Unflappable style from (from left to right): Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Etro and Marc Jacobs
It may be cold outside but I am dreaming of tropical prints and island getaways as I write about the spring/summer 2012 trends. However the biggest trend on the catwalks this season is the 1920s look, inspired by the Great Gatsby (which incidentally is being made into a film starring Carey Mulligan, out this Christmas). Everyone from Tory Burch to Marchesa showed their own version of the flapper dress on the runways, along with other elements of the roaring decade’s style. The problem with the 1920s is that many of the looks can look too costumey or “period.” Here are some tips on how to work the trend…
Try and experiment with…
Drop waist flapper dresses: There are a multitude of styles to choose from ranging from embellished shifts to sheer styles with knife pleats. You can’t go wrong with pretty pastels, another big spring trend.
Geometric prints: Monochromatic prints on low-waist dresses were spotted at Tory Burch and create a contemporary 1920s look.
Hats: I personally hate hats but nothing screams 1920s more than an elegant cloche, preferably in black.
The blouse/trouser combo: If drop waist dresses don’t flatter your figure then opt for a pussy bow blouse paired with high-waisted trousers for an elegant look.
Mary Janes shoes: This season sees the return of the T-bar sandal (Repetto’s are great for the trend). If you find them too girly, pair your dress with Oxfords instead.
Sheer slip dress: Designers advocated the lingerie as outerwear trend years ago so why stop now? Go for sheer styles with beading or embroidery, which brings us to…
Embellishments: It’s all in the details so try beads and fringing which can look fun and retro at the same time.
Art Deco jewellery: Geometric pieces such as those from Yves Saint Laurent’s Arty collection bring home the whole theme.
Box clutches: Cigarette box styles are my personal favourite, or scour vintage stores for an embellished purse with antique beads for a chic evening look.
Try and avoid…
Feather boas – at all costs. The same goes for pearls, especially long strands worn layered and tied into a knot at the end. Nothing worse than hammering the point home.