Saturday, January 25, 2014

Historical Fashion How-To ~ 1920's

   How do you do, ladies? Unfortunately, I'm home sick. There's a bright side though - I've had plenty of time to research and put together another post for the Historical Fashion How-To series! Today's era is the 1920's. Let's get right to it! :D

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   The 1920's was a time of massive transformation for society. Prohibition, women's independence, and extravagance defined the decade. Women's new ideals reflected in their clothing styles. Hemlines were the shortest that they had ever been, and the feminine figure eventually left the scene with straight-lined dresses.
  I believe that several aspects of the clothing in this era display the great moral decline of society that was occurring. As in most times, however, there were also some beautiful styles to gain inspiration from. Long coats, handkerchief hemlines, and futuristic Art Deco designs were all popular. Drop waist dresses, cloche hats and finger-waved hair characterized 1920's style as we know it today.





   This outfit was originally a costume that I wore for a 20's costume party. Before the party, I searched high and low for a drop-waist dress and simply couldn't find what I was looking for (an 80's prom gown just wasn't going to work). Then, I came upon this pretty black frock. Its shape may not have been what I was looking for, but the fabric and handkerchief hemline were reminiscent of the 20's. As I said in the last post, not everything has to be perfect to get the general feel of an era. After researching the fashion of this particular time again, I found a picture of an evening gown that is similar in shape to my dress. You can see it on the bottom right of the historical photo display above. :)
   For outerwear, I borrowed my mom's long faux fur and suede coat, which is ideal for imitating the era. My shoes are black patent Mary Janes that have a pretty, old-fashioned appearance. In my hair, I wore a barrette that has a distinct Art Deco flavor. The finishing touch to my ensemble was a pair of over-the-elbow vintage gloves. And there we have my 1920's outfit!

Coat ~ Borrowed from Mom (gift);  Dress ~ Thrifted; Shoes ~ Bought new from ?; Barrette ~ Gift


   Oh, how I enjoy combining fashion and history! Did you have fun with this blast from the past? If so, keep an eye out for a 1930's post! :) Have a blessed Sunday!

"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." 
~Psalm 15:4-6


  
 

6 comments:

  1. Fabulous!
    What a great dress! It is simply *perfect!

    Cassie

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    1. Thank you Cassie! :) I like it indeed. ;)

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  2. I simply *love* your effortless, elegant glam, Paige! So nice, and the examples of the newer version of a retro look. <3

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  3. I really like the picture with the berries :) New FB profile pic, maybe? ;) Nice and wintery!

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    1. Thank you! :D I really like that tree as a backdrop right now. :)

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