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Gatsby Hen Party Fashion


Whilst The Great Gatsby dates all the way back to F Scott Fitzgerald penning the famous novel in 1925 it has been back with a fizzy excitement well associated with the infamous flapper girls of the era. Baz Lurhmann’s epic 2013 film adaptation amplified the glitz and the glam of the Roaring Twenties with opulent backgrounds and glittering jewels dripped everywhere from necks to chandeliers. And it’s still having a moment. I spent last weekend at the Party Like Gatsby epic 20s themed party at the Doubletree Hilton in Dublin for a roaring good time! The 20s era makes for a perfect hen party theme filed with fun, frivolity and flapper dresses – here’s how I got the look for mine.

The Outfit

For my friends and I, one of the most exciting parts of the party preparations was finding our dresses! In keeping with the flapper theme we wore dresses covered in lavish embellishments – my dress (the middle one above) was covered in silver and neutral beads and sequins with a fabulous fringe around the bottom of the dress to create the fun movement the flappers were famous for. Whilst the girls all chose black dresses, embellished in various ways with silver sequins, gold trimmings, black beading and scalloped edges, I chose a warmer, more neutral tone of dress to compliment my paler skin tone, especially as I wasn’t wearing fake tan. We all purchased our dresses from Pretty Guide via Amazon but great flapper dresses can also be found on the high street in House of Fraser and TK Maxx, or try a vintage shop to bring a true piece of flapper fashion to your 20s themed hen party.

The Makeup

For my flapper make up I went for a dark, smoky sultry eye and a deep, yet natural lip, working with the same tones as my dress. For my eyes I used lighter colours from the Limited Edition Soap and Glory The Perfect Ten eyeshadow palette, before adding depth and definition with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky eye shadow palette. I then used Soap and Glory’s Supercat liquid black eyeliner pen to do a cat eye flick and finished the eyes off with a pair of Eyelure eyelashes. I chose a pair of 151 for length and definition – a dramatic yet subtle look – a topped it off with a light sweep of No.7 Exceptional Definition mascara. Lauren (right) used the silver tones from the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette for her lids, with MAC Twig on her lips. For my lips I first used Revlon’s Matte Balm stick in Sultry 225 to use as a liner and base colour for my lips. I then applied Rimmel’s Provocalips lip colour in Make Your Move which also has a sealing top coat – perfect for sipping on cocktails all night long.

The Hair

Pinterest is an amazing place for hair tutorials and styles, and it is where we got all our inspiration. In keeping with the flapper hair trend of a short bob I styled my hair into a faux bob, complete with glittering headpiece. If you loved the fashion in Baz Lurhmann’s film adaptation you can buy a replica of Daisy’s signature headpiece on Amazon, or if you’re after something a bit different, ASOS and Her Curious Nature create fabulous sparkling head pieces to match any outfit. The headband that I used was perfect for styling, with its elastic back which also made it secure and comfortable to wear all night long.

My hair is naturally curly, so I simply used a diffuser to dry my hair, whilst my friends all curled their hair before styling to create a fun flapper hairstyle full of movement. To create extra volume I backcombed the roots of my hair and then placed my headband, leaving a section of hair at the front out of the headband to create a sweep around the side of my head. I cut a hair donut from Primark to turn it into a long cylinder shape and pinned it to the back of my head, underneath the back of the headband, to create a fuller look. I then gathered my hair in sections and brought it up over the donut and tucked it into the headband elastic and fanned it out to create a tucked in faux bob look. Once all the hair had been tucked up and in, along with the strands of hair I had left free at the front I used Kirby clips to pin through the back of the headband the whole way around to secure the hair and finished with Got2be’sBlasting Freeze spray which made sure my hair never moved an inch all night – great for partying the night away.

The Accessories

No flapper hen party look would be complete without plenty of sparkling accessories. Along with the headband I completed mine with a long silver, swinging tassel necklace from Topshop that worked with the tones of my dress and then more dainty jewellery to balance the look, such as a thin sparkling Michael Kors bangle and stacked rings from Warehouse and River Island for finish off the look. I also added a silver beaded art deco clutch bag from Dune and a pair of muted silver strappy sandals from Call It Spring, and you can find equally fabulous shoes and bags perfect for a flapper theme in Aldo, House of Fraser or the Shoe Boutique in Debenhams. You can never have too much glitz and glamour!

Ladies, if you are planning a themed night for your hen party you can do no wrong with a Roaring Twenties themed night – the theme oozes glamour and good times and it the perfect excuse for you and the girls to get together and have an incredibly luxurious and fun night together all dressed up. So take inspiration from the most famous party girls of all time and have yourself a roaring good hen party!

Image Credits: Pinterest | partylikeGatsby

Lydia Stevenson

Lydia loves nothing more than spending weekends shopping for the latest styles with friends, or curled up with a fabulous fashion magazine!

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