By Stephanie Hayes
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When I was a kid, I had a fashion-through-the-ages sketch collection that explained style from French regency slippers through 1980s Gordon Gekko power suits. My favorite chapter was always the 20s. It was a period of no apology, of reckless abandon that comes just prior to consequence. It was SPARKLE. So on one hand, I am beyond ecstatic for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which opened this week. It's going to be the total stew of Jazz Age opulence I have coveted for so long, right there, on a giant screen. Squeal.
On the other hand, the frenzy is a bit bittersweet, like a tasty little secret just got let out on American Idol and the cover of Vogue. Naturally, now everyone and her sister wants to look like Daisy Buchanan, and why wouldn't you? She's tremendous. And that's to say nothing of Jay Gatsby, the handsome scamp. Brooks Brothers has introduced a whole line of delicious (and pricey) menswear based around the film and F. Scott Fitzgerald's characters (who did not pay much mind to price tags).
Twenties style involves just about every shape and structure, every embellishment but the kitchen sink lace, velvet, fur, fringe, drop waists, art deco, ruffles, boxy shifts. The look is so relevant to women today, the juxtaposition of rampant femininity with boyish shapes and blunt, short hair. Women in the 20s had a certain braveness when it came to style, right? And the men looked dapper, too. Short coats, high-button stances, straw boater hats that let air breeze through in the hot summer weather.
If you want to attempt a Gatsby look, the most important thing to avoid is looking like you pulled a fringe flapper dress out of a bag from Party City. It's all about staying modern with a winky-wink to the past, not looking like you just got off your shift at the speakeasy.
Foe some great looks from Sears, Zappos, YesStyle and Brooks Brothers, go to tampabay.com/blogs/divas. It's not all affordable, of course, but Gatsby and fiscal responsibility don't mix anyway. Enjoy!