I was checking out some old family photos and memories the other day; sepia tinted black and white, gorgeous but so old fashioned, showcasing 1920s fashion, my grandmother, and some Great Gatsby quotes.
And I couldn’t believe how fast and furiously the time has flown past but how much those memories are still part of me. It made me want to look up more about the 1920s fashion, and re-read the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It made me want to delve deep into my past and ancestry.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Anyway, during lockdown we decided to go onto Ancestry dot com to research our family trees, and to be honest we found neither paupers or princes and no great scandals which wasn’t really what we were hoping for!
In more recent times, my grandmother once owned, what seemed to us young kids at the time, a massive five bedroomed Victorian house in Hampshire and visits to her as a child are some of my fondest memories.
She was young in the 1920’s and would regale us grandchildren with stories of dances and life after the first world war. It all seemed so glamorous and daring, and when she let us dress up in her vintage taffeta ballgowns, or flapper dresses accessorised with long strings of mock pearls, we were in seventh heaven.
I love 1920s fashion especially the elements of flapper style. I wish there was more opportunity to bring it back into our dress code today.
Nonetheless if you’re wanting to add a little vintage to your look there are some things that can be incorporated to give modern outfits a vintage twist.
These are some of the 1920s fashion elements to consider if you want to re-create the 1920s look:-
- Below-knee length drop-waist dresses with a loose, straight fit.
- Beaded evening dresses inspired by “flappers.”
- Cloche hats.
- Cut your hair into a short bob.
- Beaded or feather headbands for evenings.
- Long pearl necklaces, bold Art Deco colours and, faux gemstones.
- Search charity shops for small beaded purses, makeup compacts and vintage cigarette cases.
- (For more 1920s ideas check out Vintage Dancer)
Themed 1920s Flapper Style Dress
For a 1920s themed party, I love the elegant, beaded, vintage flapper dress right off the roaring 20s runways below. It comes in several styles and colours and is available on Amazon. I’d wear this dress to a Christmas party, or a cocktail event or a themed party for a bit of fun.
Oh to be transported to the magical but dangerous times of the Great Gatsby.
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
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