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So you want to look like… Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

By Lauren Bravo on May 3rd, 2013

Pour yourself a mint julep and swing those pearls – thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s new release, the 1920s are roaring straight back into our wardrobes

Zelda-dress-frock-and-frillAre you a flapper? Do you flap? Not the type you do when you’ve got hot food in your mouth, but the fashion type, currently dancing its way across the silver screen again – on Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Isla Fisher in The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece of jazz age ennui.

Decadent, libertine and eternally gorgeous, flapper style is the smart lady’s fancy dress era of choice because it’s more original than the 80s, less polyester-flammable than the 60s and less restrictive than the 50s, all those roomy waistbands allow for far more fun at the buffet table.

In normal life, though, it’s a trickier one to integrate. Unless you work in the kind of office where kooky feather headbands are tolerated round the coffee machine, the look is a more obvious choice for evening, when you can drape yourself in sequins and hit up a speakeasy* (*Wetherspoons). It’s also not an ideal look if you’re prone to spills – pastels and muted neutrals abound, as does Daisy Buchanan’s signature summer white.

Plus there are two other big obstacles to pulling off the 20s trend, and they’re bobbing about on your chest. As Thoroughly Modern Millie showed us with her beads that wouldn’t hang straight, those drop-waisted dresses are friend to the flat-chested gal, but a couple of cup sizes can take you from the beautiful to the damned. Or at least the ‘damn, that dress be hanging off her like a valance sheet’.

But hey – we ain’t about prohibiting here. Just find an embellished deep-V instead, or flap it up with accessories. Mid-heeled T-bars and Mary Janes have a fashion ‘moment’ so often you may as well stock up now, and there’s no desk-to-dancefloor situation (we have those ALL the TIME, right?) that a sequined cape can’t solve.

We’re also rather taken with Gatsby style as bridal inspiration… but one thing at a time, yeah?

Eden bib collar necklace, £19 Accessorize

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I know, I know – you already have twelve ‘statement’ necklaces and you can barely afford the chiropractor. But look how beautiful this one is! Stick it on with a t-shirt and you’ve got downtime Daisy, the look she favoured for schlepping around the morning after all those gin gimlets.


V Festival Special: Paloma Faith glams it up

By admin on August 23rd, 2010

Paloma Faith is one of our current fashionista favourites.

She’s cool, sassy and her eclectic style really makes her stand out from the crowd alsways opting for headpieces that rival Lady Gaga’s and wearing bold make-up to match whatever eccentric outfits she’s wearing.

So you can imagine how pleased we were when we saw the singer keeping in with her stylish tradition at V over the weekend.

Ms Faith took to the stage at Weston Park Staffordshire in a red flapper style asymmetric fringed frock and gave it her own special twist with a high crown headpiece. We think she looks amazing.

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Fashion Week Attendees: outfit we loved

By Andrea Thatcher on September 12th, 2007

Last night at the tents, I ran into Melissa Bailay, who was wearing a fabulous ’20s-inspired flapper dress. Between her and Jennifer Garner, fashionistas everywhere are getting into the Roaring ’20s style. Sport your own retro-chic ensemble (above) for $248 from Bloomingdales. Now if only I could get my hair to make those adorable ’20s-style finger waves…

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