While a look from The Great Gatsby is always a safe Halloween go-to (how could you not love the fringe and Marcel waves?), it doesn’t always translate into outfits for the everyday. Sure, shift dresses and fringe are both back in a big way, but all-around flapper style is hard to nail without looking costume-y. The ‘20s were a really stylish period, so it’s no wonder several celebs have brought back the era of the Flapper. Here’s how you can do it without looking like it’s October 31st.
Recently, Rachel Zoe, model Jourdan Dunn and singer Cam all rocked frocks that felt very ‘20s — but they looked really modern. The key here is to only keep one vintage element, such as the beadwork on Rachel Zoe’s dress, the sheer Art Deco lace on Jourdan’s dress, or the fringe on Cam’s, and making sure all your accessories are very contemporary. As you can see, for Rachel Zoe, a vintage-style shoe like a Mary Jane or a low heel would put the look over the edge, but her platform sandals and statement earrings are the perfect modern complement to her ensemble. As for Jourdan, she wears a dainty chain on her wrist and a few modern-looking rings.
Cam’s canary yellow clutch screams 2016, as do her understated rings. The next trick to keeping the look thoroughly modern is to style your hair and makeup like it’s 2016 and not 1926. Cam keeps her signature curls, and Jourdan goes sleek and natural with her hair and makeup. Rachel Zoe toes the line here with the red lip and Hollywood waves, but what keeps her this side of modern is her long hair — a bob would really put her squarely in flapper territory.
Look for this trend to keep popping up as part of fashion’s cyclical nature — and use these tips to nail it like you always do.
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(Photo of Dunn via Nicholas Hunt/Getty, Zoe via Jamie McCarthy/Getty, Cam via Mike Coppola/Getty)