fashion inspiration: the great gatsby

July 22, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

It’s still another five months before the film hits our screens, but designers are already taking inspiration from Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby (noteably Gucci and Alberta Feretti).

This is going to be a big look for fall so here are some ideas on how to jazz-age up your wardrobe.

Dresses: The 20s are all about the dresses. Channel the era into your day wardrobe by adopting a dropped waist. Be warned, this look works best on those of us with less curves.

The Rauma Drop-Waist Dress from Anthropologie ($158) has a shorter length to keep you looking modern.

The Violet Lights Sequin Collar Dress from Ruche ($39.99) has a dash of modern sparkle from its gleaming collar.

Floaty layers: Another daytime look is the floaty layers, as demonstrated below by Carey Mulligan.

Get the look with the Rise embellished cape dress from Dorothy Perkins (currently £45.00)

Alternatively, throw a cape like Modcloth’s Photographic Flashback Cape ($57.99) over a simple white frock.

Heavy beading: If you want evening style like Daisy Buchanan, your evening gowns should be embellished with heavy beading.

Go all out, but in an edgy shorter length, wearing this Lipsy VIP Bandeau Embellished Dress from ASOS ($198.84).

Sequins have just as much impact but can help keep your dress from weighing more than you do. Try French Connection’s Peal Queen Strappy Dress (on sale for £99.00 in the UK store or $199.99 in the US store)

Alternatively, a sequinned art-deco pattern coupled with a straight style dress gives a fabulously modern take on the look. This Warehouse 1920s dress with fluro sequins ($165.70) is divine.

Neck details: If all over beading is too much for you to bear, try going for embellishment just around the neck.

The Cage Embellished Bodycon Dress from Topshop ($118) is a modern take on the dress above.

A word on accessories: While jazz-age accessories are divine (like Daisy’s headband below), avoid over-doing your look by pairing these extras with the dresses above. You don’t want to look like you’re an escaped extra from the set! Keep make-up fresh and hair modern too (no pin curls unless you’re going to a fancy-dress party).

Now go get your Charleston on, you fabulous thing!

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