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What-to-Wear for: A Great Gatsby-esque Affair

The Great Gatsby is only weeks away from finally being in theaters and ending it’s horrible torrent of taunting us with trailers. I am ridiculously excited for this for many reasons, and hopefully it doesn’t disappoint. In the meantime, here are some fabulous looks inspired by the glitter and glamour of the past:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

First off, the dress. Fringe, sparkle, dropped waist, details – the more, the better. This era is all about refined sexiness, too, so keep a little left to the imagination. Bring out your style in the Gatsby-inspired looks by picking a dress that relates to both the era and your personality – brown fringe for a more boho feel, soft sparkles for a girly-girl, see-through paneling for an edgier look, and some lace for a more grown-up feel.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Next, the shoes. Something demure and elegant, but still chic, is what you need. Try a capped toe with an ankle strap, something with a little sparkle, a t-strap with some shine, or a plain black peep toe, and you’re set.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

And finally, possibly the best part of dressing up like you’re from the ’20s, the jewels. Big, with a lot of shine and sparkle. More is indeed more in this case, so pile on the rings, pick the biggest earrings, and find a statement necklace with more sparkle than your whole wardrobe combined. This is not a time of frugality and minimalism; this is a time of decadence at its finest. It’s time to celebrate.

 

Trending Tuesday: Tomboys are Cool

Spring is still in and out (it’s so cold and windy here lately but it’s almost May!), but everyone’s still trying to stay positive and dress like the sun is shining and birds are chirping. My spring style lately has been different than I thought it’d be. Limited because I share a closet in my small dorm room, I mostly just have some transition pieces and a lot of tank tops to work with. So my style has gone towards the tomboy-ish side of things. No flowing maxi skirts for me (I left mine at home!); it’s all about cropped jeans and Keds lookalike sneakers. I’m kinda digging my more laid-back looks, so I thought I’d share some budget-friendly ways to achieve an easy-breezy, casual look.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

It all started with me vowing to wear two pairs of sneakers I had bought the spring before more often. Both are from H&M and are Keds-style – one gray and cotton, the other pair blue. I’ve found it fairly easy to incorporate them into my looks, and I can’t help but feel like that cool, casual girl that can be completely dressed down but still look chic. They’re comfortable, they go with a lot, and the best part – they’re cheap. Go for a real pair of Keds for at least $40, or pick cheaper version a la H&M or Charlotte Russe – ranging from $12-$23.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

The perfect bottoms to wear with those sneakers – a pair of cropped jeans (preferably destroyed). I have an old pair from Charlotte Russe that get more ripped every season, which I love. Uniqlo has a cool, boyfriend-shaped version for $40, and Mango has some chic options for only $25. Wear white for a nautical look, boyfriend jeans for around town, or a true-blue pair for picnics and summer events.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

All you need to complete your look is a cute tank or tee. This is where you let your personality and style shine through. Wear a button-down tank for a more put-together and feminine look, studded or vintage tanks for cool girl vibe, and graphic tees to bring a little more edge. All of these shirts are $25 or less, and you’re sure to find countless others at these stores (especially H&M – I just scored some great tanks there on sale).

Be coo, be casual, and also be fabulous with these great pieces that’ll take you through spring, summer, and fall.