How to have a 1920s style?

The 20s are a common theme for costumed parties. You are invited to one and don't know what to wear? Here are a few ideas that will help you:

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20s fashion

Gangster, flapper or 20s tomboy, different styles can be found, all referring to the 1920s, a period of time really rich for fashion.

The 20s are actually very modern and are still today a huge inspiration for designers. It was the moment in History when everything changed and modern fashion appeared. So your outfit can be really nice, trendy and far from being a simple costume.

20s Fashion For Women

The 20s Tomboy :

During the 20s, a lot of women cut their hair short, started wearing black jackets and high-waisted trousers, creating a thin line between male and female fashion. This style could make you think about Coco Chanel when she was still a young designer.

Wear : loose-fitting trousers, a jacket and brogues

Hair : Choose a bobbed haircut - so Louise Brooks! - or make finger waves. If you are not used to this kind of hairstyle, go to a hairdresser or ask a friend to help you, but practice before the big day!

Accessories : accessories are very important. Find a tie, a bowler hat, gloves, a walking stick, ... but the best will be a cigarette holder, that you will easily find in a costume shop. Dare to be a 20s provocative woman!

20s fashion

The Flapper

The Charleston was at the origin of big changes in women fashion. They indeed, needed shorter dresses to be able to dance. Of course, mini skirts of the time seem long today! Nothing was shorter than knee-length but it was a real evolution for women.

Wear : dresses with straight shapes, low waists and feathers, pearls or fringes.

Hair : bobbed, curled, waved

Accessories : long necklaces - even better if you can wear several of them - and headbands. Forget the handbag and choose a little clutch or purse that you could keep in your hand while dancing the Charleston!

The flapper style is often seen in fashion shows:

Anna Sui:

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The Everyday 20s Woman

Want to stay classic and simple with an everyday 20s look?

Wear : a dress under the knee in shades of beige, brown, nautical blue, ...

Hair : short is of course always possible, but you could also make a bun or wear a scarf in your hair

Accessories : a loose-fitting low-waist belt and hourglass heels.

20s Fashion For Men

Fashion for men was much simpler than for women. You could imagine Al Capone and have the looks of a perfect 20s gangster.

Wear : a suit, even better if it striped

Hair : parted on the side and no crazy hairstyles please!

Accessories : a hat, brogue shoes or white galters.

A style you could find in Salvatore Ferragamo Spring Summer 2010 collection:

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Need More Inspiration?

Have a look at online vintage shops to see real dresses from the 20s (and maybe buy one?)
* Contentment Farm
* Dorothea's Closet
* Vintage Textile

For more information, details and pictures from the 20s, visit the very interesting website Fashion Era

Don't forget also to check eBay and look for "flapper dress", "20s style" and things like that.

If you want to buy a costume for your party, go there: Costume Shop

And find more inspiration with the beautiful movie Some Like It Hot by Billy Wilder staring a girl called Marilyn...

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Published by Rebecca, on December 29 2009, 11:15 ( Contact)


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