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New video: How to get that Great Gatsby style

gatsbyWhen I started researching style from the 1920s because of this weekend’s release of “The Great Gatsby,” I ran across a few fashion terms I’d never heard of before like “hobble skirt,” “Eton crop” and “deerstalker.”

Check out the video above to see what a “hobble skirt” is if you’re not familiar with it.

An Eton crop is apparently a slicked down hairstyle worn by ladies at the time that helped show off their cloche hats. And a deerstalker is a hat worn by hunters. Think Sherlock Holmes-style, even though the character originated before the 1920s.

This week, we ran a story about Gatsby style that you can read here. In it, you’ll learn how you, in 2013, can create the 1920s flapper look. Here are a few suggestions from Stephanie Jo Abby, a third-year MFA costume design candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi who just won the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Award for Design Excellence in Costumes. Suggestions to get the “Gatsby” look:

• A vintage store can be your best friend because there is nothing better than finding pieces from the actual period, she said.
• For the ladies, you can easily get a similar look with a slinky, spaghetti strap dress, T-strap heels, a long string of faux pearls and a flashy pair of long dangly earrings.
• Belting low on the hip can give the illusion of the dropped waist of the period.
• A cute headscarf can give an unsuspecting piece new life and a flare of the ’20s.
• For the men, a three-piece suit with a bow tie is a perfect.

Did you see the first “Great Gatsby” movie with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford? Do you plan to see the Gatsby reboot with Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio this weekend? If so, leave a comment below.  

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