Wearing ’20s Style in a Dropwaist Dress

June 25th, 2013
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1920s style dress by great lake outfitters

Photography by Diane Dulgerian 

1920s style is hot for summer 2013.

Period films like The Great Gatsby caused a resurgence in the ’20s flapper look, but the shimmering sequins on slinky, high-cut dresses aren’t practical for everyday wear in the modern world. And while Daisy Buchanan is quite the fashion catch, her meticulously matched looks are better for the pages of Vogue than for walking the streets of a town near you.

What the 1920s style trend failed to inspire is how to wear ’20s style in a casual way. There’s no need to dress for the club in strands of pearls and dresses of fringe to channel the roaring 1920s. Don’t worry about learning the Charleston, putting on a flapper lip or kicking up your legs with a whiskey sour in your hand.

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