We all have defining moments during our teenage years. For me, one I’ll never forget is when I saw Romeo and Juliet on the big screen. Not the classic, but the re-make with Leo DiCaprio. His golden locks, piercing blue eyes and pretty boy charm stole my heart…so much so that I cried from his overwhelming beauty in the movie. Leo became my dream guy. Over the past couple of decades, however, my infatuation with this leading man cooled. Tabloid reports about some of his antics in his personal life turned me off. Then, last week I saw The Great Gatsby. Leo was as enchanting as ever, and once again I became hooked.  Not only was Leo radiant, the entire movie was infatuating. The glitz and glamour of the roaring ’20s erupted on screen, and the decadent hair, makeup and fashion left me feeling inspired. If you, like me, are in the mood to dig through your grandma’s vintage wardrobe, here are some of our favorite ways to modernize Daisy Buchanan’s iconic style.

Drop it Low 
The drop waist dress is completely characteristic of the time period. Go casual for daytime with a short frock in a jersey material paired with sandals. Or, jazz it up at night with slinky silk, intricate beading, and stilettos. 

River Island Drop Waist Dress, $60

Fringe Benefits 
Holy Flappers! When we think of the 1920s, fringe, fringe, and more fringe immediately comes to mind. Because fringe generates a lot of movement, the eye is always changing focus, creating a universally flattering look. 

American Apparel Oversized Scoop Black Fringe Dress, $75


Buchanan Bob 
We’re not saying to chop off your locks, but the bob of this era generated some major waves. A sleek finish is key. Use a 1/2 in. curling iron to create added volume at your roots, then rock a faux bob by pinning your hair back at the nape of your neck. 

Bling it Out 

Accessories are anything but an afterthought for the ’20s fashionista, and the brighter, the better. This is your chance to get funky with a brooch, jeweled headband or barrette. 

Etsy Roma Headpiece, $95

Red Hot Lips
Remaining true to the era, choose a classic red with a matte finish. Then, add a slight dab of gloss to the center of your lip to give this look a modern touch. 

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