How is everyone doing this lovely Monday? Well, actually almost Tuesday!
Today, we’re going to dive into some of the1920s fashion and I wanted to focus on one type of clothing. I thought dresses of this decade would be fun to look back at.
The 1920s was a memorable decade for fashion since there was more freedom in women’s fashion (especially after the war) and the clothes definitely reflected that. A notable designer of this era was the fabulous Coco Chanel. I know if you’re like me, you think of her perfume.
During this time, Coco Chanel also designed a two-piece dress out of stretchy jersey fabric that flowed against the body. Below is the actress Gloria Swanson, a silent movie star rocking Coco’s design.
By Bain New Service, via Wikimedia Commons.
Another popular dress in the 1920s was the signature flapper style dress. Shown below.
A traditional flapper outfit.
Below is another popular dress style, a dress with a dropped waist. This style of dress was more of an everyday dress.
In the early in the 1920s, formal wear dresses were extremely elaborate and some even had intricate beading.
Silent movie actress Norma Talmadge.
In 1926, there was the classic straight dress, one of my favorite type of dresses of this decade!
Actress Alice Joyce in a sheer beaded straight dress.
There you have it, a quick look at the history of the 1920s dresses worn during this fun decade! I hope you enjoyed it. Next Monday, there will be more fashion history. Let me know which decade you would like to see next or a particular piece of clothing you would like me to feature.
It’s almost the end of summer, where did July go? Anyway, today we are going to explore my retro style with a twist of modern! I love to mix patterns and I even like mixing the different decades of fashion. Below I’m rocking a 1920s makeup with my clothes having a 1980s vibe with a pinch of modern thrown in. I was told when I wore this outfit it reminded them of the actress Molly Ringwald from the iconic 80s movie the Breakfast club! 🙂
One of my favorite 80’s movies. The Breakfast Club.
Molly Ringwald (R) in the classic 80s movie Pretty in Pink! Photo credit: Maegan Tintari on Flicker.com
First off, let’s start with the makeup, I was told to check out the awesome YouTuber and fierce body painter-Madeyewlook who creates amazing characters using body paint. I immediately loved her videos especially her makeup tutorial about ketones, which are substances that are made when the body breaks down fat for energy when carbohydrates are low. She is a diabetic and I love how she is getting out awareness through her makeup.
Body Painter: Madeyewlook’s ketone tutorial.
My 1920s Makeup:
Moving onto my 1920s makeup, I recreated Madeyewlook’s flapper-inspired makeup.
My 1920s makeup with a 1980s Molly Ringwald inspired look!
This makeup took a lot of blending, it took me multiple tries to get the eyes just right. The pics with my hair down are my 1st attempt with this look. I modernized this makeup by adding some sparkly pink eyeliner on the bottom of my lower lashes to give it a modern twist, plus I love glitter!
Makeup Details: For the eyes, I used Hard Candy’s sparkly pink eyeliner on my lower lash line (I think this color is discontinued). My black eyeshadow is from the Balm’s face palette: Balmbini Volume 2, but you can use any black eyeshadow. My eyeliner is Mary Kay’s black gel liner. For my eyebrows, I used the black shadow from Balmbini with an angled brush. For my lipstick, I used Rimmel’s Red Diva lip liner all over. You can also use NYX‘s lip pencil as well. I made sure to blot my lips and then reapply to get more payoff. Next, I used Revlon’s bold red lipstick. To add a hint of shine I dusted NYC’s sparkly pink eye dust on my lower lip. For my base, I used e.l.f.’sConcealer to touch up any imperfections after filling in my eyebrows with black eyeshadow. I don’t use foundation so I skipped that part and went straight to powder, again I used e.l.f.’s pressed powder with a fluffy brush! For blush, I used Mary Kay’s duo mineral cheek blush in Juicy Guava to finish the look.
1920s makeup inspired by Madeyewlook.
1920s Makeup Take 1!
1920s Flapper Makeup. Take 1! Gold Bracelets, Forever 21.
Below is my 1920s makeup version 2!
L: are my purple DIY Duct Tape Feather earrings from Brit+Co!
Check out my fun nails. 🙂 My floralnail art is Revlon’s 3D Jewel Appliques-Wildflowers, Vintage Vibe. I love this product because you get 18 nail stickers including a nail file, buffer, and cuticle stick. My red nails are from Sally’s Red Fire! Fire! nail polish.
My scent: I like mixing scents, so I sprayed on my signature scent:Davidoff’sCool Water in the air and walked into the mist. I then dabbed on MaryKay’s scent Belara on my pulse points. In the morning, I used Bath & Body Works Wild Honeysuckle body lotion.
My Molly Ringwald Inspired Outfit.
My grey lace top is from Kohls that I scored last fall. I found a similar one from H&M and a higher end version from Dillards on Shopstyle.
My skirt is from Forever 21. I love their clothing and accessories. The quality isn’t the best but I love that you can rock current or flashback looks inexpensively! I couldn’t find my exact skirt but I found a similar one on H&M. This skirt comes in purple or black. I personally like the purple version. 🙂 After digging, I found a cute black lace skirt from Forever 21. If you truly want to go vintage I found an awesome blue lace skirt on Etsy.
H&M’s Purple lace skirt: This skirt also comes in black!
Blue Lace Vintage Skirt sold by jeansdavenport on Etsy.
I scored mine at Target, which is one of my favorite stores. I found some similar ones on Amazon from Hue.
My duct tape purple earrings are my DIY from the inspirational Brit from Brit+Co. Brit is an original DoitGurl contributor. She now runs the DIY site that shows you how to decorate your house, teaches you fashion and beauty hacks, as well as style inspiration. You can buy kits on Brit+Co if you don’t have the time to spend shopping for DIY supplies. I highly recommend them! Below is the how-to video on how to make your own duct tape feather earrings.
My brown feather earrings I found at Fuego ages ago. This is one of my favorite stores. 🙂 I couldn’t find them online but I found MySoulAfire‘s Etsy shop. She handcrafts them and I love supporting artists this way.
Handmade brown feather earrings. Made by MySoulAfire on Etsy.
Rocking my DIY earrings, brown feather earrings, & H&M’s braided bracelet.
I found my braided bracelet on clearance from H&M. Again, I couldn’t find the exact one but I found some other cool bracelets that would work to recreate my outfit! First, I wanted to shout out Forever Tied Together on Etsy. This shop is run by a young lady named Ana, she is currently on a mission to Honduras. Ana makes one of a kind friendship bracelets. Please visit her shop. 🙂 I also found another cool place for handmade bracelets on Facebook.
Shot by Gillian Stephanie: Braids and Bonds Bracelets.
Forever Tied Together handmade bracelets.
I hope you enjoyed this retro fashion post with a twist of modern as much as I did. I will be posting more of my eclectic style…stay tuned!
Before I leave you, I found an awesome female artist called AmbivalentlyYours, who you can find on Instagram. She also sells her art on Society 6!
Please remember to be yourself and not to “look at yourself through their eyes”!