Beauty Decoder: Testing the Jazz Age Faux Bob

Hannah Johnson plays Gatsby girl with a commitmentless faux bob

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Video by distill studio

Photo by Norman Wong

Photo by Norman Wong

With the sunshine—finally!—gracing us with its presence, I’m ready to trade in chunky sweaters for breezy summer whites fit for a courtside iced tea. (Never mind that I’ve never played tennis.) My inspiration? The Great Gatsby. The era’s beady, feathery flapper look too often nabs all the attention; instead I’m drawn to the cottony plated skirts, drop-waist dresses and neat little bobs that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s minxish Jordan Baker may have worn while raising sand—and a little hell—as a coy competitive golfer and all-around modern gal.

Immortalized by Louise Brooks and Coco Chanel in the 1920s, the she-wears-the-pants bob saw a revival in 1974’s soft-lit Gatsby adaptation, in which Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan wore feminine coils peeking out from beneath silky scarves and giant sun hats. Nape-revealing, slightly sporty and enticing for the hot days ahead, the short little cut is just as fetching on Baz Luhrmann’s Daisy, Carey Mulligan—but I’m not prepared to chop off my locks just yet. For now I’m faking it, curling iron and hairpins in hand. With my wavy ‘do, I hope to catch a few summer rays and, just maybe, the eye of an elusive Jay Gatsby of my own. Swoon.

Photos by Norman Wong

Photos by Norman Wong

The Tool Kit: 

Goody bobby pins, $3/pack of 60; Joico Structure Beach Texture Spray, $22

Goody bobby pins, $3/pack of 60; Joico Structure Beach Texture Spray, $22

The Inspiration:

Real: Zooey Deschanel; Photo by Getty Images

Reel: Zooey Deschanel; Photo by Getty Images

Retro: Mia Farrow; Photo by Everett Collection

Retro: Mia Farrow; Photo by Everett Collection

Reel: Carey Mulligan

Reel: Carey Mulligan

 

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