On Saturday, March 22, the Hoboken Elks Club (1005 Washington St.) will turn the clocks back to a Golden Era of sassy style and outrageously fun gatherings. Featuring an open bar, an abundant buffet, a live auction, and plenty of room for dancing, A Swingin’ Speakeasy will be the party of the year for a great cause. Ticket funds will be donated directly to the Museum. Fabulous flappers and sophisticated swells can gather to make new friends, celebrate with the old, and dare to relive the Roaring Twenties in glamorous style. No party is ever complete without the right attire. Break out of your tragically typical, day-to-day attire and go for something bolder. Dust off those dancing shoes; it’s time to get down like the fabulous flappers and fellows of the past.
The 1920’s was a time of incredible change, socially and culturally. A more modern era was approaching. From advancements in the motorcar to commercially used radio, Technology was booming. With financial independence and the right to vote, women gained a huge amount of freedom in their everyday lives. They incorporated this great change in their style, and allowed themselves to live the wild life. All dolled up with adventurous make-up and clothes, women were taking a stand to the traditional life with parties, drinking.
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Emulate their brazen style with a bit of flapper flair of your own. The dresses of the decade were knee length, with a dropped waistline. Often sleeveless with a v-shaped front and back, these dresses were used to convey the freedom these women felt. Show off your own sense of fashionable freedom and rock a short little number of your own. Aim for dresses designed with beads, lace, or sequins with no defined waist. Chiffon, satin, and any shiny or shimmering fabric is always a wonderful alternative as well. A little bit of subtle sparkle will allow you to shine in the nighttime and show off your sassy and sophisticated style. Accessorize with round closed toe shoes with a t-strap or buckle to be true to the era’s formidable fashion. Top it off with a sensational string of pearls, the longer the better or wear multiple to achieve an elegant look. Necklaces of any nature should be chunky, heavily beaded and hanging, nothing too dainty. Lay on the eyeliner. Go dark with grey eye shadow and luscious lipstick in a dramatic red hue for a show stopping look that will have all eyes on you.
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Don’t fret fellows, the Golden Era was not just a time for women’s fashion. Men stood out marvelously in this decade as well. Channel the Great Jay Gatsby himself with slim fitted suits and stunning silk bow ties. Try a Prohibition ganger style suit with pinstripes. Add a fearless fedora atop your slicked back hair, as well as spats or two tone shoes with a waist coat and visible watch chain. If you’re feeling a little lax tonight, go casual in a light linen suit or trousers. An argyle patterned sweater with a white button up is perfectly casual club style with a hint of quality and sophistication that is perfect for any 20’s night.
You’ll be surprised by how much fun the Roaring Twenties can be. Embrace the look of a silent film star. Be bold and be daring as you dazzle on the dance floor. Take up swing dancing with provided lessons while the DJ spins hits spanning the decades while you sip a delicious drink and munch on flavorful food. Forget 2014 for the night and let yourself go in the Swingin’ Speakeasy with striking style and endless elegance.