How to Accessorize like a 20s Flapper Girl

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Let's delve into the pleasure-filled, exuberant spirit that shaped the 20s, often referred to as the Jazz Age, the Roaring 1920s or Les Années Folles.

Welcome to the sublime, shimmering world of the Roaring Twenties flappers – the Jazz Age sweetheart. A dance-crazed time of new-found emancipation and feel-good fashion.
 The Roaring Twenties flappers were a new breed of free-spirited, independent women who were not interested in convention or so it seemed to the older generation. They drove cars, indulged in illegal drinking and smoked, dated openly, partied all night long, wore make-up and made up their own minds. They pushed boundaries with their short flapper dresses, individualism and assertive demeanor. Tangos, foxtrots now shared the dance floor with new energetic steps like the Charleston, blackbottom and shimmy.

Speakeasies, nightclubs that illicitly served alcoholic beverages , contributed to the celebratory spirit of these years , placing women in a previously male - only drinking environments. A fun and frivolous time, women purchased enormous gemstone cocktail rings to match their lacquered fingers and flaunt their illegal drinking. 1920s statement jewelry included art deco styles embedded with sparkling stones and glistening metals that were oftentimes larger-than-life compared to their svelte frames.

Hand in hand with the wider role of women in society, 1920s statement jewelry dramatically changed to reflect the new momentum of female empowerment. Although deemed as "risqué" by polite society, society girls embraced this magnificent new look and attitude. Others emerged from bohemian circles and embraced the avant -garde , liberal politics and hedonistic lifestyle.

Following the shorter lengths and slit dresses of the 1910s , legs became a focus of fashion. To a collective gasp , 1920's fashion included hemlines on flapper dresses that progressively rose. At the beginning of the decade, dresses were sleeveless, long and fluid. Next, hemlines became ankle grazing from 1919 to 1923. Next, they then raced upwards to the knee and above until 1928. 1920's fashion included  new looks such as one shouldered, backless and embellished tubular dresses that piqued by 1925 to complement nights spent dancing to sassy jazz music

Roaring 1920s dress was a no-holds barred style , boyish figures replaced hourglass, rigid corsets . At the same time , heels were progressively getting higher and hair notably shorter. A few years earlier, romantic long tresses were worn in demure updos and now were almost all symbolically bobbed. With shorter hair in style, women’s ears required bolder adornments. 1920s women wore long, hanging earrings that emphasized the neck and added to the era 's focus on movement. 

Considered the epitome of naughty, the typical ‘ new woman ’ displayed bare-arms and flashing legs while dancing the night away to  jazz music. The emancipated ‘ new woman ’ and her flamboyant style had arrived. Strands of beads of varying lengths (to suit any neckline) and the all-important long string of pearls added to the razzle-dazzle of the outfit. Everything that glittered or dangled captured the imagination. Ladies' long necklaces consisting of long strings of pearls that ended in a tassel and lariat necklaces were often worn at the back. Ladies' long necklaces were also wound around the wrist to form a bracelet.

20s makeup was now firmly part of fashion . Women emulated the makeup of their favorite film stars , aiming to achieve Mae Murray’s “ bee - stung ” lips or Clara Bow’s smoky eyes . Old Hollywood glamour at its finest, 20s makeup showcased a vampy look consisting of charred, smoky eyes teamed with wine-colored lipstick worn in a ‘ cupid’s bow ’ pout. Applying makeup in public gained acceptance; lipstick cases and compacts for face powder and rouge were desirable fashion accessories. 

Evening ensembles embodying old hollywood glamour featured draped designs with details that seemed to elegantly sashay with their willowy wearer, racy sloping necklines, fringe elements, handkerchief hems and trails. Sequined dresses topped with wraparound cocoon shapes, feather cloaks and more.

Gem-studded and bedazzled bangles had made their appearance in both fine and costume jewelry. Throughout the roaring 1920s, they remained a key wardrobe staple – to adorn bare arms or encircling the upper arm and piled on in multiples.

As women now smoked openly , cigarette cases and cigarette holders became must-have accessories and often showed art deco styling as a a whimsical fashion statement. Heels became also became a vehicle for decoration , often  embellished in art deco motifs , carrying on the look of glittering dresses. Headbands and aigrettes were worn for evening , while tortoiseshell combs illuminated with faux stones adorned hairstyles . Tall “ Spanish ” combs were placed in chignons by women who had left their long hair unbobbed.

For the 1920s women, dressing wasn't complete without a wonderful assortment of bedazzled accessories to suit her new life as an independent, professional woman. Accessories were often also used as a "humble brag," bought with a woman's own money to flaunt her newfound wealth and employment to others.