1920s fashion was the result of societal change. In the post-war era of prohibition, gangsters and bootleggers, flappers and the early years of Chanel, opulence and excess were at an all-time high. Bold, geometric and sparkly were much unlike the fashion choices of years prior and this quick adoption of soon ushered in the traditional Art Deco style.
The 1920s also saw women escaping the confines of stay-at-home wife life and forging careers, generating their own incomes and being able to shop and head to clubs and restaurants freely. With this change in the status quo, many fashion designers such as Coco Chanel, Jean Patou and Jeanne Lanvin began creating looks that took elements from men’s fashion, with the added silhouettes of frocks and luxury garments, creating the classic 1920s fashion style we all know and love today.
The 1920s fashion styles are classic and timeless, so it’s easy to see why so many fashion lovers want to add some of this style to their current wardrobe. Let’s take a look at some easy ways you can add 1920s style to your wardrobe.
Out of all the fashion pieces that came from the 1920s, the flapper dress is probably the most synonymous and continues to be a piece of clothing that many have in their wardrobe. Popularised by designers such as Coco Chanel and Paul Poirot, if you’re looking to add hints of 1920s fashion to your present wardrobe, then why not consider the addition of a flapper dress for those special occasions or work events?
Whilst you can still get many traditional flapper dresses, complete with fringe, gems and rhinestones, a lot of modern dresses take inspiration from the silhouettes, shape and style of flapper dresses, but with modern twists. If you’re searching for the ultimate party dress or a staple go-to for last-minute events and dinners, then add a flapper style dress to your wardrobe!
Jewellery was huge in the 1920s as more and more women were able to afford to buy pieces for themselves. Perhaps one of the most iconic jewellery pieces to come from the 1920s is the pearl necklace, which were often worn layered with necklaces of different lengths and styles.
As well as this, gemstones were hugely popular, as can be seen with most art deco jewellery available today. Colourful stones, such as emeralds, rubies, sapphires and jade, were used most frequently to create statement pieces perfect to complement the new fashion trends of the 1920s. A lot of jewellery from the 1920s is still around today and can be bought at specialist jewellery stores, so if you want to add a lasting statement piece to your wardrobe, then why not invest in a beautiful piece of jewellery history?
One of the most popular reasons why jewellery from the 1920s is still popular is because many of the cocktail rings from the era make perfect antique engagement rings for couples looking for something a little different. Art deco engagement rings remain amongst the most sought-after and it’s not hard to see why with the dazzling diamonds and complementary gemstones.
Art deco clothing designs featured a number of different synonymous features, not least so the geometric pattern. It is one of the biggest features of 1920s fashion and, if you’re looking to add a splash of 1920s style to your modern wardrobe in a more subtle way, then the addition of geometric patterns is a great way to do so. Whether you choose a geometric print blouse to pair with work trousers and heels or the addition of a geometric scarf to layer over a long trench coat in the winter, this is one of the easiest ways to incorporate the art deco era into your current wardrobe.