Great Gatsby/ Roaring 20’s Party

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Great Gatsby Roaring 20's party costumeMarch 10, 2013

What is it about dressing up in ridiculous costumes that puts us in a good mood? Last night we had the privilege of attending The Geneva School’s Roaring 20’s gala. They were celebrating their 20 year anniversary and did so in style.

When I first learned that we were to “dress the part”, I immediately thought Flapper. After sifting through my closet, I changed my tune. I came across a dress my aunt wore to her son’s wedding that screamed the Great Gatsby. I googled Great Gatsby/20’s and pieced together a list of 5 defining elements to dressing the part.

5 Musts for a Roaring 20’s/Great Gatsby look:

1. jewelry – a long strand of pearls or vintage silver sparkles are a must!

2. Gloves – white, cream or black long gloves add polish to the look.

3. Feathers – feathers are a great accessory. Grab a boa, feathery jacket, or even stick an individual feather on your clutch or in your hair.

4. Headpiece- feathers or an oversized flower can be stuck into hair with a barrette or bobby pin. A chignon or waved bob were also popular. A rhinestone necklace can be used as a headband. Also a cloche hat is perfect. Party City sells one for under $20.

5. Dress- A black or cream sheath is the perfect backdrop to accessorize upon. For a flapper look you can go mid-calf or even shorter. For a Great Gatsby look, think long and flowy. Lace, beads and sheer fabrics enhance the look but aren’t ┬ánecessary. A man can wear a cream morning suit, suspenders, vest, hat, or slick hair. For a more gangster look, he could wear a pin stripes suit, gangsters style hat, and a whole lot of attitude.

So I pieced together a boa, long strand of pearls, and some white gloves I wore in my own wedding. I went to Clarie’s and bought a headband to which I attached a flower pin I already owned. After texting my mom and sister pictures of different hairstyles, they decided for me. I would still like to try a wavy bob but just don’t have those hair styling skills.

My husband is always game when it comes to dressing up. I bought a gangster hat and sequins suspenders at the Party City for his look. He added a pinstriped suit and we were ready to go!Roaring 20's Great Gatsby dress style costume

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    • Interesting question. I’ve had a few people ask but it’s not mine to sell. My aunt wore it to her son’s wedding, so it has sentimental value to the family. If anything changes though, I’ll email you. ­čÖé

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