This week, a photo of Gemma Ward on the set of the filming for The Great Gatsby was leaked onto a Tumblr blog and now the fashion world is all in a-twitter. The Roaring ’20s trend has been hot this year with flapper-inspired frocks that walked down the runways of Ralph Lauren, Alberta Ferretti, Sonia Rykiel and Gucci, and even inspiring Kate Moss’ dreamlike wedding. This trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It’s infusing trends in beauty, shoes, hair and apparel for day as well as evening.
No need to wait until the movie’s release in December 2012 to hop on this trend, it is an easy one to recreate, and a great way to glam up for the holidays.
Here are some tips on how to get the look of the Jazz Age without having to pay for a runway frock. Think like Coco – Coco Chanel pioneered the boyish style of the ’20s: loose and dropped waists, boyish slim figures sans curves, and short bobbed hair. A big part of this look was the abandonment of the corset. To get the look of the ’20s keep your push-up bras in the lingerie drawer and choose pieces that only skim the body, creating a long lean line. Those who find many current trends difficult due to lack of curves will happily embrace the flapper fashion trend. For those with curves, get the look with dropped waist dresses, embellishment, and era-appropriate hair and makeup.
Freedom of Movement – The style of the Jazz Age was one to encourage movement while dancing–skirts at the knee, sleeveless dresses, floaty fabrics, pleats and gathers, and the iconic fringe that sways with dance steps.
Luxe it Up – Long strands of pearls, dresses sparkling with beads and sequins, headbands decorated with feathers, dresses of silk and chiffon, fur trimmings on coats and jackets–this is an era that embraced luxurious trimmings. Don’t be afraid to pile all of them on, the decade was about breaking old rules–from smoking and drinking to showing some leg as well as wearing dramatic fashion.
Your Crowning Glory – The bob haircut is the trademark hairstyle of the Roaring ’20s, but don’t feel you need to chip your locks to get the look of the era. You can also pull your hair into a chignon and hold it in place with a headband or hair combs. For those with shorter hair, consider a finger wave to make your modern look feel more vintage. For day looks, cloche hats immediately evoke the style of the era.
Jazz Age Beauty – The Roaring ’20s was not about the natural look. Taking cues from movie stars such as Clara Bow, stylish women of the decade wore red cream blush, plenty of kohl liner, and red lipstick.
How do you like the Gatsby look? Any plans to incorporate some of its elements into your style?
Alison Gary has over ten years experience as a personal shopper, stylist, and visual merchandiser. Her blog Wardrobe Oxygen provides fashion advice to all women, regardless of age, size, budget, or lifestyle. She is a full-time working mother, blogger, wife, and frugal fashionista located in the Washington D.C. area.