There’s no doubt: The Great Gatsby is on the must-see list this summer. But before the film premieres, I’m determined to throw a party in honor of its coveted 20s style. Bold, glamorous, and provocative for its time – no wonder it’s making a comeback. But before those invites go out, a costume is in order, and it’s coming together via these embellished accessories.

  • Pearls. And not just one strand. Pile these staples on. Wrap them, knot them, let them drape down a sequined dress. You can’t go wrong.
  • Rich color, bold geometric shapes, and lavish design. Yes, we’re talking Art Deco. If it’s not radiating from your outfit, infuse it with smaller touches like an elaborate cocktail ring or rhinestone clutch.
  • From shoulder bags to T-strap sandals, look for tasselsbeading, and, of course, fringe. Nothing defines the Roaring Twenties like these over-the-top accents.
  • Your hair will undoubtedly be pinned up in chic finger waves. Which means spottable-from-across-the-room earrings are essential.


Our Make It Your Own: Her Great Gatsby–Inspired Style and Make It Your Own: His Great Gatsby–Inspired Style Boutiques opened Friday, May 3, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The (Style) Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

May 3, 2013

Every time I see a preview for the upcoming Great Gatsby movie I get the sudden urge to get a bob cut a la Daisy and fill my closet with bead-embellished dresses. I honestly don’t know whether I’m more excited to drool over Leonardo DiCaprio or all the fabulous costumes and headpieces.

The roaring 20s–inspired trends will definitely be making a comeback as hype continues for the film’s release, so I personally plan to master the look well ahead of time. Here’s what I’ve tried so far. I like wearing these looks with my hair loosely down, but see what is best for your face shape:


Bow headband: Tie some mesh tulle in a bow on the side of an elasticized chain headband (the bigger the better) and slip it over your head. If you have one, a gem brooch looks amazing in the center of the bow. I wore this headband with fitted flare jeans and a relaxed tee to dress it down, but it could also be dressed up with an LBD or anything with fringe.

Gem headpiece: I actually made a broken necklace into a headpiece, but any necklace or beaded chain will work. Just undo the clasp (and remove some links to shorten both sides, if you’re able) and secure the ends to your hair with bobby pins. I wore this with an understated slip dress to keep things simple – you don’t want your outfit to compete with the headpiece.

Art deco print scarf: Fold a scarf so it’s about 4 – 6 inches wide, then wrap it around your head and tie a double knot at the nape of your neck. Allow the ends to hang down your back. I wore this with some skinnies and wedges during the day, which turned it into more of a modern boho look.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

How did your road test fare? Share in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala.

Not a Member and like The (Style) Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now

February 16, 2013


Get Ready: To be shocked. Anna Dello Russo was caught wearing sneakers. We repeat: SNEAKERS. And here we thought she slept in heels.

Know: Raf Simons is dabbling in costume design (for the second time), designing clothes for Sigourney Weaver’s character in the upcoming Luca Guadagnino film, Body Art. How awesome would it be if he bedazzled her lips like the models in his Spring 2013 Paris runway show?

Test: Your fashion IQ. After taking this exam, we like to think of ourselves as a sort of style genius. Take that, SAT scores.

Check Out: Miuccia Prada’s costume sketches for The Great Gatsby. May can’t come soon enough.

Tell us what you’re buzzing about this week or tweet us at @ruelala.

Not a Member and like The (Style) Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

January 28, 2013