In case you didn't know it let me tell you a little secret. . . I love the 1920's! Okay, okay it may not have been a secret since I have mention it a few time on this blog already. The reason for this being on of my favorite eras is that the 1920's was filled with a type of decadence and luxury that had not been seen before. Women began cutting their hair, raising up their skirts, smoke out in public, drink liquor in the secret speakeasy's and were open with their sexuality. They would drench themselves in diamond, pearls, feathers, and beaded dresses just to go out on the town. Overall the 1920's was the bees-knees. Unfortunately we cant exactly go out in full flapper attire on a daily bases, but that does not mean we can't add a bit of 1920's inspiration into our everyday wardrobe. After all the 1920's weren't called the golden twenties for nothing. . .
When it comes to 1920's fashion it is all about the glitz and glamour. So don't be afraid to sparkle by having clothes with beading, glitter, or feathers details. Corsets or anything accentuating curves was definitely out of style during the 1920's. Because women finally felt liberated from old Victorian values and the constriction fashions of the Victorian era they rebelled from corsets and long skirts by flattening their chest, bared arms, raised their skirts to up to their knees, and used boyish cuts on their clothes.
- Boyish Silhouette
- Dropped Waists
- Fringe( It caused extra movement when they moved)
- Coats (Preferably with some fur trim)
Simplicity was not something women in this era aimed for so layer, layer, and layer your jewelry, women in the 1920's loved to layer their pretty pearls with other beautiful jewelry pieces. So do not be afraid to stack up multiple rings, bracelets, long necklaces and wear dazzling earrings. Another great 1920's trend is costume jewelry! They were inexpensive, looked great, and were dramatic- the very essence of the 1920's.
For the first time in history short hair was considered attractive, so women began cutting of their long locks and replaced them with bobbed hair, and adding finger waves to them. Usually by day women wore a fabulous cloche hat when out running errands or just hanging out. During the evening when they would go out, women liked to dressed up their hair in different variations of headbands that were just exquisite.
- Bobbed Hair
- Finger waves
- Cloche Hats
- Sparkly Headpieces
As another form of rebellion towards Victorian society their makeup became much more dramatic than it was before. In the 1920's the makeup industry was relatively new so women began buying and experimenting with their cosmetics that resulted in the most popular look of the era- kohl-rimmed eyes, dark eye shadows ( black, gray, green), and dark red lipstick. Women defined their lips and used the cupid bow lip shape by using liquid rouge to line and conceal the lips allowing them to be reshaped with lipstick, and in doing so increasing the impact of the effect. The eyelids would be covered in a dark eyeshadow, afterwards apply heavy amounts of kohl eyeliner and smudge it around, and finally apply heavy mascara. Very much like the smoky look that we still use for our night outs.
My Own Interpretation:
With Baz Luhrmann production of the "The Great Gatsby" coming out this year I predict that 1920's fashion will be all the rage! So don't be surprised if you see more of this fashion later on this year. Now you can be part of the trend by using some of these few tips and be the cats-meow.