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Bobby Dazzler! Dallas style revisited…



Dallas, the Texas based Ewing family focused soap opera that came to epitomise the eighties, is set to relaunch next month on Channel 5… with a hot new look for 2012.

For those who remember it first time around, the upcoming relaunch will no doubt make you reminisce about JR’s scheming ways, melt at memories of his gorgeous brother Bobby and shudder at recollections of eighties style – satin, shoulder pads and, in the case of Bobby’s first wife Pamela Ewing, a hairdo that resembled a mullet.

So why are we excited for its return? Well, when it came to the fashion… to be honest it was so bad, it was actually quite good. Plus in the modern day, with our love of all things vintage, re-vamping bygone style for modern day is all part of putting the fun into fashion.

(Above image left to right: Red Herring plait style belt and checked shirt, Faith cowboy boots, J by Jasper Conran jeans, Kaliko hat and H! by Henry Holland shirt)

First things first, one such look modelled in old-school Dallas was ‘cowboy cool’ – a look that, believe it or not, has stood the test of time. When Sienna Miller first came to prominence with her hippy chick style, we all rushed to buy a pair of cowboy boots – seven years on, we’re still wearing them.

These days, the boho-style, in all its glory, may no longer be in fashion prominence, but checked shirts are a trend of the moment – it’s as if we’ve been anticipating the return of Dallas all along. Not into cowboy hats? Neither are we, but a floppy felt style is a modern day option that makes us feel so good, we could take on Texas.

(Above image left to right: Peplum styles from Star by Julien Macdonald and cream or black at Red Herring)

It’s impossible to revisit the style of Dallas without referencing the prominence of shoulder pads. Back in the eighties, they were everywhere. Not just on screen, they were in our wardrobes, for work and play. So, given we are somewhat hesitant to return to a style that looks like a form of armour, we’ve decided to opt for a modern day equivalent – peplum.

Structured, eye-catching, with enough volume (in some cases) to knock someone’s eye out (if they’re sitting down), peplum is perfect for the Dallas of today. If the female members of the updated cast aren’t wearing it come the relaunch, we’ll eat our floppy felt hat.

(Above images left to right: Blue full-length, belted jumpsuit from Phase Eight, short and sweet at H! by Henry Holland)

Now we’re jumping over to, er, jumpsuits, with this style another option that has survived the intervening decades. Dallas, first time around, disappeared from our screens in 1991, with jumpsuits first coming back into fashion favour in the summer of 2009.

Upon its initial return the playsuit was short and sexy, as opposed to the wide-leg styles showcased in Dallas yet, over time, the modern playsuit has merged with its predecessor with long, short, strapless or halter options, among others, now readily available.
(Above image left to right: Sequin bodice maxi from Ben de Lisi, cowl-neck glittering gown at Debut)

For a girl to do her thing, it always helps to inject a bit of bling. When it came to occasionwear the ladies of Dallas always knew how to dazzle, with their party outfits among the sparkliest to ever grace TV screens. This season, it seems Dallas and sparkles are back with a bang, with gorgeous sequinned and embellished numbers now available in store and online.

(Above image to right: Jonathan Kelsey/Edition tan glitter clutch bag, No. 1 by Jenny Packham bejewelled stilettos and stud disc earrings, snakeskin clutch from Star by Julien Macdonald, Jon Richard chandelier earrings and deep red shoe boots from Miss KG)

In keeping with the blingin’ theme, dress up like Dallas with a pair of over-sized studs – earrings were a big feature in the original series. Chandelier styles, already favoured fashionably today, also fit the look and feel of the eighties, re-vamped.

Heels must be high – the Dallas lady never fades into the crowd – with bejewelled stilettos a must for evening elegance, then and now. Merge said stiletto with a shoe boot and that’s modern-day Dallas done. As every woman knows, accessories are all about handbag envy so grab your mock croc, studded, embellished or boldly coloured design. All fabulous options and, while you’re buying…

… it’s probably best to choose one bigger than Texas.

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