Taking a little break from university fashion, this special edition of StyleWatch looks back at the recent UNMC Ball at The Royale Chulan where students arrived clad in suits and smart shoes and gowns and heels. While there were quite a number of exciting ensembles that night, we at Style stayed true to the theme and set our radar to ‘The Great Gatsby’. Here are our finds:
Here he’s wearing a glen check single-breasted medium grey three piece suit, a light grey tie and a pair of brown plain toe oxford shoes. Single-breasted suits were in style throughout the 20s and suit pants often hung around mid ankles, revealing the socks. Although, here he’s given the look a modern twist without socks. You may disagree with us if you’re more conventional but we think this works because the suit is slim and the medium grey and brown combination is not as formal as darker colours.
We were hoping to see at least one gentleman don a hat (fedoras, bowlers and panamas are great options) and more bow ties. Bow ties were definitely in during the 1920s.
We picked this look because she’s incorporated one of the elements of women’s fashion in the 20s, uneven hemlines. The unembroidered lace dress has kept the attention on her chunky pearl accessories, sparkly round toe heels and the most exciting part of this ensemble, the feather headpiece. The big feather and draping beads definitely played up the whole outfit and added the necessary texture to this 1920s inspired look.
While the shift dress is very 60s, we couldn’t help ourselves but to include this look in the list because of that stunning pair of mahogany red t-strapped dancing shoes — very flapper, very 20s, very Gatsby. It’s also a nice subtle pop of colour against the black and cream ensemble. The 20s vibe was achieved with pearl accessories, fancy headband (which she handmade) and a cream-coloured fur shawl. We think she’s aware of what looks good on herself because this dainty take of The Roaring Twenties definitely compliments her sweet look.
We’ve found the fringe! And of course other necessary 20s elements like the pearls, the headpiece, the updo and the shoes. You get the drill by now. The fringe and the long layered pearl necklace provides movement to the ensemble which is what the 20s is all about. The black on black on black with the smokey eye, the t-strapped shoes and especially with the black lace tunic gives this Gatsby flapper girl look (in our opinion) a subtle Gothic feel — very edgy. It’s also a modernised version of the flapper look with the layering of the fringed tunic over a cream bodycon mini dress. We love it.
While not a lot of people attending the ball went with the Gatsby theme, we’re still glad that we were able to find the looks featured in this edition of StyleWatch. And thumbs up for those who tried but we may have missed out. We’re sure you look fine as hell too. We were psyched to have been able to witness a night where everyone had the chance to look their best. For some who considers the ball as the closing event to their undergraduate life, we’d like to wish you all the best on your journey forward and always remember, stay stylish!
By Jonathan Sim.