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The Big Bob Theory

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The Great Gatsby opens nation wide today, and while F. Scott Fitzgerald rolls in his grave, all of America will be granted access to see the maybe-not- so-great film in 3-D (it is currently rated at 51% on Rotten Tomatoes… ouch). Admittedly, we had very high hopes, but not every Baz Luhrmann film can be as perfect as Romeo + Juliet, can it? If nothing else, the movie is an excuse to see two childhood buds all grown up, hear the unbelievably amazing soundtrack (spoiler: you don’t really have to see the film to appreciate that one), and more importantly, drown in the Prada-designed costumes. We’d be remiss, when speaking of Roaring Twenties Long-Island Americana, not to mention the still-chic bob, because, like Gatsby, we very much believe your hair can (and should) “repeat the past.”

For starters: what exactly is a bob? In basic terms, it’s a short women's haircut. But how short is short (say short one more time…short)? Is it just below the ears? Is it grazing the chin? Is it anything above your clavicle? Well, theoretically it is all of the above. We would venture to say a bob is anything longer than a pixie and shorter than your shoulders. The look originated around World War I as the then-typical “feminine” long hair was deemed unsuitable for war work and was subsequently popularized by the actress Louise Brooks [61, 62] in the early 1920s. Though the style ebbs and flows in popularity, it has never truly gone out of style. There is the iconic bob belonging to none other than the fashion god, Anna Wintour, and if she deems something suitable for every day style, then clearly, it's a look to pay attention to-- Michelle Obama, Anja Rubik, Kirsten Dunst, and Gwyneth Paltrow all have, in their own special ways. Much like Catherine Zeta Jones rocked our socks off with her bob (and all that jazz) in Chicago, we’re hoping that Carey Mulligan can do the same in Gatsby. Stay tuned…

P.S. Our love of cats is no secret, so maybe this is just us, but the below is an adaptation we'd like to see made.

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