Welcome to this edition of Catwalk / Sidewalk, where Simon Style Setter Kristen will walk you through translating the hottest runway trends to real life outfits. In this edition, we're talking retro glam. Carolina Herrera is known for the sophisticated allure of her gowns, and her Fall 2013 Ready to Wear collection was no exception. (You really should check out the whole collection - it's breathtaking!) While the look is all siren, the idea is to keep it fresh... seductive, but quietly so. Here are the keys to trying the forties glam look without going overboard!

1) Perhaps one of the reasons vintage looks are so popular is that they celebrate women's curvy bodies! V and scoop necklines, nipped-in waists and full skirts; you'll see that most forties clothing followed round lines. Women of all sizes can look great in retro styles for this reason - the shape of the clothes works with your curves, not against it! 

2) Since forties styles are so good at celebrating your shape, you don't need to show a lot of skin to make the look sexy. Alternatively, you don't want to look like a nun. The pink dress above is about as much skin as you should possibly show; the blue dress, the least.

3) Pin-up girl makeup and hair is also very popular, but when worn with retro-style dresses, it can look a little costume-y. To keep it modern, try natural hair and makeup. For hair, sleek straight styles or wild waves look beautiful; as does a low, basic bun or a polished side ponytail. Makeup looks best in neutrals - try a soft or nude lip instead of va-va-voom red. 

Do you like wearing retro styles? How do you them make them look more modern?

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(1) Badgley Mischka Beaming pump, via Bloomingdales (2) BCBG Max Azria Alicia silk charmeuse sash gown (3) Kate Spade New York Olivia dress (4) J. Crew collection Dauphine gown in watercolor floral. All looks available at stores in The Mall at Chestnut Hill. See more fashion and style tips at the Simon Style Setter blog.

Kristen is the Style Setter for the Mall at Chestnut Hill. She also blogs at TheBostonFashionista.com.