Last year, the Spring 2012 runways were nearly overflowing from the abundance of Art Deco inspiration. This design style, which first began in 1920s Paris, is the epitome of glamour from the Jazz Age. While Milan’s Spring Fashion Week may be over, this trend is still current, as some designers retain the inspiration in their fall collections. And, of course, two months ago the trailer was released of Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby. This novel has always been the quintessential, ultimate illustration of the Roaring Twenties. If the breathtaking trailer was any indication, the upcoming movie adaptation will maintain the Art Deco trend for some time to come.
You may think this trend is too sexy, too extravagant, too everything for you to incorporate into your daily wardrobe, but you are mistaken. It’s surprisingly easy to add a dash of Daisy Buchanan (Gatsby’s leading lady) to your outfit; take advantage of Art Deco inspiration to integrate the Roaring Twenties into your 2012 style.
THE FLAPPER DRESS
You’ve seen the cheesy, cheap flapper imitations for years on Halloween, but don’t let that deter you. The new wave of high-fashion flapper dresses effortlessly embody the drop-waist hemline, sleek silhouette, symmetrical and geometric designs, and fringe of the original dresses.
Still too costume-y for you? While I disagree, and think there’s no better cocktail dress, I understand your concerns. Here’s a breakdown of three of the most important and recognizable elements to the flapper dress, and how to work them individually into everyday wear without seeming like you’re playing dress-up.
First off – the pattern of the dress. Geometric designs are crucial to the 1920s look, and have also been showing up recently in the tribal trend.
Second – the embellishments. These can be beads, sequins, or feathers – all three of which happen to be popular street styles. Sequins are my favorite embellishment, because they can easily transform from casual day wear to the perfect night out.
Finally – the fringed hemline. As the most memorable element of the flapper dress, it is also the riskiest to pull off without looking like a costume. However, as the most feminine and quirky design, this is a risk worth taking.
All the above too feminine for you? Then take a note from the original menswear trend: wide-leg trousers. They’re flattering, versatile, and guaranteed to add some glam to any outfit.
If you want to take baby-steps with the Art Deco trend, this is where you should start: accessories. They’re an easy and effortless way of adding some Jazz Age grace and allure to your style, without detracting from modern fashions.
Featured Image From: The Great Gatsby
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