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Semi-Daily eBay | 1920’s Fashion and Glorious Dresses June 10, 2010

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Semi-Daily eBay, Vintage.
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1920s fashion seems to have been accidentally popping up all over the interwebs this week, and the case wasn’t any different with my searches on eBay. All these beautiful antique creations kept coming up for sale and I couldn’t afford any of them. It isn’t fair, so I am putting them on here in the hopes that one of you will buy them instead!

1920s Fashion Cream Lace Minidress

1920s Fashion Cream Lace Minidress

First up, one of the super short 1920’s hemlines that made those Flappers seem quite so risque. I love lace at the moment anyway, but even the beauty of this origianl piece can’t make me part with a mighty £225!

Beautiful Satin 1920s Fashion Party Dress

Beautiful Satin 1920s Fashion Party Dress

This one is even more expensive, ringing in at a terrifying £665, despite the fact it has a few stains and size of age. However, this supreme example of the 1920s fashion dropped waist deserves to be showcased, if not necessarily bought.

Vintage 1920s Fashion 30s Gatsby Red Coral Sheer Organza Dress

Vintage 1920s Fashion Red Organza Dress

Finally, what need I say about this floaty organza dress? It is stunning, sexy and utterly representative of a bias cut flamboyance that we have long left behind. I want it, and if I had a posh event the $100 would seem slightly more acceptable to me!


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

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Part 1: Understanding Vintage Fashion August 31, 2009

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Fashion, Vintage.
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Vintage fashion has become quite the trend recently. Wearing beautiful clothes from the first time they came in fashion is both a social and economic statement, and of course one that often means your look and clothes are more unique than anyone around you. My wardrobe is packed with vintage items, and I avidly read the blogs of vintage fashion sellers and beautiful vintage experts who live the truly vintage life from day to day.

Whilst many people are committed to wearing “true” vintage, I am happy to combine the then with the now, and enjoy exploring the combinations of eras that can result in an off-the-wall and interesting vintage looks, the likes of which won’t have been seen before. However, whilst I am not a religious vintage follower, I do think it is worthwhile knowing a little about the eras that you are emulating to understand the thoughts and beliefs that inspired such iconic styles.

So why is it worth paying attention to the history of the clothes you are wearing? After all, they are “just clothes”, and although they are old and pre-worn it is not necessarily obvious why you should care. And let me just say that I don’t believe you “have” to understand their origins to appreciate their vintage beauty, their master craftsmanship and even to admire the people from whence they came. A little knowledge, however, always makes me feel closer and more personally involved with my vintage clothes, and for me it is the complex history and backstories of an era that make my vintage wardrobe all the more special.

Let’s a have a quick sum up of some of the most popular vintage clothing eras and a tiny overview of the history that bred these clothes and chose these fabrics! Half today, and half another day!

1920's fashion flapper feather boa

First off, I am going to start with the 1920’s. This era produced the beautiful beaded “flapper” gowns we know and love today – astonishing detailed marvels with straight lines and lots of glitter. Accentuated with feathers and an old fashioned equivalent of the scull-cap, this is an era of art deco beauty, independent women and amazing parties. The women’s rights movement saw women beginning the long journey towards equality, and witnessed women wearing trousers and comfy clothes as opposed the sculpted crafted looks that had proceeded it. Even more remarkable, women began to cut their hair short and wear the early mini-dresses above the knee.

1930's bias cut dress fashion

Come the 1930’s the great depression and general difficulties of life dictated that the carefree and dramatic styles of the 1920’s become more conservative and traditional. Longer skirts, cloche hats and elegant high-waisted skirts became the domain of the day-to-day woman far more than the risque stylings and intentions of the decade before. In the evenings, however, women grew to love two brand new styles, the bias cut that emphasised the hips and brought back the womanly shape, and the halterneck that was seen for the first time in chiffon or lace evenings gowns. Interestingly, women in the day time began moving both in feminine directions and more butch styling, with emphasised shoulders and broadness prided alongside womanly curves.

1940's suit fashion nicole kidman

Post-war 1940’s fashion saw a whole new kind of style again. Wartime rationing and general depression inspired make-do-and-mend intentions, and women often made their clothes at home from whatever materials were available. Times were hard and fabrics less than luxurious, generally taking on muted colour schemes and severe tailoring. With women working for perhaps the first time in roles that the country depended on, functional conservative items were de rigour, with smart sensible shoes and understated curves. 1940’s suits with their nipped in waists and delightful cuts are some of the best women’s suits ever made, although they suit the super skinny like Nicole Kidman best!

1950's fashion full skirted dress and parasols

Interestingly, 1950’s vintage fashions saw quite a dramatic change in the silhouette of women’s fashions and body shapes. Discarding the straightup and down wide shouldered suits, the 1950’s instead opted for full figured hourglass shapes, with round hips and tiny waists. Permed hair, wide swing skirts and elegant housewife halternecks were impressively popular, seeming to emphasise a well fed nation rather than the war-torn nation for the 1940’s. Rock and roll became wildly popular and women were sent back to the home, as men returned to the jobs women had been covering. A time of dancing and jiving, the 50’s had a surprising amount of repression and stress for women’s lives.

Read Part 2, 1960’s to the present day!