Whether you’re channeling your inner flapper girl or cutting a rug dancing the Charleston, the 1920s continues to be a revered sartorial decade, conjuring images of boxy bob haircuts, yards of pearls, and dresses to die for. It was the golden age of Coco Chanel, prohibition parties, and women living beyond the constraints of corsets, after all.
Of course, Baz Luhrmann brought the trend bang up to date with his big-budget silver screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved romance The Great Gatsby a few years ago, in which fans collectively swooned over Carey Mulligan (playing Gatsby’s great love Daisy) in bespoke Prada dresses and diamond encrusted Tiffany headpieces. And it was this resurgence that has arguably allowed the traditional Jazz Age silhouettes and shapes to slowly start infiltrating the high street again- and we’re pretty happy about it.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that these Jazz Baby beauties are for theme nights, either. A ’20s silhouette is perfect for a mid-summer wedding or christening thanks to its inate sense of glamour and the flattering shape of a drop-waist. Moreover, there are so many different shapes, styles and lengths to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The Fringed Flapper
Because the only dance worth knowing in the ‘20s was the Charleston, any budding flapper girl needs a dress to truly make a statement. The fringing detail on these frocks makes them perfect for the dancefloor, while a tailored jacket and stacked heels make them garden-party perfect.
The Vintage Maxi
Embellished necklines and waists elongate the silhouette, whilst skirts floating just above the ankle suggest opulent style. These two beauties from Miss Selfridge and Asos respectively will bring instant Hollywood starlet sensibility to any fashionista’s wardrobe. Wear with strappy heels and minimal accessories for a fancy wedding.
The Drop Waist
Even though shapes were getting looser during this decade to reflect the trend for more androgynous pieces, the traditional drop waist dress remains even to this day, a feminine and figure-flattering option. For a showstopping night-out look, pair these pieces with platform heels, or work with embellished flats for holiday glamour.
The Sequinned Stunner
Of course, nothing says 1920s fashion like a smattering of embellishment. Look for art deco patterns and intricate beading to evoke designer vibes. Little Black Dress has so many statement-makers, you’ll have a hard time deciding which to put in your basket.