From the 1920s to the 2020s: Are The Roaring 20s Making a Fashion Comeback?

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What do you think of when you hear the “roaring twenties?” Well, you might think of the economic prosperity and the pleasant lifestyle for many, or stereotypes such as flapper dresses and the Great Gatsby might come to mind. Now think of the 2020s… what pops into mind? Probably the polar opposite of what we associate with a century ago. The two decades are completely different, but fashion might say otherwise. Although many of today’s trends are derived from the 70s and 2000s, fashion seems to be hinting at the roaring twenties also making a comeback. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that are bringing the roaring twenties to the twenty-twenties. 

Trend: Feathers

With people taking more opportunities to dress up, feathers are the perfect touch. They add a little celebratory flare to any outfit, seen most often on shoes and cuffs. They are definitely on the more bold side and although they’re beginning to trend, many aren’t comfortable wearing feathered fits yet so don’t feel pressured to.

A pair of feathered shoes really would add flare to your step.
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Trend: Fringe

Fringe is probably one of if not the most stereotypical 20s outfit. Seen in films and music videos set in that time period, flappers often wore fringed dresses or tops. Although fully fringed-out flapper dresses won’t be making a comeback, fringe has already been and will continue to be subtly implemented as embellishments to outfits. Fringed items such as jackets and pants are a way to spice up an outfit and make it fun, with its inspiration derived from… yep, the roaring twenties!

What a flapper dress from the 1920s looked like.
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Trend: Ruffles

Ruffles have been in since the late 2010s, so this trend is already dying down a little. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t played a role in the 2020 fashion culture. Ruffles may be a bit dated at this point but they helped pave the way for future fashion.

Like the image exemplifies, there are still ways to wear ruffles in a fashion-forward way.
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Trend: Corsets

If anything, corsets are one of the biggest trends at the moment and they seemed to come out of nowhere. But there’s definitely a connection to be drawn that can be traced back to the 1920s. Back then, they were used as undergarments, more so among curvier women. Nowadays, we throw them on to wear on a day or night out – they’re cute and fitting for any occasion.

Corsets can be worn as garments that go over shirts, or could be worn as shirts themselves.
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Looking at today’s trends, we’re clearly influenced by eras known for their carefree attitudes (20s, 70s, etc), which maybe could be attributed to the escapism we need right now. The 1920s was a decade that started off with a bang and ended in a crash. Let’s hope this decade can turn itself around and do the opposite.


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