With Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby on the horizon, it’s hard to ignore the overwhelming glamour of flapper-era fashion. But the casual, free-flowing styles of the time also reflected something pretty radical: those fringed frocks embodied the progressive spirit of women who were rebelling against social constraints. As they were freeing themselves from the status quo, they were liberating their bodies from the bonds of tight corsets and high collars.
This season, I’m embracing a full-on revival of this symbolic trend. It’s time to ditch tight, body-conscious silhouettes in favor of loose styles that echo the “girl power” spirit of the Roaring ‘20s. Here are some hotsy-totsy looks that would make Zelda Fitzgerald go gaga.
[1. Cloche by LesZiegfeldfollies; 2. The Astrid Dress from ApartofmeAPOM; 3. Leather clutch by ArcOfADiver; 4. Three gold dot necklace by isobell; 5. 1980s RayBan sunglasses from greenflamingovintage.]
A slouchy drop-waist dress, a cloche-style hat and a few understated accessories are all you need to get “it girl” appeal.
[1. 1920s-style dress by LesZiegfeldfollies; 2. Deco-inspired leather necklace by elehandmade; 3. Sheer black chiffon dress by lennyfashiondesign; 4. Clutch by Pleasemachine; 5. Vintage velvet pumps from TimeBanditsVintage.]
For a night on the town, pair a bold Deco necklace with a flowing chiffon dress that shows off your gams.
[1. Carmelina linen frock by RanunculusMarket; 2. Analise dress by ivanakrejci; 3. Lovebirds headband by kisforkani; 4. Leather fold wallet by giftshopbrooklyn; 5. 1920s-inspired lace-up boots by goodbyefolk.]
Get a wiggle on this romantic daytime look with a loose ruffled dress and a pair of classic lace-up boots.
Make them say “Attaboy!” in a boxy cardigan, some round cheaters, and a pair of two-toned oxfords. And to get real spiffy, you can top off your look with a casual boater hat.