Dress for a Gatsby-Themed Party

by R. Carnavale | July 18th, 2013 | Evening Wear, Women's Fashion

evening wearThis year’s #1 party theme is “The Great Gatsby,” so if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a Gatsby-era themed party or wedding, you’ll want to look the part, whether you’ll be dolled up as a flapper, gangster, or silent screen star. Despite Prohibition, the 1920s were filled with lavish, decadent parties and beautifully dressed guests. Maybe you’ll want to dress like Daisy Buchanan and wear a feather boa, long string of pearls, lace dress, long scarf, Chanel perfume, and cloche hat.

The 1920s evening wear look is elegant and classic, with a straight and angular boyish silhouette, marked by a flat bosom and no hips. Dressing for a Gatsby-themed party can be a lot fun, so set your inner flapper free and try some of these 1920s-inspired evening wear ideas:

  • cloche hat
  • hat or headband with feathers
  • flapper dress with a boa
  • breezy skirt and low-cut top
  • sleeveless evening dress with a deep V or U-shaped neckline
    long backless dress with draping
  • straight-line chemise
  • low-waisted dress with a short skirt, pleats, gathers, or slits to allow motion
  • tank or slip dress
  • lace dress
  • dress decorated with beading, sequins, fringe, or feathers
  • satin or silk dress
  • long, white floaty dress in chiffon
  • bodice with tucks
  • knife-pleated skirts with a hem one inch below the knee
  • anything made by Elsa Schiaparelli, one of the key designers in the 1920s
  • feather boa
  • long scarf to drape on head and neck (think: Isadora Duncan)
  • plain or decorated shawl
  • long string of pearls
  • long rope necklace
  • ornate pins
  • Art Deco jewelry
  • long or short white gloves
  • headdress with feather for the flapper look
  • Makeup: pale skin, rosy cheeks, lots of mascara, curved eyebrows, smoky eyes, dark eyeliner, bold red lips
  • finger-waved hair
  • bobbed hair
  • Eton crop hairstyle
  • Marcel wave-styled hair
  • long hair pulled back into deep waves over the ears and then coiled into a knot or chignon at the nape of the neck
  • flower hair decoration pinned to right or left side
  • Chanel No. 5 perfume
  • violet- or rose-scented perfume
  • tan or flesh-colored stockings
  • pumps (no straps) with closed toes and heels, pointy toes, Louis heels (curved) or Cuban heels (block) or Boulevard heels; 2″ or 2 1/2″ heels
  • evening shoes made with silk, satin, lace, brocade, or velvet fabric over a leather base
  • high heels decorated with beads or shoe clips
  • pumps with ankle straps (Mary Janes)
  • T-strap pumps
  • popular shoe colors in the 1920s: silver, gold, bronze, black, and pastels
  • spray paint a pair of Capezio dance shoes if you can’t find a pair of vintage shoes online
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