Fall Favorites: Inspired by the 1920s


20's inspired Fall Favs for 2013

Each time the seasons change we are reminded just how quickly time passes. The alluring warm weather and treasured time off in summer enables May to melt smoothly into August. Even though Fall is traditionally a time when blossoms wilt and leaves drop, the act of nature letting go of its once beautiful adornments clears the way for new fresh and vibrant regeneration when December will inevitably fade into March. Since I can’t stop time and hang on to the summer, I’d like to visit the past to illustrate a few of my favorite things about the new season approaching.

Slip dresses with their loose shapes, yet curve-catching fabrications are the perfect definition of the word "coy." In the 1920s, women celebrated social progress and liberation with the rise of the hemline, and I can’t think of a better accessory to complement a lovely slip dress than over the knee socks.

A few posts ago on my fall RTW favorites, I mentioned cocoon coats, which look stunning over a simple slip dress, but if it’s not quite cold enough, opt for an oversized robe-like sweater. Turbin headbands or a cloche hat is fabulous for masking bad hair days, keeping your ears warm, or just looking completely put together.

What is Fall without great boots? I particularly like these cutout ankle versions.

The quintessential finishing touch is a long, gorgeous handmade necklace like those from Marisa Haskell who will just happen be in Santa Cruz for a pop up store on Sept. 14 at the Cameron Marks Indian Summer Party.

So, if you are like me, and would love to hold on to summer for just a bit longer, come by 402 Ingalls Street in Santa Cruz after 6 p.m. for a night of barefoot dancing, delicious local food, drink and sneak peeks at collections from Deus, !iTEM, and Capital.

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Channeling the '20s: Inspiration from The Great Gatsby

I’m one of those annoying bibliophiles who points out everything that’s “wrong” in the movie adaptation of a book. I make an effort to rein that habit in, but usually wind up making a mental list comparing the screen to the page. But when Baz Luhrmann’s version of "The Great Gatsby" hits theaters on May 10, it’s safe to say I’ll be thoroughly distracted from relating it to F. Scott Fitzgerald by the visual feast the film is sure to be. Although my hair is, unfortunately, best suited to the 1980s, I like to think of the 1920s as my “style decade”—the era that revs up my fashion engine and makes me utterly envious that I wasn’t there. It was a liberating time for the female wardrobe: women burst out of their puritan garb, started showing some skin, chopping off their hair, and shaking it on the dance floor. The dresses were slinky and loose, beaded and tasseled, colorful and in prints. Ornate hairpieces, elegant jewelry, cloche hats, sophisticated gloves—it all came together in a marvel of exciting glamour. Based on the film’s trailers and these incredible photos of star Carey Mulligan in this month’s Vogue, there is endless jazzed-up '20s style to satisfy the fashion-minded viewer. Now, who wants to don '20s-inspired attire (don’t have a cloche hat? Don’t worry, I have extras), sip some champagne cocktails, and head to the theater?

Photos of Carey Mulligan from Vogue.com; photo (1920s.jpg) of 1920s clothes from Swirling Away Everyday.