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5 Ways To Be The Most Fabulous Flapper In Town

Exeter’s most anticipated Prohibition Ball is not long approaching and students are preparing for a night of endless jazz, forbidden cocktails and sensational dancing. The roaring twenties was a glamorous period in which businesses everywhere began to thrive, the clothing industry included. Women’s fashion was being revolutionised, they happily waved good-bye to their restrictive corsets and welcomed a new era of loose fitted dresses, elegant jewellery and tightly curled hair, providing the freedom to twirl and dance at their ease. With all this to bear in mind, it is essential that we celebrate this style revolution by dressing for the occasion. Thanks to the recent release of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, twenties trends have been a major source of inspiration to many designers’ collections this year. So it is time to start planning your costume and be the most fabulous flapper at the ball.

Biba, House of Fraser

Embellished Black Flapper Dress

This is a gorgeously detailed yet simplistic dress. The ornate intricate beadwork creates a pretty finish, showing off the beautiful y sparkly symmetric pattern. The beadwork also adds weight to the light shift dress making it hang nicely on the body, while still enabling movement when dancing. The scoop neck collar is a sweet detail which allows all the attention to be focused on the embellished skirt. Take advantage of the simple sleeveless top by adding a long beaded necklace, or perhaps feather cape to really emphasise the grandeur of the occasion.


Delano Dress

The soft baby pink slim fitted dress is a modern twist on the traditional flapper style. The bateau neckline adds elegance while the dropped waistline, bordered with a lustrous satin, creates a stunning silhouette that flatters any figure. The uneven hemline is originally trimmed with satin and sheer voile that has been elaborately ruffled to create a true 1920s ingénue.  Some glittery beaded feather clips would be the perfect accessory to complete the look, with hair up or down.

True Decadence, House of Fraser

Pu Tassel Tier Dress

This is a gothic chic alternative to the light flapper dress. The Leather tassels add a glorious texture to the dress and add shape to the simple shift style. The use of an invisible zip at the centre back is a nice finish allowing all attention to be focused on the tassels.  For a modern look, style up with some chunky black heels or perhaps black feather head piece.


Sequin Flapper Dress

Stand out on the dance floor with this jazzy number. The wide scoop neckline, bordered with satin, is flattering on the shoulders and will be light and soft to wear. The shimmering satin tassels contrasted with the parallel bands of black sequins have an elegant swing and will look great while twisting to the Charleston. Add a black sparkly sequin clutch to complete the look.

Little Mistress

Silver Little Mistress Embellished Sequin Detail Dress

The bold asymmetric shapes form a stunning pattern while the sequins create all the sparkle you need. The little capped sleeves are a sweet alternative to the traditional sleeveless flapper dress. Why not contrast the black and silver tones with bright red lips and nails to add some twenties flare?


Photo Credits;paulbohman.com, lyst.com, coast-stores.com, mandco.com, glamorous.com, 


Charlotte is a third year Maths and English student who is President for HCX. She loves reading about the history of major designers and browsing through their latest collections and enjoys running, ice skating and partying! She is also interested in making and designing clothes as well as buying them and has taken several courses in pattern design for Womenswear. A few years ago she ran her own small business making and selling shorts and lounge pants which she hopes to restart soon.  She loves visiting new places and would love to travel to France to improve her French and learn more about the culture and fashion. She thoroughly enjoyed being Deputy Editor for the Fashion and Beauty team in her second year so is very excited to be part of the inspirational HCX team for a third year.
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