Our prom theme is the 20s - how can I go to Prom without dressing as if I had a costume???
Before the theme I wanted to wear a blue-green dress. HELP!!
The 1920s was a very glamorous era! The economy was booming (this was right before the stock market crash that launched the Great Depression) and people were generally happy, so the fashions of the time reflected that.
You can definitely look stylish without looking like you rented a costume, especially since so many designers draw inspiration from the 20s. Look for dropped waists, beading, tiers and layers, and fringe. Skip anything voluminous - eveningwear in the 20s fell straight, lightly skimming over the body but not clinging too tightly to curves, like the dress Natalie Portman is wearing here. For accessories, T-strap heels are a must. And don't forget to add long strands of pearls around your neck! Have a great Prom and don't forget to send us pics! --Angel
Here are a few dress examples to inspire you:
Jessica McClintock Dress ($78): Rosettes were huge in the 20s and lots of women pinned them on the shoulders or at their waist.
Sean Collection Sequin Corkscrew Hem Cocktail Dress ($266): The beading is so 20s and the corkscrew hem is a gorgeous interpretation of 1920s fringe.
Mary L Couture Shirred Charmeuse Gown ($278): This dress has everything you need to look like a 1920s socialite - a dropped waist, jewels and beading, and a drapey V-neck.
What Goes Around Comes Around 'Celeste' Dress ($488): 20s art deco is a major inspiration for fashion and this dress has it! Plus fringe at the bottom and the requisite beading!
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