This morning I was up and at ’em early doors so that I could start hunting for a dress for my bro’s 21st in three weeks time. C’mon, you all know how I luuuurve being organised, otherwise I start freaking out and especially because I can be quite
fussy particular! I’m pleased to report that for once, it was a successful shopping trip and seeing as the bro is having a suits and cocktail themed party, my outfit choice was influenced by the Great Gatsby.
Unfortunately I’ve yet to see the movie (shame on me!) but the High Street seems to be just as obsessed with Daisy Buchanan as everyone else. So, because it is high season for special occasions- proms, weddings, Ascot, graduation balls etc, I thought that it would be a good idea to highlight some of the best Gatsby inspired pieces for those wanting to rock twenties chic.
There are absolutely hundreds of 1920s style dresses out on the High Street at the moment so you’re completely spoilt for choice. Miss Selfridge, by far, probably have the biggest range of vintage style maxi’s, shift dresses and prom pieces. Textures are the main theme with the Gatsby trend from sequins and feathers to beading and lace. Think glitz and glamour. Just be careful not to overdo too many textures in one outfit- you could end up looking more Cruella De Ville than Lana Del Rey!
It also ties in nicely with the nudes and pastels of the summer so even if you’re more of an English rose than a tangoed TOWIE wannabe, there are shades of nude, blush and creams to suit everybody.
If evening gowns aren’t your thing, dare to bare in flapper-style cocktail dresses while those of you who need a more formal look, can bring out your inner movie star in an embellished maxi.
Your shoes can be just as decorative as your outfit (within reason, of course) so again a bit of sparkle won’t look out of place. Metallics, golds and glitter look great with nudes and blushes but if you want to give your Gatsby-inspired outfit a bit of a modern twist, you can always opt for a brighter contrast like peach.
Although Mary Janes and T-bars were the ‘In thing’ of the 20s, if you’re wearing a delicate ensemble, then they can sometimes look too clumpy. I would probably always pick of strappy sandals or peep toes, it is summer afterall…
If you do keep your outfit quite neutral, it also allows you to go OTT with your shoes, like these bad boys…
The Clutch Bag
The ladies of the 1920s did not have to try and fit an iPhone, house keys, emergency lash glue and purse into a tiny little bag so it was easy to travel light back then. A bit of powder and lipstick for touch-ups later on and they were good to go. So remember if you’re going for the Gatsby look, keep it compact.
Again, embellishment, sequins, diamantes and glitter emblazoned clutch bags will finish off your outfit, keeping in mind not to go too OTT.
Shoes and bag don’t have to match, the ladies of the 1920s definitely loved statement pieces more than anything and sometimes, the bolder, the better, like this little beauty from River Island.
Last but not least, if you’re planning your wedding or looking for a prom outfit, there are some beautiful headbands and hairslides around at the moment. Perfect for bridesmaids or if you’re keeping your Gatsby inspired outfit neutral, then add a bit of glitz to a fancy up-do.
Hairslides can look really pretty with a chignon if you don’t want to look fussy and they’re more versatile for all occasions than the big bejewelled headbands that are on the High Street at the moment.
And finally, if you are going all out for the Daisy Buchanan look, then a feather headpiece is a must. This bespoke piece is by Britten, available from Not On The High Street.
I’ll keep my outfit for the party a secret at the moment but all will be revealed in early July.
In the meantime, I’ve compiled a Great Gatsby inspired mood-board on Pinterest, let me know what you think and of course, share any ideas that you may have.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying the rest of my quiet weekend, it’s well-needed! I baked a lemon buttercream cake for my Dad today for Father’s Day so I’ll upload a couple of pics before it disappears! Hope you all have a lovely day.