Daily Archives: February 24, 2014

OOTD :: of Roaring 20s and tea dresses




This is the last time I’m doing this.

The last time I go balls out (pardon the vulgarity) on a theme, that is.

I swear.

Because, contrary to my belief, you can fulfill a theme – no matter how obscure or demanding – with stuff already in your closet. Case in point: Anne’s Pick-me-up this week is the Roaring 20s. Instead of shopping my closet like the clever and judiciously thrifty Selah did, I went hog wild on a Mad Hunt on eBay, stalking pieces and swooping in at the last minute to score some beauties.

The good news is that they weren’t all that pricey. The bad news is I had to do it five times because there are five days in a work week and I wanted to do a theme week around Anne’s.

Stupid, stupid rat creature. (I’m talking about me here, not you, gentle reader.)

So yeah, I blew my monthly budget on a week’s worth of outfits. I promise not to do that ever again. Or, at least I’ll try. Maybe you all can keep me honest. Not one to belabor a point, however, let’s get on with the show…

1920s clothing trends are a little bit naughty, a little bit nice and without a doubt some of the most scandalous-for-their-time designs of 20th century female fashion.

By 1924, hemlines had risen to the knee, waistlines dropped below the hips and the arms and back were exposed to attract the attention of male admirers on the dance floor.

No longer trapped by oxygen-sucking corsets, the ’20s female could adorn herself in metallic thread, sequined beading and shimmery lame when she hit the town all wild ‘n fancy free. Oh, to return to this decade and learn the Charleston in the dark shadows of a speakeasy!

from Sammy Davis Vintage

This highly informative article from S. Davis Vintage proceeds to list 10 trends inherent to 20s fashion. I chose 5 that I thought would be easily accessible and/or easily modernized. After all, I didn’t want to be so derivative of the time period that I looked costume-y.

Today, I chose to highlight tea dresses. Unfortunately, this look also happens to be my most derivative of the week. You really can’t modernize a tea dress like this. I mean, don’t think I didn’t try – I was initially gonna wear this look with combat boots! In the end, though, because it is Visible Monday, and because the dress and its accompanying coverup was just too much of a statement piece to mess with, I chose to embrace the theme and the decade whole-heartedly. All that’s missing is a bobbed haircut and a cloche.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eBay
Shoes – Seychelles @ eBay
Necklace – gifted

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ Spy Girl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

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