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 the classic flapper look that favoured 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 mould—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. So what seems more farfetched: that the outfits from over 100 years ago still feel as relevant as ever or the fact that we’re only a few years away from 2020? Scroll down to revisit some of our favourite looks from the 1920s.

Clara Bow, 1920

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You have a lot to learn, 2017 statement sleeves.

Louise Brooks, 1925

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

Josephine Baker, 1925

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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

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

Bessie Love, 1925

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The statement collar transforms the whole ensemble.

Marion Morehouse, 1926

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

Greta Garbo, 1926

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There’s so much glamour in this effortless ensemble.

Joan Clement, 1926

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Art Deco FTW.

Marjorie Willis, 1926

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This unconventional silhouette and skirt layering is one we can picture on 2017’s most creative dressers.

Gloria Swanson, 1928

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Just a reminder to step up your hat game.

Joan Crawford, 1929

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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

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

Norma Shearer, 1929

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

Marlene Dietrich, 1929

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

Up next, take a look at the 1940s outfits that look so much like the contents of your closet right now.