Vintage 20's Fashion for Jazz in the Garden ​​​​​​​


So. Your friend invited you to “Jazz in the Garden”. And while you’re so down for guys in suspenders and a generally enchanting evening, the issue is... what to wear?

You’re going right after work, and in no world ever can you dress like Daisy for the office. Fringe will bring bad vibes from the boss. So how can you dress for your desk and the dancefloor (when the dance floor is dated at approximately 1922)?

Art Deco vintage fashion is the best untapped source for the geometrics, silks and tiny bit of sparkle we all crave when we enter the Gatsby era. A little trivia: the word flapper had a very similar connotation to the word “millennial” today. Few people could define it exactly, and the use of the word was widely disputed. Was it for teenagers whose hair “flapped” on their backs, or was it for young women who wore their galoshes open and flapped when they walked?

Either way, we’re channeling a woman who evokes a devil-may-care attitude, doesn’t conform to the rigid style or gender constructs of her day, and is always ready to kick up her heels.

We found a dreamy two-piece vintage lace wedding dress from the 1920’s in pristine condition, a “chinoiserie” style green jade cocktail ring with vintage carved glass in a beautiful crystal lined bezel, a slew of breezy Age of Innocence vintage cotton afternoon dresses with eyelet detailing, a cotton-candy pink number with delicate beading and a scalloped hem and creamy leather lace up brogues perfect for dancing the Charleston.

For those of you that still haven’t visited, Jazz in the Garden is held in the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden every Friday evening May 19 through August 25 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, weather permitting. Jazz in the Garden has been a DC institution since 2000 and features jazz artists playing in a variety of styles. With a full schedule of free summer concerts, but make sure to go early to get the best seats (or any seat at all). Outside food and drink (excluding alcohol) is permitted. There is also food and drink available at the event.

 

 

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