How to go Gatsby for our Best of the Twin Cities party
It's finally here: Tonight is your chance to step back in time to the Roaring Twenties. This year, our Best of the Twin Cities party takes on a decidedly Fitzgerald flavor. Use The Great Gatsby as your lead, and live it up at one of the year's most-epic parties. We'll provide the music, the drinks, the food, and the fun. The only thing you need to do is find something to wear.
From period looks by Clara Bow and Zelda Fitzgerald to Coco Chanel introducing the Little Black Dress, the '20s were such an iconic time that it's no wonder we're still inspired by the era. Whether you're a Daisy or Jordan, Gatsby or Nick, we've put together a list some of the most-essential '20s trends and styles to consider should you choose to transform for the evening. For sartorial inspiration, take a look at some of our favorite outfits from the latest film adaptation by Baz Luhrman, as well as a few authentic period looks.
In the meantime, we'll be brushing up on our Charleston.
Welcome to the pre-crash '20s: if you've got it, flaunt it. Pile on the diamonds and pearls (everywhere, darling) for a look dripping with Daisy-inspired elegance. If you've got a long pearl necklace, you can knot the strand in the front or toss it over your back (the latter choice is best when paired with a backless dress).
Speaking of backless dresses, these little babies reigned supreme during the Roaring Twenties, and were often ridiculously beautiful. Whether you go for a full-on skin-baring option or a more modest mesh-covered look, you'll be channeling the era in style.
Black and White
Can you say trend recycling? Black and white is definitely in this season, but it's also a timeless combo that can scream '20s -- if you do it right. We recommend art deco-style geometrics or intricate florals.
Fur, baby. It's going to be cold anyways, so top off your outfit with a stole or a fur coat to add some surefire extravagance. Remember, you don't have to go for the real deal, as faux fur these days can be surprisingly great. (And wallet-friendly.)
Finger Waves & Bobs
The era of flappers and "modern girls" wouldn't be complete without these super short hair styles. With a little bit of practice -- and a whole lot of hair gel -- you can whip together this beautiful look in a jiff. If you've got long hair, get this look by creating a finger wave in front and pinning the rest of your hair close to the nape of your neck. Check out a tutorial here.
Drop it like it's hot... the waist, that is. We admit that these aren't the most-flattering dresses in the world. Maybe that's why they're pretty much considered a very '20s style. But remember, these flapper girls were just coming out of high-strung Victorian styles from a couple decades earlier. If you go this route, just make sure you choose a drop-waist dress that fits well (which often means it will be a bit loose or big on your frame). Sometimes you can find them with extra embellishments like feather, fringe, or beads along the hemline, which can add a little frill.
Beads and Sequins
Sometimes it's not enough to throw on a string of pearls. Sometimes you really need to sparkle. That's where the beads come in.
Gents: Check out the impeccable tux here. A well-tailored look is timeless with some slicked-back hair and a martini in hand.
A couple well-placed feathers can go a long way for your 20s look. Stick a few in a headband stretched across your forehead or drape a boa around your shoulders for a really bold statement piece.
These head-hugging little bucket hats scream '20s. The great thing about them is that they're still in style, and can be found in stores. Check out the spring sales on winter accessories for an ultra-cheap, ultra-retro addition to your look. Protip: If you've got long locks, you can create a faux bob by pinning some of your hair up and covering it with a cloche.
Gents: We're telling you: well-tailored suits, slicked back hair... oh yeah, and a mustache. It's almost too easy.
Pork Pie Hats
Whether you're aiming for Buster Keaton or high-society yachter, pork pie hats were a definite do for guys in the '20s. Don't like the super-flat look? Go for a fedora if you're channeling Al Capone. Or a newsboy cap if you're feeling trendy.
IF YOU GO:
Best of the Twin Cities Party
7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 (6 p.m. VIP)
105 N. 1st St., Minneapolis
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