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Happy Customer Dressed for a 1920s Wedding

Check out this swanky photo of Blue Velvet Vintage customer, Karla, wearing one of our  beaded flapper style dresses as the bridesmaid in her best friend’s 20s themed wedding.  Karla’s husband also got into the spirit looking quite dapper in his 1920s vintage suit and bow tie. Looks like he just stepped out of an episode of Boardwalk Empire.  Nucky Thompson’s got nothing on this guy!

Karla told us, “ At first I wasn’t sure I could pull it off with my long hair, and didn’t want to do a fake bob. But with the feather headband (I got it on Etsy), and curling my hair, I think I pulled it off well. The wedding was beautiful and everyone asked us about the dresses and thought we looked great! I felt lucky to have a husband who was all for dressing up with me.”    

And we couldn’t agree more. They certainly make  a stunning Jazz Age couple! Thanks for sharing, Karla!

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Customer Karla and husband are the Bees Knees in 1920s themed wedding attire!

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How to Put Together a 1920s Style Great Gatsby Look

With television shows such as Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey and the movie remake of the Great Gatsby, fashion looks  of the 1920s are currently hot, hot, hot!   This trend means there is an increase in Jazz Era, Roaring Twenties themed parties, events and weddings to which gals get to have fun dressing up in 1920′s inspired outfits.  And, the good thing is many of the styles from the 20s are very flattering on a wide variety of figures.

Lately we’ve been receiving a lot of emails from customers asking for advice on how to put together this look.  And though we do sell a lovely line of beaded reproduction flapper dresses,  not everyone going to a 20s themed party wishes to wear that style or sometimes they are attending an event that is not quite as dressy.  So I’ve included a little graphic below to show you a 1920s inspired outfit I put together with items we sell on our website.

Most people don’t realize that the 1920s fashions were not just about fringed flapper dresses.  Women wore many other styles and they weren’t all short! Most hemlines in the 20′s varied from just above ankle length to just below knee.  The Nataya dress I’m wearing in the photo has that loose,  unstructured silhouette that was popular in the 20s, plus the sheer overlay over a slip liner that was also popular back then.  I added some long strands of pearls, 3/4 length gloves, deco style bracelet, cloche hat and T strap heels to complete the look.  It’s a really nice alternative  for a 1920′s themed event  if you’re not looking to go with a full on fancy flapper style.

 

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A 1920s inspired Great Gatsby Look

And the links to shop this look!

Nataya Art Nouveau dress

Cream color pearls and champagne pearl strands

Black stretch satin ruched gloves

Beaded gunmetal stretch cuff bracelet

Black cloche hat with jewels and feathers

Black satin T strap pumps

Don’t forget to add red cupid bow lips and dark, smoky shadow for the  eyes!

 

 

 

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Famous Flappers and their Fabulous Fashions

The  women’s rights movement in the 1920′s sparked a major fashion revolution.  Young women rebelled against the restrictive garments that had been worn by their mothers and opted for loose fitting dresses that downplayed their curves.  Of course, in the flapper era,  wearing clothing that was easy to dance in was also a plus.  Can’t exactly do  Charleston kicks  in  tight fitting corsets and  long gowns!  And just like today, young women looked to celebrities for their fashion inspiration. Below are photos of  some of the most famous fashionable  flappers of the 20s stage and screen.

Clara Bow, the “It Girl”, wearing a stunning pleated, print dress. How about those adorable ankle socks with the heels?  So much for thinking it was just an 80s thing!

Clara Bow 1920s Dress

Clara Bow in 1920s Dress

 

Headbands were very big back in the 1920s.

Clara Bow Head Band

Clara Bow wearing Head Band

Mlle. Rhea was an actress and dancer in the 20s. Here she is with her handy dandy little garter flask. No self respecting prohibition era flapper would leave home without it! Note the Mary Jane pumps.  Along with the T strap and Louis heel, it was an iconic shoe style of the era.

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20's dancer Mlle. Rhea with her handy garter flask

 Louise Brooks was the bad girl of  the silver screen. She’s the actress who made the bobbed haircut famous.  Her dropped waist dress and cloche hat were the height of fashion in the 1920′s.

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks in fur trimmed coat, cloche hat and drop waist dress

You may think of Joan Crawford as a popular actress from the 40s, but here she is with Dorothy Sebastian and Anita Page in the 1928 film  “Our Dancing Daughters”.   Joan, along with Anita and Dorothy were the quintessential flapper girls!

Joan Crawford, Dorothy Sebastion, Anita Page

Joan Crawford, Dorothy Sebastion, Anita Page

Photos of Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page courtesy of Cabonated’s Photostream on Flickr

 

If you love the fashion looks of the Jazz Era, are planning a 20s wedding or  have a 20′s themed event to attend, then check out Blue Velvet Vintage for our dresses and accessories inspired by the fabulous fashions of the 1920′s!

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20s inspired fashions

1. Nataya embroidered ivory tulle 20s style dress  2. Black satin T strap pumps

3. Black and silver T strap dress sandals  4. Black flapper style beaded lace dress

5. Ivory beaded 20′s reproduction flapper dress  6.  Bronze beaded fringe evening bag

7. Deco style faux pearl and rhinestone bracelet  8. Nataya 20′s inspired ivory chiffon dress w/rose accent

9. Black beaded fringe reproduction flapper dress  10.  White beaded fringed reproduction flapper dress

11. Beaded fringed black tulle shawl  12. Ivory cloche hat with lace and crystal trim

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