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Now you can dazzle with a Twenties trend
9:56am Thursday 3rd May 2012 in Fashion
THE summer season isn’t known for its evening-wear looks. Flip-flops, beachwear and shorts, yes, but glitz, tassels and sequins are usually confined to the party season.
Until now, that is. Inspired by upcoming movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Twenties-style looks are the razzle dazzle trend of 2012.
From Gucci to Marchesa and Roberto Cavalli, catwalk designers went crazy for divine deco.
Flapper girl style has become the retro reference of choice –- think intricate beading, drop waists and even a dusting of fur and feathers.
Saying goodbye to corsetry and structure, women of the Twenties turned to less exaggerated silhouettes with shorter dresses that skimmed the hips and flattened the chest.
“The look was a sleek and slender silhouette, quite flat and boyish,”
said Naomi Thompson, author of new book Style Me Vintage.
“Drop waists were the main feature of the Twenties that created a longer, less feminine frame. The big revolution, however, was that a visible ankle was now not only socially acceptable but fashionable.”
Opt for a straight knee-length shape to stay true to the decade.
For a modern take, some retailers such as River Island and Marks and Spencer have taken the Gucci homage black, gold and cream fringed dresses in a tribal direction.
Look for exaggerated fringing that looks more festival high summer than deco dancefloor.
To go classic Gatsby, think flirty glamour with swinging tasselled trims, shimmering lavish beading or sequins in art deco formations.
To go all out with Twentiesinspired glitzy dresses, aim for a blank canvas and stay jewellery free. But if you prefer to be dripping in vintage-look accessories, opt for a plain, fuss-free dress to offset the bling.
The Twenties was a period of excess on the accessories front, but pieces still looked dainty and streamlined to fit with the new fashion mood.
Go to town with dazzling headpieces, statement drop earrings or rows of beads – just ensure you keep the rest of your look pared down and hunt out Egyptianinspired accessories for authenticity.
Get the look with the pieces right, available from shops in Worcester.