So one of the ideas I had on Polyvore was from RubyFrame who said that I should write about Carey Mulligan's costumes in An Education. So here I am! An Education is set in 1960s London so I pretty much collapsed as I am mad for 60s fashion and the proud owner of a vintage blue belt from the 60s. Flicking through some stills from the film, I noticed that even though in the school scenes her hair is worn down, it is sometimes worn in an elegant beehive not unlike Audrey Hepburn's! This is a typical hairdo from this time period but, recently I've seen it broadcast a lot on television programmes and it might just be coming back into fashion. Beehives are hard to achieve so it is best if you get a friend who is talented in the hair dept. or go to a hairdresser's to have it done.
I wasn't very keen on her school uniform but I guess anyone who has to spend 5 days in one anyway wouldn't. Though the dresses she wears are elegant and beautiful. I especially love the dress with the gold flowers on it. It kind of reminds me of the curtains in my grandmother's house-in a good way of course as they have a sort of elegant, Parisian feel to them. In fact, nearly all of the dresses she wears in An Education have a bold pattern printed onto them. During the summer, bold printed dresses were very popular and available in almost every shop. To give a sixties feel to the look, try adding a beehive hairstyle or another elegant updo and key 1960s make-up.
This is also shown throughout the film. In the school scenes she doesn't wear much at all if any but she does when she is dressed elegantly. She wears red bright or deep red ipstick, lots of mascara and eyeliner (google "twiggy eye makeup"for help) but its very important not to wear to much foundation as the main make-up trend for this period in time was dark eyes. The lipstick doesn't always have to be such a bright red if you have a lighter hair colour or different complection.