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Outfit: Call Me Clara


I felt quite like Clara Bow dancing around in this little dress with my faux bob.
Since she lived in a time before color photography (I mean she was a silent film star who didn't transition well to talkies!) it's easy to think about her outfits and appearance in monochrome, but she had bright red curls and many 1920s styles were full of color. It was a very playful era in fashion and we even saw the beginnings of novelty purses in this time--with the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1923 inspiring Eygptian art on purses to tiny "dance purses" that resembled jewelry. Which makes my novelty camera purse pretty fitting for a 1920s/flapper inspired look even if this type of camera didn't exist in that period! Whenever I channel past decades it's about much about the "feel" of the pieces as the period accuracy. Silver glittered covered shoes? You probably wouldn't find those on Clara, but the shape of them is pretty dead-on. Most 1920s accessories were inspired by dancing, so with 1920s shoes the question should always be, "can I dance all night in these?" and my Croon shoes definitely feel right for dancing! In the end it's all of these pieces coming together with a dress that moves well that makes me feel like Clara Bow who is by far my favorite flapper. I wore this dress a few months ago styled in a more modern way, but I think I prefer it like this with the 1920s elements played up a bit with some of my favorite accessories.
P.S. Try this faux bob tutorial I made last year to get a temporary flapper inspired bob.

16 comments:

bestie said...

this makes me miss your bob so much! which is still my favorite hairstyle on you. i think it's partly because you were sporting that look when i 'met' you online all those years ago! x

Laura Mitbrodt said...

Your dress is so cute, I love it with the shoes
xo
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matkailijakirppu said...
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matkailijakirppu said...

Lovely, translucent and very 20s outfit! :)

Jo said...

Oh,my!! That dress is so pretty. In fact,it's more than pretty, and I do not have the words to express myself properly.
xxx

Minnie Muse said...

All these sparkles are killing me! So chic:)
-Madison
www.minniemuseblog.com

Josephine Knight said...

I love this style! And those shoes are so cute, you are absolutely rockin' it. xx

Malu Swartjes said...

Gorgeous!
xx
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Anonymous said...

I really love the bob on you ! You'd be so cute with a little bob 😊

Rosa Fairfield said...

Those shoes are the best. I'm loving the 20s feel of these photographs.

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Doris Gjata said...

I wonder what is the people's reaction when they see you in this outfit. Don't get me wrong, it is absolutely stunning. If I could see you in it I would be really amazed (I really am right now) and I would come to ask you a lot of questions and give you a lot of compliments of course. My very first question would be "Where were you inspired?" and I would have guessed "the Great Gatsby". Anyways, I have my questions answered in this post.
It's nice to see special posts and outfits like this. That's why I follow you.

Nicole said...

Perfectly 20's inspired! That bag is so cute too :)
The Artyologist

Alison Pate said...

This look is amazing! That camera bag is the star of the show for me - what a perfect accessory for this outfit.

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Emily Rhodes said...

Absolutely love the dress and the bag! I love 20s style!

Emily | www.emilyrhodes.co.uk

Georgiana said...

The purse is perfection! And the dress is an amazing find, I really like the embroidery (?) on it.

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Abby | Lace & Lilacs said...

So, soo cute! I can't get over these photos (or your amazing shoes). xo