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Flapper Dresses & Accessories for Costumes or Parties

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

If you’re looking for a cute, sexy, flapper costume for a Halloween party, you might have some of the key pieces hanging in your closet at this very moment. And, if you don’t have any deco goodies in your house, you probably should buy a few Gatsby-inspired pieces.

Vintage styles from the 20’s are chic and trendy and timeless.

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Buy Something You’ll Use More Than Once

Why should you waste your money on a cheesy, cartoonish, flapper costume, when you can pull together some “real” clothing (and a few trendy accessories) to create an adorable outfit that looks so much more flattering than a shapeless one-size-fits-most cornball “costume in a bag”? And, “tah-dah,” the best part about wearing “real” clothes is that you will continue to wear all of the items from your Gatsby “costume” for years.

(Note: If you’re reading this article after Halloween, ignore the references to “costumes”. Trendy art deco items will be hot for the next few years… maybe for the next few decades.)

Don’t Buy a Flapper Costume

The dresses shown in this article are mid-priced party dresses from regular stores, and these photos give you several examples of clothing and accessories that have been created for everyday wear. Most dresses with Gatsby-esque style have these attributes:

  • An A-line or drop-waist shape (no tight waists)
  • Sequins or other sparklies
  • Deco embellishments (look for scallops or geometric designs)

Who Needs a Fringe Dress?

Hey, you could go out and buy a flapper dress with all-over fringe, but a dress like that wouldn’t offer much versatility unless you are planning to take a night job as a go-go dancer. C’mon. How many places could you wear a fringed dress without people thinking you’ve gone a bit off your rocker?

Buy Something You Can Wear for Years

All of the dresses, separates, and accessories on these pages are things you can wear to dozens of events over the next few years, such as:

  • Christmas parties
  • New Year’s Eve parties
  • Formal nights on cruise ships
  • Evening weddings
  • Dinners at fancy restaurants (when you know your frumpy sister-in-law is going to show up looking like a bag of potatoes and you want to post the pic on Facebook)

How to Do Great Gatsby Without Looking Silly

The trick to wearing flapper clothing and accessories is that you should not wear every art deco piece you own at the same time, in the same ensemble… unless you’re going to a costume party. (article continues)

Keep reading about Gatsby style for parties on page two.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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