Shopping Fix: How To Channel That Great Gatsby Pizzazz With Our 1920s Style Essentials

08 May 2013 by

With the anticipated release of the Great Gatsby (8 more days eek!), Grazia HQ has got major flapper fever. An era of elegance known for marabou feathers, vintage vixen curls, and sequins that spin and sparkle into the jazz filled night, who wouldn’t want to be a Gatsby girl? So if you’ve already got the Grazia 1920s make up looks down, then follow in the footsteps of these fashion forward celebs and get fabulous flapper style with our key 1920s style tips. 

1. Feathers

The feather ruled this era with marabou trims and feather finishes taking centre stage at many a glamorous event. Update the trend and work a full feather skirt or add a feathered clutch for subtle 1920s inspiration. Keep accessories to a minimum, and let the plumage do the talking. 


2. Sequins & beading

Intricate beading and lavish sequins adorned the dresses of the era. Flapper dresses were often decorated with lavish fringing, and absolutely scream 1920s style. Opt for flattering cuts and neutral colours to avoid looking too boxy. Alternatively work some 1920s glamour into everyday life by teaming a beaded top with some denim skinnies. 

3. Geometric prints

Prints were an important part of the 1920s, and geometric patterns and art deco styles reigned.  Whether you choose to wear an all over print like Solange, or simply add some deco details with accessories it’s simple to work its 1920s architectural charm. 

4. Demure finishes

Elegance was key during the 1920s. Women were graced with pearls, sweet Peter Pan collars and demure T-bar heels, and these prim and proper influences still resonate today. Keep your pallette neutral like Emma Roberts and Katy Perry and finish off your look with decorative detailing. Think starnds of pearls, glitter box clutches and embellished heels. 

And if that's no enough to get you in the mood for some shopping, then we've got our pick of the best Gatsby pieces below, all available online now. 

Hexagon strappy slip dress, £75, Topshop

Embellished feather dress, £3,050, Matthew Williamson at Harrods

Sequin flapper dress, £325, Jaeger at John Lewis

Leather, mesh and feather sandals, £480, Reed Krakoff at 

Bronze leather art deco earrings, £95, Fiona Paxton 

Feather sequin skirt, £150, Miss Selfridge


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