Jump to content

Help me find a 1920's dress for theme party


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 liveworkplay

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

Hi,

I have a 1920's murder mystery 40th birthday to go to and need an 20's inspired dress. I know I can just get a flapper costume, but was looking for something I could possible(?) wear again. I am plus sized, 173cm wear anything from a size 18-22 depending on brand/style. Not the ideal 20's figue I know.

I have found the following. Thoughts?

http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Samya+Dip+d...default,pd.html

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/evans-beaded-s...ss-plus/3418545

http://www.killercurves.com.au/Retro-Glam-...Red-Lining.html

(not sure if last one really fits the era.)

Any thoughts, suggestions greatly appreciated!!

#2 lep_78

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

i got one of these in black for a 1920 party i went to. Just added a feather boa and the feather in the head and some beads from a costume shop and was all good.
dress

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

I like the second one (can't get #3 to load)

Try and get your hands on a cigarette holder, some seamed stockings and DEFINITELY wear some long gloves.


As an aside my grandmother who was a young woman in the 1920s did untold damage to her delicate breast tissue from bandaging her very large breasts flat to her body to try and look fashionable!
By the time I met her they were down past her knees....

#4 CharliMarley

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

I like the middle one the best and as the other pp's have said - long cigarette holder, feather boa, seamed stockings and a band around your head and long beads. You could watch the movie "Thoroughly Modern Millie"if you can find it before the party.

I think large breasts will be down past your knees, regardless of what you do to them. sad.gif

Edited by Winterdanceparty, 17 January 2013 - 12:23 PM.


#5 elizabethany

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

I love the thrid one, and it could be made to work using the right accessories.  To get around seamed stockings, you can wear a normal pair, and draw a line down the back of your legs using mascara (as was common during both wars).  Also get a cigarette holder, and all white cigarettes (they didn't have filters back then, so no yellow ends).  Note, you don't actually have to light the cigarette.  Feathered facinators are your friend.

#6 liveworkplay

Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

Thanks for the replies. I am partial to the second one but really like ths one Fiona linked. However, it's only available now in red, would that work?

#7 IsolaBella

Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

If you have a larger bust this goes to size 18

http://www.bravissimo.com/pepperberry/prod...lse&level=2

#8 Jane Jetson

Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:41 PM

The third one really doesn't fit the era, but the second one is lovely! (I think I want it.)

I second the cigarette holder; see if you can get a headband that goes across your forehead, holding your hair down, not up, and ropes of long pearls. You can also do a bit with makeup: try and eyebrow-mascara your brows into straight lines if you can, and wear dark red lipstick in a Cupid's Bow. Oh, and shoes could be buckled Mary Janes with a low heel. And if your hair's long you can wrap it into a little roll at the nape of your neck and it will still kind of look cropped (women who didn't want to or weren't allowed to do the chop in the 20s often did this).

I'm a bit of a fan of the 20s.

#9 lep_78

Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

QUOTE (liveworkplay @ 17/01/2013, 01:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the replies. I am partial to the second one but really like ths one Fiona linked. However, it's only available now in red, would that work?



if you have a store near you, you could ring and see if they have any in black or if they can get one from another store. The red would be fine as well, but isnt my colour so i went with the black with pink feather boe.

#10 Propaganda

Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

Anything that goes in at the waist doesn't fit the era, unfortunately. The Nordstrom dress you linked was very pretty and while modern, I think you could use it if you wanted to wear it again. Just dress it up appropriately. Buckle shoes, nylons, and a boa/cigarette holder/long gloves if you're trying to look quite obvious.

Also remember the make-up of the time. Your lips would be shortened, a more "kissy" look than full long lips often in a dark wine red. Eyes dark, brows rather "sad" looking. Skin quite pale.

I think this is a good pic to use for inspiration for makeup: http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images0...ac5c17183/l.jpg

#11 MrsLightyear

Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

I like dress 2, but it might look more 20's if you removed the sleeves. Sounds like a very cool party  biggrin.gif

edited to add: you will be able to find the stockings, gloves and smoke holder at any club x or adult shop, prob be cheaper then a costume place wink.gif

Edited by MrsLightyear, 17 January 2013 - 04:35 PM.


#12 Jane Jetson

Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

QUOTE (Propaganda @ 17/01/2013, 05:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think this is a good pic to use for inspiration for makeup: http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images0...ac5c17183/l.jpg


Yes, that's a good one. Google "Louise Brooks" - she's a great example of makeup at the time.

#13 Rachaelxxx

Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:20 AM

What gorgeous dresses, I love them all.  Such a fun era when you think about it, well from a fashion point of view and in its time.

#14 Gudrun

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:41 PM

The Nordstrom dress. Both suitable and good for later.  And a great dress!

#15 gemgirl

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

My Size had them last year, gorgeous dresses. Maybe eBay?

#16 liveworkplay

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:58 PM

My local My Size store  ended up having one of  these in red so I got it. I do still really like the Nordstrom one, but went with price in the end.

Now for the accessories......

#17 IsolaBella

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Very flapper




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Tot meets his heroes, falls apart with excitement

Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.

Beautiful in our eyes: Georgia's story

I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.

'It's been phenomenal': widower dad of quads thankful for support

There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.

Vin Diesel names daughter after actor Paul Walker

The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.

How midwives can help women who experience domestic violence

More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.

Mum describes giving birth during Cyclone Pam

A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.

6 signs you're done having babies

There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.

Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost her an acting job

Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.

Female celebs (or their babies) with traditionally male names

Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.

'If you're anti-immunisation ... take a look at this picture of my son'

Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.

How an extrovert can raise an introvert

Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.

Sheryl Sandberg's advice

'Choreplay': Help out at home to get more sex, Sandberg tells men

Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.

How to play with your baby

The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.

I'm a single mother by choice

For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.

Awkward wedding photos

Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.

Four-week-old baby Riley Hughes dies of whooping cough

The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Oh boy! Video shows family's reaction to baby surprise

Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.

How to help build up your baby's immune system

We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?

'Nick, you need to call an ambulance': home birth mum's tragic death

A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.

When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?

When was the last time a stranger praised your parenting?

Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

15 names on the verge of extinction

If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

5 characteristics of great dads

It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?

Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.