Olivia Palermo on How to Rework a ’20s-Style Flapper Dress

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Twenties-style flapper dresses are difficult enough to wear without looking like a costume, but Olivia Palermo not only owned it but even found a way to spin it into two different looks. And here we were lamenting that flapper dresses now seem to be considered only as period pieces that you wear when you want to dress up for that era. Olivia, with her creative styling and skills in mixing and matching, completely disproves that notion.

The first time Olivia wore her Willow fringed top and skirt combo, she just went with the ’20s theme. She even chose an art deco clutch as her accessory and a close-to-the-skull hairdo that somewhat resembled the fitted cloche hats that were popular in that decade.

Olivia Palermo wore her Willow fringed top and skirt comboOlivia Palermo at the 17th Annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards at Cipriani 42nd in New York City on November 4, 2013

The second time around, she channeled her inner cowgirl. Paired with a plaid shirt and a thick belt, the long, swingy fringes now look Western-inspired instead of the ’20s embellishment that it was before.

Olivia Palermo channeled her inner cowgirlOlivia Palermo at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City on November 13, 2013

You might’ve noticed that Olivia even styled both looks with the same Aquazzura “Beverly Hills” sandals in gold and red. Same dress and same shoes, yet the outfits look worlds different. This, ladies, is the power that accessories hold.

Try restyling the ’20s flapper dress yourself into different looks with the following fringed dresses we’ve picked out for you.

Try restyling the '20s flapper dress yourself into different looks with the following fringed dressesSabine “Stroke of Midnight” Sequin Mini Dress, $198 / Unique Vintage Beaded and Embroidered Reproduction Flapper Dress, $348 / Free People Shift Dress, $168 / Parker “Allegra” Feather Dress, $396

Also check out Olivia Palermo once again work her magic on one white dress that she turned into two looks for day and night.

Credit: C. Smith / SIPA / WENN

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