Friday, 15 June 2012

1920's Outfit for a Curvy Girl, Can It Be Done?

As the owner of a rather large set of bangers/hips I believe the 1950's template of nipped in waist, flared skirts and sweetheart neckline is the one which works best for me. Saying that I also love fashion so often incorporate other styles and eras (I'm particularly partial to a bit of a 1980's Bananarma inspired look with over sized tee, leggings and backcombed hair) One era which Ive never thought of as my friend is the 1920's/30's Jazz baby look. Suited to tall willowy lovelies Ive always found it quite a difficult theme to pull off.
As I teach a 1920's inspired Vintage Pamperbox where ladies are taught how to Charleston, made up to look like a silent screen movie stars and taught some modern twists on twenties inspired make up I often have to put my own spin on the Jazz baby look. Here is what I wore to our last event.
I brought this bubblegum pink dress from Matalan recently from the Et Vous range. I'm aware that a high round neck isn't necessarily the big boobied gals friend but as you know I will wear what I want and just work it!
With its pleated bottom half I still feel like Ive got a little bit of a shape and its not just straight up and down.Apart from the colour which I just adore I really like the full sleeves and lace detail on the neck line.

I rolled my hair softly under at the back to create a soft faux bob style. The headband is from Primark.
The pearls are from ebay and I liked that they added a dash of white on the rather bright pink frock.

For my make up I have gone for a smokey eye and lots of black kohl using Dainty Dolls Proud Mary pencil .The eyeshadow is from the elf Little Black book palette  Ive matched my lips with my dress with Love Forever lipstick by Mac and fixed my face with Channel powder in shade 20 Clair. My brows are coloured using the HD Brow kit
A 1920's inspired look would never form part of my day to day wardrobe if only because I cant get my cleavage out or nip my waist in (both of which go a long way to making me feel curvy fabulous) but its nice to dip my toe into a different era every now and then.

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Remember feeling good and looking great has nothing to do with dress size and everything to do with attitude.Never wait to be a certain weight to start enjoying clothes and never reject anything thinking it wont suit your shape. Try it on-you may be surprised.

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  1. Although undeniably glam, the 1920s is a look I always steer well clear of too. Drop waists are useless on my ample hips. I think you've done great with this look though and really made it your own. Beautiful. X

  2. The stereotypical 'flapper' look is very hard to pull off for many of us! I usually go for a Paul Poiret inspired look as the opera coat, 'puffy' skirt and turban hat are both 20s and suit an hour glass figure.

    1. Ooh Perdita that sounds awesome x

  3. Oh wow you know you wear everything SO well Betty!!
    Truly amazing look. Love it and very glam.

  4. Gorgeous! You look stunning!

    I too am a curvy girl and stay safe with jeans and baggy t-shirts but I would love to dress in the gorgeous vintage 1950's style. I just don't even know where to begin to overhaul my wardrobe. Which pieces are key? What colours? Where do you shop?

    1. Hi Leo
      Take a look through my curvy gal outfit posts-you will see where I get all of my clothes-often from the high street and hopefully give you some ideas on how to put some looks togther

  5. So inspired have I been by your blog and your posts that I bought myself a right of passage Cherry 50's style dress and eagerly await its arrival. Its my birthday in month and so I am going to aim to be brave (for I am a head to toe black clothes wearer) and wear it out for a meal with friends. So thank you <3 I love all of your looks and most of all I love your confidence xx

  6. I love the 20s & the idea of a Gatsby party but have always been stumped how I'd wear the style - this looks fab, thank you for more inspiration x


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