The 1920s: How to dress like a flapper girl

1920s fashion for women was all about getting loose which applied to morals too. Dresses were sleeveless, shapeless, long or short slip gowns accented with beading, sequins, fringe, and some feathers. Rich jewel tones and soft pastels made the simplest of gowns look expensive. Add to that some lavish accessories such as a diamond tiara or headband, silk shawl, feather fan, long pearl necklaces, and gold arm bangles and you will look like a 1920S movie star!

While ladies lavished in richness men found relief in slightly more comfortable dinner jackets (tuxedos) instead of stuffy tailcoats.

Many men cast off formal attire all-together and embraced the colorful life of striped suits, flashy neckties, homburg hats, and gold capped walking sticks.

Finding a 1920s style dress in a thrift store is fairly easy. Look for a long to knee length straight cut dress. A drop waist will also work (where the line is around your hips or below, nothing above you naval.)

Any color will do and even small pattern prints. Anything with beading, sequins, metallic thread, velvet, ruffled skirts, tiered layers,d crochet and even lace will be best. If it has sleeves, remove them, or match with a shawl or light weight evening jacket if you want to cover your arms. Many 80’s bead/sequins dresses can and do look fairly 20’s. Just remove any shoulder pads if you can.

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