It started with “The Great Gatsby” craze then came the popularity of “Downton Abbey,” which fueled the 1920s fashion flame.
Fashions inspired by the flapper era took center stage during Spring 2014 shows in New York and Paris. Calvin Klein and Roberto Cavalli are just two of the designers who embraced diaphonous fabrics, fringe, delicate beading, tiered skirts and simple silhouettes. Now, with spring approaching, it’s a look available at all price levels.
Eveningwear and day outfits shown at the March 11 “Puttin’ on the Glitz Fashion Show,” a benefit for Wichita Grand Opera, proved the point.
“I loved the beautiful beading and intricate work on those garments,” said Paula Morris, a guest at the show. Morris and many others were surprised all the clothes shown were from current stock of local retailers and not vintage.
Flapper styles, like many trends, can be taken to the point of being in the costume category, complete with jet beads, multiple strands of pearls, headpieces, cloches, etc. But a slightly fitted, simple shift dress with interesting details, a great pair of shoes and a good looking handbag will take you a lot of places this spring. “It can be the accessories that put a distinct mood to an outfit,” said Gay Muenchrath of GM Clotheshorse. “The clothes are fun because there’s motion in the fringe and the looks are feminine and that makes a gal feel good,” she said.
Take note, gentlemen, this ’20s influence is not just for females. J.V. Johnston at Johnston’s, 12111 E. 21st St., said the easiest way for guys to take part in the trend is to add a “pop of color.”
“This spring we have coral, teal, ruby, and they’re all very wearable. It doesn’t have to dominate. It can be your shirt, tie, or even socks,” he said.
Rick Anderson at Gentry Ltd. agrees it’s a good season for color and advises wearing a bow tie for a vintage touch.
For guys the trendy looks are dapper and for women they are feminine and fun. No question, spring will bring a fresh take on a bygone era.