People often gaze back upon the post-World War I era with nostalgia and longing. It is perhaps understandable why as after all, the way the era is portrayed; makes the 20’s sound like not only a revolutionary period, but a time filled with liberty, glamour and a lot of partying.
It’s not just the lifestyle that many contemporary people long for. The fashion style of the period is so well known and recognisable, completely reflecting the spirit that defined the decade. Women untied their corsets, chopped at the length of their dresses, shortened their hair locks and adopted attires that were just right for all the dancing they did. Fortunately, there is a way to revive this style and bring it into modern times.
Love the Feel of Lace
Although the fashion of the 20’s may have died out, the same cannot be said about lace. This is a material that often is the most eye-catching aspect of an outfit; after all, lace is able to breathe elegance into anything. Women in the 20’s were particularly fond of lacy dress and managed to create a surprisingly memorable combination by adding fringes and sparkly accessories.
However, it doesn't have to necessarily be a dress. If you’d like your display of 20’s nostalgia to be a bit more subtle, you can happily do so through other pieces of clothing too. There are numerous variants of lace-centred tops and bottoms on the market, all of which are guaranteed to make you look chic and refined.
Top it With a Hat
Hats were a pivotal element in 20’s fashion. Even though hats aren't an uncommon accessory today, the ones from that particular era are iconic. Cloche style hats scream 20’s like nothing else and they can really give a boost of vintage elegance to your outfit.
If you’re not a hat person, but would still like to wear something on your head, you can always go for the subtler approach, take for instance headbands, they were just as big of a hit as the cloches back in the day. Women would style their hair with perfect waves and then tie a band around their head, these would often feature giant feathers or other bold accessory attached. You can however ditch the feather, but forehead bands have been trendy for a while, so they can be easily included in your daily attire.
Embrace the Pearls
Close your eyes and imagine an elegant woman attending a party in the 20’s. It’s almost a guarantee that she would have pearls around her neck. Pearls were at the peak of their fame during the inter-war era and they are almost as popular today. While long strings of pearls might come off as a bit too flashy when showing up at your job or strolling through the park, you can always opt for plenty of other alternatives.
A simple pearl necklace is just as good and funnily enough, might even be more helpful when it comes to providing a subtler dose of vintage elegance. Don’t dismiss the possibility of accessorizing with a set of dainty freshwater pearl earrings or a bracelet of fine pearls, either.
Show Off Your Gloves
A clothing item that will always be popular over the colder months is gloves and they just so happen to be one of the quickest ways to achieve an aura of glamour and elegance. They’re ideally worn during autumn, when it’s chilly enough to be able to rock some gloves, without your hands boiling and yet, warm enough that you won’t be forced to take your wool mittens out of the drawer.
Leather gloves are extremely trendy at the moment, with several celebrities – Kim Kardashian, for example – having been spotted with their fingers clothed in pairs of leather gloves. We say that they make for an ideal combo; you can get a boost of elegance and you can shelter your hands against chilliness at the same time.
The 20’s fashion can be summed up with one word – elegance. Keeping this in mind and analysing several pictures of the period, you can construct your own re-enactment outfit that is bound to turn heads as you walk by.
What is your favourite part of 1920s fashion?
*Women in lace dress photo from Shutterstock.
*Look of Love photo from Shutterstock.
*Pearls on Lace photo from Shutterstock.
*Women wearing gloves photo from Shutterstock.
*This is a collaborative post.