Roaring Twenties Lawn Party Fashion-2019

Well, another year has rolled around, which means another Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Ma.  The time flew by so fast I feel like I was just there!

This year I opted for a pastel floral cotton voile dropped waist 1920s dress. Voile is a great airy/floaty fabric, perfect if you have to be outside on a hot summer day.

Wore my trusty ivory T straps by Aerosoles. They are so comfy when you’re on your feet a lot.  The embroidered thigh hi stockings are from Gabriella, a European hosiery brand.

One of my favorite things about the dress is the scalloped dropped waistline with green contrast piping. Such a cute design detail. And there are two slits below the V neckline where you can thread a scarf or ribbon through, which is a nice option.

Me and my friend, Liza, sipping wine under the canopy

Seems every year the weather has been hotter than the previous one. Because I set up around 1pm, when the gates open, then stay till sunset, there are many hours of sitting in the hot sun. This year I finally broke down and bought one of those portable pop up canopies. One of the best things I ever did!

But I needed something to spruce it up a bit and give it a vintage vibe. Luckily I scored several white lace curtain panels at a thrift store for $2.50 each, tea dyed them, attached ribbons to each corner and tied them to the frame holding up the canopy.  Worked like a charm and provided some added shade.

The only worry was heavy thunderstorms were predicted for late afternoon. When one of the men working the event came by to warn me about the possible inclement weather, he suggested I might want to hold onto the canopy poles during the storm so it wouldn’t fly away. I told him I didn’t think holding a metal pole during a thunderstorm was the most brilliant  idea and would probably opt for breaking the whole thing down rather than risk getting struck by lightening!

Luckily the storm ended up missing us and I was spared the hassle of having to take down the canopy and cover everything with plastic.

As usual, at this event, there are some amazing outfits. I’m posting some of my favs.
Above is Katie Hogan O’Connor. She actually made this spectacular 1920s style dress. So talented!

This was the lovely Maryann and Rachael’s  first time at the event.
They did a fantastic job of looking cool and elegant despite the heat.

Love this vintage Jantzen wool swimsuit, kimono and striped head wrap.

Check out this adorable couple
Fashion historian, Raisa Bretana,  is wearing a fabulous reproduction beach pajama outfit that she had made for her
from authentic 1930s feedsack fabric.

I nearly fainted when I spotted Michelle Coursey in these authentic vintage nautical style beach pajamas. And she accessorized it perfectly! If you know anything about vintage clothing, you know authentic beach pajamas like these are extremely rare. To a vintage fashion lover, finding them is like hitting the lottery!
Michelle is a makeup artist who specializes in vintage looks.  You should check out her inspiring instagram feed, full of the most amazing vintage outfits.

Here is Dr. Colleen Darnell, vintage Egyptologist and  Heidi Rosenau (right), who works in public relations for the Frick Collection in New York.  Both women have amazing vintage clothing collections and are wearing stunning authentic 1920s dresses and hats.

The lovely Miss Emerald Eden is wearing a silk floral 1930s dress that is the epitome of vintage garden party chic. She is one half of the glamorous GarterGals, a duo of vintage entertainers.

Me with Cynthia Liska, who always looks fabulous at every vintage event I see her at. She’s been a great customer of mine over the years  and has also become a fellow vintage loving friend!

And here a few more photos from the event.

Till next time…..





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By | 2019-08-13T08:43:08-04:00 August 10th, 2019|Events, My Vintage Style|18 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 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for the kind word, Lorena. And thanks for stopping by.

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    lorena August 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Not only do you look fabulous but the venue itself must have been quite a treat! What a great opportunity.

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 20, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Oh my, Shelbee! I am truly flattered. Thank you so much!

  4. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 20, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Many thanks, Kathrine, for your kind words. I do so look forward to this event!

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 20, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Hi Amy! So glad you could stop by. Thank you!

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    Shelbee on the Edge August 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Oh Theresa, what fun! Everyone looks so amazing. I adore your outfit, those lace stockings are on point. And your lace canopy has me swooning! I will be featuring this post on tomorrow’s #SpreadTheKindness Link Up.


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    Kathrine Eldridge August 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    What a fabulous party! I cannot get over all these outfits. You look fantastic and thank you for sharing these amazing photos.

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    Amy Christensen August 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    What a gorgeous event and how fun to see everyone dressed up in period garb. Looks like fun was had by all. I’m visiting from Shelbee on the Edge’s blog. Glad to meet you. – Amy

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 13, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you, Jess! Wish some year you could come up and attend. I’m sure you’d look fabulous done up in some art deco finery!

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    Theresa Campbell August 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    I know, so many people outdid themselves with fabulous deco looks this year. I always look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. I really do like how the lace curtains turned out and they looked so nice blowing in the summer breeze!

  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Really appreciate it!

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    Jessica A Jannenga August 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    This event looks so amazing! I think I say that every time you post! I love your delicate dress and the piping. The lace idea is brilliant for the canope, I love that! Yes, holding a metal pole during a thunderstorm not a good idea!
    The fashions were unbeleivable and I love the red dress the girl made, so many beautiful styles.
    thanks for sharing!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

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    Vix August 13, 2019 at 10:11 am

    What an array of glorious outfits, I’m dying over those repro beach pyjamas and your pastel confection.
    What a good idea with the tea-dyed net curtains, the perfect backdrop! xxx

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    Grace Liang August 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

    So many amazing outfits this year! Thank you for sharing this post.

  15. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 13, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Thank you Ann. I’m always impressed every year with the outfits people put together for this event.

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    Ann August 11, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    What a fabulous event, Theresa, and your outfit is utterly gorgeous. You really do look the part! In fact, I couldn’t stop scrolling through your post, taking in all these amazing clothes! The lady in the vintage Jantzen swimsuit made me smile! xxx

  17. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 10, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Suzanne. You should come on down to Mass some year and attend! Beach pyjamas were really big in the 20s and 30s because women were supposed to be covered up when travelling back and forth to the shore. Sort of like beach cover ups of today. Wool was the first yarn that could be knit, which was an improvement over the woven cotton suits that used to be worn, believe it or not! Wool knit suits had stretch and actually held up better. Plus wool is naturally water resistant, so didn’t tend to get as waterlogged as cotton.

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    Suzanne August 10, 2019 at 11:57 am

    So much fabulous eye candy!

    You look fantastic Theresa. So wonderful that your dress is in cotton and I love your chic lace sun tent.

    I loved those beach pyjamas. I’m not sure why one would need PJs at the beach ; P

    Why on earth did they make swimsuits out of wool? They must have gotten massive in the water and then shrunk to nothing afterwards.

    I always look forward to these even posts of yours. This year did not disappoint.


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