10 ways to 1920s style: part 7, the long necklace
The long string of beads draws the eye up and down, adding to the impression of length, slenderness and straightness of torso that was the 1920s ideal. It helps reinforce the overall silhouette created by the flat chest and dropped waist. If you’d rather stop the eye a little higher, say if you’re very petite and want to add the illusion of height, try tying a knot in your necklace. Alternatively, a lavaliere (a necklace where a pendant is fixed to a chain, and usually has trailing elements) is also authentic and has the length but stops the eye higher than a long rope of beads.
If long necklaces aren’t your thing – they do have an annoying habit of swinging into things with an almighty clatter, or getting caught on door handles and suchlike –long earrings and cuff bracelets or rows of thick bangles, in the style of Nancy Cunard, were also popular styles for jewellery in the evenings in the 1920s.