During Halloween season we always see the typical flapper dress and when you think of The Roaring Twenties, flappers, jazz, lavish parties, the Charlestonand The Great Gatsby may come to mind. But what you may not realize is how much the 1920′s have influenced our beauty and fashion today and how we can modernize the typical costume. The iconic 20′s look has been recreated for years and is the most influential and favorite time period for fashion, beauty and attitude for me. Here is a guide on how to dress and act like you just walked out of The Great Gatsby this Halloween
The flapper, as most people know, is the beaded dress with red lips and bobbed hair look. But a flapper was not just a look — it was an attitude. They were characterized as being different, risk-takers, rebellious, going against the status-quo, sexual and freed from previous restrictions. Their attitude brought about the sexy and flashy beauty and fashion trends that we see inspiring people today.
H A I R
During the 1920′s bobbed hair with finger waves was extremely popular worn by the most famous “it girls” of the time. Now, finger waves may not be our go to style but the style has evolved over the years. Celebrities such as Christina Aguilera have rocked the new and improved flapper style bobbed hair to today’s society.
If you want to have your Halloween costume be The Great Gatsby-esque, you can create a modern finger wave with a simple curling iron, pins and a comb. Lauren Conrad shows a simple way to achieve the look of a vintage vixen on The Beauty Department!
M A K E U P
The makeup industry was just starting out in the ’20s, and celebrities of the time such as Theda Bara and Clara Bow inspired women by wearing bright lipstick shades and heavy eye makeup. To get the heavy eye makeup look, the whole eye was lined with black eyeliner and smudged to the margins of the eye for a blurred effect. But probably the most iconic beauty look was the dark lipstick that emphasized the cupid’s bow.
For most people dark eyes and dark lips is taboo, but pushing the makeup boundaries during Halloween is totally acceptable and even encouraged! I would not suggest walking out of the house with exactly this type of makeup, but a revised modern version of it is very doable and easy for people to understand what look you want to pull off. A soft and gentle smokey eye, a winged eyeliner and red lips will do the trick as seen in the following photo.
If you aren’t sure how to apply the makeup I just mentioned, this simple pictorial made by Cosmopolitan gives you a step-by-step on how to achieve your Gatsby style makeup.
F A S H I O N
Fashion was not just fashion in the 1920′s. Fashion was a movement. It pushed the social norms with more risqué style – shortening the hemlines, lowering the neckline, etc. Without the fashion shift, today’s trends would not be what they are. 1920′s fashion paved the way for all the future generations. From Coco Chanel to Marlene Dietrich, these leading ladies defied the preconceived notions of their periods fashion and beauty.
Even today we see the 1920′s influence of fashion. Carrie Bradshaw wore this modern flapper dress on Sex and the City in season three. To modernize the flapper dress this Halloween, go with a dress that has the essence of flapper without the flashy beads tiered down your dress. This dress from Alexia Admor is 1920′s inspired with a modern twist. No fringes makes this dress wearable, and the black and gold will look good on everyone. The sheer bottom also gives this edge an edge rather than just being a covered up midi.
So if I still haven’t convinced you to dress up as a flapper from the Roaring Twenties and that flappers are the the “bees-knees” (1920′s slang for perfection) this Halloween, just pop in a dvd of The Great Gatsby and let Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio change your mind. Cheers!
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What is your favorite style Halloween costume? Do any time periods inspire you?