For our AP English class, we were required to read The Great Gatsby. Unlike most of the other students in our classes, we both thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic piece of literature. Not only did it include some of the most well written character development I've ever read, but it was a great period piece (now, I do, in fact, realize that it was written in said period. But even to this day, it continues to remain a classic).
However, being the fashion-crazed girl I am, I could not help but notice the clothing sported by the characters in the book and the movie (which, by the way, was terrible). Something about the elegance of elbow-length gloves and fancy cigarette holders was completely alluring.
Now, despite the appeal of these outfits, the actual labor of producing one would wear tired after a day or two, don't you think? The hair and make-up alone would take up to an hour. I don't know about you, but I don't have the time (or patience) for all of that gussying up. Not to mention that full flapper clothing would become such a costume.
So it made me think. How would one interpret such a style into a modern-day ensemble? Well, here we go.
Corset top. This brings an alternative to a loose-fitting trapeze-y dress. (I found this top for $7.00. It's quite a steal, too).
You have to have some movement in any flapper outfit. Thus the airy skirt.
Black pumps (with the gold accents-- nice) are timeless.
Feathered headbands are what you can get away with.
If you happen to have the time and patience for bothering with hair and make-up, by all means, go ahead. Any curly hairstyle is perfect for this presentation. Pin curls are a plus.
Dramatically long lashes and bright red lips. Go for it.