There are certain key eras of the 20th Century whose fashions we can look back on and romanticise, the Sophisticated Twenties is undeniably one of them! The social changes and restrictions of the era gave birth to a new type of woman "The flapper" and the fashions she wore. As we look forward to 2012′s fashion trends we are seeing the case for a revival of 1920s fashion or at least elements of it more and more.
The flapper is certainly a more feminine approach, with styling that offers a darker and definitely more of a mysterious edge. Elements of film noir and its origins are a possible interpretation of 2012′s, 1920s fashion revival.
1920's Undercut Hairstyle
The revival of the 20s fashion ear is one for both men and women, yet the cuts of clothing associated with the 20s menswear are no longer modern enough for most males. This is why most of the fashions seen in "Boardwalk Empire", is the 20s / 30s slicked back undercut hairstyle that has had the most impact.
1920's Fashion Flapper Dresses
The most recent and first major revival of 1920s fashion saw the flapper dress. This dress became one of the defining factors in women’s clothing trends of 2008. The revival of flapper fashion began a year earlier but when trend setter Kate Moss was spotted at the Glastonbury music festival wearing a bolero that had all the hallmarks of the flapper girl. Suddenly, we all wanted a piece of the fantastical 20s and while the fashion industry had long been experimenting with fashion revivals, the fast paced fashion industry and luxury fashion houses were quick to cater... At the blink of an eye lid...everywhere you looked flapper dresses and flapper-influenced pieces could be seen.
Each flapper offered the loose-fitting dress with embellishments such as fringing and beading that the 1920′s fashion was romanticised for. But it couldn’t last as a trend. This is why the piece we reference above about "20's fashion revival highlights the fact that another 1920s fashion comeback might not see a full blown return of the flapper dress but a return of its elements and details instead.
The Roaring Twenties is often thought of as being associated with parties, dancing and glamour, the sporty aspect was not forgotten when 1920s fashion returned to the foreground in 2008. With Coco Chanel originally popularising tanned skin, the 1920s flapper girl was fit, healthy and sporty. In many ways, The Great Gatsby‘s Jordan Baker emphasized this Jazz Age fashion trend "If you haven’t read the book or seen the film, imagine golfing girls with golden skin and long shorts, or even the 1920s styled tennis-chic".
1920s Fashion Elements And Influences
If you’re looking at introducing elements of the Sophisticated 20s in to your wardrobe, then these are the names and the details you should be referring to when styling up.
The icons and influencers of 1920s fashion and the Jazz Age in general:
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Louise Brooks and Clara Bow, Coco Chanel and Jazz
Beading and fringing, drop-waists, Kate Moss for Topshop, short bobs and Flapper headbands
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