logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Costuming Site

BellaOnline's Costuming Editor

g

Quick 20s Costumes

Guest Author - Kass McGann

As Halloween approaches, you're panicking because you have nothing to wear. Don't worry! You don't have to resort to the plastic kids costumes at Kmart yet. Just take a look in your closet and you can find some wonderful ideas for Halloween costumes with the fashionable theme of the Roaring Twenties!

The basic shape of dresses in the 1920s was a sheath with a dropped waist. So take a look in your closet for a dress with a dropped waist, or better yet, one without a waist at all. The plainer the dress style, the better.

Try on the dress in front of a mirror. Take a sash or long scarf from your accessory drawer and tie it around your hips. Don't be afraid that it's calling attention to your widest point. That's what we're after! Now blouse up the dress a bit above the sash, obscuring your waist and drawing the skirt up to just below-knee length. Dig around in your odds and ends and find some fake flowers or a brooch and pin this onto the tie of the sash on your hip. If you're good with scarf-tying, tie the scarf ends into a rose shape. Play with the shapes until you have something that appeals to your eye.

Now search for a hat. Ideally, this should be a close-fitting cloche. But if you have a straw or felt hat that you don't mind cutting up, those will work too. Put the hat on your head and pull it as low as you can get it. If the crown of the hat fits close to your head, it's a good shape. Now google some images of flappers and trim the brim of the hat to look like those images. This is probably easiest to do while the hat is on your head (or at least on a hat stand). But you can trim a little, try it on, trim a little more, until you have a pleasing shape. So slowly and you'll come up with something great. Add a flower or a scarf tied in a bow at one side, and you've got something really unique and "hep to the jive".

Next your hair. If you don't have your hair bobbed, you can bob it for the evening by using bobby pins or hairpins. Put on your hat and going lock by lock, twist stands of your hair and pin them up under your hat. The hat will cover a multitude of sins. If you have time to set and fingerwave your hair, that's terrific. But pinning your hair into a bob under a cloche is a great trick for a costume party.

As for accessories, if you have seam-backed stockings, those are ideal. Wear them with garters at the knee and you'll look like Betty Boop! T-strap shoes are ideal but any chunky heel will do in a pinch.

Colour your lips red, your cheeks pink, and you're ready to spend the night dancing the Charleston!

Here’s a great source for Roaring 20s patterns
Men’s suits suitable for Gatsby’s era can be found here: http://store.reconstructinghistory.com/historical-clothing/20th-century.html
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Quick+20s+Costumes to Twitter Add Quick+20s+Costumes to Facebook Add Quick+20s+Costumes to MySpace Add Quick+20s+Costumes to Del.icio.us Digg Quick+20s+Costumes Add Quick+20s+Costumes to Yahoo My Web Add Quick+20s+Costumes to Google Bookmarks Add Quick+20s+Costumes to Stumbleupon Add Quick+20s+Costumes to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Costuming Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Kass McGann. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Kass McGann. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
An Armistice Wardrobe from the 1910s

Thanksgiving Costuming

Gatsby Costumes and the Roaring 20s -- Ladies

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor