How to buy a 1920s flapper dress

Written by ryn gargulinski
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The frolicking fun fringe of a flapper dress is enough to make any gal gush with longing. Now you can stop longing and start owning one of the fancy frocks of your own. You can buy a 1920s flapper dress with a few simple steps.

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    Start local. Call all the vintage, used clothing and costume shops in your area. If they don’t have the dress you seek, ask if they can help you find it.

  2. 2

    Go online. Auction sites like eBay as well as vintage clothing companies can be found with a simple search of “buy 1920s flapper dress.”

  3. 3

    Go long distance. New York City and other places with a funky side—not to mention a lot of people—will have a bigger selection in the vintage clothing department. Give those stores a call.

  4. 4

    Check museums and historical organisations. Plenty of history buffs out there can lead you in the right direction to other history buffs and collectors.

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    Make one or have one made. If all else fails, you can always pick up some fabric and fringe and head down to the nearest seamstress to have a reproduction created especially for you.

Tips and warnings

  • You may as well get some vintage kitten heels, a velvet clutch and a beaded headdress while you’re at it to go along with your dress.
  • Beware of imitations. Unless you happen to know how to date clothing, there’s a good chance some of the authentic 1920s dresses could be more like unauthentic 1980s-made.
  • A dress that is really from the 1920s is going to be fragile. Handle and wear with care.

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