When I decided to try out a 40s-inspired ensemble for a museum opening reception (you know, like normal people at museum receptions do!) last week, I really wanted to complete the look by recreating “victory rolls,” a popular 40s style that involves lots of big curls defying gravity like they’re Idina Menzel.
I’m sad to say, however, that victory eluded me. I suspect it’ll take some practice (and an army of bobby pins) before I can truly capture the Peggy Carter aesthetic. In the meantime, though, my retro-ish outfit and a simpler alternative hairstyle did the trick!
Though I’d like to think I possess some vintage style skills–such as an uncanny ability to find weird dresses secondhand, for example–the realms of hair and makeup are completely beyond my limited powers. I wear my hair down nearly every day, and my cosmetics bag has only four items in it (BB cream, blush, wine-red lipstick, and special-occasion shimmery eye shadow).
Headband curls and red lips, however, are the only styling tricks that I can master every time. I wrapped my hair around a comfortable loop of fabric over night, and woke up feeling glad that I didn’t have to wear rollers.
In lieu of proper victory rolls, I just played around with some bizarre pinned-back whorls that kept my hair neatly out of my face.
I still dream of the day when I meet my Cool Vintage BFF who can teach me what on Earth mascara even is and how to perfect all pin-up hairstyles! And in return, I can show her how to…make envelopes, or play sad folk songs on the guitar, or speak semi-eloquently about Assyrian reliefs and Abstract Expressionists? Send me a telegram and we’ll talk!