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10 Mar 2011

1920s catwalk looks - how to make it your own

2011 has featured many themes, and in my "Predicted Trends of 2011" post  I mentioned just one item of a current trend for 1920s fashions - midi skirts.

Well now that the fashion weeks are over, designers have shown more looks and there is a stong lean towards 1920s ladylike fashion and makeup emerging. Here's some examples:

Louis Vuitton showed a deep berry lip with golden eyes for the S/S 2011 look, paired with a deep parting and waved hair, this look hints at a 1920s vibe. Love the earrings!


Louis Vuitton also carried on this trend with their Pre-Fall 2011 collection, of which some key pieces are shown.


John Galliano at Dior (sorry for mentioning him!) sent models down the runway for the Spring 2011 show with very retro 1920s styling


Alice + Olivia also showed a Fall/Winter 2011 look consisting of 1920s looks and makeup (love the winged eyeliner on the left hand model!)

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So what are the key pieces to look for?

1920s Style
1920s Style by laurenlovesblog

Drop waist dresses, particularly embellished ones are the key to this trend and luckily there are some gorgeous highstreet options. Wear these dresses with thick black, but sheer tights. Dresses featured from left to right:

 Accessories wise - handbags are structured, small and simple, with a long strap often (think the traditional Chanel handbag, first created by Coco in the late 20s). Cloche hats or feathered hair accessories also channel the trend perfectly. Again, the focus is on simplicity and elegance. Fur was very in fashion in the 1920s with many women owning an item (I've had a stole passed down to me) but there is simply NO excuse to buy real fur so go fake please girls, it's such good quality these days, and I think real fur is outdated. Finally shoes are either t-bar or feature bow detailing. Accessories featured from left to right:

and of course, if you're really going for the 1920s look, a long string of pearls is necessary. I have this gorgeous rope pearl necklace from Sophanie which at only £30 is a great investment (they're so cheap because they're made of baroque pearls which are odd shapes and sizes. I love looking at all the different pearls in my necklace, they're all individual and beautiful).

Be careful of over-accessorising. Unless you're actually going to a 1920s themed fancy dress party, don't layer on the dress, pearls, hat... use elements.


If you're going all out 1920s glamour, you have to try the Marcel Wave, or finger wave.

For those girls who want to try it the traditional way with damp hair and pins, these two tutorials seems very easy to follow, although the first is written in a very antiquated fashion! The art of waving, Marcel and Finger waves, Finger waves tutorial.

For those of you who want to do it a more modern way with hot tongs and rollers; this video, I think, explains things very simply:


(Come find me on YouTube!)

For the makeup, strong, classic colours and lines  were in fashion - think berry red lips and black eyeliner.

Let's use the image of the "King Kong" actress Fay Wray for example:

Firstly, lips were dark red berry colours, a classic look which can still be kept modern today.

Eyes were lined with liquid eyeliner and/or kohl. Again, this look is very easily worn today without looking dated

Eyebrows were thin, but strong and pencilled in for emphasis, even on blondes!

Skin was porcelain and fair. Also it was rare for actresses to wear blusher it seems.

This look is easily recreatable and can still look fresh if done right. I like Dior's twist on the strong look for a modern take:

This interesting look combines pale smokey eyes (see my smokey eyes tutorial) with a deep brown lip.

I however personally prefer the Alice + Olivia, traditional 1920s makeup - you can't beat a red lip!:

Here's how I'd achieve the look:

  • Firstly foundation has been applied with what looks like a brush for a flawless look.

  • Undereyes have been concealed and so have blemishes to create a blank canvas

  • The eyebrows have been filled in - I'd recommend the Benefit Brows a go-go kit (see my review here)

  • Black liquid eyeliner has been used to create cat-like flicks - see my eyeliner tutorial from last week here

  • Mascara and false eyelashes have been applied. Also mascara has been used to emphasise the bottom lashes, and I think white kohl eyeliner has been used on the waterline to open up the eyes.

  • Finally a matte orange-red lipstick has been used. I'd suggest MAC's "Lady Danger" lipstick or Revlon's classic "Fire and Ice"

  • Alternatively, a deep berry lip would also look great I think!

So there you have it - my interpretation of how we can all get the 1920s trend this season! x


  1. Such a great post! The 20s is one of my favourite style decades, so glamorous and sexy without being showy. The Cloche hat is adorable!

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