Midnight Lace- The way to wow at your next special event

You need an outfit for an upcoming formal affair.

The mission~ Find something classy that exudes sex appeal in an understated, yet tantalizing way. Like something  Marilyn Monroe or Rita Hayworth would wear back in the day.  You want to show off your womanly figure, but not in a Kardashian kind of way, if you know what I mean. And you want to dazzle every male at the event!

Also, has to be easy on the wallet!

The solution~The gown below. Because you can’t go wrong with what I call the “Midnight Lace” classic glamour look.  The combination of black lace and a curve hugging silhouette evokes images of femininity, lingerie, the boudoir, everything that gets a man’s neurons firing at the speed of light.  Yet this evening dress does not  have a high slit that barely covers, nor is it cut too low at the neckline, which leaves plenty to the imagination. And if there is one thing that piques a guy’s interest it’s bit of mystery.

Just think about it, they’re born problem solvers.  After gazing at you in your devastatingly demure dress, they’ll be trying to figure out all night how to make the proper approach, all the while fantasizing about the treasure that lies beneath!  A technique burlesque dancers refer to  as “The Art of the Tease.”  Show just enough to make them want to see more. And it has worked for ions.

Curve hugging midnight lace over teal jersey evening gown

Curve hugging midnight lace over teal jersey evening gown

The gown has flattering ruching down the front, a pretty scalloped lace neckline that dips to a provocative V in back, hugs your curves to the lower thigh, then flares out beautifully below.  It has a seriously sensuous drape because of the jersey fabric beneath. As you saunter across the room (you should practice your sauntering before the party), the fabric undulating hypnotically as you walk is sure to have a mesmerizing effect!

1 Lace gown   $110.00  2. Gloves $28.99  3. Evening Bag $24.99 4. Heels  54.95  5. Earrings $10.99 6.Bracelet 29.99

But to really pull off a seductive classic glamour look, you also need the right accessories,  makeup and hair.  The proper heels,  long satin evening gloves,  glitzy vintage inspired rhinestone jewelry, red lipstick and wavy or curled hair  parted to the side will complete your tantalizing vintage look.

Marilyn in Black lace over red dress

Marilyn in Black lace over red dress

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Rita Hayworth publicity photo

Rita Hayworth publicity photo

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Top Ten Tips for your First Pin up Photo Session

Amanda Lee pin up model poses for Blue Velvet Vintage shoot. Photography by Doug Monce of  Atomic Age Pictures

Amanda Lee pin up model poses for Blue Velvet Vintage shoot. Photography by Doug Monce of Atomic Age Pictures

At Blue Velvet Vintage we often utilize photographers, models, makeup and hair stylists for our vintage style web images and advertisitng. And a while ago I also did a post about my very first pinup shoot and how, after my initial self consciousness, I was able to relax and have fun.  Because of my own  experience with this personally, and in business, I thought I’d offer up my Top Ten Tips for your First Pinup Shoot to help anyone considering this fun way to have a day of pampering and end up with fabulous photos of yourself as well!  There’s no doubt that part of what can make the experience less stressful is being well prepared.   Following these tips will definitely help things go more smoothly on the day of your shoot.

1. Research
Before you call and make an appointment, start looking for inspiring images in books, magazines and online.  Whether it’s classic movie stars or famous  pin up and burlesque beauties of the past,  this research will help you narrow down your choices and give you some great ideas for hair, makeup and wardrobe.

2. Communicate
When you do book your appointment it’s a good idea to let your photographer know what sort of theme you are envisioning for your shoot, i.e. Old Hollywood Glamour, sexy 50s housewife, 1920s vamp,  40s swimsuit pinup a la Betty Grable, etc.  Send her any digital images you’ve saved so she’ll know what look you’re going for. Also, whether you want to shoot outdoors or indoors.  That way she can make suggestions about backgrounds, props and best time of day for lighting,  if shooting outside. Also, ask if they provide wardrobe and/or accessories. But most studios will also let you bring your own outfit.

Most of the time hair and makeup, and sometimes a stylist,  is included in the price, but ask just to be sure.

3.Practice
Once you’ve done your research, start trying out poses and facial expressions in your mirror at home.  Practice  the ones you like best repeatedly until you feel comfortable with them. You can even try and enlist a friend to take some quick shots to see how you look.  It’s tough to try and just wing it when you get there. Though a good photographer can direct you, it always makes things easier if you already got a few poses down pat.

4.Under Garments
If you are bringing your own clothing, make sure to try on your outfit with all the appropriate undergarments, including shapewear, to make sure everything will look the way you want it to!  If the studio is providing your wardrobe, ask the stylist or photographer what type of underwear or support garments you should bring.

5.Hair
Don’t wash your hair for at least a day or two before. Believe it or not , freshly washed hair is harder to style.

6.Legs
Unless stockings are already part of your outfit,  you may want to bring very sheer to waist pantyhose if you don’t have flawless skin on your legs.  If you have any spider veins, bruises, etc, the sheer hosiery will help cover them up and there will be less photo editing required post shoot. And whatever you do, don’t get a spray tan thinking they’ll cover up imperfections. That orange tinged look does not translate well with a vintage glamour look.

7.Skin
Make sure to drink plenty of water and moisturize after every shower. You want your skin to look as glowing as possible. And be sure to show up with a completely bare face so the makeup artist has a clean canvas to work with.

8.Hands and Feet
Get a manicure and pedicure a day or two before your session.  For an authentic vintage look red is the classic color of choice.  Your feet should look buffed and beautiful,  especially if your shots include showing them off!

9. Rest
Get plenty of sleep.  Go to bed early night before so you’ll look rested.  A late night that includes lots of partying will prevent you from looking your best and will make it more challenging for the makeup person who will have to cover up those dark circles under your eyes!

10. Relax
And last, but not least-It’s easy to feel pressured because a photo shoot is an investment and you want everything to be perfect. So if you’re feeling super anxious or self conscious try deep yoga breathing or even have a glass of wine if you need to loosen up a bit. Just remember, it’s supposed to be fun!

 

Any helpful tips to add?  Let me know!

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Happy 98th Birthday to Olivia De Havilland

Olivia De Havilland

Olivia De Havilland

Today is the 98th birthday of Olivia DeHavilland,  a living legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.  With an acting career spanning 50 years, I’ll bet she has some amazing stories to tell!  This is the lucky lady who got to star opposite the dashing Errol Flynn in many movies, including The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood.  Apparently they had a major crush on each other, but according to Oliva “He never had his wicked way with me.”  Such a wasted opportunity!!!

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1916, Oliva moved to Saratoga NY with her actress mother, Lillian, and sister Joan after her parents split up.  She was discovered by director Max Rheinhardt when he saw her acting the part of Hernia in a school play of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  So impressed he was, that he ended up casting her in the stage and film version, which led to a seven year contract with Warner Brothers.

In 1939 Warner Brothers lent her to David Selznick to play the character of Melanie Hamilton in “Gone With the Wind. ” She was nominated for best supporting actress, but lost out to her co-star, Hattie McDaniel.

She was disappointed that she didn’t win, but not as disappointed as when she lost the best actress Oscar for her role in “Hold Back the Dawn” in 1941.  That same year  her sister, Joan Fontaine, won the Best Actress Oscar for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion..”  Olivia and her sister always had a strained relationship filled with jealousy. Their lifelong feud was notorious in Hollywood.  Allegedly Olivia resented Joan taking the slightest bit of  the limelight away from her. And her mother always favored Olivia, actually telling Joan she couldn’t pursue an acting career using the De Havilland name. That’s how she ended up with Fontaine, instead.  I think it’s sad that the two sisters could not get along and be happy for each other’s success.  I wonder if she thinks back on it now and has any regrets.

Beside the aformentioned films, Ms. DeHavilland  also starred in over 50 other movies, including The Snake Pit (1948),  To Each His Own(1946) and the Heiress (1949) , the last two winning her Best Actress Oscars.

Olivia was picky about her parts and turned down many scripts, causing her to be put on suspension many times by the Warner Brothers studio .She resented the fact that the studios “owned” their actors and added the extra time of these suspensions onto the end of their already long seven year contracts, preventing them from pursuing better roles elsewhere.   So she sued them in a California court and won!  And in a landmark case that became known as the “De Havilland decision” her efforts forever changed the working conditions of actors and took the unlimited power away from the big Hollywood studios.

Here she is in a gown from “Gone with the Wind”, designed by costumer Walter Plunkett,  known as Hollywood’s foremost authority on period dress

Olivia De Havilland in Walter Plunkett gown for Gone with the Wind

Olivia De Havilland in Walter Plunkett gown for Gone with the Wind

She accepted her first Best Actress Oscar in this gown designed by Ann Lowe.
Ann Lowe is also the woman who designed Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress.

Oliva De Havilland in Ann Lowe gown

Oliva De Havilland in Ann Lowe gown

And her second Best Actress Oscar in a gown by Orry Kelly

Oliva De Havilland in Orry Kelly gown

Oliva De Havilland in Orry Kelly gown

And one don’t usually think pin up when thinking of Olivia De Havilland.
But here she is wearing a fabulous swimsuit looking pin up perfect!

Olivia DeHavilland pin up photo

Olivia DeHavilland pin up photo

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So Happy, Happy Birthday to Ms. DeHavilland, one of the most beautiful and talented entertainers of the twentieth century!

Have a glamorous day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources IMBD, Hollywood Reporter, Daily Mail UK, TCM

 

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Get the Look!-Downton Abbey Dresses for the Bride and her Guests

Summer is the perfect time to plan an outdoor Downton Abbey themed wedding, engagement party or bridal shower. The styles on the show portray the gentility of aristocratic ladies from the turn of the century into the 1920s.There is a definite aura surrounding these fashions, exuding that romantic, ladylike look of a bygone era.

You can certainly picture a bride and her guests strolling about on the lawn of a great estate or having high tea in a beautiful manicured garden while wearing these elegant dresses.

Whether you love the fashions from earlier seasons, which were Edwardian, or the more recent 1920s silhouettes, these styles are very appropriate for an outdoor affair with a classy Downton Abbey inspired high society theme.

Downton Abbey Edwardian fashion

Downton Abbey Edwardian fashion

Image source PBS

 

Downton Abbey 20s fashions

Downton Abbey 20s fashions

Below are styles we offer in Edwardian and 1920s looks.  Embroidered laces,  tulle and chiffon that are light and flowing, sure to keep you looking graceful and refined, no
matter how steamy it gets!

For more info on the dress below, go here!

Ivory embroidered tulle dress

Ivory embroidered tulle dress

Find these dresses here and here!

Downton Abbey inspired dresses

Downton Abbey inspired dresses available at Blue Velvet Vintage

Find this ivory and beige embroidered tulle dress here!

Ivory anf beige embroidered tulle 20s style dress

Ivory anf beige embroidered tulle 20s style dress

This ivory Edwardian style empire dress can be found here!

Ivory embroidered tulle Edwardian empire dress

Ivory embroidered tulle Edwardian empire dress

 

Of course, you need the right accessories to complete this early twentieth century look. Pair with parasols, white lace gloves, strands of pearls, t-strap heels and  cloche or wide brimmed straw hats festooned with flowers or bows and you’ll be styling in dreamy Downton Abbey fashion.

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Pajamas to the Beach? Ladies in the 1930s did it in style!

That’s right!  According to Voguepedia  beach pajamas were introduced by Coco Chanel in 1922.  Starting out as wide legged trousers for ladies to wear while yachting,  they made a natural transition to resort wear for shoreside or cruises.  These beach outfits consisted of jumpsuits or full pants worn with short sleeved or halter tops, accompanied at times by a bolero or jacket. Women wore these over swimwear for strolling the promenade or boardwalk

At first only the most affluent women wore them to the beaches of the Riviera on holiday. But by the 1930s the style became more widespread.   Women in the United States eagerly adopted the trend after seeing their favorite screen stars wearing them on film. The style was revived in the 60s and 70s in what most of us would remember as “palazzo” pants.

This is a look I am totally smitten with and would love to get my hands on an original set of 30s beach pajamas. But they’re quite rare, so it’s literally like finding a needle in a haystack!  It’s a look that is both casual and very glamorous.  Nowadays they would be appropriate to wear most anywhere.   So if I can find some really fabulous rayon print fabric, perhaps I can have some custom made for me.  They are perfect for Florida. So the search is on!

 

Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas

Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas

 

Below two photos via Giant Pants of the 30s on Tumblr

 

Actress Ann Sothern wearing fabulous wide legged “pajama” pants

and halter top.

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit

 

Oftentimes the pants were so full they almost looked like a long skirt.
This striped jumpsuit with the wide belt and striped edge hat is the epitome of classy, summer chic!!

 

Beach pajamas 1932

Beach pajamas 1932

Below photos via La Mode Pyjama

1930s Fashionable ladies  strutting their stuff on the Riviera.

Women in beach pajamas Cote D'Azure

Women in beach pajamas Cote D’Azur

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

This star studded beauty is my favorite!

1930s star print beach pajamas

1930s star print beach pajamas

 

So what do you think? Would you wear this style?

Have a glamorous day!

 

 

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Dressing for 1920s Gatsby Themed Prom Night

Not only are vintage themed weddings a growing trend, but vintage themed proms are  becoming very popular as well!  How fun for young ladies to dress up in a glamorous Old Hollywood Style for prom night.   It really does my little vintage loving heart good to see this, rather than some of the more “modern” prom fashions that leave so little to the imagination!  And our customer Jenny Pless Houser was kind enough to send us photos of her daughter Katelynn in the vintage inspired evening gown she purchased from us for her Gatsby Themed prom.    Check out how beautiful  and classy she looks!

katelynn houser Gatsby Themed Prom

Katelynn and handsome friend decked out for their Gatsby Themed Prom

When you love old school glamour and have an online vintage style special occasion wear  business, you can’t help but wonder where all the dresses being shipped out are being worn, what special events and celebrations will our dresses make an appearance,  how the customer is going to look in their purchase and how they’ll accessorize it. So it’s such  a special treat when we get to see pictures of our classy customers glamming it up in clothing they purchased from us!

katelynn houser

And the vintage car just completes the look perfectly!

katelynn houser prom

Katelynn chose a gown that is elegant, sophisticated and classic.  A timeless style that would flatter a woman of any age.

katelynn houser gatsby prom night

And Katelynn’s mom actually took these pictures and did a fantastic job of capturing the romance of the Gatsby Era Theme.

Katelynn Houser Gatsby Glamour

Everyone at Blue Velvet Vintage was so thrilled to see Katelynn’s prom photos and we’re all very appreciative that Mrs. Houser and her lovely daughter were kind enough to share them with us.  We hope these pictures inspire other young women to opt for a vintage inspired look like this when prom time rolls around!

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Tribute to Bunny Yeager-Pioneer Pin Up Photographer

Bunny Yeager and camera

Bunny Yeager and camera

Anyone who is into the vintage pinup lifestyle or at least appreciates the art has probably heard of Bunny Yeager, the 1950s  pinup photographer who helped make Bettie Page famous.  Born Linnea Eleanor Yeager on March 13, 1929, she passed away last Sunday, May 25th, but was still shooting photos in her Miami studio and gallery right up to the end! This talented lady was and still remains an inspiration for all women who wish to enter a male dominated profession.  Before Ms. Yeager turned from model to photographer, the only people shooting pin up photos were men! But Bunny changed all that, and here’s how~

An article from the Miami Herald,  states that Bunny originally started out as a model herself, but always yearned to be behind the camera.  So she began classes at a vocational school in 1953.  The first class assignment was to go out and shoot anything they wanted and come back for a critique.  So Ms Yeager  picked Africa, USA , a cageless zoo in Boca Raton in which she shot her leopard bikini wearing pinup model friends amongst the wild cheetahs. Needless to say her assignment caused quite a stir and her instructor insisted she send the pictures off to magazines,  tout sweet! And that marked the beginning of her illustrious career as one of America’s most famous pinup photographers.  And the iconic photos of Bettie Page in the leopard print bikini that Bunny designed are some of the most famous pinup photos of all time!

Bunny Yeager and her models

Bunny Yeager and her models

More on Bunny’s Background~

  •  Yeager grew up a very shy girl in Braddock, Pennsylvania, but when her family moved to Miami, (at the age of 17) she jumped at the chance to re-invent herself.
  • She re-named herself Bunny (from Lana Turner’s character in the 1945 film “Weekend at the Waldorf”) and enrolled herself in modeling school.
  • In the 1940’s, she took to modeling with an eye to fame, doing both runway and photo shoots. Because she was very photogenic, beautiful, tall, and slender, Ms. Yeager was very sought after. Yeager would soon become one of the most photographed models in Miami.
  • In her 20s, Ms Yeager wanted to add to her portfolio and stopped modeling and enrolled in photography classes at a Miami trade school and began her career behind the camera. She practiced a lot by taking self-portraits.
  • As a woman photographer taking photos of other woman, mostly nudes and near-nudes, Yeager was able to bring a level of comfort and ease that male photographers could not achieve from their subjects. She gave women the confidence and encouragement to be natural and look beautiful without the goggling eyes of the male gaze.
  • Bunny met the raven-haired Bettie Page in 1954 and formed a friendship. Bunny took most of the photographs of her that year. Along with photographer Irving Klaw, Yeager played a role in helping to make Page famous, particularly with her photos in Playboy magazine.
  • Yeager remained a very celebrated photographer through the 50s and 60s.  Her photographs were frequently taken at exotic locales and done with creative compositions. Many times, Bunny would make her own swimsuits for the models to wear and create her own props as well.
  • She took the well-known still images of Ursula Andress on the beach in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No, and discovered many other notable models.
  • In early 2010, the Warhol Museum held the first exhibition of Yeager’s work. Most of the photographs in the exhibit came from Bunny’s book “How I Photograph Myself” published by A.S. Barnes & Co. in 1964. She would go on to write over 30 books .
  • In November 2011, the Dezer Schauhalle[ in Miami, Florida hosted a retrospective exhibition of Yeager's work. Included were some never before seen photos of various models including Bettie Page.
    Bunny looking pinup perfect!

    Bunny looking pinup perfect!

    Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page -Cheetah shoot

    Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page -Cheetah shoot

And I’ll leave you with some excellent advice from this talented and classy lady~

What a boring place the world would be if every woman looked the same as the next.  Make the most of what you have and enjoy being female.  Enjoy being you!”

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Summer Style Inspiration-Retro Sunglasses

My collection of retro sunglasses

My collection of retro sunglasses

Summertime is the perfect time for trying a new, fun way to add some vintage glam to your outfits.  If you’re totally into dressing in 50s style, as I am, then cats eye sunglasses are the way to go. The above photo shows some of my favorites from my collection. Some are authentic vintage and some are reproductions and I love them all especially the ones with the rhinestones!  And even if you’re not totally into the whole vintage look, retro style shades are still a cool way to add a unique flair to any outfit.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how many people will come up and tell you how much they like your glasses when you switch to vintage style eyewear. Trust me on this!

And here are some photos of movie stars in their classic sunnies!  If these don’t inspire you to go out and get yourself a pair of retro sunglasses, then I don’t know what will!

Love, love, love the pair Shirley MacLaine is wearing here! So fun!

Shirley Maclaine in Cats Eye Sunglasses

Shirley MacLaine wearing 1950s cat eye sunglasses

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The glamorous Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth wearing sunglasses 1952

Rita Hayworth-1952

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe-1956

Marilyn Monroe-1956

The ultimate in chic style~Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly looking effortlessly chic.

Grace Kelly looking effortlessly chic.

And for those of you who enjoy the Mod look!

Audrey Hepburn in mod sunglasses

Audrey Hepburn in mod sunglasses

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Sophia Loren wearing mod sunglasses

Sophia Loren wearing mod sunglasses

And here are a few fab retro style sunglasses that will give your that Old Hollywood movie star look!

Fab Fendi sunglasses from LoveParisianChic on Ebay- $234.99

Fendi retro style sunglasses

Fendi retro style sunglasses

Tom Ford Tortoiseshell Cats Eye Sunglasses from Sole Eyewear-$194.00

Tortiseshell Cats eye sunglasses-Tom Ford

Tortiseshell Cats eye sunglasses-Tom Ford

Here are some stylish two tone cat eye glasses-  $99.00
From Decades Vintage

60s new/old stock sunglasses

60s new/old stock sunglasses

And if you really want to make a statement, these amazing authentic 1950s glasses may be just the ticket! $234.00
Available at Vintage50sEyewear

50s rhinestone starburst cat eye sunglasses

50s rhinestone starburst cat eye sunglasses

 

 

Of course the most flattering vintage style frames are the ones that are perfect for your face shape.  And if you want to know how determine your face shape and the style and color of sunglasses that are best for you, then check out this article from A Vintage Nerd’s blog. She’s got all the info you need to pick the right pair.

A GOOD TIP! If you wear prescription lenses and want to sport a cool pair of retro sunglasses (or even everyday glasses), try scouting flea markets, antique malls and online shops for vintage frames.  If they are in excellent condition, you can have your optometrist put your prescription lenses in them for a fraction of the cost of new retro frames that can easily run into the $400-500 range.  I’ve had this done with a couple of pairs and it worked beautifully!

Have a glamorous day!

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Navy and White Dresses- Classic Nautical Look for Summer

Though navy blue is a classic year round color and a lovely alternative to basic black dresses, combine it with white and you’ve got yourself a nice nautical inspired look for summer.  Ever timeless, navy and white dresses, especially vintage or retro ones,  are a chic,  polished way to step out in style when the  warm weather hits. And adding red accents in the form of scarves, jewelry, shoes or bags is the classic way to  complete the look nicely!

Here are some of my favorite images of  navy and white dresses from the past to get you in the mood for nautical inspired summer dressing!

Ladylike navy summer fashions from the 1930s.

Navy and white nautical fashions-1930s

Navy and white nautical fashions-1930s

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Adorable nautical dresses from the Sears and Roebuck 1941 catalog.

 

Navy and white dresses-1941

Navy and white dresses-1941

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Feminine 50s navy and white sailor inspired dresses

1950s navy and white nautical summer sundresses

1950s navy and white nautical summer sundresses

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I don’t know about you, but I would be very happy to wear any of the navy and white vintage dresses pictured above!  Below are some outfits we put together that feature some of the dresses we have available if you’re craving the navy look this summer!

First up is a classic 50s sailor style swing dress.  Find it here!

1950s style sailor inspired swing dress

1950s style sailor inspired swing dress

Or, how about this sweet one of a kind,  authentic 1950s shirtwaister?  28″ waist.

11950s navy blue shirtwaist dress

1950s navy blue shirtwaist dress

Our Classic Dame brand 50s inspired navy and white polka dot halter dress.

Classic Dame navy white polka dot halter dress

Classic Dame navy white polka dot halter dress

 

Have a glamorous day!

 

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How to Dress for a 1920s Themed Wedding

Vintage themed weddings are a hot trend.  And why not?  Picking a favorite decade to  plan your special day around adds a whole new element of fun to the celebration.  And recently, due to the popularity of shows like Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey and the movie remake of the Great Gatsby, the Roaring Twenties has been on the minds of many brides to be.

The 1920s represent an era of decadence, glamour and liberation for women.   Fashion design was influenced by Art Deco and surrealism, jazz music and the discovery of King Tut’s tomb,  which caused a major trend toward anything with Egyptian motifs.    Coco Chanel was the designer whose creations most influenced womens’ fashion in the 20s, including the loose fitting chemise dress worn with long necklaces, which became the hallmark of  “the flapper” look.  Ladies’ looks for evening involved lots of intricate beading, fringe, and sequins with bejewelled turbans, feathered headbands and other decorative hair ornaments.

So if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a formal or “after 5″  1920s themed wedding,  you certainly can’t run out to your nearest costume store and grab one of those flimsy polyester numbers with rows of fringe.   Au contrare!  An occasion like this calls for puttin’ on the glitz,  with elegance and class of course!   This isn’t the time for being wishy washy about your outfit.  For a 1920′s evening wedding event you’ll want to show up looking authentic roaring twenties glam, meaning dressed something like Lady Dudley below. (In case you don’t know who she is, read more about her character here)

Lady Dudley from Downton Abbey

Lady Dudley from Downton Abbey

Coco Chanel once said “A girl should be two things. Classy and fabulous.”  So here are my recommendations for looking classy and fabulous for a formal dress 20′s themed wedding.

•Straight, somewhat loose fitting sleeveless cocktail dress covered with elaborate beading and sequin designs, preferably in a geometric deco type pattern. Some element of fringe is always a plus!  Does not have to be too short! Most women in the 1920s did not wear really short dresses.
•Long strands of pearls or other beads, either worn singly or in layers.
•Opera length gloves. Add a glitzy bracelet on one wrist.
•For the hair, chose a beautiful head scarf or turban and pin a sparkly brooch on it, wear an elegant beaded headband, perhaps with some feathers, or go with a dressy cloche hat trimmed in satin, bows or flowers.
•Find yourself a pair of patterned or fishnet stockings that will match your dress. Hosiery with embroidered designs or rhinestone decorations will work too.  Some flappers even wore stockings with designs on the knees!
•Shoes should have a curved (Louis) heel and be T strap or Mary Jane style.
•Carry a small purse with beaded design and/or fringe.
•For makeup tips to complete your authentic 1920′s look see this article.

 

For more 1920s style inspiration, see our YouTube video slideshow of our exclusive collection of beaded flapper dresses that are very popular for 1920s Old Hollywood and Gatsby themed weddings.  We sell  accessories and shoes to go with them too!

 

Have a glamorous day!

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