CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Scientists -- other than the fictional Dr. Emmett Brown and Dr. Who -- haven't been able to pull off time travel yet, but it is possible through fashion.
That's what women will be doing for YWCA Charleston's Girls Night Out this year. Without saying goodbye to advances for women during the past 50 years, guests will help to move the organization forward while wearing fashions from the past for the Aug. 1 gala with its retro theme "Fly Me to the Moon."
Need insight on where to find fashions with the look of the 1950s/1960s? The WV Style Team has you covered.
Check out Collage at 805 Quarrier St., near the corner of Capitol and Quarrier, for retro styles and accessories. Collage owner Jamie Miller gets items in her store nearly every day. In addition to clothes and accessories, she repurposes broken antique jewelry into newly-designed pieces to give these treasures a new life.
YWCA's Past and Present Consignment Shop on Elizabeth Street has retro and retro-inspired fashions. Purchases at Past and Present would enable you to support YWCA programs with your fashions as well as with your GNO ticket purchase.
If you're looking for something new, but are inspired by the flair of the 1950s, look for A-line silhouettes and clean lines. A form-fitting natural waist and a boat or jewel neckline are common features in dresses from this time period. These are common features of current fashions as the retro-inspired look is very popular.
A-line dresses are easily found at White House | Black Market, JCPenney, Macy's in Charleston Town Center Mall, along with many other retailers. If you're seeking a 1960s inspired look, go for floral or graphic patterns, which are also popular with current retailers.
Prefer to shop online? Check out modcloth.com, pinupgirlclothing.com, dorothyperkins.com, and bettiepageclothing.com for inspiration or options for your retro look.
Final Fashion Thought: Don't be afraid to mix and match new items with retro and antique items to create your look. A hat, scarf or other accessories from antique stores like Stray Dog Antiques and Purple Moon can really tie a look together. Rocking antique or retro-inspired brooches, scarves, sunglasses, or even putting on some red lipstick can tie your look together.
The scoop on GNO:
This year, the event has a new venue --Yeager Airport's private hangar.
Girls Night Out is an outdoor gala, where event planners are anticipating 1,200-1,500 women dressed in retro fashions to support the YWCA's Resolve Family Abuse Program.
There will be food from 12 restaurants in Charleston, and guest bartenders and volunteer hosts will serve the beverages. Free shuttle service will be provided from the Bridge Road Shops and Northgate Business Park because on-site parking is limited.