October 30, 2012

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

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  1. Katy commented:

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

    Published 10.30.12 Reply
  2. Sydne commented:

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

    Published 10.30.12 Reply
  3. Giovanna commented:

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


    Published 10.30.12 Reply
  4. 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 

    Published 10.31.12 Reply
  5. Myah commented:

    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.

    Published 11.5.12 Reply
    • Sydne commented:

      Thank you!

      Published 11.6.12 Reply
  6. criss commented:

    love your backseam

    Published 12.13.12 Reply
  7. Cassie commented:

    Where did you find that dress!?!!?

    Published 8.28.13 Reply
  8. Jessica commented:

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

    Published 7.27.14 Reply
    • Sydne Summer commented:

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

      Published 7.27.14 Reply
      • Jessica commented:

        How do I get a sample dress?

        Published 8.17.14 Reply
  9. Jonathan commented:

    Wow! You look gorgeous. Awesome job with the costume. The jewelry, the gloves, the stockings, and the dress looks amazing, Perfection!

    Published 3.28.19 Reply

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