Great Gatsby/ Roaring 20’s Party

Great Gatsby/ Roaring 20’s Party

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 ¬†necessary. 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.
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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