At the risk of disappointing a number of you, it is my sad duty to inform you that this wonderful reproduction of a 1920s sailor dress was discontinued back in 2010 when Collectif had some marvelous 1920s pieces. As such, this particular dress is hard to come by at this point in time, so last year when I got my hands on the same dress in navy I was pretty ecstatic. However despite it being my regular size, back when the dress was in production the sizing was slightly different and this particular dress ran a few sizes too small. So with a heavy heart, I sold the navy version of the dress on and gave up hope – only when a week before Christmas, this dress turned up in an op shop, in a larger size – brand new with tags and for an absolute steal of a price. I admit, I did freak out a little.
It was hot, windy – the sun was burning my retinas – but I couldn’t care less because I was so happy to finally get an opportunity to wear this dress! Even the wind trying so hard to mess up my hair could not possibly ruin my mood!As my search for 20s reproduction continues it is always exciting to find a piece that looks like it could of come from a 1920s catalog and has the same charm reminiscent of true vintage 1920s pieces. If you are lucky enough to come across this dress in your search, I would suggest sizing up two sizes – or even four if your figure is an hour glass rather than the lithe athletic build favored during the 1920s. There has been a lot of discussion about who can and can’t wear twenties styles, and I for one think it is absolutely rubbish. Women of all sizes existed in the 1920s, however although many of them did take to binding their chest in favor of imitating the garcon style, today we know that doing this can cause tissue damage and I for one, strongly advise against it. Instead, go for a size up and you will find that you can easily pull off the same look, not to mention think of the freedom of movement that this will allow – which was the whole point of the flapper look to begin with!
Collectif Dress – op shop
Parasol – ebay
Sunglasses – ebay
Shoes – Funtasma