An Art Deco 1920s Themed Party is one of my favourites to dress up for. It’s fun, incredibly glamorous and of course the Great Gatsby era. The era of the famous 'Flapper' Girls.
As with most era themes, you may not have been lucky enough to have lived in the era, so here are my tips on how to dress as a party girl Jay Gatsby would have wanted at his famous glittering soirees.
Dresses were sleeveless, shapeless, long or short slip gowns accented with hundreds of beads, sequins, fringes, and ostrich or peacock feathers.
Black, Navy, Gold or Rich jewel tones of the above embellishments, added to the simplest of gowns, made the ladies look and feel expensive. Add to that the vital headpiece or headband, long pearl necklaces, and gold arm bangles and you are all set to party like a silent movie star.
For your Shoes and Handbag, you can go all on bling, tassles and feathers too. Mary Jane Dancing Shoes dressed with sequin or crystals. Medium heeled shoes only, with a chunk of a heel, not stilettos of course. Your clutch or drawstring bag/purse should also be dripping with crystals and beads (with an optional long chain shoulder strap).
Beaded or glittering headpieces are a must to pull the 1920s look together. The most popular being headbands that you tie around the head and forehead bands that wrap around the forehead. These should also feature several jewels, beads, sequins or feathers (usually ostrich or peacock). Ornate hair combs, and skull caps were also popular 1920s headwear.
Optional extras on the accessories could include a super long ciagarette holder, a pair of long - at least to just below elbow - lace or fringed evening gloves, and an ostrich feather fan.
The Flapper Headpieces illustrated above are just a few available from a large selection at Dress-2-impress.com. Prices between £43.00-£79.00. Click Here.
In the early 1920s dresses were still long, but by the mid 20s the short, slinky, flapper look was the trend. Loose fitting slip dresses usually without sleeves. Exposing cleavage was still taboo so do keep to a modest neckline. Bare backs were totally acceptable though, so add your sass showing your back, not your cleavage. Eveningwear flapper dresses were covered in beads or beaded fringe. These add weight that provides movement to your dress while dancing the Charleston.
Select a Round neckline, low back, loose waist and hip, thigh length and with lots of weight in tassles, beads and sequins. .
It should not hug your curves. You will probably need to buy up a size. If buying Vintage, then the sizing has changed (we are bigger now ladies). If buying new repro, then buy a size up to be sure they hang loose for a true 1920's fit.
The Beaded Chain, Crystal, Peacock and Ostrich Feather Flapper Headband in the outfit arrangement above is available from the www.dress-2-impress.com shop. Click Here. The Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana, Bag: Chicos, Dress: True Vintage from 1stDibs.com, Earrings: unique-vintage.com
Long Line Slip Dress, Sophisticated Opulance.
Shoes, easy to dance in, luxury velvet.
The Gold Rhinestone Chain, Swarovski Crystal, Peacock Feather Navy and Gold Flapper Headband in the outfit arrangement above is available from the www.dress-2-impress.com shop. Click Here. The Shoes: Lk Bennett (find them in the Gallery Below). Bag: Anthropologie, Dress: ModCloth, Earrings: Shoptiques (find them in the Gallery Below).
Below is a gallery of some current Art Dec / Gatsby Flapper style items I've hunted out on the Internet for you. I constantly update so should always be currently available items. If you look through and see anything you like, simply click the ad image and it will take you to the items online. I get a diddy commission for clicks made through links in this post, and if you buy the item, the brand buy me a latte.