The Big Winners
The clear winner of red carpet looks for me? Claire Danes’ monochromatic stunner. It seems fairly simple in the front, but then she gives an over the shoulder look, and the dress goes from simple to stunning.
Octavia Spencer was fantastic and just so sassy in The Help. And she was lovely in lilac on the red carpet.
At first, I regarded the return of the denim button-down with horror: Another awful 90s trend?!
But on second glance, a denim shirt can be pretty cool when paired with the right accessories. Check it out:
Bright red lips, nails or a sweater provide a trendy (and holiday-appropriate!) contrast to light blue denim.
LOVE essie’s “forever yummy” for the holidays. The brand can be found at Target or pharmacies for around 8 bucks.
Clara Bow starred as a flapper in dozens of movies in the 1920s.
Fabulous flapper-esqe accessories are popping up in stores this fall. Combine these suddenly popular items – along with some strategic finds – for a flapper girl look that is totally 2011.
A cloche hat
A cloche hat allowed women to show off their hairdos – the hat's close brim hid the super-short length. Target, $16.99.
The flapper silhouette was boyish and straight as a yardstick. Mimic the silhouette with the waist-less blousy shirts that are in style today. Elizabeth and James, on sale for $171.99 at piperlime.com (PS: the site has many other cheaper alternatives!)
A longer skirt
Flappers dared to bare their knees in boxy dresses; try this flowy skirt that sits low on the hips for a look that's more flattering and 2011. Express, $39.90.
Mary Janes and T-strap shoes were all the rage with flappers. The heel height at 2 inches was considered oh-so-daring. Naturalizer shoes $79 on zappos.com
Red, red lips
Red lips are super-in right now, thanks to the influx of early 90s styles sweeping the stores. But red lips were also favored by flappers – as was a smoky eye. Conspicuous makeup was a bold change from flappers' barefaced Victorian grandmothers. Women even proudly powdered their noses in public with pretty silver compacts. We recommend Rimmel lipstick in Temptation for the quintessential flapper pout.
Looooong strands of pearls
Long necklaces have been a style staple for while, and flappers adored their long strands of opulent pearls. These pearl strands from etsy come at a fabulous price: $15 for 120 inches.
Bonus points for….
A glam faux-fur jacket
Big fur is making a comeback this fall. While the trend is more 70s bohemian than 20s (flappers wore their coats knee-length), a coat like this screams silent film star when paired with a cloche hat and red lips. H&M, $69.95