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My friend Stephanie, designer of Honey Cooler Handmade lingerie, is a connoisseur of the 20s style. To celebrate her line and the upcoming Baz Lurhmann film, she threw a Gatsby-themed party at a local speakeasy.

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I felt so lucky to be invited. Then I panicked, realizing I didn't have a thing to wear. Despite my love for icons like Louise Brooks and original "It Girl" Clara Bow, I've never found the era's silhouette flattering.

Let's just say I have an exaggerated hip-to-waist ratio. And a dropped-waist cut just makes everything go pear-shaped.

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But I cannot resist a theme party. So I picked up this blue velvet number from the last place that you would ever expect. The seamed stockings are from American Apparel (although I don't think they wore seams in the 20s?). Copper heels are my very own DIY.

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Monogram necklace from The Rusted Key. The pendants are made from beautiful old typewriter keys. Perfect for a literature-inspired party, no? I got so many compliments on these. I think I'll have to make a real effort to wear more jewelry with my outfits.

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My cloche is by Goorin Bros, similar to this one. It actually fits underneath my Giro Helmet.

And since the fog was rolling in, I was forced to cover up with a vintage 60s tie-neck coat in silk dupioni. Similar here.

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Stephanie threw her party at San Francisco speak easy Bourbon & Branch. The staff takes the fake illegal-bar gimmick super seriously. In fact the sign outside reads "Anti-Saloon League."

To get in, you have to ring the doorbell and wait. Then you start to worry about leaving your bike outside in the Tenderloin. Finally the perfectly-in-character hostess answers the door to ask you for the password, before letting you in to a cozy library.

And just when I thought that we'd finished all the play-acting, she asked me to wait in front of a wall of books. At this point, all I wanted was a stiff drink to calm my nerves. But then the bookshelf swung aside–just like in the movies!–and I stepped into the party.

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Bloggers and assorted San Francisco It Girls ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the lovely inset lace camisoles and bloomers.

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Kris from Fashionista SF, Stylist Nikki Flamingo, and Erika Peterson.

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Getting ossified with Stephanie and her husband Matt. Photo by Anna Marks Photography.

 

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