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Thursday, March 29th 2012

Inspired by The Great Gatsby: Twenties Dressing

Parker Sequin Drape Front Dress

The spring collections are alive with ’20s inspiration, no doubt influenced by Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of The Great Gatsby, opening later this year. The decade was defined stateside by the end of Prohibition and the nationwide enactment of women’s suffrage. In fashion, this translated to plenty of sparkle and a more relaxed silhouette (bye-bye corsets). It was a liberated era, fun and fancy-free.

And it’s the era that brought us Gatsby. In the story of star-crossed lovers reunited after decades apart, the wealthy mingle over mint juleps and champagne cocktails in what we can only assume was truly remarkable fashion. Channel the Buchanans’ ever-present pal, tennis star Jordan Baker, in a sporty drop-waist dress (like this one from newcomer By Zoe) and oxfords for day. Then, go full-on Daisy (opting out of her hopeless melancholy, of course) for night with a glittering Parker dress and elegant heels.

And if you’re ready to really embrace this decade’s style, you can follow the lead of Luhrmann’s Daisy, Carey Mulligan, and crop your locks to a sweet pageboy cut.


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