The 1920's is a firm favourite of many for parties celebrating either Halloween, Christmas, New Years Eve, or Birthday Parties. A resurgence in 1920s fashion has been popular throughout the decades ever since the 1920's, and highlighted in recent years with the popular TV shoes Downton Abbey, and Peaky Blinders, and Baz Lurhman's Cinema re-release of The Great Gatsby, but now as we hit the 2020's, there can simply be no more a perfect time to hold a 20's Party, and throw a night to remember.
In the 1920s, the world was changing - especially for women. With the men having been away to fight in the WW1, women had taken over men's jobs, and in many countries received the right to vote. Modern women smoked, wore knee-length dresses and went dancing to the new 'jazz' music - there was a spirit of freedom in the air.
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.
For more inspiration, style advice, and full outfits including the headwear, shoes and accessories then do be sure to read my Blog Spot on 20's Flapper Girl Party Outfits.
Looking for the perfect dress for a 1920s Theme Party then you should read the Blog Spot on This Seasons Best Flapper Dresses.
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 tone embellishments, added to the simplest of gowns, made the ladies look and feel expensive.
To help you find the perfect flapper girls accessories for your party, I've picked loads out for you below, offering a variety to suit a wide range of budgets. Whether you are looking for the Ultimate Designer 1920s inspired pieces, or 'Just need a costume', below you should find the perfect flapper girls accessories for you.
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Below is a gallery of some 20s vintage inspired headpieces I've hunted out for you.
Below is a gallery of some vintage inspired Jewellery that will compliment your Flapper Dresses, and Headpieces perfectly with an Art Deco, 1920s vibe.
Below is a gallery of some 1920's Art Deco Clutch Bags. Nearly always dripping in feathers, or crystals and beads, or Art Deco patterns just like your Dresses would have been.
Below is a gallery of some shoes that are available today, but inspired by the Flapper Girls Party Shoes of the 1920's.
The below are all Low Budget 1920's Accessories Sets. You get what you pay for folks, please be realistic. The below are sold on Amazon and Ebay at really cheap prices, so you know they are for fancy dress house parties, Halloween Trick or Treating with the kids, or Student Parties! The headbands will simply be feathers stuck to a band with nasty Glue Gun, the Gloves won't be silk, and the necklaces sure won't be pearls! They aren't for the big black tie event of the year. But, these sets are all we need sometimes, low price kit's that fit the brief for low dollar!. So below are some of the best reviewed sets (so at least you know you're buying the best of the cheap!)
Match your perfume to your 20's outfits, be authentic to the era and smell of the Jazz Age. The 20’s were glory days for perfume. Many of the enduring ‘classics’ of today were actually created in the 1920s. Working women had a new self-confidence, and they wanted to express it through perfume, as well as the flapper dresses (and cigarette-smoking…)
In 1921, a very clever designer and businesswoman created a scent that revolutionised the way women smell. Chanel (originally a Milliner) wanted to launch a scent for the new, modern woman she embodied. Almost 100 years later, Chanel No. 5 is still the world’s most iconic fragrance.
In 1925 another blockbuster was launched - Jacques Guerlain’s Shalimar. Shalimar is one of the best selling fragrances ever.
Lanvin Arpege is another famous perfume of the era, still considered one of the worlds most prestigious perfumes. Jeanne Lanvin was a contemporary of Chanel’s, also originally a milliner, both opened their Paris stores in the same decade. Originally made in 1927, Arpege was reformulated in the 1990s, but is still very close to the original.
Molinard Habanita. Created for the en vogue smoking ladies of the 20's. Habanita's has a unique story, as flapper girls put it on cigarettes to surround themselves with clouds of fragrant smoke. In 1921 it still wasn't the case that every girl smoked. This in itself tells you a lot about the sort of girl who used Habanita.
François Coty L'Aimant - For the Flapper Girl on a tight budget. Cheap but with the same top notes of Lanvin Arpege and Chanel No. 5, it's a fragrance authentic to the decade. If just buying to wear for one party, you can buy it in a small 15ml bottle.