9.13.2009

Twenties Girl

Kittens, I would seriously like to know…who on earth told you that just because you are living in the twenty-first century you must dress the modern part? There are no regulations that prohibit you from dressing like a flapper if you feel the need to; no stipulations that say you must follow the style of current celebrities as opposed to Fitzgerald’s dainty Daisy Buchanan, or the pouty Clara Bow. The point is, mes amours, if you feel like taking a style cue from the beauties of yesteryear – fictional or not – do it. Cast modern society rules to the wayside and embrace the flapper within – even if just for a day!

Forever 21 “Ruffled Tiered Dress” Take it from someone obsessed with the 20s era; a flapper is not judged by how many fringes or feathers she has draped over her lithe form, the true test of flapper fashion is to ensure that the frock has the ability to move, shimmy, and shake with every step that the wearer takes; Forever 21’s Ruffled Tiered Dress has that ability. Although not dripping with fringes or harboring a drop-waist, the tiered ruffles give the charmeuse satin material a very flowy, ephemeral vibe that is both dreamy and captivating; while the jade hue adds a modern twist to a vintage style. All that’s needed now is a long pearl necklace and a little jazz, and you’re good to go!

Aqua “Black Fringed Cotton Dress” Perhaps the most divine thing about fringes making a comeback is the fact that many flapper dresses have the ability to bridge the gap between 1920s refinement, 1970s hippie, and modernity depending on what accessories you slip on with them; case in point, Aqua’s Black Fringed Cotton Dress. Embellished with swingy black fringes that match the all-black palette, you can go completely 20s with bare legs, t-strap pumps, and a flapper headband; or rock out with smokiness from head to toe – black tights, black booties, chunky black jewelry, and dark makeup. It’s a dress that works no matter what mood you’re in. I, however, still want to don it while doing the Charleston with a dapper boy.


Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent “Fringed Hem Tank Dress” I am a firm believer in the fact that, to truly show off ones frippery and finery, you must do so in comfort, and nothing screams comfort like an embellished tank dress such as Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent’s Fringed Hem Tank Dress. As if the champagne colored frock and sophisticated silhouette aren’t enough to draw you in, the fringed hem creates a classic flapper style that will captivate audiences without going overboard – ideal for the girl who wants to make a vintage splash sans the loss of her avant-garde flair!








Silence & Noise “Coated Chiffon T-Shirt Dress” There comes a time in life when you fall head over heels in love with something for no explicable reason. I have just fallen victim to this, darlings, in the form of Silence & Noise’s Coated Chiffon T-Shirt Dress. Despite the fact that I have been bombarded with images of sleeveless flapper dresses, women of the 1920s did drape themselves in frocks with fluttery bits about the arms at times, and the Coated Chiffon T-Shirt Dress is undoubtedly a glamorous representation of this. Regardless of the fact that the entire shift is crafted of cotton, it manages to pick up the light and make you shimmer and shine in a way that looks as if you’ve been drenched in water; while at the same time retaining a very casual yet completely sleek silhouette that hugs your curves yet drapes loosely about your form all at once. My mind is made up…I want to live in this dress!

Free People “Shake It Fringe Dress” Bohemian breeding, flapper finesse. Yes, the true allure of the Shake It Fringe Dress is its ability to juxtapose between two completely different eras, yet pay homage to both of them in the most lovely of ways. Controlled fringe detail adorning the bottom hem and neckline provide a minimalist tribute to the Roaring Twenties; whilst the subtle ombre and lace crochet of the dress add a sense of dainty hippie to the look that is both versatile and elegant. Is it just me, loves, or do you also have the urge to find a lacy headband (perhaps one embellished with a flourishy flower) in a decadent hue, and pair it with this pretty?

Tell me kittens…do you want to be a flapper for a day?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Forever 21, Bloomingdale’s, Urban Outfitters, and Free People for the pictures.
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42 comments

Emily said...

with that last Free People number, I'd be happy to be a flapper for a day!

Leia said...

Oh yes! I'm on my fourth Sophie Kinsella this week, and though I've really enjoyed them all, Twenties Girl was by far my favorite. I could just imagine the poor girl showing up at a chic London bar wearing 'too much' make up, a flapper style dress, and feathers in her hair! I love twenties style, but I think in this day and age it works best to take one twenties-inspired item and update it. One of the dresses you've chosen would be perfect!

My favorites of your picks are the F21 ruffled dress and the Cynthia Vincent fringed hem dress. Both are so feminine and flirty!

Eri said...

I love flapper inspired dresses as well as the real thing. I have a huge facination with antique fabrics, having spent some cash in the past buying a lot of the stuff, with a load of projects in my mind which never got done. :(

The tie dye fringed one, is very cute with a lovely modern twist.

See you soon.

Patty Ann said...

my favorite is the one by aqua!!! and yes i would be a flappe, especially because of their headgear!!! those feathers are awesome!
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Keith said...

These are great. I always loved the flapper look. I think people should dress how they want. Take care. Hope you've been enjoying your weekend.

meraldia said...

J' adore 1920s outfits! I still remember Mia Farrow's costumes in The Great Gatsby. Just perfect!!

Mimi said...

great post! i love fringe and ruffles! :)

Dina's Days said...

I have yet to try a fringe dress, but I love tiered dresses with ruffles. They are very flattering and comfortable. And no, I didn't end up going to the jazz event, I had a family emergency although my boyfriend told me it went really well and a lot of people showed up!

Couture Carrie said...

I DO want to be a flapper for a day, especially with that first black fringe dress! Fabulous post, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Taylor Sterling said...

Love the Free People dress! I just bought one like the black one.

monica said...

i love the 20s - that sort of glamour just doesnt exist anymore

Sam said...

Wonerful finds!! And three cheers for fabulous flappers! Favourite is the black top fringed one - oh how I'd love to have a dance in that! Wouldn't you feel like a queen!!

Beth said...

Awesome post, the 20's is such an inspiration!
Love the colour of that ruffle dress especially!
xx

Sherin said...

Gorgeous dresses. I love flapper dresses. I have one, but its to dressy for everyday wear. I particularly love that Cynthia Vincent one.

Nicole Marie said...

oh that tshirt dress is amazing!! but i already own like 3 of them!

Elise said...

Hello, I just had to leave you a note because I've so enjoyed reading your posts today. You have the most gorgeously beautiful site - best wishes & thank you ..

beautifulnemo said...

I can't wait to go to Urban Outfitters in London:)

xx from madrid, hope you are ok!

Leah said...

I love the 20s... I have the Sophie Kinsella book "Twenties Girl" but I haven't started reading it. I'm reserving that for my long flight (14 hours) two weeks from now. I love the black fringed dress... I can definitely be s flapper anyday with that dress.

eternelmode said...

I love the silent and noise dress the best. You can dress it down with flats, a jean jacket and a woven leather belt or you could dress it up with a blazer and some amazing heels. :D

Jaime said...

Love the Free People and F21 dresses- nice choices! :)

thesydneygirl said...

to truly show off ones frippery and finery, you must do so in comfort<-- i totally agree!!! great post lovely! mwa

Girl With The Bow Tie said...

Awesome post!! I love all these dresses - looks like they'd be muchos of fun to dance in! I especially love ruffles. How fun!

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Damsels said...

i lveo the 20s style .. ive always wanted to work a flapper look

Marsey said...

I love the 3rd and fourth dress! especially that cynthia vicent number! you picked a lot of cute dresses!!

xoxo Marsey

La Couturier said...

I've been looking for fringe minis for so long now; I adore the twenties! It was my favorite era (:

bisous, xx

Meg said...

I love fringed dresses/skirts. They are so fun!

Also wanted to let you know you are the winner of the nuNAAT giveaway on my blog!

Fifi Flowers said...

oooh la la... CUTE!!!

Sang said...

Coated Chiffon T-Shirt Dress
lookin' soooo gooood!!
sometimes i lean toward simple silhouettes- and i just can't get over how well you described it-"silhouette that hugs your curves yet drapes loosely about your form all at once." ay, it's almost a poem:]

Julia said...

I love taking inspiration from different time periods, and flappers are just so much fun! I love all the seguins and ruffles and fringe. The black dress with finge is my fave but I also like the bright pop of color from the forever21 dress.

janettaylor said...

Fab post! My fave is the C. Vincent dress!!

XoXo

S.Elisabeth said...

While I've always loved the aesthetics of the 20's style and the free spirited fun of it all; I've never been all too drawn to the flapper dress. Probably because of my body shape (which would be mutilated in a drop waist!). But that first blue dress is gorgeous, and I love the updates on the classic!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh yes, I love the black fringed cotton dress!

FabBlab said...

Omg! I have a dress like the one in blue!
But I want one like the one in black!
Ah, conflicted soul.

I'm backkkkk!

Fab post, as usual,E :)

All Women Stalker said...

I actually have a layered ruffled 20's dress that I like to wear with a fascinator I made. :D

-meream

The Pink Tutu said...

The Forever 21 dress is my favorite! Love that color. These make me wish I had a fun event to dress up for! Maybe a Great Gatsby style party?

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kpeach said...

Fabulous picks! I love that black as well-it definitely bridges the gap-that all fringe is v fun though!
xo

Little Red said...

Love these dresses! The ruffles and the fringe are just gorgeous!

D. Marie said...

I love the two tone of the last dress...very sexy! :)

Molly said...

I love all of those dresses!!!

Thanks for commenting on my necklace! Good Luck in the giveaway!

Jackie said...

Love, Love, LOVE the 1920s! I was a flapper for a day back in 10th grade for some banquet. I wore a black dress that had a fringed skirt. Then I topped off the outfit with some black elbow length gloves, fake diamonds, and red lipstick. I felt awesome.

These dresses are so beautiful; I want them all!

Romeika said...

I love 1920s fashion, especially the dresses! the ones you picked look gorgeous:)

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