I Casually Wore a Hot Pink Wig to Dinner and I Think It Went Pretty Well

Dirty hair, don't care.
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Dirty hair, don't care.

I spent the weekend before last at Comic-Con in San Diego, California. My pals had a booth there and my dude was on a panel so I went to help out, swim and attend super-fun parties. 

With my dude's alter ego, Dr. Rockso at the Adult Swim Fun House. 

With my dude's alter ego, Dr. Rockso at the Adult Swim Fun House

While walking around the main floor on Saturday afternoon, I was getting a little stressed out because there was still SO MUCH to do -- and I needed to get back to the hotel to wash my filthy hair before I attended a fancy dinner that night. (I'm obviously more than a little obsessed with washing my hair.)

So I was thrilled when I strolled by a booth selling tons of inexpensive, candy colored wigs -- because let me tell you, cutting the hair washing portion out of getting ready cuts the total time expenditure in HALF. I instantly planned to just cram my dirty hair up under a wig and sail off into the night. 

The Epic Cosplay wig booth at Comic-Con.

The Epic Cosplay wig booth at Comic-Con.

I purposely picked a wig that was a somewhat conservative hairstyle -- shoulder length with bouncy curls. I chose one that also had straight bangs because I have very straight hair in real life, so it most "matched" my normal look. Plus the bangs help hide where the wig meets your forehead -- an important detail I only realized later on. (And a few well-placed bobby pins helped the whole thing blend into itself.)

The part of the wig that wasn't at ALL conservative was the color -- flaming hot pink!

I've had hot pink hair in the past, so I already knew I could pull it off pretty well.

Yes, this is my real hair.

Yes, this is my real hair.

Obviously a huge hot pink wig is not such a subtle look. But luckily I had some simple clothes in my suitcase to throw on with it to tone it down. That's the main reason I stopped dyeing my hair pink all those years ago -- so much of my wardrobe clashed with it, and I had to dress really simply to balance out the mania on my head. It got way boring, fast.

I settled on a low-key, slightly prom-ish black strapless dress and a plain pair of platform sandals and took off for dinner. 

Sorry for the phone in all these pics -- my not-so-trusty photog boyfriend was unavailable.

Sorry for the phone in all these pics -- my not-so-trusty photog boyfriend was unavailable.

Those sandals I'm wearing are by Dolce Vita -- they keep releasing them every season under different "J" names: Jade, Jude, and now Jury. I love them so -- the wedge provides support and the silhouette really elongates the leg. It’s flattering on everyone!

They are also THE MOST comfortable platforms I have ever worn. I walked miles in them at Comic-Con and my feet never hurt. I've bought them in 3 different colors already, and I'd buy a 4th if they made 'em.

I almost didn't wear any jewelry with this whole getup, but then I threw on this silly rhinestone "OMG" necklace at the last minute, as I didn't want anyone to think I was taking my look too seriously. 

OMG necklaces are eyerywhere!

OMG necklaces are eyerywhere!

The whole thing was a pretty big hit. I felt sort of stupid for the first 20 minutes but then I got over it. I got tons of compliments on it, and the wig came off as more of a statement fashion accessory instead of a big obvious scenery chewing deal. The best part was that I didn't feel the need to hit the bathroom every hour or so to make sure my hair wasn't a mess! It was pretty freeing. 

I think the slightly formal, party frock vibe of the dress I wore with this crazy wig helped it be a fun, classy look instead of veering into a ridiculous costume.

Black party dresses, $9.90-$325.00.

Black party dresses, $9.90-$325.00.

I also played it safe with my makeup. I considered doing a really simple nude lip, but then I found this pinky-colored Revlon Just Bitten balm stain (#020, Lovesick) in my makeup bag, so I decided to go matchy-matchy for simplicity's sake. I also used the lightest wash of a warm, golden toned eyeshadow, added a swipe of mascara (Benefit's "They're Real!") and called it done. I'm telling you, it's a total snap to get dressed when one part of your outfit is doing all the heavy lifting!

The whole look was such a success that I'm considering the purchase of a pastel ringlet rainbow wig next. Gabi succeeded in pulling off cotton candy fairy hair, but I'm way too lazy for that sort of commitment. I need a slap 'n go solution.

The thought of owning a second wig made me wonder how I would store them in between wearings. With a little searching, I found this girl's super clever shoe rack system.

Throw a sheet over the whole thing to protect them from dust and you're golden!

And there you have the story of how I came to attend a fancy dinner at the exclusive Oceanaire Seafood Room in San Diego with a bunch of uptight TV execs while wearing a hot pink wig and not looking like a total maniac. Go forth and party with your unwashed hair hidden from prying eyes, ya hear? You look AWESOME.

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