How to Dress in Flapper Inspired Style - 1920s Vintage Fashion

Do you want to look vintage chic or just stylishly old-fashioned? Do you want to create the vintage look from decades past?

One of the looks I love best is the roaring twenties style. This was a time when women wanted their bodies loose and free from the shackles of tight corsets, long and cumbersome skirts and dumped hats large enough to house a colony of birds.





Fashionable meant daring to raise hemlines, short hairdos, jewel-encrusted headpieces, and freer waistlines, with post-war spending inspiring a new kind of shopping therapy for women everywhere.

So, if you love fashion of the 1920s and will like to know how to dress like you sashayed out of the Great Gatsby movie, here are examples of what you can wear and how to wear them.

Hair Styles – A noticeable highpoint of the 1920s woman was demonstrated by the stark change in her hairstyle. Women were saying cheerio to long Victorian locks and welcomed much shorter and boyish hairdos. Popular styles that may interest you include the bob cut, shingle cut (a bob haircut with a tapered back) and the Eton crop.

The Flapper style is not complete without the right hairdo – short. But if you don’t want to cut your hair short (understandably), you can always opt for a short wig – the bob style or finger-curls are very 1920s.

Hats and Headpieces – Of all the classic hats of the roaring twenties, the cloche hat was the trendiest and was a very popular headpiece with its bell shape and side adornments which was anything from flowers to small feathers and geometric designs. Other hat styles include wrapped turbans, straw summer hats, and bucket hats.

To add a feminine touch to their ensemble, the wealthy 1920s woman had elaborate and expensive jewels worn as headpieces in their collections. However, you don’t have to buy bejewelled headpieces because you’ll find that many with faux stones will look equally glamorous on you plus you can even make your own.

1920s Vintage Headpieces



Clothes – By the twenties, fashion began to deviate from the more restricting clothing of the earlier years and gravitated towards simpler and more comfortable clothing like slip dresses, short skirts and trousers. Floral prints in soft pastel colours were adored and other popular colours were "Nile Green" "Sunset Orange" "French Blue" and "Maze".

Beaded dresses with fringed hems were for formal and evening wear. Other formal clothes styles of the 1920s were the sleeveless chemise gowns with elaborate beading and sequined works. Because dresses didn't hug a woman's body but instead hung loosely, sometimes with loose sleeves, its one vintage inspired style that will look good on all women, be they skinny or plus size.

Fashion of the 20s



Shoes – If you are looking for authentic vintage shoes, that’s probably a tall order because it is not easy to find a pair that’ll fit your feet. A good thing though is that vintage inspired shoes are all over the stores. You just need to know what to look out for. 1920s shoe styles include the T-Strap heeled shoes (or T-bar), Mary Jane, 20s oxford, and pumps. There were also tap shoes and dance shoes.

Shoe Styles of the 1920s



Sunglasses - The 1920s ushered in the use of tinted sunglasses to the fashion scene. Their styles were simple circle frames made of metal or tortoiseshell with colours ranging from dark grey to deep green. When the silver screen goddesses sunbathed in their movies, the trend soon caught on and finally, the public caught on to the convenience of shading your eyes from the sun.

If you wear a flapper style dress or a slip dress, please note that your ensemble will look unfinished without a pair of vintage style sunglasses.

Jewellery – The first sets of stylish costume jewellery became popular in the early twenties. Many came in strong bold colours with sleek and streamlined geometric shapes that expressed the modern Art Deco movement. Pieces include large bracelets, brooches, pendants, and chandelier earrings.

The 1920s woman often wore strings of beads and you can get that same look too. For that same elegance, you can drape your neck with a few layers of smooth round beads of different sizes. Glass beads or faux pearls look great if you wish to create the Flapper signature.

Roaring 20s



Handbags – Probably the most stunning handbags of the 20s are the beaded bags in colourful designs and the glitzy mesh bags with beading and Asian and Egyptian motifs – popular Art Deco designs. Other bags were made from embroidered fabric or hand-tooled leather (with embossed designs), and because a lady didn’t have much to fit into her handbag, they were usually small in size, unlike today’s ladies handbags.

My best types are embellished clutch purses, reticules (pouch-shaped with drawstrings), and mesh bags.


Flapper Style Handbags
Flapper Style Handbags by viryabo  


Other Fashion Accessories – If you want that extra-chic twenties look, any one of the following items must be used to accessorize your apparel. These items include hand fans, hand gloves, cigarette holders (if you smoke), pillbox, a feather boa, wristwatch, and a lace-trimmed handkerchief.


Further Reading:
7 Famous Fashion Designers of the 1920s
1950s Vintage Swing Dresses with Full Circle Skirts
Dress Like a Silver Screen Goddess (Old Hollywood Style)
 
On a final note, you don’t have to dress head-to-toe vintage (you can for a costume party or themed event) if you don’t want to fully re-create the 1920s vintage style. Rather, blend in the past with the present, for instance, wear the Flapper dress with stilettos instead of a Mary Jane reproduction, and use a modern clutch bag instead of a purse.


1920s Fashion

How to Tea Dye Fabrics for a Vintage Look

Lace and white cotton fabrics with an ‘aged’ vintage look have always been viewed by collectors and designers as special and unique, with a number of them going the extra mile to look for vintage inspired fabrics, for instance, to sew wedding gowns, make table linen, or use for art and craft hobbies.

However, we know that genuine vintage fabrics are hard to find but nothing stops us from getting imaginative.

If the authentic is unavailable or impossible to find, you can get creative by tea staining fabrics but it's good to ensure you choose fabrics with classic weaves and textures like lace, brocade, embroidered velvet, or satin if you seek that genuine aged look.

The ‘Aged’ Fabric Look


That faded aged look peculiar to today's fabrics finds of the late 1800s to the mid-1900’s with an almost creamy ‘buttery’ hue were luxury materials of the time. Today, you'll still find treasures of such in bridal wear, blouses, other clothing, home décor items (table cloths, napkins, chair-back covers, beddings, linen, and comforters) that you find at estate sales, yard garage sales, and from online stores like eBay.com and Amazon.com.

If you have a passion for vintage stuff, including fabrics and apparel, here is a simple way to make them look vintage or antique.

Tablecloths, lace-edged pillowcases, a Victorian style wedding dress, a bridal veil? You can make whatever you desire. All you need is to buy some great fabric, cotton, voile, lace, or linen, and tea dye it to 'age' it.

Best Fabrics to Tea Dye


The best fabrics for this project are cotton-based textiles like lace and voile but you can also use plain fine cotton, satin, and such similar materials and as long as it is predominantly cotton, it will work well. And if you can’t find what you require at your local stores, look for it online at places like Fabric.com, MoodFabrics.com, or BestFabricStore.com


How to Tea Dye - Step by Step Guide

 

The colours that work best for tea dying are white, champagne, eggshell, or off-white fabrics.

What you Require for Tea Staining

You’ll need the following to give your fabric that perfect antique and vintage look.
  • Regular tea bags
  • 1 gallon of water to 2 yards (2 m.) of fabric
  • Vinegar
  • Salt

Staining Process
  • Boil 6 teabags per gallon of water.
  • Leave the tea to cool down until warm
  • Put the cotton cloth in the tea solution, and leave it in to soak well
  • If you require just a light staining, let it sit in the solution for 6 hours
  • For a medium stain, it’s good to let it soak in the solution for 12hours
  • If you want maximum staining, let it sit for approximately 24hours

In some cases, tea dyed materials will fade with consecutive washes, so if you want a longer staying power, you may want to use a couple more tea bags than suggested above. This will give you a darker tea solution, and thus a deeper shade.

If you want to avoid it getting washed out over a short period of time, steep the tea stained fabric in a vinegar/salt/water solution immediately after staining. Air-dry flat or dry it with a semi-hot iron. This will allow the dye to set perfectly and ensure it won't fade after your first couple of washes.




What You Can Make with Fabrics That Look Aged


You can get creative with this! Tea dye fabrics and make any of the following (and more) items:
  • Vintage bridal dress styles
  • Cathedral veils
  • Cloche hats
  • Bridal gloves
  • Lace tops and blouses
  • Embroidered jackets
  • Table linen and napkins
  • Chair covers
  • Lace collars
  • Necklace collars
  • Patchwork quilts 
  • Crafts

20th Century Inspired Toe Rings

Toe rings have been around for hundreds of years and been worn by both men and women, especially in Africa and Asia. They were worn for various cultural and traditional reasons, but certainly not as fashion accessories way back then.

In certain cultures and traditions of Africa for instance, young men wore rings on their big toe, supposedly for curative purposes. They also believed that wearing toe rings boosted their virility, and ascertained their masculinity.

And in Asia, notably India, women with toe rings on is symbolic of being married women. It serves as a mark of a change in status from being single to becoming married. It was and still is a common sight to see Asian brides adorn their toes with rings, on as many as four toes (except the little toe), and sometimes on both feet too!

In the western world, there is no symbolic interpretation or representation for wearing rings on your toes and they are only regarded as fashion accessories used to enhance, adorn and make the feet look feminine and pretty. Meaning they are worn simply as a stylish statement

It is not uncommon to find some men wearing a toe ring on a lone toe though.

Two Types of Rings


There are basically two types of toe rings, closed band and open-loops, however, most are made as open-loop rings for obvious reasons - they are easier to wear and are adjustable.

Unlike fingers that are long and slender, toes are short, sometimes chubby, scraggly, and even contorted. They can be expanded before slipping them on and tightened thereafter, to give a perfect clasp.

Which Toe?


Today, many women wear one lone ring on the second toe of the left foot. Though many others claim it's best to wear it on the second toe of the right foot, trendsetters wear theirs on the second toe of the left foot.

Best Ways to Wear Toe Rings


Most of us wear our toe rings for a long time and barely take them off but others will change their toes rings every day, ensuring it matches what they wear.

So, what’s the best way? Obviously, in order to show off your ring adorned foot, you’ll do good to wear footwear that exposes your toes.
  • Open toe shoes in general (except peep-toe shoes)
  • Slippers (slip-on)
  • Heeled sandals
  • Slip-on sandals
  • Lace-up sandals
And if you are at the beach or swimming pool, walk barefoot.



20th Century Style Toe Rings


Exquisite toe-ring designs that make statements are stylishly crafted and styled after 20th-century motifs and themes of swirls and figurines, fauna and flora, including inscribed bands and love themes. They come in semi-precious materials.



It’s always best to go for rings made from lasting materials like gold, enamel, brass, and silver because they last for years and are the type that’ll always make your feet look delicate and classy.


Gifts for Her - Vintage Inspired Intimate Lingerie

If you are a man in "romance mode", when it’s about gift giving time, this is for you.

Women love special gifts, especially if they are romantic presents. It makes them feel you are passionate and they like that.

Of course, there are beautiful romantic greeting cards with quotes that will melt her heart, but when you are deeply and emotionally attached to someone, finding the ideal gift to give isn't anywhere near ‘a breeze’.

Here is a tip. A woman is more likely to appreciate intimate gifts than men do, so if you are thinking of what’s best to give her and still don’t have a clue, think exotic lingerie. Not the usual run-of-the-mill kinds, but glamorous, feminine vintage-inspired undergarments that will make her feel special.


Whether she is 'rake' slim or plus size, an intimate gift is always one of the best presents to give.

So, if you are looking for a romantic present for your partner, forget chocolates. Forget a new toaster, exotic gourmet sweets, or a great perfume.

Yes, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but only if you can afford them! A beautiful dress is nice but nothing romantic or special about that. And none of them has an element of surprise.


Give her a unique gift that’s beautiful, sexy and intimate, something "for your eyes only" like chic vintage style lingerie that will really tickle her mind, something that will make her warm and “mushy” inside.

Recommended intimate lingerie gifts:
Bustiers and Corsets
Babydolls and Chemises
Garter Belts 


Fancy Bra Straps with Rhinestones

Fancy bra straps are today's beautiful fashion accessory that provides a new opportunity to accent your strapless gowns and tops as they are made to be exposed. As we all know, exposed straps are no longer a fashion faux pas; they are now 'show-off' accessories and have even become part of a complete look.

Image created by Viryabo@Polyvore

Though there are simple understated ones like the see-through straps that appear invisible, the most appealing and sought after kinds are embellished with rhinestones and sparkling diamante gems which make them not only elegant but also very attractive without going over the top.

They are really great for adding a touch of glitz and glamour to formal evening dresses and gowns. Not only that! Rhinestone studded bra straps can also be worn to beautify less formal clothing like strapless blouses, tank tops (tubes), camisoles (if you like that double strap look), and bustier tops,.

They are wonderful pieces of accessories that will give you a fashion upgrade whenever you need one . . . like turning a simple day wear into an attractive evening outfit, wearing them with old favourites, or giving your ‘dumped’ clothes a totally new look.

Asides being fashionable and trendy, these fancy straps are also functional accessories that serve to hold strapless bras firmly while eliminating chances of sagging which is a common feature associated with cheap strapless brassieres.

Varieties come as see-through straps encrusted with:
  1. Crystal clear diamante
  2. Black sparkling rhinestones
  3. Multi-colour Swarovski gemstones
  4. Dazzling charms and silver hearts
  5. Silver or gold sparkling stones
They come with adjustable chains or straps that allow them to be worn at any length desired.

Rhinestone encrusted bra straps are detachable and easy to fix onto your bra or tops (if you can sew on a loop). Spice up an old top, sew on loops that you can hook you pretty straps on! And because they are multi-way bra straps, you can use them the conventional way, as halter-neck straps, cross-back bra straps, or as a single (cross or straight) bra strap.

How to Choose the Best Type of Diamante Strap


This is about what to look out for when planning to buy fancy straps for convertible or strapless bras. The kind of bra you wear them with is important to know because they don’t necessarily work well with all bra types.
  • When buying a convertible/strapless bra that you intend to use fancy straps with, ensure the loops are not too close to your arm sides
  • Ensure that the bra loops are closer to the top centre of its cups 
  • Decorative bra straps don't work well with some bra loops that are almost under the arm (at the edge of the armpit) 
  • There must be some stretch in your choice of straps so they fit correctly and snugly 
  • One size strap does not fit all so ensure you go for those that come elasticized if you prefer this function
  • There are some brands that carry multiple sizes. Ensure you only purchase packs with multiple sizes. These are more affordable than purchasing different sizes individually 
  • The size of a bra doesn't determine the size or length of bra straps to purchase. It will mainly depend on the bra band location

Lucite Purses - Popular Bags of the 1940s

When many ladies hear “Lucite handbags”, they stereo-typically associate them with plastics (PVC), meaning low-price, cheap, economical, or low-integrity.

How far from the truth!

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During the prosperous years that followed the end of the 2nd World War, the boom years to be precise, a thermoplastic product was the rave. From interior and industrial design where plastics were used for furniture and geometric forms, to fashion and style where designers created fashion accessories like jewelry, handbags, clutch bags, and purses using strong and durable thermoplastics.

Vintage Lucite is sturdy and was a much better than Bakelite, an earlier plastic of the 1920s used in radios and jewelry.

Lucite bags became popular in the 1940s with purse lines which include:
  • Rialto
  • Maxim
  •  Shoreham
  • Tyrolean
  •  Llewelyn
  • Venzer
  • Charles Foster
  • Wilardy Originals


Lucite hand bags and purses came in so many forms and variety including the trendy shell-shape purse, the flashy rhinestone studded birdcage bag, and the regal blue-beaded bag inspired by the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

There were also handbags with their casings pre-filled with anything from smooth pebbles, seashells, raffia and artificial flowers, to glitter, ribbons, and even pressed butterflies.

Some feature embroidery and hand painted details, with embellishments like faux pearls, diamanté, beads, and metals. Many Lucite handbags had matching compacts and/or cigarette cases often mounted directly onto their lids but then in some way, these handbags originated from designs of women jewellry boxes created by Will Hardy, son of Wilardy founder.

According to history of fashion, “After he designed a Lucite jewelry box for buyers at Saks Fifth Avenue, they recommended adding a strap to turn the box into a handbag. This led to Hardy’s entry into the world of plastic purses, and by 1951, the Wilardy business was producing 64 styles of Lucite bags in 14 different colours”.

Articles:
Vintage Inspired Box Handbags
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Women T-Shirts with Vintage Art Illustrations

There are lots of t-shirt designs for women out there, so many that most times, it is hard to make a choice but how often do you find stylish ones with vintage art illustrations printed on them?

Not often!

From whimsical prints of the European circus to vintage poster art, famous 20th-century quotes, and fashion icon reproductions images, tees with classic illustrations are beginning to get the attention of tee shirt lovers, especially women.


Baby boomers that grew up in the 20th century still reminisce about the past and many of them will love illustrations of the famous bands of the sixties, images of a young Paul McCartney, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, or Coco Chanel on their tees, hoodies, sweatshirts, tank, or crop tops.

Then there are vintage art graphics and designs . . . retro prints, automobiles, motorbike riders, rock bands, quirky or ritzy themes, star wars, cat-woman, Wizard of Oz, sepia, and black and white old photography images.

Vintage Art on Tees - What to Look Out For


When you seek t-shirts with classic graphics, look out for those with images, caricatures, black and white prints, sepia finishes, and bold patterns. Also search for those with 20th-century themes of crazy characters, poetic quotes, and photographs of your favourite silver screen goddess.

You Can Make Your Own T-Shirts Online


Whether you want to make a couple for yourself, or you think this may be a great business idea to venture into, you can make these vintage inspired t-shirts online.

As a business project, you can make them and sell them! Your customers will include your friends, family, schoolmates, and colleagues. And because it is an easy way to make some extra money on the side (consider the fun aspect), making t-shirts online is a venture that you’ll find is worth your while.

Find these classic creations at Tees to Treasure

You can make it a hobby or even create your own special t-shirt line and if you need some inspiration as per designs to use, you can search for royalty free antique or vintage graphics, inspirational quotes, old photographs, patterns, characters, and 20th-century comic themes.

Upload your chosen illustrations and make your own tees on Zazzle or SpreadShirt. Print them on hoodies, short sleeves and long sleeves, sweatshirts, tanks, and vests.

You can 'go' trendy, sassy, swag, cool, or quirky!

Vintage t-shirts with vintage art illustrations are a popular choice today. They are highly sought after and a trending 2016 fashion.


Video - How to create a shop and make your own t-shirt clothing line, free on SpreadShirt



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