It was easy to see the spot had once been grand. I envisioned the well-heeled patrons sipping tea on its wide sweeping deck facing the sea, and a host of fashionably dressed ladies leaning over the balustrade to listen in on the conversations below.
Far from being pitied, these single women were feared as a dangerously unpredictable force: they'd just been given the vote, and many were earning their own money and they'd enjoyed an unprecedented taste of independence during the war years.
It's fall, which for a lot of people is a season of change. Even though The Great Gatsby won't be hitting theaters for almost a year, there's no reason not to embrace the 1920s style that so many of us thought was coming.