For Spring 2012, designers like Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, and Gucci turned to one of the greatest American novels for inspiration: The Great Gatsby, which is set for its return to the big screen later this year starring Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Muligan. Heralded by an Art Deco-styled era that began in Paris in the 1920s, the glitzy glamour seen on the runway is perfectly in sync with the decadent excess and luxurious settings in Gatsby.
To get on board with this trend, look for drop-waist dresses that are great for hiding an unwanted tummy, shimmery tops, and pleated silk skirts. As for accessories, pair your flapper dress with a metallic strappy sandal, and carry a framed square clutch that doesn’t distract too much from the rest of your ensemble. Cute cloche hats and long layered necklaces also look great with this trend.
The Hippie Flapper
The perfect date dress, this beaded drop-waist number is both elegant and fun. Made from a lightweight chiffon, this frock will remain a huge staple in your wardrobe come summer time. The beading on this dress is not overwhelming because of the muted paisley print in the background, making it work for both evening and a more casual setting. Accessorize with silver disk earrings and a stack of skinny bangles.
The Ballerina Flapper
The drop-waist dress gets updated in a girly and playful sequined ruffled number. The dress features antiqued silver sequins at the bodice and ruching at the drop-waist. The cap sleeves are also a change from the usual tank styles. Wear it with ballet slippers during the day and with neutral colored sandals during the evening.
Gucci’s modernized version of the Art Deco dress is one of the biggest inspirations behind the magical glamour this spring. The black and gold architectural design coupled with the intricate chain and fringe features make this dress absolutely decadent and in tune with the high glamour of the 20s. While no words can describe just how gorgeous this Gucci beaded dress is, its not-so-affordable price tag can give you a hint. Even though this garment costs as much as a car, the hand chain embroidery, unbelievable beauty, and workmanship validates the price, at least to a select few. And while most of us can only dream of such a purchase, its beauty is undeniable. And it’s always nice to have something to dream about.
Gucci Silk Chain Dress $10,500
The 1920s Bargain
For those of you who like to stick to the safer route when trying on trends, go for this sequined LBD when pursuing your inner flapper girl. The tiered ruffles on this frock take this LBD’s fun factor up a huge notch while the black color tones down the glitter fest. Great for a cocktail party or a girls' night out. Another plus, this chic dress is on sale for under $120.
Less expensive, just as glamorous. This paneled dress is the modern-day version of the drop-waist dress. Perfect for work with flats or with metallic heels for a night out, this dress is practical and a great addition to your closet. The black, silver, and bronze panels are chic and of the moment, serving up the all popular color-block trend that is everywhere this spring.
Fringe for Your Feet
No chunky heels or wedges here. These glam dresses need to be paired with elegant strappy sandals that properly accessorize the dress. Enter B Brian Atwood's Luciana Suede Fringe Sandal, a fun, bold sandal that is perfectly in sync with the playful flapper style. The color of these snake-embossed suede shoes are bright and the layered fringe is right on trend with the Gatsby-era. The gold-tone stiletto heel further glams up the look of these shoes.
Art Deco Heels
Another goodie from Zara that is on trend and also affordable. These strappy pink metallic shoes pair well with glittery frocks and feathered accessories. The metallic straps give this shoe minimal gleam, so as not to overpower the rest of your outfit, while the contrasting suede heel gives these sandals a luxe touch. This versatile pair will work with a whole set of looks in your wardrobe, now and in the warmer months to come.
Your Foot Party
These striking sandals are right on trend with the Art Deco style of the 20s which favored feathers, glitter, and luxe excess. The vibrant purple suede, combined with crystal-embellished feathers makes for the ultimate foot party. Part of Jimmy Choo's ICONS collection, these glamorous sandals were inspired by the iconic show Sex and the CIty. These beauties are a great investment piece to add to your wardrobe.
The Daisy Hat
It doesn’t get any more Daisy Buchanan than this sweet girly cloche. The upturned brim gives this classic topper a glamorous touch while the double banded grosgrain ribbon lends this ivory and black combo a standout feature. Pair it with a casual drop-waist dress for the ultimate Gatsby glamour, or with a casual look if you want to wear the trend in a smaller dose.
The Jewel-Tone Clutch
The sleek look on this patent leather rose gold clutch gives this bag a gem-like quality, making it the ideal accessory for the decadent Gatsby-inspired trend. The gunmetal hardware at the top offsets the shine while the framed shape keeps the look streamlined and contemporary. This clutch features an adjustable tan body strap you can wear during more casual settings.