When invited to a 1920’s party, many people are at a loss as to what to wear. At Via’s Vintage, we frequently put together 1920’s looks from the casual to very formal. 1920s clothing is a vintage category all its own. When you see the light as air chiffons studded with glistening glass beads, you know it was an amazing and decadent time to be alive.
While assembling your 1920s outfit, start by thinking about what you want to look like. Do you wish to be the classic fringed and feathered vamp? Or perhaps the cool and elegant lady? For inspiration, you can always check out an original 1920s film. They provide the best and most accurate representation of what people wore, and how they wore it. One thing you need to keep in mind is that the 20s was all about the complete head to toe look. Although there is something to be said for wafting about in the incredibly simple, yet insanely intricate gowns of the 1920s, it is really all about the jewelry, shoes, gloves, hair and makeup. Details, details, details!
If you do not have the disposition for wearing an authentic dress simply start with a loose fitting dress or slip. Many times, 30s, 40s or 60s dresses will do. They are still vintage and can look 20s if accessorized appropriately. For an evening event, opt for hair adornments rather than a cloche hat. You can use a scarf headband knotted on the side, and add a brooch at the center of the knot. Or take a sequined headband and add a comb or clip feathered hairpiece. You can accessorize with authentic jewelry, like a fabulous deco bracelet and earrings. They are easily worn again and are beautiful to own. For shoes, wear something with low heels and oval toes, Mary Janes work well. Don’t forget a handbag, something small with a handle. Finish off with gloves, fishnets or sheer hosiery and a cigarette holder, and your look will be complete.