How to Dress Up Like A 1920s Flapper Girl


Movies and pop culture often influence Halloween-costume trends. The flapper girl costume continues to be popular year after year, thanks to the most recent remake of The Great Gatsby (pictured above) and the wildly popular BBC series Downton Abbey.

There are plenty of flapper girl costumes available, as it's a top Halloween trend this year, though I encourage you to create the look from scratch. The flapper trend spilled into mainstream fashion as well, so you can take the opportunity to invest in a new cocktail dress that will last longer and that you'll get more use out of. You can go for a subtle flapper-inspired dress and play up the look for Halloween using accessories. Look for a drop-waist tank dress with embellishments like lace, fringe, or beading like the ones pictured below. With the right accessories, you could also get away with using your little black dress.

http://www.amazon.com/Gatsby-Dress-Geometric-Sequin-Cocktail/dp/B00LJZXLWE/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=las00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=CKFWEYXTNUNJK6EX&creativeASIN=B00LJZXLWEhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JSOZHUC?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00JSOZHUC&linkCode=xm2&tag=las00-20http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GO626A6?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00GO626A6&linkCode=xm2&tag=las00-20

Pictured (left to right): Gatsby Dress Black Geometric Sequin Dress Cocktail Women  /  Gatsby Dress Beige Elegant O neck Appliques Flower Beading Sleeveless Dress  /  Gatsby Dress White and Pink Geometric Rhombus Elegant Party Embroidery Dress 

Essential Accessories for A Gatsby-Themed Costume

Again, with the accessories I'd skip on the cheap prop set and go for real accessories you can get a lot of use out of. Just keep in mind the essentials:

http://www.amazon.com/Minitoo-QJ6125-Ballroom-T-strap-Sandals/dp/B00IZGEIJK/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=las00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=UCJP56ZPXAF24EWW&creativeASIN=B00IZGEIJKhttp://www.amazon.com/Exquisite-Sequined-Evening-Handbag-Clutch/dp/B00ELN45XU/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=las00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=HBXIQVMILMJHTZD5&creativeASIN=B00ELN45XU


Then it's up to you if you want to add on items like opera gloves or a cigarette holder. You could craft your own embellished headband by hot gluing a feather to a sequin elastic hairband. Here is a great tutorial on how to make your own flapper girl hairband.

If you specifically want to be Daisy from The Great Gatsby, here are some great accessories inspired by the film:

http://www.amazon.com/Gatsby-Wedding-Flower-Swarovski-Crystal/dp/B00KF96CRG/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=las00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=IVTUYNMVWDSW52L7&creativeASIN=B00KF96CRG

B00J85NDWK Roaring 20's Art Deco Vintage Bridal Prom Tiara Headband Headpiece with Blue Accent
B00EO92EI4 Art Deco Inspired 32" Inch Imitation Pearl Tassel Flapper Necklace
B00H8MF71U EVER FAITH Bridal Movie Inspired Flower Pattern Simulated Pearl Bracelet Adjustable Ring Set
B00D8GZ01C Heirloom Finds Art Deco Style Crystal and Faux Pearl Jazz Age Bracelet

If you'd rather just use a Flapper Girl Costume, here are some great options between $20-$40.00:


B001HKYIVY Black Flapper Adult Halloween Costume - Size Medium/Large (8-12)
B003UE1764 Dazzling Gun Metal Flapper Adult Costume
B000W5OGBM California Costumes Women's Fashion Flapper Costume,Black,Medium

How to Get Flapper Girl Hair

The flapper girl hairstyles of the 1920s were mostly bob that were shorter in front and longer in the back and were often styled with finger waves. Here's a great tutorial  by Toni Guy on flapper girl hair that shows how to create waves and a faux bob, even if you have long hair. You could always just go with a flapper girl wig.



For achieving the 1920s style makeup, I've already posted an in-depth guide on How to Get the Gatsby-Inspired Makeup of the 1920s.




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  1. It shows you I'm not paying any attention to Downton. I didn't know it was set in the 20s.

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