The Roaring 1920’s bring to mind Prohibition*, the speak-easy, the Charleston, flappers, and P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster stories (where Woosters abound and the Jeeves are few).
The tubular-shaped dress, with its emphasis on the hip line, is never going to be a favorite of mine. The gal at the left would look right at home on my family tree. Surely you can spot the – uh – problem.
However, If you’re reasonably tall-ish, slender and not burdened with a lot of, shall we say, curves you can do more than merely pull off these styles…they’ll look fabulous on you. As they do on Essie Davis, who plays the Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher on the PBS Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.
So when it comes to day-to-day dresses, my hips and I avoid the ’20s whenever possible.
But the party dresses and gowns? That’s another story. I love colorful embroidery and I’m a sucker for a well-placed sequin (and a few thousand of her BFFs). I’d pop myself into one of these in a minute.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I like black and pink together, so I’d start with #1. Which one would you like to wear?
* In the U.S., Prohibition was a nationwide constitutional (!!) ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. It was about as successful as trying to ban aspirin. My father was a kid in the 1920’s and his mother ran a speak-easy in the basement where she also, conveniently, had a still. And she was far from being the only person who did.