Becoming a flapper girl is a great look for a party, Christmas, New Years, or any excuse to get dressed up really! For Halloween this year Jay & I had the honor of attending a 1920s themed wedding in Las Vegas! I was so excited to get dressed up & in Vegas no less. We really had to do it right.
I looked for the pieces of my outfit for about 6 months prior & tried to find at least one authentic 20s piece to wear. After such a glamorous and fun night out Jay & I both loved living the Downton Abbey dream. I truly think a 1920s theme is the most fun era for all involved – when else do we get this pomp & glitz in our lives?
My dress is a 1920s reproduction flapper dress that I purchased off of Mod Cloth. I love all the beadwork & how it has that quintessential flapper look with the fringe on the bottom. One thing to remember with flapper dresses is that they are NOT suppose to be form fitting. They are suppose to fit loose & straight on your body (more room for dancing!). Intricate beadwork & a cut that is just at the knees is something to look for if you are going for a cheaper reproduction version like I did. True 1920s flapper dresses can be quite pricey as they are true antiques (and almost 100 years old!). If you do decide to splurge on an authentic dress I would recommend using it for light wear only (no dancing I’m afraid) so you can preserve the fabric & gown.
I scouted Value Village for months looking for the perfect 1920s style shoes & finally found them. These nude Mary Janes by Naturalizer matched my dress perfectly. Also keep your eyes open for T-strap heels which also have that 20s look.
This wasn’t really the hairpiece I had envisioned but I ran out of time to order something off of Etsy. There’s tons of flapper headbands on Etsy that are super pretty or if you are super crafty you can make one yourself. I ended up heading to the mall and buying this simple, sparkly headband for about $15. I kind of wish I had one with feathers but because my jacket was so pouffy already I thought it may be overkill.
As a vintage collector I just had to have one piece that was authentic 20s! I’m so happy I found this 1920s opera coat from a fellow collector. It was in rough shape when I got it (the arms were falling off and almost all the seams were coming undone. But for being a 20s piece the structure was strong & fixing it was easy enough (thanks to my mom’s sewing skills). The jacket is black velvet with a champagne satin lining; the fur trim around the collar is rabbit hair. I can only imagine the glamorous nights this jacket has seen. I just love the cut of this piece, it is so luxurious I really felt like a million bucks wearing it! If you notice the cut of the dress on the darts in the back go under the bum to show it off – ohh how styles have changed. No nipped waist here!
Hair & Makeup
Lucky for me I already have chin length hair, perfect for a flapper girl look. I basically straightened my hair out on all sides and kind of pulled the bulk of it forward towards my chin while also making sure my bangs were nice and flat. I then used smoothing balm to make sure there were no fly aways and everything was set in place. If you don’t have chin length hair I would recommend creating the “fake bob” by bobby pinning your long hair under at chin length to create that shorter look. I played around with placement of the headband for a while but as my bangs were getting in the way I choose to wear it back quite a bit (not exactly authentic). For makeup I went simple – but with a dark red lip (very 20s!) & a smoky eye.
The purse is one I have had for years. Unfortunately it is not authentic 20s (I love those mesh 20s bags!). I decided to use a small floppy ivory 50s purse I had on hand.
I hope you enjoyed this look into how to create a 1920s flapper look – I can’t wait to dress up for this era again. If you really want to go crazy try adding 20s knee high socks to this look and some Art Deco jewelry. Be sure to pair your outfit with one of these 1920s cocktails. xo