My Vintage Style- Outfit for Roaring 20s Lawn Party

Theresa outift-Roaring 20s Lawn Party
Another year and another chance to attend one of my favorite vintage events, the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Ma.   It was raining on the morning of the event and the planners were intending on holding the soiree rain or shine. So I was praying to the party gods that the weather improved because I wasn’t keen on the idea of huddling under an umbrella on a soggy picnic blanket!

Well my (and probably everyone else who was going) prayers were answered, because the rain slowed to a drizzle and then completely stopped just as I was pulling into the parking lot.

The day turned out to be a mix of sun and clouds and the temperature remained in the lower 70s. Whereas at last year’s event it was sunny, but so uncomfortably hot and humid I thought I was going to faint. So this cooler, partly cloudy day was delightful.

Thousands of people show up for this event and this year was bigger and better than ever.  They even had two jazz bands instead of one and there were more vintage vendors, which made shopping even more fun.


But I have to admit, for all I love about this event, there is one thing that could use some serious improvement.  Considering there were over 3000 attendees there was only one beer and one wine vendor, both of which only had two people serving for a crowd that large.   They don’t allow you to carry in your own alcoholic beverages, so you end up having to  wait in line for over 30 minutes to buy a drink, which is totally cray-cray! They make it so difficult to get a drink that I started to wonder if they were taking the whole “Prohibition Era” theme a bit too seriously!

I did have a fleeting thought to approach someone at the head of the line and ask them grease their palm to place an order for me.  But that’s pretty much a sneakier version of line cutting, which I think is completely obnoxious and rude when I see someone else do it.  So I did the proper thing and waited  and waited some more because my crackers slathered with yummy triple cream brie just wouldn’t taste the same without some chilled vino to wash them down! In the end I ended up purchasing two, just in case I ended up eating more cheese and crackers than I intended.

So I’m seriously considering a garter flask like this one for next year. After all, the waiting for drinks seriously cuts into dancing, shopping and picture taking time!


I noticed that people have been really going all out with the picnic spreads. Every year they get better and more elaborate.  And as far as fashion,  there are a lot of attendees in head to toe authentic 1920s clothing. But many also wear reproductions, or 20s inspired outfits. Either way, there are plenty of dapper dudes and darling dames dressed to the nines.

I purchased my authentic 1920s dropped waist dress from Raleigh Vintage. It arrived very quickly and the condition is amazing for its age. Made of semi sheer cotton voile in a rust and ivory geometric print. It has a shawl collar with tie and a double tiered flowy skirt. It was a perfect dress for an outdoor summer party and I fantasized I was Phryne Fisher for a day!  Though my Australian accent is  totally lame.

My shoes had to have a 20s look, but still be comfy enough to be on my feet for hours. I found these ivory T strap pumps at DSW. They’re Naturalizers and were like walking on a cloud. Also come in black as well, which means I may have to get a pair of those too! And I sell the ivory embroidered fringed kimono on my site.  The hat was thrifted a couple of years ago and I just attached silk flowers that matched the dress.


So there you have it. Overall its was “The Cat’s Meow!”

Have you ever attended a 1920s themed event? Do tell!

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Linking with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday, Cherie at StyleNudge for Shoe and Tell Fashion Linkup, Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as a Lamb for #IwillwearwhatIlike linkup.

By | 2016-08-09T10:10:54-04:00 August 8th, 2016|Events, My Vintage Style|14 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 11, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I have seen some of your vintage brooches! Beautiful! Glad you enjoyed my outfit post. I think you would love this kind of party too. I can totally picture you in a flapper style dress 🙂

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    Theresa Campbell August 11, 2016 at 11:42 am


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    jess August 11, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Wow do I love this post! I am a fan of vintage clothing and I collect vintage brooches. I have some items here and there. This pattern and the t-strap shoes are my favorite along with the pretty hat. Wow, look at the car ! Such style and elegance. Thanks for sharing!, I would love this kind of party
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

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    Sydney Fashion Hunter August 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    You do vintage perfectly! I would love for you to link this post to my weekly fashion blogger link up if you get a chance.

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 10, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Hey Vix! Thank you so much for your kind words. I love this dress. So lightweight, summery and very comfortable to wear even though it is about 80 years old!

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    Theresa Campbell August 10, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Thank you Jessica! I do love the colors on this dress and the wide ivory panels around the bottom of the skirt. Can’t wait for another event to wear it to 🙂

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    Vix August 10, 2016 at 5:15 am

    You look every inch the Flapper Girl! Your dress was a wonderful choice. xxx

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    Jessica Cangiano August 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Truly gorgeous outfit Theresa. I agree, that dress is in wonderful condition – complete with such juicy, gorgeous hues still – for its age. What a marvelous find and piece to wear to an uber fun event like this.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    Theresa Campbell August 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

    It is such a fun event. Have you been to the Gatsby party in Toronto? That guy in the lifeguard outfit looks so cool! It’s great to see the guys really getting into the 20s theme too. I know I’d never get my husband to dress like that!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    liz August 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

    You look beautiful! And what a fun event! Everyone looks so good, I especially like the guy in the lifeguard outfit. Fantastic.

  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Hi Amy! Thanks for the nice compliment and for visiting my blog 🙂

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    amy August 9, 2016 at 9:48 am

    This is awesome! What a great event! You look fabulous!

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    Theresa Campbell August 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks Patti! And what a coincidence you used to lived in Ma too. I am from Winthrop originally. So you lived just little north of me. Now you live just a little north of me in Florida! You should visit in the summer to go to one of the Crane Estate events. They are so fun 🙂

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    Patti August 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    What a fabulous authentic 20’s dress! You look wonderful, if thirsty : > I’ve been to the Crane estate, when I lived in Beverly, Mass – what a gorgeous setting. Thanks for sharing, xo


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