A Great Gatsby Party Costume


To celebrate her 30th birthday, my best friend Maria had a Great Gatsby party in New York City. I thought about going the traditional flapper route, as I’ve done for past Roaring 1920s costume parties. But with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan’s movie set to debut next year, the fashion world has gone into a Gatsby tizzy. The result? Art deco accessories and beaded options galore!

I borrowed this gorgeous dress from Parker for the special occasion (similar versions here and here). I added backseam tights, gloves and Sole Society lace heels—and adapted to the more is more theory when it came to jewelry. For makeup, I went with a smoky eye and Victoria’s Secret drama lipstick in “Unpredictable.” Later in the night, I added an oversize feather to the mix.

It was a gorgeous evening in NY followed by a disastrous next day. I’m very thankful I was able to get home during Hurricane Sandy. My heart goes out to everyone in the Northeast. Stay safe! xo

  • Oooh, I almost did something similar for Halloween this year! I love that dress — totally works for a theme party or anytime. 🙂

  • Sydne

    Thanks Katy! Agreed, minus the gloves and pearls I could wear it anywhere!

  • Giovanna

    Such a cute look! Loving your dress! Happy Birthday!


  • I LOVE your costume (and your blog). This is so cute and creative, I love that book and can’t wait for the movie! Would love for you to check out my blog and leave your thoughts!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings 

  • Your friend is too cool for having this party. What an amazing theme for a party and your outfit is so chic! Love the costume.

  • Sydne

    Thank you!

  • criss

    love your backseam

  • Cassie

    Where did you find that dress!?!!?

  • Jessica

    Hi there Sydne,
    Could you please tell me if you changed the spaghetti straps to thicker ones?
    Thanks Jessica.

  • Sydne Summer

    I kept it the same but it was a sample dress.

  • Jessica

    How do I get a sample dress?