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(Credits at the end of the post.)

Of all the decades featuring in this blog, the typical 1920s silhouette is the most difficult one to recreate in Second Life®, especially when you don’t use an outfit right out of the box. There are only few items available that look right – but it doesn’t keep me from trying.

Today’s look is a very informal outfit, fit for a walk along the beach or – with different shoes – outdoor activities. White was the most popular shade for such attire, worn either purely monochromatic or, like here, with a few accents of colour.

I like the striped cardigan very much and with its low hemline and the deep v-neck – additionally accentuated by the only partly closed buttons – it is essential for pulling the ensemble together: it lends the necessary elegance to what otherwise could have ended up looking frumpy.

Everything else works along the same lines: even though carefully coifed, the hair looks like being touselled by the wind, and the shirt’s collar just emphasizes the relaxed feel. The hat comes with a colour-change script, so you are not  stuck with just one hue, and a little detachable bow for the hat.
The sequined hem of the skirt is something that would only have appeared on more formal outfits in the Twenties, but I decided that it was unobtrusive enough to pass. The prim part of the skirt has been lowered a tad to create the desired shape.

The shoes by “1-800 Bettie’s” finally are the most accurate model of vintage flapper shoes I have seen in SL so far, and the only one that does not sport t-bar straps (which I love, but a bit of variety is always good). They contain a resize script and are available in five different colours (black, white, cream, brown and red). There is no demo available at the shop, something that always makes me hesitate as you never know what you are buying, but in this case I was lucky, because the shoes turned out to be looking great on my feet, too.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Fresh Freckles 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Clawtooth by Clawtooth: Love Letters (black beauty)

Outfit:

  • Shirt: (Armidi Gisaci) Cambridge Cuffed Shirt Top – Aufren White [worn without cuffs]
  • Skirt: *ICING* Fields of Bloom [part of outfit]
  • Cardigan: *Thimbles* Jim Jones Bumbleberry Kool-aid
  • Stockings: [1-800 Bettie’s] Stockings by Bettie’s – nude
  • Shoes: [1-800 Bettie’s] Flapper Shoe (white)

Other:

  • Pose: *Luth* vintage 4 (Reel Expression)

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Winter Nights 1
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: BP* OKAPPA

Outfit:

  • Dress: *ICING* Dame de Lotus – grey
  • Shoes: Periquita Q-Steps black
  • Necklace: .+*AA*+.long necklace *02-2 [Atelier AM]
  • Hair Ornament: Tiny Bird – Hair Doohickey [subscriber gift]
  • Stockings: OPIUM Everyday L$1 Store – tan lace-trim stockings

Other:

  • Pose: [LAP] – Doot Doot

*ICING*’s “Dame de Lotus” is an outfit that I had to buy instantly when it was released and which I have worn around the grid frequently ever since. But it was Tiny Bird’s hair ornament – which got distributed to the subscriber group very recently – that added the finishing touch to the outfit, even though I’d received a certain 1920s-vibe from it before: for an authentic daytime dress, it was just too revealing, and the evening gowns of the period called for some outré accessories.

The way it looks now, it’s just perfect for dancing shimmy or charleston; no use for a handbag, and also the cliché of the cigarette holder gets a break.

Contrary to popular belief, not all dresses of the 1920s were sack-like chemises with no defined waist. The “robe de style” could have a tight or loose-fitting bodice with a dropped waist, from which a full skirt of varying length fell – very much like the “Dame de Lotus” dress. And while the loose-cut chemise is very hard to imitate in SL, I hope that some designers – at least those into vintage wear – will in the future pick up this silhouette and broaden the range of vintage fashion available in SL. (Hint, hint… 😉 )

The hair reminded me so much of Louise Brooks that I couldn’t leave it alone, and Fleur’s “Winter Nights” offered a colourful, bold make up fit for the period. I love it when an item or skin designed with modern trends on mind turns out to be just right for something else as well.

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Well, officially it’s still two hours and about 20 minutes until it starts where I live, but since I don’t know when I can make it online tomorrow, I’m going to post my tribute to the inventor of the Blogger Appreciation Week a little early:

Thank you, Callie! And also to all others who contributed time, expertise and good spirits to this project.

Body:

Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Biba 1
Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
Hair: *BP – Okappa
Outfit:

Dress: *ICING* Dame de Lotus (grey)
Boa: “Rain Bowa” natural by caLLie cLine

Other:

Pose: [LAP] – Tingle PR4

In the spirit of the general theme of this blog, I’m wearing caLLie cLine’s peacock feather boa in an imitation of 1920s’ flapper style. The textures are gorgeous – very detailed and sharp – and its jewel hues brilliant. There are dozens of colours available and, if you are not a fan of peacock, other kinds of feathers as well.

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