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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21 thoughts on “OOTD :: of Roaring 20s and tea dresses

  1. […] I admit this because, according to Tim Gunn and my new friend, Alex @ Undergraduate Style, “only wear something if you love it and it loves you back”. And man, I do so love sporting the tough-yet-femme vibe! Patti @ Not Dead Yet and I are polar opposites on this. She’d posted Monday about her feeling slightly ill at ease in “tough-girl” guise, and even though I beg to differ on that (isn’t she just scrumptious?!) I do empathize with the feeling of malaise when I dress out of my comfort zone. […]

  2. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    I like this soft wafty look on you. Very very pretty!
    Great link to Sammy Davis Vintage. Must now read her 30s post.

    My intent with 52 Pick-me-up was to shop one’s closet. Stop the eBay madness!
    Thanks for linking up. Come June, your whole week’s looks can join the party when I change to a Sunday – Sunday cycle.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Sammy Davis has covered most of the decades, I think, and in the quickest and most concise way too. Love her site.

      Thanks for the compliment but I think I’m a long way from truly embracing this wafty, pastel vibe. It was good for a day, though, and I got loads of compliments, if only because it was so very different from what I normally wear.

      I am trying to stop the madness. Keep your fingers crossed for me. ;p

  3. jangrahammcmillen says:

    You bearcat, you … you’re just the berries and a hot tomato, a choice bit of calico! Now you’re on the trolley, kid! Clearly the cat’s pajamas and hitting on all sixes!
    I like it … can you tell?

  4. Hmm. I commented earlier but it didn’t show up. Stupid WordPress app.

    I agree with Dolly – you look lovely, and the movement of the dress is beautiful.

    Thanks for the shoutout!

  5. Val S says:

    This dress is sooooooo pretty (as are all the ones at your link – swoon). After watching Downton Abbey last night, I think I’m ready to see more! However, this style is not really me, and when I saw Anne’s theme this week I didn’t even consider trying to find something to fit. I will take part in her next theme – dressing like my favorite cocktail!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I thought the same as you, Val, but then I fell in love with cloches and knew I had to participate in this week’s theme. The good news about working in education is that there’s really no dress code so I can get away with wearing out-of-character clothing. I WAS apprehensive about this dress, it being so dramatic and all, but I got loads of appreciative comments from my students so I guess it’s a keeper.

  6. ooh, I love 20’s style dresses (and I love a good eBay hunt, too!). Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look like a million bucks. xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      Well, as the site I quoted mentioned, 20s dresses are getting harder and harder to find so I feel supremely lucky to hav scored this find even though it’s really not my color or my style. I feel a bit like I’m playing dress up in it which may or may not be a good thing. 😉

  7. dapperdolly says:

    Beautiful and stunning dress, I can see why you bought it – sometimes I think there are just too many coincidences, I had a dress like that out last week thinking of it for last Fancy Friday but didn’t go with it.

    Needless to say it looks lovely on you and I love the way it moves in the wind. That said, given your anxiety over spending or thoughts behind a new direction on the blog – you might benefit from putting aside some of your budget in a place where you can’t touch it lol or giving it to your daughter if she’s responsible, for safe keeping. 🙂

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