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Make me a… 1920′s Flapper Girl September 16, 2009

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Advice, Fashion, Makeup/Cosmetics, Uncategorized, Vintage.
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Off the back of my vintage fashion exploration a few weeks ago, I have decided to produce a “How-To” guide for each of the eras I covered. These will contain clothes (both vintage, vintage inspired and direct repro), makeup and more, to help your achieve that distinctly vintage fashion style!

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 This week  I tackle the gorgeous and brilliantly tenacious 1920′s flapper girl.

The dress is the main thing for a vintage 1920′s fashion look. straight and generally relatively curveless, this era really knew how to party. With long spindle like legs, little in the way of the chest department and hair cropped into a bob, they used to dance across many a dance floor in detailed sequined and beaded numbers. There were plenty of other dress styles, but this is the look that stuck in our minds and that truly represents that 1920′s vibe. You can go vintage, but bead in mind that the delicate beaded, lace and see-through dresses are approaching 90 years old and will be pretty darn pricey.

1920's fashion black lace flapper dress

1920's fashion black lace flapper dress

Try this stunning lace dress from Posh Girl Vintage if you do have the financial resources! If you are pinching the pennies (and the pounds), then try for repro. The 80′s in particular were fascinated with the fashion of the 20′s and 30′s, and tried to reproduce both faithfully and… well… not so. Nowadays Monsoon in particular have a good line of 1920s fashion inspired clothing; dresses like this beaded halterneck mean that busty girls can now enjoy that 1920′s flapper girl luxury!

Monsoon 1920's flapper dress

Monsoon 1920's flapper dress

I may get in trouble for saying so, but I don’t believe wearing vintage or being inspired by moments in fashion history mean you have to be loyal. Every body shape should be able to find something to wear, even if they are “too curvy” for the 20′s or “too straight” for the 50′s. These interpretations allow a happy middle ground.

 Ok, on from the dresses to the accessories. Cloche hats were one of the most popular styles out there, suiting those cute bobs and cheekbone-y faces. Luckily, these hats are really back in fashion again, meaning that you can happily either wear vintage of the surprisingly faithful versions popping up on the high street. Cute curls popping out from under this head hugging hat will look cute in any era!

For the perfect winter look, M&S are producing this cute grey 1920′s cloche hat that will go with any thick winter coat, whilst for a fancy evening this actual vintage 1920′s hat from Samaya Ling is just stunning in such a vibrant shade of green, with those gorgeous satin ribbon.

M&S pure wool 1920's cloche hat

M&S pure wool 1920's cloche hat

 

Vintage 1920's cloche hat

Vintage 1920's cloche hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, finish your flapper girl look with some beautiful makeup. With pale philosophical faces, the 20′s were about looking pale and interesting rather than rosy and glowing. Very light cream or pale natural shades were the best, leaving your face as a blank canvas for the lovely makeup touches. The lips had strong cupids bows painted on (the line of your real lips didn’t matter at all!) with a lipstick brush to give you a real “lip” shape and to shorten your lip width. The colours were generally dark, and reflected the equally dark eye makeup. With an excess of smudged-in eye liner, grey shadow and the occasional green/blue shade, this was an era of exaggeration and emphasis of the faces features.

Over-the-top 1920's makeup for the 21st century

Over-the-top 1920's makeup for the 21st century

 (image from here)

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1. Kan - September 16, 2009

Nice post, seems like you know your vintage well!

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9. Carmen & Ginger - September 25, 2009

I like your comment about having some wiggle room on “faithfulness!” I was once at a swing dance where a woman’s gorgeous vintage dress split right down the side on her while dancing! I also wore a 1920′s frock to an event once and the elbow popped out! This is just one-of-those-things with vintage, but, it’s not something everyone can deal with especially well! I love true vintage but am also all for well-made vintage-inspired looks and am so SO happy with a custom cloche that just arrived custom made for me by BonniesKnitting at Etsy. It is incredible!

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13. brian - October 29, 2009

why did they call them flappers.


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