1920s Inspired Dresses

1920s inspired dresses

1920s inspired dresses

1920s inspired clothing

1920s inspired look

The 1920s is by far  my favourite era for fashion.  Imagine my delight when I stumbled across Wallis’s 1923 collection of 1920s inspired dresses and coats.  Wallis is not usually a brand I would even look at for my clothing needs, I always felt it was slightly too old and frumpy.   I don’t think I have even walked inside the store to even check it out,  just proves you should open your eyes once in a while and you might be pleasantly surprised.

What I find really charming is that the pieces in the collection are brought to life from original sketches.  The coral flapper inspired dress above, was taken from Wallis’s dress pattern archive for a 1927 swing range.  My fascination is obviously shared with plenty of others as the dress I really wanted to get (a gold beaded flapper dress) has sold out, never to return boo hoo.  I wont put you though the same torture as me by posting the picture If you haven’t already seen it,  It was simply divine.

The last picture is my interpretation on a 1920’s inspired modern look and how I would wear one of the dresses.  I think it can be quite a hard look to pull off.   The last thing you want is to look like you are the only one at the party that was told it is fancy dress (think Bridget Jones and the ‘tarts and vicars’ party) I think I would leave out the feathered head pieces and lashings of pearl jewellery.

When I was at Look Magazine for a photo-shoot, the hair stylist turned my hair into a long version of the popular 1920s finger waves (shown above).  If I remember rightly, he curled my hair all over with a large barrelled curling iron, left to cool, took a comb and just literally combed down over and over again until it created the wave.  I will attempt to do it myself and if successful, make a hair tutorial.

The cloche hat is from M&S, which was a very popular style in the 1920s.  After a few seasons of chunky heels, pointys are starting to get a look in again.  I love these black t-bar pointed toe shoes from ASOS, they would be perfect for creating a 20’s inspired look.  I love my statement tights so lastly these polka dot tights are by Wolford and you can purchase at My Tights


  14 comments for “1920s Inspired Dresses

  1. 14 November, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Really like that red dress! So cute.

    I really love that colour of the hat, and the whole pic and yes, the girl is really pretty!

    • 15 November, 2011 at 12:19 am

      Glad you liked it, thanks for visiting 🙂 xx

  2. 14 November, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    What a great range! I too love the 1920’s era. I have a few pieces from Wallis – sometimes they have an odd item that I actually like.
    I love your hair! I recently learnt how to do a finger wave on my long hair too. Practice makes perfect 🙂

    • 14 November, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      I haven’t even attempted to do it on myself yet, I doubt I will get it to look like I had it above. I can at least try 🙂

  3. 14 November, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful photos, I love the dresses and how authentic they look! Hate all the usual 20’s style but cheap material dresses! Love the Faux fur coat!

    I did think it may have been Wallis, walking past their window the other day, I stopped and couldn’t believe my eyes! I always thought it was a little old for me but like this new re-branding thing!

    Love the finger wave look, I’ve tried over and over to create it, but its just not happening! Its something I’ll just have to admire!

    Great post! I feel like I should listen to Jazz and take up smoking again (with a cigarette holder, naturally)!

    Girl about Town XxX

    • 14 November, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Lots of companies are re-branding at the moment. Whistles seems to have had a shake-up also.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 xx

  4. Simone
    14 November, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I really really love that top pink beaded dress, gorgous alternative for a Xmas party xxxx

    • 15 November, 2011 at 12:20 am

      My thoughts exactly, thanks for stopping by again 🙂 xx

  5. stef
    14 November, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    that red dress is so perfect!


    • 15 November, 2011 at 12:23 am

      Hopefully this one doesn’t sell out before I have some money to buy it haha. Thanks for your comment xx

  6. 15 November, 2011 at 12:12 am

    THANK YOU so much for your comment, meant a lot that mine was better than the originial 😉 I simply adore that second dress. The intricate detailing of that dress is simply phenomenal. So breathtaking. I’m envious that you live in Central London! I must see pictures of your beautiful surroundings STAT.


    • 15 November, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Hey lovely. No I worked in Central London until I had the nipper. I live about 40 minutes out now, so no excuse for not driving anymore haha.

      The dresses are beautiful, that’s why I didn’t want to post the one that had sold out 🙁 too much of a torture haha xxx

  7. 16 November, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I agree! 20’s are such a lovely fashion era. I actually got married in a 20’s style dress with long gloves and feathers in my head haha 🙂

    • 18 November, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      I am sure you looked fabulous, you should put those photo’s on your blog 🙂 xx

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