**Please Note: since the release of this review, it has been drawn to my attention that Retro Stage has been engaging in unethical practices. Customers have not been receiving their orders and all attempts at corespondance has fallen on deaf ears. Furthermore, pinups have had their photos used to promote a dress of Retro Stage despite the original dress being from a different brand. I am now aware that they are using stolen images and even captions to promote their brand which I find unacceptable. Despite being contacted about their actions, Retro Stage has done nothing to change this and the issues continue. I will be leaving my original review up but just wanted to add this note.
As a vintage girl, I often stick to the 40’s and 50’s in terms of style and dress which often means I mix the two eras together with a bit of a modern twist. It’s not very often that I venture out of this time bracket but when I was asked if I wanted to review some Retro Stage items, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try some 1920’s inspired outfits. For those that are unaware, Retro Stage is an online brand who sell vintage replicas at affordable prices. They can be really great when you first dip your toe into the waters of dressing pinup so they can be worth checking out if you’re interested. I was sent two full 1920’s inspired outfits and I decided to split this review into two just to give you some more time to enjoy the photos and the review itself.
Photos by Angie Delarie Pinup Photography
Note: This is not a paid/sponsored post. All opinions expressed are honest, solely my own and not influenced in any way.
Let’s start with the dress, this is the Pink 1920s Cap Sleeve Sequin Evening Dress. This dress features a classic 1920’s flapper silhouette with a V neck design, is floor length and has cap sleeves. The dress is double layered with a lightweight black mesh featuring heavy embroidery and beading over a subtle pink lining which creates a beautiful colour contrast. The material is mainly a polyester/spandex blend which makes it a little bit stretchy, has a side zipper and is available in sizes small to extra large. I wore a medium and it fit me really well with a little bit of room to spare. The length was just above the ankles which I personally didn’t mind as it meant I could show off my shoes.
I was a little concerned about this dress as some embroidered dress can end up looking a little bit crazy or even worse, tacky. I was pleasantly surprised that this dress looked really beautiful on and had a really nice weight to it. Sure there were some loose threads here and there and a bead or two fell off but for the price it retails for, it wasn’t anything major. Now, this dress is not historically accurate so keep that in mind if that is something important to you but for a costume, you really can’t go wrong. The dress was really comfortable to wear and really flattering on the body. The neckline wasn’t too low to make it overly boob-alicious but just enough so if you wore a pretty necklace, it could be shown off nicely.
To complete this look, I was sent the 1920s Flapper Costume Accessory Set. This set included opera length black gloves (50cm/19.7 inches) made from polyester, a 1920’s inspired flapper headband adorned with beads and feathers, retro style dangle earrings, a cigarette holder and a shiny faux pearl necklace.
I can see this set being a great ‘all in one’ accessories kit for any Great Gatsby themed party as it really does come with everything you need to complete your costume. I particularly liked the gloves as the material wasn’t that shiny satin a lot of costume gloves are made from and they stretched really nicely to fit my arms. The necklace was a nice touch as it was the iconic long string of pearls that could be wrapped around the neck. The earrings were rather pretty and can be worn with many future vintage outfits although I’m not sure if they are stainless steel (My earlobes have been rather upset lately so I’ve been avoiding a lot of earrings so I only wore these for the shoot). The headband had a good stretch so it fits on my forehead but it was quite tight; the design was cute and quintessential of a flapper costume. The only issue I had with the accessories pack was the cigarette holder as soon as I opened the packet, it broke. The white ‘holder’ tube fell off the cigarette stem and the stem itself had a crack in it so unfortunately it could not be photographed. That’s ok, I don’t really condone smoking any way.
I know that this outfit wasn’t historically accurate but to be honest, I had so much fun frolicking around that I didn’t really care. It was nice to wear something glamorous which wasn’t from my usual wardrobe. I only had minor issues with this outfit (loose threads and beads and a broken cigarette holder) and for the price of these items, that’s really no big deal. I found the fit great and super comfortable.
If you’re looking for a fun and affordable 1920’s costume, Retro Stage is great with heaps of designs, styles and colors to suit many people. I would have loved to have tried one of the shorter flapper dresses so if you do order, let me know how you went.
This shoot was a lot of fun and although we could have shot in an inside location, I really wanted to do something a bit different. We photographed at a salt lake which dried over leaving a beautiful white crust on the ground and the marshes to stick out. We thought the elegance of the outfits would be a fun contrast to the stark and dryness of the location; almost like two worlds trying to mesh together. Let me know what you think.
Photographer: Angie Delarie Pinup Photography
Outfit: Pink 1920’s Cap Sleeve Sequin Evening Dress
Accessories: 1920’s Flapper Costume Accessory Set
Hair: styled with Poison Apple
Lipstick: Lola Von Rose ‘Vintage’