Saturday, 10 March 2012

Gatsby Glamour

Saturday, 10 March 2012
Set to hit our cinema screens in December of this year, is the eagerly anticipated modern-day adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’, taking us back to the “roaring twenties”. As if hot male lead Leo DiCaprio, and style crush Carey Mulligan, weren’t enough reason to head on down to the flicks, the film’s period fashion is sure to inspire designers worldwide, influencing a serious vintage comeback. 
Last Saturday I got to make like Daisy Buchanan, in my ’20’s inspired outfit for a night of Great Gatsby glamour. The party was a 1920’s themed affair, complete with very apt poker chips to exchange for different events over the night. We were taken back to the era, with casino betting, horse racing, and even tarot reading, which I loved! 
Everyone went all out for the prohibition theme, with the women wearing classic flapper-style dresses or long embellished ones that skimmed their assets, to highlight the boyish figures the ladies of the era tried to portray. The men also dressed up, in smart tuxes, braces and bow ties. 

So here was my take on twenties fashion:

A simple bodycon skirt, teamed with a long sheer skirt of the same colour, creates the appearance of a sheer hem maxi skirt, without the price tag of the all-in-one pieces you’d find elsewhere on the high street. It’s a real statement piece, but as something I wouldn’t wear that often, didn’t warrant a large expense. But by all means, Topshop and River Island have some lush ones in at the moment if it’s within your budget. The ‘Maggie Skirt By Goldie’ is my fave from Topshop, in a stunning rich plum colour, and comes in at £56.00, with a faux leather plaited belt thrown in for good measure. 

'Maggie Skirt By Goldie', £56.00 Topshop
I paired the skirt ensemble with a black pleated top from Forever 21, which hung loosely as a classic ’20’s outfit would, tucking it in for a cleaner silhouette. The finishing touches were my heels, which definitely done the skirt more justice than flats would, as otherwise the length would’ve looked frumpy. Also, a long silver necklace made up of varying lengths of tassles, perfect for the theme, as women of the time would’ve generally worn long silver or pearl necklaces, to show affluence and class. I also wore a pair of seam back tights (£7.00 from Topshop) just to make the whole look a little more authentic. 

Surprisingly, there are a lot of items available on the high street at the moment, that would be fitting for a twenties-inspired look. Here are my top picks: 

Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splash the cash, 1920’s style is easily achievable, and can look just as on trend now as it was then. Happy shopping ladies! 

Chloé x

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