Alice + Olivia dress, Brighton necklace, Forever21 headband, Via Spiga pumps
It’s not every Saturday night that I bust out a full-on flapper dress and heels. Then again, it’s not every Saturday night that I attend a Gatsby-themed murder mystery dinner party in the heart of the Haight. My friend and fellow fashion blogger JM Mericle of Thread & Bones had the inspired idea to throw the soiree to end all soirees- 1920’s style. The night was full of laughter, dangerously potent gin punch, and costumes that transported me back to Jay Gatsby’s fabulous parties.
When I entered the apartment-come-speakeasy, I left Sarah Lee behind as I assumed the persona of the fearsome gun moll Billie Baird. The guests slipped in and out of character while they dropped 1920’s slang and listened carefully for clues. My attention-shy husband even agreed to take on the role of mobster Babyface O’Toole, complete with Chicago accent. It’s amazing what a little punch can do!
I fell in love with this Alice + Olivia dress after seeing Ali wearing it on her season of The Bachelorette (don’t judge!). It was one of the first pieces of clothing that truly stunned me, and I knew that I had to have it in my life. Being halfway through grad school, there was no way that I could drop hundreds of dollars on a dress that I’d only wear a few times a year.
But I’m not a girl who gives up easily.
Many hours of searching and a two fierce eBay battles later, I brought my size XL prize to a tailor and had her work her magic. I love wearing it with toned-down accessories for special (post-1920’s) occasions, but it works so well as a flapper costume with the addition of a few glitzy accessories. Fun fact: I wore the pearl bracelet on our wedding day!
It was certainly a night to remember, old sport.