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War widow fashionista, Ginger Gold, makes a gruesome discovery while walking her Boston terrier, Boss, through Kensington Gardens. A woman of ill-repute is dead.
When Chief Inspector Basil Reed becomes a suspect, the blustery and often times pigheaded Superintendent Morris pulls him off the case. Ginger’s not about to be pushed around by the superintendent despite his warnings: if she doesn’t butt out, she’ll be arrested for impeding a police investigation. She soon finds herself undercover in the spicy world of burlesque dancing—much to Basil’s chagrin.
Ginger and Basil’s agree to work together off the record to find the killer. It’s a proposition their strained friendship may not survive—even if they do.
Let's talk fashion.
Hats were a must in the 1920s. Women simply didn't go out without donning some fashionable headwear.
Whether a person was a fan of the highly popular form-fitting cloche hat or the wide brim garden hats - there were an array of styles, and colors to choose from.
Most wide-brimmed hats were made of straw and were decorated with artificial flowers, with a silk sash to fasten it to one's head.
Often referred to as 'garden hats,' these floppy hats were the perfect accessory for outings on warm summer days.
Many Flappers preferred the Tam O’Shanter hat. This was another floppy hat, although without the full brim of the Garden hat. The O'shanter was an affordable way to modify a person's wardrobe as it could be made by anyone with a knack for sewing or knitting.
Turban hats were donned for more glamorous events, typically paired with formal evening attire. As the name suggests, turban hats were constructed from pieces of cloth that were twisted around the head in a creative design. Feathers and jewels were added for a finishing touch.
The cloche was perhaps one of the most popular forms of headgear in Ginger's time, as it was created specifically to compliment the short bobbed haircut that was trending among Flappers. It was highly versatile as it could be made from both straw or cloth to suit each season. The cloche could also be painted to match one's outfits.
Men also had a variety of hats to choose from, depending on the season. Many men wore cooler straw hats in the summer called Boaters or Panamas. For the rest of the year, men could be seen wearing the popular Bowler or Fedora style hats. While the flat cap was worn by men of all classes and ages in the 1920s, many upper-class gentlemen choose to wear the more traditional top hat when attending to business.
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To learn more about hats in the 1920s visit VintageDancer.com.
All images were borrowed from VintageDancer.com.
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