Angela writes: "Hi Dolls! Let me start by saying I absolutely love your site - been reading it for years now. I have a request! I've been looking for a roaring twenties, glam-ed out dress for the longest time now, and I can't seem to find that exact dress I need. I'm going to a party in February that will be Great Gatsby/Prohibition Era themed, and while I want to be in theme, I don't want to be too literal. Trying to find something within a student budget, without looking costume-y or cheap is proving to be quite difficult. I usually wear a 2-4 US size, and hope to spend maximum $150 on this. The cheaper the better, means I have more money for food later. I prefer darker colours, but can deal with neutrals like whites and creams, and I don't mind showing a little skin. I do live in Canada, so it would have to be able to ship to Canada, which most stores do not, unfortunately. I usually have a lot more of a minimalist taste in clothes, so I'm quite lost with this quest I've given myself, which is why I'm now calling in reinforcements! Please help me!"
Thanks to Baz Luhrmann, the Gatsby look is as hot as it gets right now, which means that there are plenty of frocks to choose from that pay tribute to the era of bootlegging and big living without being slaves to history. Here are a few of my favorites. All you'll need to complete the look? A headband, heels, and a flask full of something prohibited.
1. Black Tiered Fringe Dress ($120)
2. Crochet Drop Waist Dress ($60)
3. Muse Belted Fringe Dress ($42)
4. You've Got a Fringe Dress ($65)
5. Sonya Tassel and Sequin Bodycon Dress ($30)
6. Jane Norman Mesh Flapper Dress ($68)
7. Rare Fringe Bandeau Dress ($72)
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Crazy Jane here: I'm a New England girl with couture tastes and a Salvation Army budget who usually ends up wearing flannel. My shopping forte: finding the impossible dream. Throw your tough stuff at me and let me go bloodhound on it. When not playing on Outblush, I'm probably yelling at my cats, getting a backrub from my hot teacher husband, or trying to turn anything animal, vegetable, or mineral I can get my hands on into booze.