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Some brides love to have a themed wedding, with many of them being inspired by a different era. Whether this sounds like you or not in can also be fun to have a different time period influence your hen party – maybe a 60s roller disco night out, a vintage 50s tea party, a Roaring 20s murder mystery dinner, or just a subtle nod to your chosen decade through your outfit. There’s something out there for every hen and every era.



The 1920s is a decade known for straight cuts on their dresses but mischievous behaviour of the infamous flapper. The twenties are filled with the intricate decorative beads and sequins and sleek flattering silhouettes, which as perfect for a glitzy hen night out. The vintage styled sequined dresses from prettyguide.com, such as this one above, showcase the classic Charleston look with a modern twist. Keep the glittering sequin style running throughout your look with metallic heels and a gold glitter eye shadow. Take inspiration from the Kardashians at Kris Jenner’s 60th birthday bash with glittering dresses, opulent accessories and luxurious headpieces for an ultra glamorous affair – try magpie jewelled clips and headpieces from Her Curious Nature, found in Topshop, to finish off your hen outfit with true Roaring Twenties glamour. For a dazzling night out try Bert’s Jazz Bar in Belfast, or for a more extravagant night out, try a Party Like Gatsby grand event, happening in Dublin on 28th May. I’m going for my friend’s 21st birthday, wearing the dress above, but the party is also perfect for a roaring good time with your friends on a hen do!



If you’re more 50s goddess than 20s flapper lindybop.co.uk is the website for you, with lots of fifties inspired dresses to choose from. Perfectly suited to a retro hen party out for dinner or going to a late night music venue the Carola swing dress above is a fun and flirty dress, just right for a retro hen do coming up in the summer months. The dress features all of the key elements to create a 1950s showstopper, such as a flattering sweetheart neckline and halter neck straps with a fitted bodice, contrasting with a wide flared skirt to create the classic 50s silhouette. Finish off your outfit with a bright lip and equally bright shoes to match, keeping the look fun and playful to match your fun retro hen party with the girls. Or if you’re feeling inspired by Grease and the recent Grease Live production, try a pink satin bomber jacket from Topshop and get your whole hen party group to pay homage to the pink ladies!




Even though the 70s are the era of the moment on the high street there is so much more to the era than flared jeans and suede handbags. Take inspiration from ASOS marketplace’s Aleta dress if you’re planning a retro 70s vibe for your hen celebrations. The large over the top bell sleeves of the dress are fabulously 70s, as is the yellow tie died-esque pattern of the dress. Like the model above team yours with matching ankle socks for a quirky look, or add tights and a chunky wooden platform heel from the likes of Zara. With beaded tie detailing already part of the dress there’s no need to add a necklace, so focus on chucky bangles and large costume earrings in keeping with the 70s feel.



Even though the 90s are closer to home than the other eras they still provide fun dressing up themes for hen nights! Think 80s glitter combined with a grunge attitude and you get the style of this vintage 90s prom dress, above. Again, this is from ASOS marketplace, a great treasure trove of vintage finds whatever decade you’re looking to for inspiration. If you are having a throwback to the 90s you can do no wrong with this gold cocktail prom dress. It has daring slashes at both sides, accompanied by a soft scarf at the shoulders for an effortlessly cool and edgy feel. Style your dress with heeled ankle boots to stop the dress from looking too “pretty” and top it off with a heavy smoky eye, perfect for a hen night out filled with music and partying.

There’s something fashionable for every hen in every retro era with each one being infamous for its own brand of fun. Get inspired by any of them and create a themed night to remember with all your close friends – whether you end up at a chic and sophisticated 50s do, or channelling the flower power of the 70s, you’re sure to have a roaring good time – and look great while doing so!

Image Credits: HauteHippie | LindyBop | ASOS

Lydia Stevenson

Lydia loves nothing more than spending weekends shopping for the latest styles with friends, or curled up with a fabulous fashion magazine!



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