The Great Gatsby: How to Add the Roaring 20’s to Your Wardrobe

Posted May 7, 2013 by in Shopping

The Great Gasby premier is only three days away! It was an epic book and we have a feeling it’ll be an epic movie. The story takes place in the roaring 20’s, and so we’ve suddenly found ourselves wanting to experiment with the flapper-esque style in our own wardrobes.

Below are ways to add the roaring 20’s into your daily life — without looking like you’re about to go trick or treating.

1. Pearls

Pearls are timeless and have not once become out-dated. The next time you wear your LBD, just add a long faux pearl necklace!


Pearl Necklace & Earring Set: $12 Unique Vintage

2. A Detailed Dress

The 20’s was all about extravagance and detail. Dresses with beading, embellishments and fringe were extremely popular. Below are a few modern dresses with that 20’s flair.


Twirl a Tale Dress: $55 ModCloth


Beaded Dress: $32.80 Forever 21


Hazel Dress: $120.75 Darling

3. T-Strap Heels

Pair one of the dresses above (or one similar) with a pair of T-strap heels. They aren’t very high so they’re easy to walk in. You can also find T-strap flats at Urban Outfitters!


T-strap Heels: $48 Unique Vintage

4. Scarf Coats

I personally love these! They add some pizzazz to an overall blah outfit (aka: jeans and t-shirt) and they’re perfect for the unpredictable spring weather. Don’t be afraid to pair one with a simple dress or a maxi skirt as well!


Beaded Scarf Coat: $150 Unique Vintage


Tribal Shawl: $16 Heavenly Couture 

5. Wide Headbands

Add a wide headband to your hair. If you have a scarf laying around, that would work just fine too!


We really like this one.


Bracket Headband: $11.99 ModCloth

6. Accessorize Properly

Add a cocktail ring and a beaded evening bag the next time you go out. If you need glasses, Warby Parker just came out with a limited edition 20’s inspired collection!

If you love hats, keep your eye out for a 20’s inspired hat. They are unfortunately hard to find at modern day retailers, but easy to find at vintage/thrift stores and Etsy.


7. Change Your Makeup

The makeup look back in the 20’s was very dramatic: strong smokey eyes, dark lip, blush and a ton of contouring. To update it, wear a burgundy lipstick that’s glossy and give your eyes a subtle cat eye. Also, don’t add eyeliner or mascara to your bottom lash.


Are you excited for The Great Gatsby movie? Let us know in the comments below!