So between sourcing new stock, mending and cleaning the old and all the tasks in between I rarely get time to just have fun with our costume collection. My kids are rebelling and won’t let me dress them up anymore (!) so this last week I pulled out our latest Roaring Twenties outfits. Mannequins are very compliant (and don’t complain about being bored or hungry) but nothing beats the way a costume looks on a person.
A photo shoot is a great way to get gorgeous family photographs too. You don’t have to wait to be invited to a costume party to dress up! Why not organise a girl’s photo session? Invite the besties over and have a little shindig while dressing up in some gorgeous frocks. You will have a lot of laughs and end up with some lovely photos. Sounds like a great way to waste a rainy weekend!
I chose Roaring Twenties partly because we have been getting some new stock in. Also so I could play with vintage filters. (Oh so flattering and easy to wipe out lines and flaws!) When using vintage filters I have found it is best to have slightly heavy make-up. This will ensure eyes and lips are visible once the filters are applied. Same principles apply as when doing stage make-up. Apply with a heavy hand, to the point you don’t want to be caught in “natural” light!
We only used two dresses in this shoot – one a gorgeous sequin number with art deco shapes the other with fringing. While they are both great dresses it is the accessories that really bring this look together. I used a lighter fur stole to add contrast to the dark colour of both dresses. Black gloves were a given, black fishnet stockings, long pearls and a feathered headband also standard Roaring Twenties apparel. The shoes were gorgeous designer items from Jennifer Hawkins – not historically correct but just fab anyway.
I chose wigs to experiment with – both platinum shades which worked well with the vintage filter. One is a classic flapper style in a Marcel wave with side part, the other a straight banged bob. Wigs are not always easy to wear but using a headband is handy!
We had a lot of fun this day, it was different to get dressed up as I spend a lot of my time in track-pants now! Thanks for looking at my blog! If you are thinking of a Roaring Twenties costume check out our related posts for some more photos!
“Gatsby believed in the green light….” The Great Gatsby”, F Scott Fiztgerald.
If you haven’t read “The Great Gatsby” then you need to go do it! Such a beautiful book, melancholic and romantic with glamorous parties thrown in! Roaring Twenties is a hugely favourite theme and suitable for all sorts of occasions – I’ve seen some beautiful Twenties styling for weddings, 21st birthdays, hen’s nights and 29th birthdays (eg a “Leaving the Twenties!” bash!). Roaring Twenties shows are even popular for How to Host A Murder dinner show themes.
Girls love Twenties looks – you get to stay glamorous and gorgeous as well as in-theme. Guys love the ease of a black suit, black and white suit, white suit with coloured accents – what’s to hate about dressing as a Gangster? If you have a black suit or even black dress pants, black shirt – just add coloured braces, coloured tie, fedora and maybe a Tommy gun. Easy peasy!
Guys can also wear a tuxedo to channel their inner Jay Gatsby. We have a large array of vintage tuxedos and accessories to match for the ultimate occasion.
We’ve been adding to our collection of Roaring Twenties costumes lately!
I just can’t help myself – I am obsessed by the gorgeous fashion of this time. Now, the modern remakes are not historically accurate but still fun to wear!
Roaring Twenties shows are easy for guests of all ages to wear. Over the years we have helped with countless Twenties shows and dressed up partiers from the age of 8 to 88 years! We can always find something to stay in theme and stay in comfort for the whole night through – after all, a good party can mean to long party!
We have all the accessories needed to put the finishing touch on any Flapper or Gangster outfit.
From feather boas, to cigarette holders, to gloves, feather headbands and glitter lashes……..we have all sorts of items for a complete look. Check out our store coming soon online or just send an email with any enquiries!
1920’s Flapper costumes are always a popular choice!
Roaring Twenties parties, Flapper themed hen’s shows, Twenties themed weddings, this theme is a winner! It lets the girls stay glamorous and is a great excuse to break out that extra bling and throw on some spangled, sequined sexiness. I’ve had a look through our photo album for some more of our Twenties costumes and props……..
The 1920’s flapper theme is all about luxury and hedonistic decadence………you want an outfit that you can wear for all those hours you will be dancing and prancing the night away. Gorgeous fabrics with sparkle and tassels or fringing that swing while you move will help your party mood! Hair can be sleek and simple when you have a flattering headpiece, feathered or beaded. Gloves mean you can give the manicure a miss, just throw on some beads and bangles are you are good to go!
Take the time to research 1920’s flapper make-up before the night. A pale face, bee-sting lips in a dark hue and smokey bedroom eyes are perfect. Don’t forget to get those eye-brows in shape, this is not a low maintenance look!
So get out there, kick up those heels, don’t let anyone bring your moment down…………”a little party never killed nobody!”
One of my very favourite themes is Roaring Twenties – these parties are coming up regularly and are really popular themes for weddings, twenty first birthdays, really any occasion! Girls love it because they get to be glamorous. Guys love it because they usually get to wear a black suit and that is pretty much it! We’ve supplied costumes for Roaring Twenties 21st parties, Twenties Tea parties, Twenties hens shows, and gorgeous Twenties weddings!
The popularity of this theme has really taken off since Baz Lurhman’s version of “The Great Gatsby” which had fabulous costumes by Prada, gorgeous!
It is really quite easy to get the look for this theme. Some of my favourite costumes follow for a few ideas, then some hints on how to easily achieve this look yourself.
Start with the dress
The dress – lots of modern dresses suit this look so you may have a cocktail dress that is perfect. We have lots of Roaring Twenties costumes, from elegant drop waist dresses to flirty fringed numbers.
Wherever you hunt and gather it from you want to look have a few requirements. You want it to have a drop waist/shift shape, preferably with embellishment such as sequins, spangles and sparkles. The more important part of a flapper outfit is the accessories so the dress can be quite simple, as long as it is the right shape which is a long, lean look. Nothing waist cinching – back then the focus was on looking languid and long. -Women even used to bind their breasts to achieve the flat chested look.
Add on some gloves..
The gloves – long, glamorous, slinky gloves are a must, in my opinion. I like to throw on a couple of glittering bangles and over-the-top rings as well, cos more is….well, more! (Plus as long as you leave them on you don’t have stress about a manicure – win, win!)
Long beads – long strands of beads, either looped if very long or tied in a knot at the bottom – a must have for any self respecting flapper!
A great option is fishnet legs or stockings – amp up the sex appeal, you are a good time girl!
Frame your face with headwear…..
Feathered headband/cocktail hat/jewelled snood or headpiece is the perfect match for a flapper. I love beaded snoods and feathered headbands. You can make your own really easily or there are some gorgeous ones out there on Etsy and eBay so the sky is the limit. You can go simple or as elaborate as you wish. Hair should be kept simple – the look is sleek, sophisticated and glamorous.
Speaking of hair – back in the Roaring Twenties women started to cut their hair short for the first time. It was a sign of a women’s liberation, to cut her hair and free herself from heaps of painful maintenance. The “Marcel” wave, one of the first perms, came into existence and structured, heavy waved curls on short bobs were all the vogue. With a headdress a short, simple style is easiest and achievable for a night with a handy wig!
I always get asked about shoes for a flapper costume. The best sorts of shoes for this look are t-bar styles with heels but really it is okay to wear anything sparkly, glamorous and strappy. As long as it goes with your dress and accessories and you can dance all night shoes can be a modern interpretation! Metallics look good with most outfits and are easy to find.
Boa or fur stole?
Feathered boa or fur stole? We usually offer customers one of these options. Some don’t like feathers floating around the place, some like flouncing and playing with their boas. It is always fun to have a fur stole too, highlight them with sparkly brooches! These are handy to keep on hand when the night gets cold. Boas are available in all sorts of colours – the most popular choices are usually black or red.
Cigarette holders – even though lots of us have now given up this unhealthy practice, back in the 1920’s it was too cool! Cigarette holders are a great prop to wave around in the air as you expand on your theories of the universe! We sell heaps of these in our shop every time there is a 20’s show. They are also in our online store if you need!
Make up – a pale face, pencilled eyebrows, smoky eye and bee-sting lips. Nothing was natural about this make-up look so go all! It is wise to experiment before the actual night, especially if you don’t wear make up a lot. Then you will be able to see how it wears over time too so you can be careful of your make-up melting, bleeding around the mouth or settling into lines. Lots of our customers use fake eyelashes for that huge eye effect. These are a best-seller in our store!
Beaded evening bag – if you are able to grab a beaded/fringed or sequinned bag, perfect! Gorgeous evening bags were made in the Twenties, originals fetch huge prices today. Some of the intricate work on original evening bags is truly breathtaking! You can get the look with a modern reproduction and then you won’t panic about taking it out to a party too!
There you go, an easy peasy set of hints on how to dress up for your next Roaring Twenties themed Gangster and Flappers show – you know it’s going to happen! So speakeasy fellow dress up fans!
PS The photo of me in the upper left corner is when I was about seventeen (way, way long time ago, like maybe 1989?) and we had a float in the annual Tunarama parade – yes, I said Tuna-rama! Here in little old Lincoln we have an annual festival that celebrates the animal that has allowed this place to become the weird and wonderful place it is today – the Southern Blue-Fin Tuna.