Make your black dress look like it's from the 1920s with just a few added accessories. The little black dress was actually an invention of Coco Chanel in the 1920s, according to "Biography." Black was once a color only associated for mourning, and she turned it into chic evening wear, which is ideal for your specific needs.
Things You'll Need
- Large flower brooch
- Black fringe
- Sewing machine
- Flesh-toned stockings
- Black ballet flats or low heeled shoes
- Long necklace of white pearls
- Pearl or beaded bracelet
- Feather boa or feather fan
- Pale face powder
- Red lipstick
- Dark eye shadow
- Curling iron
- Dangling earrings (optional)
- Cloche hat (optional)
Gather your black dress at one of the hips. Pin a large flower brooch to hold the gather. Many 1920s dress had lowered waistlines. If your dress is a simple A-line style, pinning a brooch can give it a 1920s silhouette.
Sew fringe in rows all the way down your dress if it is a thin strapped tube dress. Fringe instantly gives the dress a "flapper" look. Expert sewers can experiment with sewing the fringe at an angle for a more sophisticated look.
Wear flesh-toned stockings, which were worn during the era. Wear black ballet flats or low heeled shoes to match the 1920s look.
Add a long rope necklace of white pearls around your neck. Hang the necklace to just below your chest. Wear a matching pearl or beaded bracelet. Wrap a feather boa around your shoulders or carry a feather fan.
Powder your skin a shade lighter than you usually wear. Apply red lipstick and dark eye shadow to the top lid of your eyes. Side part your hair, and use a curling iron to add smooth waves over your ears. Wear hair in a short bob hairstyle, popular in the 1920s, or pull long hair into a chignon, which is a type of hair knot in the back.
Tips & Warnings
- Dangling earrings can be added to your 1920s look.
- Boyish dresses were worn during the 1920s, so it looked like women had no hips and flat bosoms.
- A cloche hat can also accessorize a black dress to look 1920s.
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