Dress - Collectif Clothing | Cardigan - Primark, old | Fur collar - Originally from a jacket that wore out some while back
Shoes - Deichmann | Beads - used to belong to mum | Coat - M&S via local boutique
After I did my last shoot with Jacqui and Steve, I was feeling super inspired by 20s styles again. I'm not really as into the styles of the 1920s as I am later decades, but sometimes I can't help but be drawn in by the bobbed hair and sense of fun that comes with a flapper-inspired look. I keep getting an itch to have all my hair chopped off but it's a big commitment and I do enjoy the versatility that you get with longer hair. Nothing wrong with a faux bob though, and I will keep on looking out for some more 1920s style things for when I'm feeling more turn of the century than mid-century.
I doubled up on the fur for this outfit, with my fur coat which seems to have been the coat for this winter in my wardrobe, and the grey fur collar which did a good job of keeping my neck warm and looked sweet peeking out of the top of my coat while I was out and about. It originally came off a jacket - I've had a couple of items in the past with this type of removable fur collar, and I seem to remember preferring them without the fur, although I do wear the fur sometimes with other things. I see a lot of ladies wearing these at re-enactment; I guess it would make a reasonable alternative to wearing a real fur if that was the look you wanted to go for. Because it was originally buttoned onto the jacket that it came with, it has these nifty little loops which make it easy to affix to cardigans etc. I use the tiny safety pins that are used sometimes to fix tags or the little bags that spare buttons come in onto new clothing:
Save those little pins, girls, they are handy for all kinds of wardrobe modifications or malfunctions. As well as using them to pin my fur collar onto other items, I also find them useful for pinning bra straps in place if they insist on slipping out, or making a quick and non-permanent alteration to a waistband that's too large (works best on lightweight fabrics, though).
It was really great as well to be able to actually smile on these photos. For the photoshoot, I painted on some tiny 1920s doll lips, and then didn't dare smile at all (or even hardly talk!) for the duration of the set because I was worried I might not be able to stop smiling once I got started - and smiling totally looks really silly when you have a little lipsticked flapper pout. Since this outfit wasn't for a photoshoot, I just wore my lipstick as I would normally, and apparently smiled a whole lot. It felt a bit weird to be smiling whilst wearing this look after all the definitely-not-smiling at the shoot.
I'll post the photos from my shoot as soon as they're all edited; I can't wait for you to see some of the hairstyles and outfits!