I had been yearning for a flapper dress for years, literally years. Ages ago, when I heard The Great Gatsby was being remade I was excited because I knew the fashions would eventually trickle down into high street fashion. It was a long old wait though, most of the flapper dresses that appeared on the high street were high end ones, with huge price tags (you could honestly have bought an ORGINAL 1920s dress for the price of some of them in John Lewis!). A few low end dresses appeared too, but they were disappointing.
Finally, my wait was over when I picked up this stunning dress from Promod, reduced from £70 down to £15. Bargain! It's not the fanciest of dresses, but the embellishment is lovely, I love the loose cut, and it was in my budget.
A flapper also needs a good pair of dancing shoes. I stalked these Bertie shoes for about a year as well. They were originally on sale for £75, but I wasn't prepared to pay that. I got them from the Dune outlet store on Ebay for £45, but a word to the wise - if you go to the sale section of the main Dune website here, you can pick them up for £37! Even cheaper. And they come in black too.
Dress: Promod, Shoes: Bertie, Backseam fishnets: Jonathan Aston, Headband and sparkly hairclip: Accessorize, Makeup: No.7 at Boots 'Art Deco' collection
For my flapper hairstyle, I followed this superb tutorial by Missy Sue. What do you think? Pretty simple and effective. It took me no time at all, though I played around a bit with it to get it exactly how I wanted it. A word of caution for anyone attempting this hairstyle - make sure that your headband is snug, but not tight. This headband was atually a tad tight, and I had to take it off towards the end of the evening.
It's not my birthday until Thursday, but I thought I'd get a headstart on the celebrations by having a joint party last night with my other half, who celebrates his birthday 6 days before mine. Usually at parties I never have any photographs of myself so I was determined to capture this look before I started on the prosecco. The party was wonderful, and the garden was lit up magically by lanterns and flares and fairy lights everywhere. It was like being at End of the Road Festival! I'm very delicate today and am sat on the sunny front porch in a nest of cushions, sipping water. But I can confirm that yes, flappers do have more fun.
Have you tried out a Gatsby look? Would you wear it in 'real' life or leave it for fancy dress??
I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend!