Fancy a bit of Hanky Panky?

18 May
Fancy a bit of Hanky Panky?
Hey do you fancy a bit of Hanky Panky?There’s fab event happening at the Didsbury Lounge on Sunday 26 May 2013 (sorry to disappoint but a Hanky Panky is one of the delicious cocktails they will be serving on the night).It’s G and Tea time! Get ready to party and drink like it’s 1920. Hide away from the Police to  drink gin in tea pots and take part in some illicit “back room” gambling. Dust off your Al Capone outfit or put on your best moll’s frock and they will donate £5 to charity.

Don’t waste any time booking your tickets HERE. £10 entry fee includes $100 Monkey Dollars for the roulette table and a Prohibition Cocktail.

Great you’ve got your tickets, let’s help you get you get your outfit sorted.

In case you hadn’t noticed, fashion has gone OTT  “Great Gatsby” just now. The High Street is heaving with opulence – jewelled dresses, feathers, fringes, sequins are appearing everywhere, so there’s no excuses!

In the 1920s, Flappers were seen as rebels as they pushed social boundaries by drinking and smoking in outfits that were seen as very risque. The 1920s was also a pivotal turning point in history as these small changes helped to redefine women’s roles. It was a very glamorous and prosperous time when some of fashion’s most powerful players entered centre stage. It was an era where sumptuous glamour met mischief for a riotous evening of hedonism.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said of the era:

Who could tell us any longer what was fashionable and what was fun?”
So what exactly was the Flapper look?The flapper look was called “garconne” or “little boy”, instigated by Coco Chanel. The Flapper costume was fun and flirty with its shorter hemlines and loose dresses, gave a naughty flash of silk stocking and garters they danced. Arms were bare and waistlines were dropped. It is said that girls “parked” their corsets when they were to go dancing. The new, energetic dances of the Jazz Age, required women to be able to move freely.
Cloches were the way to go in headgear, or else a feather headband with layer upon layer of long pearls and decadent, bold costume jewellery.The Flapper style made girls look young and boyish with short hair, no boobs and straight waists. So curvy girls beware – this fashion may not be flattering for you! You can nod to the trend and look way sexier by wearing sequins and pearls in a more fitted dress.The key to wearing this look is to take one vintage aspect and update it with modern accessories and trends. Why not try piling on layers and layers of pearls to a plain dress, a feathered headband with sequinned skirt and heels, or a drop waist dress with gladiators? Scour vintage shops for Art Deco jewellery and mix it with more contemporary styles.
And what about the gents? Take advantage of this fab opportunity to dress up! Make like Jay Gatsby in tuxedo and spats or a period three piece suit. Pinstripe was a popular choice of pattern. Accessories such as pocket squares, pocket watches and boutonnières were very fashionable. Of course a hat is a must, try a dashing straw Panama or a dapper boater.
Club collar shirts in white or light blue were often anchored by ties with small geometric patterns, completing the top half of a customary 1920s outfit.
Get your dancing feet Gatsby ready by choosing a pair of two tone brogues and you are all set!
So, glamorous pleasure seekers let’s get ready to Charleston at Didsbury Lounge on Sunday 26 May 2013. See you there!

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