23 May

Written by Lizzie on May 23, 2013

Great Gatsby Style

So what critics say the film is all style over substance? That’s perfectly fine by us! We love 1920s style and it’s been firmly back in fashion ever since a whisper of a Baz Luhrmann adaption first surfaced. Now the film is finally here and hundreds of dazzling flapper-like dresses are popping up across the UK high street. The beaded and applique detailing adds shimmer without sparkle, adding a luxe touch to even the most budget of buys – the absolute perfect complement to the summer of sun ahead (ahem).



Clockwise from Top Left: Grey Stepped Hem Embellished Tank Top £50 River Island, Vivien Rhinestone Headband £42 Rock ‘n Rose, Concert Ticket Shoes in Heather Patent €89.95 Clarks, Feather Sequin Dress £195 Miss Selfridge, G21 Printed Dress £16 George at Asda, Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y. Eau de Parfum £63.99 Fragrance Direct, Scalloped Edge Lace Cut-off Gloves £9 Accessorise, Charleston Dress £25 George at Asda, Embellished Flapper Dress £129.99 Miss SelfridgeDiamonique by Tova 1.5ct tw Band Ring in Sterling Silver £55 QVCEmbellished Flower Placement Slide £12 Accessorise.

First Time Flapper?

Start small with accessories. Drop waists and sheer fabrics can be a daunting thing if you’re a newcomer to vintage, so build up your courage by dotting art deco accessories into your outfits. The Diamonique ring by QVC is an elegent nod to the 20s, keeping things subtle with sterling silver but chunky enough to make a statement. Any applique hair detail will have you heading in the right direction and the flower-shaped beauty from Accessorise will look perfect day or night placed just behind your ear – wear with slick hair and a smile!

Thoroughly Modern Daisy?

George at Asda’s G21 top is a great way to channel a little 20s into your wardrobe without sacrificing 2013. The printed material and drop waist combo is a little bit then, a little bit now. For a dressier look, pair the grey stepped hem top from River Island with dark jeans and heels and you’ll have all your modern day comforts alongside prohibition era chic. Spritz on a bit of Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y. in it’s art deco style bottle and you’ll be just the right mix of old and new.

All-Out Vintage

If you’re ready to commit to an all-out vintage look, then the embellished flapper dress from Miss Selfridge is the one for you. Sheer enough to be sexy and sophisticated, pair it with a headband like the one above from RockNRose and you’ll be ready for the jazz club. Slip on some lace gloves and grab a (fake) cigarette. I love the George at Asha flapper dress as a great budget alternative – a bargain at only £25!

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