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#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 CountryFeral

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 F. 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 F. 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




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