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Whether you're a fan of the music or not, a jazz concert offers an ideal excuse to get glamorous. You can play it safe with a classic little black dress, accessorizing with a pearl choker and flash of scarlet lipstick. Or, you can take inspiration from the styles that have become almost as iconic as the music that emerged from illicit speakeasies in the 1920s to become a global phenomenon.
The flapper is the signature look of the '20s -- iconic, elegant and timeless. Dresses should be silk and either sleeveless or with a capped sleeve, a drop-waist that sits on your hips and a hemline just below your knee. Accessorize with fascinators -- hair clips decorated with jewels and feathers -- peep-toe shoes and long strings of pearls. With scarlet lips and smoky eyes, you're ready to let loose your inner flapper.
For the intellectual look, think Andy Warhol: black turtleneck, black-framed glasses and dark, fitted corduroy pants. The more black you wear, the better, but a crushed velvet, dark purple fitted blazer adds some color without losing the cool. Makeup also should be dark, with black eyeliner and deep purple lipstick, but the real key to this style is to act as though you're unimpressed at all times.
In boho chic, the emphasis is on looking relaxed and natural, while remaining classy. Maxi-dresses and long skirts with peasant blouses -- in earth tones and with splashes of colors such as orange, magenta and green -- are accessorized with nature-inspired bangles and earrings. Makeup should appear natural and minimal, with just a single coat of mascara and lip gloss.
The modern jazz look is inspired by soulful singers from more recent decades. With Natalie Cole, it's all about glamour: shimmering dresses and luxurious silk with dark lips and eyes. Joss Stone is the epitome of eclectic, mixing boho chic, bold prints and figure-hugging velvet gowns. "You don't have to follow trends, and what you wear is a form of self-expression," Stone tells Shahesta Shaitly in a March 2010 article in "The Observer."