Only three more years until it’s the twenties again, and I certainly hope that they will be roaring! Of all the decades that I have worn, I feel that the twenties are the best suited for contemporary life. My favourite thing about twenties fashion is how sleek and comfortable the twenties silhouette is to wear, and the way it mingles so seamlessly with modern fashion. When I wear a twenties dress out I never feel over dressed, but elegant and put together.
The way that wearing a twenties look makes me feel is also vastly different to any other decade. I not only feel confident but more adventurous and carefree, which is very much the ethos of the decade. When I’m wearing a fabulous twenties dress I don’t have to worry about any shape wear spoiling my fun, or the feel of tight fabrics closing in around me. Instead, I feel rather invincible and become very prone to spinning and jumping!
While twenties evening wear looks are thankfully abundant and easily accessible for those who want to bring out their inner flapper, day wear appropriate looks tend to be harder to find. A company who are working to change this however, are The House of Foxy, who you might remember from some of my previous blog posts. In 2016 The House of Foxy brought out their first range of 1920s dresses after being inspired by vintage pieces in their personal collection. For their latest collection of 1920s dresses, The House of Foxy have created the elegant Clara Bow dress in Deco Floral which I am excited to be wearing on the blog.
True to the sleek and modern style of the twenties, the Clara dress has a dropped waist and a dramatic contrasting sash that ties into a bow. The high quality viscose crepe that the Clara dress is made from is silky and soft, and especially comfortable for summer days as I have pleasantly found. My favourite part of the dress would definitely have to be the sash though, I love wearing a big dramatic bow on my hip that sways with every movement.
When it comes to finding the perfect fit with a twenties style, I find it is important to size up. The twenties look is all about comfortable, loose fitting styles that hang smoothly alongside the body. It is crucial to ensure that the garment you’re wearing doesn’t cling and drapes smoothly with room for movement. To get the perfect fit for me, I based the size I would wear off my hip size and went a whole size up to what I normally wear in my other The House of Foxy pieces. It is so important that when you’re wearing a twenties dress the fabric skims the hips rather than clinging tightly in order for the style to have the correct effect.
According to the size chart my measurements were right on the cusp of size 10 for my bust and waist, but to accommodate my hips I went for the size 12. Currently my measurements are 34 – 27 – 38 and the 12 was the perfect fit for me, not too large and not too small – perfect in all the right places. When I first started wearing 1920s looks I was worried that as an hour glass the style wouldn’t work on me. I have since learned however, that the twenties suits a diverse range of shapes and sizes beautifully whether you sport the gamine figure of Coco Chanel or are a voluptuous vamp à la Theda Bara.
If you have always wanted to try the twenties but aren’t sure whether you’re ready for a bold flapper look, a day dress is a great way to start experimenting. The House of Foxy currently have a charming selection of twenties dresses and are a brand to watch for new twenties styles to be released with future collections. With the twenties fast approaching now is a great time to begin building your deco wardrobe and luring out your inner flapper.
Clara Dress in Deco Floral courtesy of House of Foxy
Georgette Heels courtesy of Hotter
Happy New Year! This is just a darling dress on you, it looks so comfy too like you say. I love HOF, they have some fantastic items. I am hoping for 20s separates at some point! X
CiCi Marie says
Glad you finally got these photo 😉 worth it too, phew! You’re quite right that all you need for 20s style is the right size and some confidence – I think it’s the latter I lack with the 20s… It’s easy to feel swamped when you’re this short, so fitted clothes are my safety blanket…
The neutral colour palate and floral print is so soft and feminine! Looks splendid on you. And a great tip for sizing up. I think lots of vintage girls are so used to a more fitted silhouette that they make the mistake of having a 20s shape cling on the hips. It does spoil the shape somewhat. But you have got the fit to perfection! And that contrast sash!!! Swoon!!!!
Beyond gorgeous!!!!! Love that dress on you.
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It’s so wild to think that it will be the in “20s” again. Won’t it be a strange time when we have to refer to the 20s as the 1920s, once the 2020s have passed? I love this look and you pull off this style so well!
I’m also hoping that we’ll see an uptick in interest in 1920s styles when the 2020s roll around! Jazz, flappers, all that business – it would be so much fun.
This dress is gorgeous on you. I love that they offer daytime styles in addition to the beaded evening dresses. I just wish more companies did the same!
Oh darling, this is such a great dress and suits you so well!
I definitely need some 20s inspired dresses for summer.
Happy New Year!
It is so great to see a repro brand doing 1920s day-wear! So much of the twenties repro is just beaded dresses, but the day-wear is just as nice! This dress is super lovely, and I can never get over how perfectly deco this lobby is!
I’ve been looking forward to this post! You look stunning as always. It’s so exciting to see The House of Foxy doing more 20’s styles and as you say, especially for day wear! Very elegant indeed.
Miss Milla Cherry says
Such a gorgeous dress on you, love the 20’s style on you Miss Harlow! Beautiful photos as well! xo
I love this dress and have been tempted by it myself, so thank you for the sizing info. The House of Foxy are so good at offering really lovely authentic pieces that other brands just don’t have, they’r defintiely my favourite repro brand. xx
This is, yet again, a visual representation of why you are the queen of the 20s look. Beautiful dress, beautiful hair and beautiful location. Do I need to say it again? Beautiful!