How to Dress: Futuristic Retro

Posted on February 03, 2015, 11:52 pm
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The Henry Art Gallery is hosting their annual gala on February 28. Tickets are still available online for purchase; make sure you get yours soon! The theme this year is Future History and the dress code ‘Futuristic retro.” You may be wondering, what does that mean? What do I wear? And really, there is no right answer, but I have some ideas for you to try out.

look2The first look is inspired by the shoulder pads of the 80s, and the science fiction outfits of Hollywood movies. This Rick Owens Black Ala Level Dress is sure to be a showstopper. The flared shoulders and sleek cut of the dress are a futuristic dream. Pair the dress with simple heels like these Louboutin open toe pumps to avoid overshadowing the dress. However, any great outfit needs one statement piece, and for this futuristic femme fatale ensemble, I recommend the Issey Miyake Mirror Silver Large Prism Clutch. This breathtaking clutch actually changes shape depending on what you decide to put inside. You’ll probably spend the night answering the same question over and over again, “Where did you get that bag?!” Finish your outfit with a simple bracelet such as this Modern Flat Cuff from Moorea Seal.



jlMen are not exempt from playing dress up for the gala, so I advise breaking from the usual black-tie attire. The 70s were such a great time for fashion: loud prints, the wide pants, and synthetics everywhere in sight. All of these ingredients come together in the Dries Van Noten Dancer Print Suit and create a modern 70s time capsule. The nude dancer print is based off of pen drawings by Richard Haines, a renowned fashion illustrator most famous for this blog What I Saw Today. Combine the suit with a pair of derby shoes like the APC Chic Derby. For the full 70s effect add a vintage coat. The one pictured is a reclaimed vintage coat available online on




wtw4The final look is for those who want to have a Twiggy moment. Twiggy, if you don’t remember, is the iconic model from the mid 60s with the big eyes and tiny androgynous body. For maximum fun, a printed shift dress is the way to go, like this quilted Carven piece. The bright print is sure to make you the belle of the ball. Metallic flats will ensure you’re comfortable and fabulous while you get groovy on the dance floor. Your Twiggy moment wouldn’t be complete without a coat. Add this J.Crew Cocoon Coat to your look for a full 60s mod moment. The final step in fully embodying Twiggy is thrifting for the perfect bag. I found this one on Etsy.

Happy shopping and I hope to see you all at the Gala this February 28!

2 Responses to: How to Dress: Futuristic Retro

  1. A

    February 4th, 2015

    A great article for sure! I look forward to reading more!