Camilla Belle and Evan Rachel Wood’s Flapper-Style Dresses: Tips on How to Wear the Trend

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This post is inspired by Camilla Belle and Evan Rachel Wood’s amazing 20’s flapper-style dresses, which the two actresses wore to the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles last Saturday evening:

Actress Camilla Belle in a gold, white, and black art deco flapper-esqe Gucci dress LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of ArtActress Camilla Belle looks stunning in a gold, white, and black art deco flapper-esqe Gucci dress at LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari, Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, 2011, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: Brian To / WENN / Apega)

These dresses are from the architecture and Art Deco-inspired Gucci Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Camilla Belle in a Gucci flapper dress at the LACMA Art + Film GalaCamilla Belle in a Gucci flapper dress at the LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

Yes, these looks are meant for next year’s warmer weather, but forget that — we think black and gold dresses like these are where it’s at right now!

Evan Rachel Wood in a flapper dress at the LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci at the Los Angeles County Museum of ArtEvan Rachel Wood in a flapper dress at the LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

Especially since it’s already the second week of November, when the holidays are practically upon us, we should all be finished stocking up (or getting there, at least) on cocktail, semi-formal, and formal dresses.

Evan Rachel Wood in a Gucci dress and sandals with Neil Lane jewelry at LACMA Art + Film GalaEvan Rachel Wood in a Gucci dress and sandals with Neil Lane jewelry at LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, 2011, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: Brian To / WENN / Apega)

If you’re not much of a fan of Christmas tree ornament-like glittery dresses, which seem to be costume de rigueur at many holiday parties, consider wearing a black and gold dress — the black is more subtle, elegant, and sophisticated.

The gold keeps the dress fun and fabulous without making it look too “festive.” Instantly switch to party mode with these short, sparkly, and sassy black and gold dresses:

3 short, sparkly, and sassy black and gold dressesScala sequined spaghetti strap cocktail dress, $178.00; Rachel Zoe Peggy sequin shift dress, $495.00; Bebe one-shoulder cascading sequins dress, $119.00

Free People Gold Rush dress, Scala sequin striped tent dress and Michael Michael Kors sequined zebra dressFree People Gold Rush dress, $148.00; Scala sequin striped tent dress, $138.00; Michael Michael Kors sequined zebra dress

But black and gold dresses don’t always have to be shiny, tight, or skin-bearing. Check out this DVF dress’s simple sophistication, this Ellen Tracy dress’s figure-friendly A-line cut, and this ADAM dress’s long-sleeved construction:

Diane von Furstenberg Blee sleeveless dress, Ellen Tracy pleated sleeveless dress and ADAM foil-printed sequin dressDiane von Furstenberg Blee sleeveless dress, $398.00; Ellen Tracy pleated sleeveless dress, $164.00; ADAM foil-printed sequin dress, $495.00

Black and gold dresses don’t always have to be formal or fancy. Here are three casual black and gold dresses that are just as good for dressed-down parties as they are for a day at the beach:

DKNY boat neck chiffon overlay dress, BCBG Max Azria Daly short sleeve slit front dress and Alejandra Sky Nonie halter dressDKNY boat neck chiffon overlay dress, $375.00; BCBG Max Azria Daly short sleeve slit front dress, $86.98; Alejandra Sky Nonie halter dress, $35.60

But if formal and fancy is what you need or are looking for, you’d be glad to know that black and gold dresses aren’t lacking in that department!

This just might be where black and gold dresses shine the most. These two colors, when combined with long, flowy silhouettes, can bring on the drama, the wow factor, and the va-va-voom effect:

Rubber Ducky Grecian goddess long floral dress, Guishem satin and lurex geometric long strapless dress and David Meister metallic gownRubber Ducky Grecian goddess long floral dress, $158.99; Guishem satin and lurex geometric long strapless dress, $644.00; David Meister metallic gown, $537.00

This rests our case for black and gold dresses!

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