Spring 2012's art deco vibe was incredibly hard to ignore — we saw the jazzy, Great Gatsby-inspired trend on the runways from designers like Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and more — and it called to mind a glittery glamour that makes us want to attend a fabulous soiree with Daisy Buchanan, or do the Charleston with Josephine Baker. Art deco is a design style that started in Paris in the 1920s and flourished worldwide thereafter; it represents an elegance and keen attention to graphic details and strong, symmetrical lines, as well as embellishments like beading, feathers, and fringe. We're smitten with the '20s-chic vibe this season, and it can be considerably easy to achieve once you know what to look for.
Here's how to get the look:
- Go for a drop-waist dress; it's a slouchy silhouette that works for all body types and is especially good for girls who prefer to hide their midsection.
- If you'd rather try the trend in smaller doses, consider pairing a sequined tank with wide-leg trousers, or tucking a silky button-down blouse into a pleated skirt.
- As far as accessories go, opt for layers of long necklaces, cute cloche hats, and linear, square-cut clutches.
Now that you're up to speed, click through to see our complete breakdown of this season's art deco trend, then shop essential pieces.
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