How to Dress Up in Roaring Twenties Fashion!
Want to look the bee's knees in a ritzy flapper number?
Flapper dresses were tube shaped shift dresses with a dropped waist line - around the hips. They often had jagged hems, and drifted around the knees or even shorter.
Stockings would be worn rolled around the knees so when dancing a tantalising glimpse of a girls "gams" or legs could be seen.
Women were becoming so much more daring in the 20s, although flappers did have a fairly bad reputation, which they lived up to by staying out late, drinking lots of cocktails, smoking, and applying makeup in public.
So start with a flapper dress - have a look at the ones from Unique Vintage - the ad is to the left on this page or have a look at the listings for costumes at the end of this page. Genuine 1920s examples are in short supply but you might find some on the listings on this page. The ones in good condition will be very expensive. But there are lots of people still making them, as the style has never totally gone out of fashion. I had a a similar styled dress in the 1980s I remember, which would have been a great roaring twenties costume.
This book, based on the Sears Catalogues of the time, will give you some great ideas.
You need lots of accessories! Long dangling flapper beads, a compact, lipstick and a headband or cloche hat.
You can easily make a headband by sewing a few beads or buttons on a plain hairband and sticking a feather into the rim, or adding a few tassels.
We are now stocking a fabulous range of headpieces and 1920s flapper headbands with feathers at the Decolish Store.
Makeup was becoming very popular in the 1920s. With the popularity of
the silent movies everyone wanted to look like the latest stars like
Clara Bow or Bela Lugosi with their dark rimmed eyes and deep red
lipstick. Find out more about 1920s Makeup here.
Shoes are the finishing touch. Mary Jane style shoes were worn throughout the 20s, they had a small heel and a strap over the foot, so that they would be comfortable to dance the night away without falling off!
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