How to Make a Black Dress Look Like It's From the 1920s

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The fashion styles of the 1920s were all about one thing - freedom. Learn how to take a black dress and make it look like it was from the 1920s with help from a certified image and wardrobe consultant in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Orene Kearn, an Image and Wardrobe Consultant and I'm here at the beautiful Morning Glory Boutique in downtown Burlingame, California. Today, we're going to talk about how to make a black dress look like it's from the 1920s. The 1920s era was just following the Great War or World War I. Prior to the 20s, women had big bustles, long dresses, tight corsets; the 1920s was about freedom. The young cool women of the day were called flappers; this was the roaring 20s, so basically, we've lost the bustles, the underwear loosens up, the corset was loser, a bra was introduced and the styles raised up. The hemlines raised up. So, to make a black dress look like it's from the 1920s, we want to look for a bit looser silhouette and we want to look for a length right about the knee or just below the knee. The knee length hemline came about in the mid to late 20s. Here is a black dress with the sort of a loose sheath silhouette that would work very well for working and making a dress look like it's from the 1920s. Today, I'm going to use this dress to turn this into a 1920s look. Although this does have a defined lace, I love the pleats and this will work beautifully for a demonstrating a 1920s look. During the 20s, women were very concerned with the entire ensemble. They wore a lots of rope necklaces and pearls, headpieces they had short bob haircut was really the rage, nude hosiery and lowish heels. So, first, I'd like to put on a beautiful multiple strand of pearls. How instantly this changes the look to a 1920s style. In addition, this really is great for the whole ensemble, an off to the side flower headband which works well on pulling together the outfit and it's the accessories that really give something character. And there you have it, how to make a black dress look like it's from the 1920s.


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