IT was an era of opulence and jazz-filled fun. And now the sublime style of the post-war 20s has returned, thanks to the buzz surrounding the new Great Gatsby film.

Never have I craved a flapper dress, feather hairpiece and faux fur stole as much as I do right now. In fact, I'm in such a flap of excitement over the comeback of such fashions that I've already lined up plans for a jazz bar this weekend, with nothing short of a cigarette holder in sight.

Without wanting to sound obsessed, for someone like myself, who has been a fan of the F Scott Fitzgerald novel ever since I decided to stop pretending to smoke behind the school bike sheds and starting swotting up for English, this is a thrilling time for us Gatsby fans.

Because not only am I delighted to be able to swoon over Leonardo Dicaprio for a few hours - I also have perfect excuse to start shopping for some 20s-inspired outfits.

Just days after drooling over trailers of the Baz Luhrmann adaption, I had already developed a penchant for collecting pieces of art deco jewellery, particularly because they always remain so timeless.

Whether it's the swinging 60s or edgy grunge of the 90s, there is something inexplicably satisfying about flirting with the fashion trends of the past.

And of course being the perpetual shopaholic that I am, how could I possibly resist the chance to absorb the glamour and indulge in that whole cultural era.

The good news is, channelling your inner flapper fashionista should be easy thanks to the plethora of Gatsby-inspired looks that are currently flooding the high street.

With rails of deco-inspired outfits all set to go for spring, right now is the perfect time to dip into some sequins, feathers, fringing and pearls.

Even if you don't quite boast a wardrobe full of vintage ball gowns, there are plenty of options available when it comes to cultivating this glamorous trend.

Whether it's a drop-waist dress, flamboyant headpiece or silk camisole, pay homage to the era by mixing soft pastel hues with a range of mesmerising textures.

Normally best kept for Christmas parties, a beaded dress brings sophistication to spring when combined with a faux fur stole and dramatic headpiece.

Steal inspiration from Gatsby star Carey Mulligan by combining statement accessories with a swish of silk and pearls for unabashed luxury.

However for those who are weary of looking a bit too outlandish, you can still get the Gatsby look by pairing a simple dress with some glitzy accessories.

Carey's character Daisy knows how to work ethereal fabrics such as silks, chiffons and lace for a look that is striking but feminine.

Head to the likes of Topshop and Miss Selfridge for a wearable selection of jazz-age dresses and separates which won't make it appear like you're heading to a costume party.

There is definitely no other era that has ever been quite as elegant as the roaring twenties. You'd be a fool to miss out on some of these fabulous items from the high street.

After all, in the words of Fitzgerald's lead character Daisy: "I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."