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Style Tips-1920s Art Deco Wedding Fashions


Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, The Artist and the Great Gatsby have exposed  a whole new generation to the sophistication and glamour of the 1920s. So  it’s no surprise more and more brides are jumping on the bandwagon and planning high style art deco weddings.  Because  Roaring Twenties fashions have such a romantic, feminine flair, with their floaty handkerchief hems,  dropped waistlines, long strands of pearls, beaded details,  and statement making hair accessories and hats,  they are perfect to plan a wedding around! The look is so chic, and a great alternative for the bride who prefers not to go the big, pouffy, princess gown route.   Below are some photos and style tips  to inspire brides who are considering a vintage themed wedding based on the era of the flapper girl, the charleston and jazz music!

1920s wedding photo

1920s wedding photo

20s bride and groom

20s bride and groom

20s bride and groom

1920s bride, groom and beautiful bouquet

Note the use of wide brimmed floppy hats. Cloches were also popular.  And if a women wore a veil, the headpiece was often like a cap that covered the head and was embellished with flowers or beading.

Like this lovely one below available from Etsy seller, The Yellow Peony.

20s style bridal headpiece

1920s style bridal headpiece from the Yellow Peony

 For the proper bridal shoes to go with your 20s style wedding dress, Mary Janes or T Straps.

On left  ivory leather and suede Mary Janes by Rachel Simpson UK. Right  shimmery silver sequined T straps sold at Blue Velvet Vintage.

1920s style bridal shoes

1920s style bridal shoes

And if you want a 1920s look inspired by Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan character in the Great Gatsby,  we sell  lovely lace  handkerchief  hem dresses perfect for the deco  loving bride!

Lace Gatsby dresses

Lace Gatsby dresses

Have a glamorous day!










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Great Gatsby Fashion


The remake of “The Great Gatsby” is scheduled for its premiere in December 0f this year.   And the costumes are sure to be outstanding!  Along with Boardwalk Empire and the Artist,  this movie is is fueling a renewed interest in 1920s fashions.  Many people think Jazz Era fashions consisted only of beaded and fringed flapper dresses.    But most women wore styles quite different from the young, wild flapper girl who danced the night away in speakeasies.  Romantic, floaty dresses with dropped waistlines and handkerchief hemlines were also popular for special occasions.

Here is a photo of  Cary Mulligan who plays Daisy Buchanan in the “Gatsby” remake. On the set in a beautiful cream lace gown with assymetrical hem.

gatsby dress

Carrie Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

And here is Mia Farrow from the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby”


Mia Farrow and Robert Redford in 1974 The Great Gatsby

This is a great look for a 1920’s vintage inspired wedding.  Below  is  a dress  we carry at Blue Velvet Vintage that is reminiscent of these romantic “Gatsby Era” fashions.

Finish off with t-strap pumps, cloche hat and long strands of pearls .

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Nataya 20s inspired ivory lace and embroidered tulle handkerchief hem dress

Nataya 20s inspired ivory lace and embroidered tulle handkerchief hem dress


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1925 Spring Easter Fashions-Delineator Magazine


The graphics and fashion illustrations in older magazines are fantastic. Before the age of fashion photography and photoshop, clothing designs for print had to rendered by hand.  Here is a sampling of illustrations for Easter fashions from an April 1925 Delineator Magazine.  And these were all from Butterick patterns, so women could sew up these lovely outfits themselves. Imagine that?

Notice the hemlines. Many people assume all fashions from the 1920s were shorter, like the flapper girls wore. But as you can see, that’s not the case.

spring fashions april 1925 delineator magazine

Spring fashions from 1925 Delineator Magazine

spring fashions 1925 delineator magazine

Spring ensembles featuring capes and coats-1925 Delineator Magazine

Dresses were often a straight, shift style, with a dropped waist.  Skirts often had assymetrical or handkerchief hems.

spring dresses 1925 delineator magazine

Dresses for spring from April 1925 Delineator Magazine

And here are pictures of children’s fashions for Easter.

childrens easter fashions 1925

Easter fashions for children-April 1925 Delineator Magazine

Can’t  forget the hats! Cloches and wide brimmed were popular. According to the article, popular colors for spring/summer included purple, fuschia, brick, biscuit, powder blue and green, hydrangea pink and blue. The new trimmings were flowers, feather fancies, grosgrain ribbon, ornaments of crystal, marcasite or rhinestones.

hats 1925 delineator magazine

Ladies Hats from April 1925 Delineator Magazine

In my next post I’ll show some fabulous illustrations of bridal fashions from the same issue.

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