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Help me style a dress from the 20s!

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Rocket1982 Mon 12-May-14 22:29:39

I bought this dress

(Scroll down to see it I think)

Which was (eek!) the most I've ever spent on an item of clothing other than my wedding dress! It is for a ball, not a fancy dress/vintage event. How would you style/accessorise it?

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:31:43

That's gorgeous.

You have to do authentic vintage with that I think...

What size shoe are you?

Rocket1982 Mon 12-May-14 22:35:34

I am a shoe size 6-7.

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:40:38

Can you get your hair done in finger waves with a band?

Like this sort of thing?

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:43:41

That's a difficult size to find authentic 20s shoes in, but something like this could work...

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:43:58

Would you do a real fur stole?

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:44:57

more shoes

mrsbucketxx Mon 12-May-14 22:45:01

I was thinking faux bob, dark eye shadow, long necklace preferably pearls. And dolly shoes.

Or no necklace and a big cuff.

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:48:16

more shoes

Rocket1982 Mon 12-May-14 22:55:16

Those are great shoes! Thanks tethersend! The right heel shape (from the limited knowledge I have gained on 20s fashion)! I was thinking of a headband too... Do you think a long necklace would work, as the dress is already beaded around the neckline? Don't think I would do real fur.

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:56:10

fur stole like this perhaps?

Rocket1982 Mon 12-May-14 22:56:22

My hair is brown , waves, shoulder length. I could get a cut so it is a bob.

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 22:59:08

I think the more the merrier with beads, TBH.

Allalonenow Mon 12-May-14 22:59:25

Gosh, what a gorgeous frock.

What about making a black velvet choker with a fresh orchid sewn on?

capsium Mon 12-May-14 22:59:58

Some shoes.

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 23:02:53

I wouldn't get it cut, as finger waves make it a lot shorter- you could pin the rest back.

guide here

Or if you are near London, there are a number of vintage hairdressers who could do your hair on the day...

Allalonenow Mon 12-May-14 23:03:05

I'd let the beadwork on the dress make a statement.

tethersend Mon 12-May-14 23:08:32

lots of ideas here

Rocket1982 Mon 12-May-14 23:16:53

Like the hair, I will have to practice! Amazing that there are new shoes in a 20s style. That Pinterest board is great!

Rocket1982 Tue 13-May-14 09:34:01

Do you think black is the only colour that would work for shoes?

capsium Tue 13-May-14 10:12:52

Could possibly have silver / grey / cream? Is the beading silver and cream, it looks like it on the picture?

This colour may go.

tethersend Tue 13-May-14 20:15:10

ivory satin shoes would work

tethersend Tue 13-May-14 20:22:09

Or these

tethersend Tue 13-May-14 20:23:49

Or these

tethersend Tue 13-May-14 20:25:04


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