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Great Gatsby Style

Great Gatsby style is all about decadence, grandeur, and opulence. Inspired by the roaring 1920′s, this retro fashion statement is making a glorious comeback right now, including everything from beaded, drop waist dresses to art deco jewelry and embellished clutches.

Over the past couple years, we’ve seen a roaring resurgence of 1920’s inspired fashion. Award-winning films such as Midnight in Paris, The Artist, the hit television series (Downton Abbey) and now The Great Gatsby, have all given rise to this glamorous style.

Without looking like you’re wearing a costume, you  can easily channel your inner starlet with elegant and timeless pieces that evoke the essence of this over-the-top era.

Art Deco “style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.” [Source: Wikipedia] Featuring oversize, architecturally-sculpted shapes and glistening, vivid-colored gemstones, art deco style jewelry is a statement in and of itself.

When it comes to apparel, the phrase ‘more is more’ comes to mind. From sumptuous fabrics (like silk and satin), to elaborate embellishments (including beading, fringe, and feathers), Great Gatsby style fashion is a force to be reckoned with.

Drop-waist dresses in loosely-fitting silhouettes elegantly drape a woman’s curves, offering just a hint of sex appeal, without being inappropriate. Add some gilded shoes and accessories to amp up the glamour of the outfit.

This fashion trend has even crossed-over into wedding territory this year, by becoming incredibly popular among brides. Everything from vintage lace gowns that evoke a sense of nostalgia, to Silver Screen-worthy, sultry-looking silk dresses are being seen at weddings across the country.

Whether you go all out in flapper-inspired attire (by wearing a beaded, drop-waist dress), or just add a few key accessories (like an art deco looking clutch or cocktail ring), you’ll be on trend this year with this decadent, retro look.

Great Gatsby Style Apparel & Accessories

(Featured items listed counter-clockwise from top to bottom)

Kenneth Jay Lane – Polished Gold Narrow Multi-Gem Maltese Cuff ($165)

Kenneth Jay Lane – Deco Teardrop Post Earrings ($349)

Sabine – Art Deco Shield Ring ($15)

L.K. Bennett – Nelly Sandal ($445)

Alexander McQueen – Multi-stud Skull Box Clutch ($1688)

alice + olivia Drop Waist Beaded Dress ($697)


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