangles, a rah-rah skirt and backcombed hair. To be honest, it's much more interesting than jeans and a denim jacket for a Platinum Jubilee look.


On the other hand, one of the stand-out TV series of the '90s was The X-Files. Don't suppose you want to dress up as an alien?


Modern Platinum Jubilee Party Looks


modern fashion

Hoodies, crop tops, fake tan and over-sized jackets are among the current trends. There doesn't appear to be a single genre or style influencing consumers. And, with inflation and energy prices running rampant, not many can afford to fuel a new fad.


Don't want to attend a jubilee event in a themed outfit? Dig out your best clothes, rediscover some makeup you haven't worn in a while and make the most of what you have already got. That's what I'll be doing - although there's a little bit of me that fancies a punt at that Madonna look. See, still an 1980s' girl at heart.


The important thing is to ensure we all, as a nation, come together to collectively mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.


Our longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth has devoted almost her entire life to the service of others. Duty has always come first. As we celebrate her most major of milestones, let us not forget that her life has not been her own. Raise a glass in thanks for the huge sacrifice she has made.


Cheers!

Queen


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