Are You a Flapper?
I am not into Halloween. As in spooky, gory, creepy, dark and scary. However, I do love candy, and I do love costumes. I mean, I love to dress up any day of the year- so give me any excuse to dress up “officially” and I am there!
For the past few years, I have hosted costume parties, and this is the first year that I haven’t in three years. Even though I didn’t have a chance to dress up in a costume and go out this year, I didn’t want the opportunity to pass, without dressing up in some kind of costume. My sister and I have been wanting to do a 1920’s photo shoot for a while now, and since I recently got my hair shaped into a bob, it seemed the perfect time to dress up in these costumes and take some photos. We decided that a black and white faded palette, gloomy clouds, and some barren tree branches would be the perfect backdrop, and create the right mood. The “costumes” were pulled from our wardrobes, and dress up bin, of course. 🙂
I have also now decided that those flappers were right about so much- it is amazingly fun to wear strands of pearls, stacks of bracelets, sparkles, dark makeup and furs. Of course, not every person in the 1920’s dressed this way- but it is “iconic’ for a reason, right? Honestly, if I had lived in the 1920’s I am 99% sure that I would have been a Plain Jane, wearing prim and proper dresses, and I never would have dreamed of going to the speakeasy, in my knee length fringed dress, dancing the night away. Considering that I don’t do any of those things today. . . But, I do love to dress up in the 1920’s flapper styles, even if they are not historically accurate, and more “inspired by” the era. Nora, of Nora Finds, recently said on her instagram, that in a few years it will be the 20’s again, so we should “bring back the beaded flapper dresses and finger waves”. I wholeheartedly agree!
What do you think? If you lived in the 1920’s would you have worn the knee length dresses and bling, and been a flapper? Or would you have been a prim and proper lady, who stayed at home and behaved herself?
On a side note, I am not one to spot family resemblances very easily, but when my Gramma saw these pictures, she said that I looked like her when she was young, and Sarah looked like her mother, our Great-Grandmother. I guess we do have a family resemblance- even if I can’t pick it out 🙂
Sheila (of Ephemera)
October 31, 2016 @ 8:33 am
You both look amazing! I love that you pulled all of this from your closets and dress-up stuff – I did that this past weekend as well (but for the 1930s) and had a blast. Strangely, I got the same reaction – I look like my grandmother!
October 31, 2016 @ 12:59 pm
Thanks Sheila- it is so fun to dress up entirely in one era isn’t it? Your 1930’s costume looks amazing! The capelet is what really makes it I think. Your grandmother must have been one stylish lady 🙂
October 31, 2016 @ 5:55 pm
This turned out fantastic!
There is no doubt, I’d be a flapper.
October 31, 2016 @ 11:17 pm
Thanks Suzanne! I have no doubt that you would make an excellent flapper 🙂
November 1, 2016 @ 7:21 am
What a fun shoot this must have been! It’s nice to do something very stylised and composed sometimes.
Flapper for me, all the way, I love dancing and dressing up and swilling champagne!
November 5, 2016 @ 7:57 pm
Thanks Porcelina- it was a lot of fun- although we were freezing while we were taking these 🙂
And you would have made a very glamorous flapper, judging by the great outfits I see on your blog!
November 1, 2016 @ 7:54 am
A really fun set of photos – and so nice to do them with your sister. Not something I could imagine with either of mine, mind you! I reckon I would have been the boring stay-at-home type, although the clothes might have pulled me over to the dark side…
November 5, 2016 @ 7:58 pm
You are right- the clothes might have pulled me to the dark side too 🙂 But it’s not boring to stay at home though, it’s. . . cozy . . . right? 😉
November 1, 2016 @ 6:36 pm
I agree wholeheartedly – let’s do the Roaring 20s again! They were pretty fabulous the first time around, I’d love to see those styles make a comeback.
I’m really digging this shoot. You and your sister look absolutely perfect here, and I love the slightly spooky atmosphere here. It’s a great look for Halloween, or for any time you’re feeling Jazz Age gorgeous.
November 5, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Thanks Jessica- the photos were really fun to do, and they turned out just as I had envisioned 🙂 And you are doing a pretty great job of bringing the 20’s back yourself, as your last few outfit posts have shown!
November 3, 2016 @ 10:41 pm
I’m all for bringing back a bit of 20s! But I really love your comment about what you would have really been doing and wearing if you lived in the 20s. I am the same. I’d be at home thinking “I wish I could look as glamorous as those flapper girls *sigh*”
November 5, 2016 @ 8:03 pm
Haha, it seems there would have been a few of us! But, now we can bring back the flapper style, and still be well behaved, but stylish ladies, right? 🙂
November 4, 2016 @ 3:35 am
You both look super glam! I love the look, completely luxury! I reckon I would have been the well behaved girl in the 20s as much as I wish I was the naughty one, I leave that honour to my sister. Tee hee.
November 5, 2016 @ 8:04 pm
Thanks, Christina! It was a very fun photoshoot 🙂 As much as I also love the luxury of the 20’s, it seems there would have been a few of us who would have been skipping out to be well behaved!
November 6, 2016 @ 5:33 pm
I love these photos so very much!! Both of your looks are so lusciously flapper-tastic!
I hope Nora’s right, because I would LOVE a resurgence of ’20s style. I could totally get on board with fringe, fur, and finger waves.
November 7, 2016 @ 6:03 pm
Thanks Devinne! I guess we’ll just have to “be the change” then 😉 I’m all for it!
November 7, 2016 @ 9:10 pm
The ’20s style looks great on you and Sarah. I think I would have leaned towards a conservative look. I also hope this look comes back. I could wear a dropped waist dress with sleeves and a bob and still behave. 🙂
November 8, 2016 @ 10:05 am
Yes! That’s the best thing about wearing the “scandalous” outfits of the past- you don’t have to actually be a flapper to look like one today 🙂
November 11, 2016 @ 10:40 am
Great outfits and photos. It looks like this was a fun shoot. I’d like to think that I would have been a flapper but in reality I think I would have been home doing my knitting!
November 12, 2016 @ 10:53 am
It seems like a bunch of us would have been doing the same! 🙂
November 18, 2016 @ 7:24 pm
These photos are gorgeous!!!
Like you, I love any excuse to get dress up in a costume.
November 18, 2016 @ 11:47 pm
Thanks Janey! And, it’s so much fun, isn’t it, to break out of your normal routine and pretend to be a different character, if only for a little while? 🙂