What to wear
Lakewood has visited the Roaring 20’s and the Funky 70’s, and this year, we’re taking a trip back in time yet again. We invite you to the days of Marie Antoinette and the Royal Court–the Baroque period of the 1700’s Travel back in time with us to 18th Century Versailles, France–the center of French fashion and political power. Don your best pastels, lace, ruffles, and extravagant gowns for an elegant–yet rocking–soiree as only Lakewood knows how to do. This year we’re going for “Baroque” in the Garden of Versailles.
Don’t worry, the party attire isn’t as difficult as it sounds. For more inspiration visit our Pinterest board. Here are some pointers:
Want to look like you stepped right out of the French Royal Court?
MADAME: Luckily, Dallas is home to many costume shops, vintage stores, and theatres. Here’s a list of a few places where you can find period-specific costumes. But no costume is complete without a wig so don’t forget to find a powder-white or pastel-colored pouf to make your costume as authentic as possible!
MONSIEUR: For the guys you can find a period specific costume as well, but don’t forget your wig! Men in the 18th Century often wore powdered white wigs or long curly locks in their natural color. Tie it back in a low ponytail or wear it long–either way is appropriate!
Don’t forget to check Etsy, eBay, and other online costume shops!
Want to look like the 18th Century without wearing an authentic costume?
MADAME: Find a pastel gown with tulle or lace, a full skirt, and low neckline to show off your décolletage. Tease your hair into a pouf and decorate it with feathers or a period-appropriate fascinator. Finish off your look with light-colored or airbrushed makeup with a drawn-on mole and Baroque-themed jewelry.
MONSIEUR: Wear a black-tie appropriate tuxedo or suit with a tie that matches your madame’s dress or resumbles colors of 18th Century French fashion. And if you’re feeling really French, add a wing for an unexpected twist!
elegant yet understated
Not into costumes? No problem! You can still fit right in.
MADAME: Wear a pastel-colored dress for a modern look that could work for an 18th Century party or any other black-tie event. Draw on a mole and wear Baroque-themed jewelry to polish off your look.
MONSIEUR: Wear a black-tie appropriate tuxedo or suit with a tie that matches your madame’s dress or resembles colors of 18th Century French fashion.