A quickstep to vintage inspired glamour in Norwich

Norwich fashion celebrates the 1920s and 1940s as glitter and glamour and swing skirts and separates come to the Theatre Royal next week, says Emma Harrowing.

It starts with the foot tapping fashions of the 20s. Flapper style dresses, flouncy frills and floor length frocks take Norwich back to the 1920s as I Got Rhythm takes to the stage at the Theatre Royal next week.

The fashion crescendo of glamour then turns to grace with 1940s inspired attire for the musical Wonderful Town, with tea dresses and sassy separates.

Both eras are currently revived in this season's fashions. Hot on the heels of the classic 40s inspired tea dress and pencil skirt comes this season's lust for the 20s inspired flapper dress, which can be found in high street collections from Mint Velvet to Matalan.

The headband is also a mini-trend this summer after many of us dabbled in the look last year. This season the headband can be worn in many guises, but to get the 20s look wear it around your forehead with a shift style mid length dress to get the look of a modern jazz queen.

Both looks can be worn by anyone of any shape or age, however, if you want to dress to flatter your shape, there are a few rules.

The 20s flapper style is best suited to straight or semi straight body shapes as the shift style and added embellishments could add bulk if you are curvy. The 40s style tea dress suits most shapes. The style shows off your waist if you are curvy and can give you a feminine look if you have a straight body shape.

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The 40s style pencil skirt best suits a curvy body shape as you need hips, a bottom and a small waist – think Dita Von Teese – if you want to pull this style off. Of course if you go for this season's peplum style skirts you can create the illusion of bigger hips if you are top heavy or have a straight body shape. Whatever look you go for, dance to the tune of vintage inspired looks this season.

I Got Rhythm is at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday May 29 until Saturday June 2. Wonderful Town begins on Tuesday June 5 and runs until Saturday June 9. For tickets call the Norwich Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000 or www.theatreroyal norwich.co.uk