On my bucket list of vintage things to do is the Jazz Age Lawn Party held bi-annualy at Governor’s Island in New York to celebrate all things 1920s and early 1930s and jazzy. There’s dancing, there’s picnicking, there’s kicking up your heels, and there’s lots of gorgeous 1920s and 1930s vintage to drool over.
The next one is August 15th and August 16th and while I won’t be in attendance next year (although my darling Esther Jean will have me there in spirit as she attends every year), I want to pretend like I am going and therefore start dreaming up of all the possible 1920s and 1930s fashion ensembles I could wear.
If you’re an early 1920s gal, you might want to wear an ankle length dress (tea length will work too) or drapey gown. You can also get away with wearing something from the late teens era since some women still wore their Edwardian frocks into the 20s. The idea is to embody the spirit of the Jazz Age era, not necessarily be era accurate. Well, that’s how I see it anyway. Some may think otherwise.
Now for some mid 20s to late 20s fashion inspiration for the Jazz Age Lawn Party! I adore the mid to late 20s and basically the entire 1930s, but we’ll get to that in a bit! The mid to late 20s is what most people think of “flapper style”
Let’s move into the early 1930s now, shall we? The early 30s features one of my favorite silhouettes! Slight a-lines and tulip flared. I find it to be the most flattering on my figure so I a lot of my wardrobe has nods here and there to this era.
You’ll note in the early to mid 1930s there is a lot of emphasis on collars and sleeves. Lots of ruffles! Ruffles up the wazoo! You’l also notice hats got a bit smaller. Smaller brims and many tilt hats.
Oops! I’ve just noticed I didn’t number these photos, so here are the image credits by description instead!
***I can’t remember where the trio of ladies in 1930s dresses photo is sourced from. But it was also on Pinterest.