If you're like me, you've at some point in your life been enthralled by the underbelly of Chicago in the 1920s-- speakeasies, bootlegging, Al Capone's goons. The Jazz Age imagery, with its fringed flappers dancing away frenetically to the Charleston, is rooted deep into our culture with classics like The Untouchables and The Great Gatsby.
But there is something beyond cheesy in the 1920s costumes that come around every Halloween. A modern day "flapper" wouldn't be caught dead looking like a parody of her former self. So if you want to keep it classy, ladies, and still look 1920s-inspired, eschew feathered headdresses and beaded fringe for an artfully placed pleat and some smart Oxfords. Wide shawl-collars, drop waists, t-strap sandals, and hints of glint are always appropriate.
where in the world? where: Chicago, Illinois when: 1920s