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A Fashionable Journey: Reliving the Glamour of the Roaring Twenties

CEO Tinh Phung
Saturday Evening Post Cover (source: Wikimedia) Ah, the 1920s. A decade filled with unbridled opulence and unforgettable fashion. While it may not be experiencing a major revival at the moment, the iconic style of the...

1920s fashion - photo of a woman from the 1920s Saturday Evening Post Cover (source: Wikimedia)

Ah, the 1920s. A decade filled with unbridled opulence and unforgettable fashion. While it may not be experiencing a major revival at the moment, the iconic style of the Roaring Twenties still holds a special place in our hearts. From the flapper dresses that exuded elegance to the extravagant parties and the mysterious allure of The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age left an indelible mark on fashion history.

A Closer Look at 1920s Fashion

As World War I came to an end in 1918, it brought about significant changes in fashion for both men and women. Women, in particular, experienced a shift from the private sphere to the public one. During the war, they were called upon to take on traditionally male roles, and these newfound freedoms continued even after the war ended.

The fashion of the early 1900s, with its uncomfortable corsets and bustles, gave way to a sleeker and more practical style. But it wasn't until the 1920s that women truly embraced freedom in their clothing choices. They preferred loose and comfortable attire, inspired by the practical clothes they wore during the war. Gone were the frills and constrictions of pre-war fashion, replaced by dropped waists, short skirts, and bobbed hair. This new silhouette was a bold departure from the rigid femininity of the past, embodying the spirit of the decade.

While there is so much more to explore about 1920s fashion, let's dive into some outfit inspirations that capture the essence of the era.

Outfits Inspired by 1920s Fashion

Outfit #1: Comfort Over Fringe

1920s fashion outfit with ruffle front sleeveless blouse, black cropped pants, black buckle heels, leaf earrings

Products: Blouse - H&M, Wide Leg Pants - H&M, Earrings - Amrita Singh, Shoes - Forever 21

When we think of the 1920s, images of flapper dresses and alluring fringe often come to mind. But for a more realistic and wearable take on 1920s fashion, we can turn to the television series, Miss Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries. The show beautifully captures the historical fashion of the era, combining elements of menswear with glitzy accessories.

For this outfit, we focus on freedom of movement, which was a key aspect of 1920s fashion. A pair of wide-leg pants paired with a white blouse creates a sleek and comfortable look, perfect for a summer internship. To elevate the outfit, we add strappy heels, a signature of the decade, and statement earrings for a touch of glamour.

Outfit #2: More Tea, Please

Products: Dress - Old Navy, T-Strap Heels - Modcloth, Earrings - Modcloth, Cake Mascara - Besame Cosmetics, Lipstick - Besame Cosmetics

The tradition of afternoon tea was a fashionable affair in the 1920s, influencing the clothing of those who partook in this elegant ceremony. Women often chose white attire for summer gatherings, reflecting the refined atmosphere. In this outfit, we embrace the simplicity and sophistication of a white dress, accompanied by yellow T-Strap heels for a pop of color.

Drawing inspiration from the flappers' iconic long strands of pearls, we opt for understated hoop earrings with a hint of pearls. To complete the look, we highlight period-appropriate cosmetics such as cake mascara and a vintage shade of red lipstick.

Outfit #3: Modern Woman

1920s style outfit with button front dress, cloche hat, ballet flats, simple purse

Products: Dress - American Eagle, Flats - Forever 21, Hat - Lord and Taylor, Purse - Target

The 1920s witnessed a surge of modern women breaking free from traditional norms. They played sports, danced, and became more independent. With this newfound freedom, women needed clothes that suited their active lifestyles.

This outfit captures the essence of the modern woman of the 1920s. The loose-fitting dress paired with comfortable flats is not only practical but also stylish. And let's not forget the iconic cloche hat, which not only adds a touch of sophistication but also protects from the elements. With a simple purse in hand, this ensemble is perfect for running errands or embracing the joy of everyday life.

A Fashionable Adventure Through the Decades

If you're eager to explore fashion from other decades, be sure to check out my other posts on '90s fashion, '80s fashion, '70s fashion, '60s fashion, '50s fashion, '40s fashion, and '30s fashion for more inspiration.

What's Your Take on 1920s Fashion?

Are you planning to incorporate 1920s style into your look this year? Are there any 1920s fashion trends you think I should have included? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2016 and has been completely updated and revamped in 2019 with new photos and information.