The Great Gatsby was supposed to come out in theaters this Christmas, but has been moved up to Summer 2013. Perhaps because of this, designers overtly embraced the flapper trend, beginning with Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs in their Spring 2012 lines last year. (It makes sense that Ralph Lauren would be all about The Great Gatsby, since the designer costumed the 1974 version of the film.)
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. Ever since I heard the movie was en route I became an amateur student of all things Flapper, both fashionable and historical. A lot of the looks of these look could be adopted, right away. Not all at once, though, since that would be a costume. But Flapper is a great way to update one's look as we head into fall.
Short Hair: If there is one hallmark of a Flapper, it is short hair. Flappers were considered fashion forward, and cutting their hair was an act of rebellion from the flowing locks of the Gibson Girls who came before them.
We all know the girl who freaks out if her hairdresser cuts off even more than an inch from her head. Bobbed hair, though, is quite chic and really shows off your face. Unless you have a total moonpie face, most women really do have the bone structure for it. There's always a contingent that thinks that short hair isn't sexy, but I'm not talking about lopping it all off, Mary Lou Retton-style. It also seems a little inauthentic to wear those flapper dresses with a pile of ombre-colored hair.
Art Deco Jewelry: Granted it never really went out of style, but the last few season have seen so much '80s nostalgia that I would love to see Art Deco go mass. The colors, the strong lines, etc. would be the perfect anecdote to DayGlo colors and feathers.
Low Heeled Shoes: In order to do the Charleston, the Bees-Knees and all those other dances the Flapper needed the proper footwear. Skyscraper heels have been all the rage for the past few years, but they're murder to dance in. Luckily, Jazz Age shoes were not only a low heel, but they were often strapped so they wouldn't fall off your feet.
Cloche Hats: Those fitted, bell shaped hats you always see Flappers wearing in photographs are actually called cloche hats. (Cloche means 'bell' in French.) They were originally made of felt and designed to hug the head. A large reason bobbed hair became so popular was to show off the design of cloche hats. They would be the perfect anecdotes to fedoras, which have not only invaded popular culture over the last few years, but are usually worn incorrectly, i.e. indoors. (Ladies -- and gents -- remove hats when indoors. The fedora is not immune to the basic rule of fashion and etiquette.)
Etsy is full of cloche hats, although most of them are listed as "Flapper Hats." Either way, they're on the shelves everywhere from Old Navy to Macy's. The shape is timeless enough that it you won't look like you're trying too hard to be vintage and twee.
Giggle Water: Can we please go back to calling champagne "Giggle Water." It's one of my favorite Jazz Age sayings.
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