Almost 100 Years Later, These Outfits Still Look Amazing

The way we see it, it’s no surprise that fashion from the 1920s is still so rich and inspiring nearly a century later. After all, there’s a reason the decade got that Roaring ’20s nickname. And even a small peek at the ladies who championed the aesthetics of the era will serve up outfit ideas in spades, be it from the classic flapper look that favored less figure-defining shapes (and shameless amounts of pearls) or gender-norm-defying icons like Marlene Dietrich.

What’s most fascinating about the era is how its fashion didn’t seem to fit one mold—women of the 1920s could pile on the extras or opt for minimalism. And like so many of us today, they could use style to express and celebrate their identities. Only weeks away from 2020 and a full century from the 1920s, these looks and the values they imbued are just as relevant today as they were 100 years ago. Scroll down to revisit some of our favorite looks from the 1920s.

Clara Bow, 1920
Clara Bow

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You have a lot to learn, 2019 statement sleeves.

Louise Brooks, 1925
Louise Brooks

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More is more when patterns, ruffles, and bows come together in one ensemble.

Josephine Baker, 1925
Josephine Baker

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This icon made a silky robe and fuzzy details feel so much more than boudoir-ready, and well before It girls of today wore the pajama-dressing trend.

Desiree Lubovska, 1925
Desiree Lubovska

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Simple, straightened, and monochrome, this look is for the minimalists among us.

Bessie Love, 1925
Bessie Love

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The statement collar transforms the whole ensemble.

Marion Morehouse, 1926
Marion Morehouse

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Bring on the sequins in spades. But the pearls? Just one simple strand will do.

Greta Garbo, 1926
Greta Garbo

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There’s so much glamour in this effortless ensemble.

Joan Clement, 1926
Joan Clement

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Art Deco FTW.

Marjorie Willis, 1926
Marjorie Willis

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This unconventional silhouette and skirt layering is one we can picture on 2019’s most creative dressers.

Gloria Swanson, 1928
Gloria Swanson

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Just a reminder to step up your hat game.

Joan Crawford, 1929
Joan Crawford

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Don’t forget to pair your elegant tiers of ruffles with a wavy bob and a steely gaze.

Bettina Jones, 1929
Bettina Jones

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This silky design is so shiny that it’s practically liquid.

Norma Shearer, 1929
Norma Shearer

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What’s better than a one-shoulder design? One-shoulder dramatic draping.

Marlene Dietrich, 1929
Marlene Dietrich

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Who’s to say what’s menswear and what’s not? Not Dietrich.

Shop These 1920s-Inspired Pieces

This is us stepping up our hat game. 

Sleepwear as partywear à la Josephine Baker. 

Girls in the 1920s knew how to make a statement, and so does this dress. 

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Aleksija Vujicic. Up next, take a look at the 1940s outfits that look so much like the contents of your closet right now.