What I Wore: Jazz Age on the Delaware
What would it be like to travel back in time? Even though time travel has yet to be this weekend felt pretty darn close when I went to Jazz Age on the Delaware, Glen Foerd's annual fundraiser. Located in northeast Philadelphia, the Glen Foerd mansion is a gorgeous late 19th century mansion overlooking the Delaware river. You could not pick a more idyllic setting outside the hustle of the city! Every year they host their fundraiser called Jazz Age on the Delaware that brings guests back in time. Guests are encouraged to wear period attire, dance to jazz music, and stroll the grounds. I was so excited to be invited to this event this year and to get a chance to dress up like a Jazz age lady.
The event was just so much fun because you really did feel like you were travelling back to the Jazz Age. And what girl doesn't like to dress up? Actually dressing up in the style of the period was probably the most stressful part for me. I mean, did you see the way people are dressed for this event?!? Amazing! So I knew I had to step up my style game in order to match the feel of the day. Whether you're going to someone's 1920s themed party or attending an epic fundraiser, there's a few ways you can look the part no matter what decade.
How to Dress for a Specific Time Period
Do your research...do a lot of research.
Before you even start looking for any sort of costume or clothing piece, you need to do some research. Unless you're a historian, you probably have some misconceptions about the time period. If you're going to something like Jazz Age on the Delaware where the attendees subtly encourage authentic dress, you're going to want to make sure you're not the girl in the bright blue sequined flapper dress. Pinterest is always a better place to start than just Google because it gives you spot on visuals. The website of the event may have some information and you can also search for similar events. There were tons of articles about the even-more-popular Governor's Island Jazz Age Lawn Party to draw inspiration from.
Pay attention to the cut of your clothing.
If you're going out shopping for a new outfit, pay attention to cut of the pieces you're buying. The silhouette, or shape, of clothing changes from decade to decade. Having the correct cut of clothing can make all the difference. In my search to find the perfect dress, I knew I was looking for a knee-length or mid-length drop waisted dress, the most popular style in the 1920s. What a headache! Most dress styled today are more slim and more closely resemble the styles of the 196os. However, after much searching, I located this fun drop-waist dress at Loft. It was just perfect for the day! I did also fall in love with this polka-dotted style and saw another lady rocking it on the Jazz Age dance floor.
Do up your hair and makeup.
The smallest way to feel like you're in another decade is to change up your hair and makeup. My long hair was not ideal for a 1920s style so I used this Gibson tuck tutorial to approximate the kind of hairstyle from back then. A bold lip and heavy eye makeup completed the look and made me feel pretty glamorous!
Delve into the details!
Small as they may be, details can make all the difference. The perfect hat or the right handbag seems small but can make a big difference. I wish I had borrowed an actual 20s evening bag from my mom but I was too afraid to use it. It was also fun to see the sun umbrellas and hats that really made ladies' outfits pop.
Jazz Age on the Delaware was one of the most fun events I've attended in Philadelphia this year. It combined all my favorite things: history, dressing up, and live music!