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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

Ten Modern Takes on The Great Gatsby Style


The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann, is a feast for the eyes; with style collaborations including Prada for the flapper dresses, Tiffany's for the 1920s inspired diamonds and pearls, and Brooks Brothers for the men's suits. No doubt there will be some Daisy and Gatsby couples for Halloween this year, as well as parties and weddings with The Roaring 20's themes.

Sporting the 1920s flapper style is fun, but it can also look very costumey and downright cheesy. Luckily with the rise in 1920 style, thanks to The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey, modern brands like Rachel Zoe and Alice + Olivia have created vintage and art deco-inspired pieces which offer very modern interpretations of the trend.

Tips on Keeping the Gatsby-Inspired Style Modern
  • Wear only a few pieces at a time. You don't want to be in head-to-toe vintage (unless it's Halloween).
  • Keep the hair and makeup modern.
  • Find pieces, like the ones above, which are loose interpretations of the trend.
  • Think sleek. The Alice + Olivia dress for example, has the silhouette of a flapper dress without all the beading and fringe.
  • For sparkly pearl accessories, try a bridal site. They have a lot of the Gatsby-inspired jewelry, all with a modern design.
  • Remix modern pieces from your wardrobe. Layer sparkly bracelets with pearls, or create your own tassel necklace by tying a knot at the end.

Pictured above: 1. 1920s cloche hat - etsy.com // 2. A wear beaded tank,$100 - awear.com // 3. Rachel Zoe antique jewelry art deco tassel earrings - neimanmarcus.com // 4. Bebe embellished head band - bebe.com // 5. Alice Olivia flapper inspired dress - aliceandolivia.com // 6. Kate spade pearl statement necklace - katespade.com // 7. 1928 crystal jewelry pearl cuff - 1928.com // 8. Judith leiber art deco minaudiere - neimanmarcus.com // 9. A Wear black beaded skirt - $92 - awear.com // 10. Boutique 9 platform sandals - bloomingdales.com


Related: How to Get the Gatsby-Inspired Makeup of the 1920s

Comments

  1. It's been years since I read the novel. I won't be seeing the movie... not a DiCaprio fan, and I find Baz Luhrmann's work to be the equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard....

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    1. I'm not a fan of Baz either, but I do love Leo and Carey Mulligan. But since I'm still recovering, I might have to wait and see it on DVD.

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  2. I love period clothing. This is great! (Though my favorite "look" has always been Ingrid Bergman's from "Casablanca.")

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    1. Thanks! Oh yeah, the menswear inspired style. I love that too. Katharine Hepburn was a major pioneer of that style.

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  3. I remember my flapper Halloween outfit and I loved it! I wish they would have picked someone other than DiCaprio but the role isn't one of a nice guy anyway.

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