Our 1920s party clients often ask me for 1920s costume ideas. Well, unless you’re lucky enough to have inherited a pristine original 1920s dress from Great Auntie Tallulah… there are some fabulous places where you can pick up 1920s reproduction dresses these days.
Forget tacky costume shops, go for something sequinned or floaty or tassled and feel like a stylish jazz age debutante or a 1920s starlet for the day. With the Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morely recently writing that it’s on trend to wear sequins in the day time, not just the evening – we think that extends to rocking a 1920s beaded dress for your hen do or daytime party. Book our 1920s hair and make up to set off the dress perfectly.
1. Sew Very Vintage
A lovely little independent stocking some very special twenties dresses. If you’re in Oxfordshire, and like to try on clothes before you buy, why not visit Sew Very Vintage in Wallingford (you can also buy online if you’re further afield). They have lovely 1920s style flapper dresses. They sell wonderful Gatsby Lady headbands too and handbags and jewellry. My roaring twenties favourites are the gorgeous teal fringe flapper dress (below right), the Emma Peacock Gatsby Dress which is very unusual and has a nice handkerchief hemline, and the Annettte dress (below left) for a classic beaded dress with tassles. They will set you back between a great value £89 and £135 at the time of writing.
There are also some gorgeous 1920s style accessories you can buy there, including handbags and these lovely Gatsby Lady headbands in gold, silver, and white:
2. Frock and Frill
Want something just a little longer, with more elegance,for an evening party? The Belicia Surf Spray dress is my current favourite. Great for a guest at a 1920s wedding or special party – for anyone wanting to channel Gatsby. There are also some gorgeous maxi dresses on their website too. Cost: £135 – £145.
3. Lindy Bop
Lindy Bop have a lovely Reese Garnet dress with floaty sleeves available in red and blue, which I’ve chosen as I think it’s an unusual find. It’s currently priced at £120 – its very special for either a smart daytime hen party or a wedding or evening affair alike. Have a look at their blog on their Silver Screen Collection for the full range.
4. Retro Stage
5. Light in the Box
You can find some bargains here. Light in the Box have this silver 1920s dress for just £23.75 at the moment, down from over £70 at the time of writing. very good value for a beaded dress. If this listing is now out of date you’ll probably find others on there.