Shoe-horning my way into 1920s clothes

It’s a cruel twist of fate that the era whose style I’m most enamoured with – the 1920s, duh – is really the only one I can’t emulate. Flapper dresses are all about dropped waists, slim silhouettes and long, lean lines – none of which are particularly wearable when you’re short and ~curvy.

I think it’s worth remembering that the reason why most women in the 20s and 30s were so slim and flat-chested is because they’d survived the Depression and World War I – two events which didn’t exactly allow for much in the way of food, drink or merriment, you know? Selfish, selfish history.

Anyway, I can’t wear flapper dresses and that sucks for me. I’ve got a smashing cloche hat and a few nice deco-ish bits of jewellery and handbags – it’s close but no cigar, to be honest.

With the 1920s trend just about everywhere this season, it’s a painful reminder of what’s not meant to be. The latest dress torturing my soul is the Jessie from the Fusion range at Monsoon – not a shop I’d usually visit, but the detail on this is just beautiful and it caught my eye. I tried it in for a laugh anyway, and laugh I did. It looked awful. Hilariously so. I would have loled, had it not been so tiresomely predictable.

It’s not all bad news though. Monsoon also has a blouse version of the dress – how cool is that? Exactly the same, just cut off at the waist for a slightly cropped shell-shaped top. I wish every shop would sell blouse and skirt versions of their dresses, it’d make life a lot easier for me. Anyway, dead happy with this – the attention to detail is surprising and lovely, like the flower buttons and scalloped sleeves and silk collar. Just dead nice all round really.  Oh, and I have a pleated skirt the same shade, so I can essentially DIY my own version of the dress except with a more flattering shape. I WIN!

You can get your matching outfit here if you want to be more like me.


3 thoughts on “Shoe-horning my way into 1920s clothes

  1. Gosh the flowers are pretty. I’m also short and curvy and LOVE dropped waists. I do wear them occasionally and just try to avoid mirrors. The Great Depression actually only began in 1929 and I think a lot of women in the 20s just wore garters and bound up their mams to achieve the desired silhouette. I adore your blog!

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