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Fashion Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s gave way to flapper dresses, dapper men, and of course the quintessential “roaring ’20s” novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. If you haven’t read this classic already, we highly recommend it: Grab a copy, curl up by the fire with a big cup of hot chocolate and prepare to be transported to a world of glitz, glam, and revelry, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Though this novel is a perpetual favorite of students around the world, The Great Gatsby is perhaps about to have its biggest moment in the spotlight, thanks to the much-anticipated new movie adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio, due in theaters this Christmas. We personally can’t wait to see Carey Mulligan tackle the role of Daisy!

Inspired by the book and the buzz surrounding the newest film adaptation, below, I’ll show you how to get a modern Gatsby look that you can wear every day… without looking like you’re wearing a flapper girl costume.

Outfit 1

Fashion inspired by The Great Gatsby: Outfit 1
{Top}, {Pants}, {Shoes}, {Hat}{Necklace}, {Earrings}, {Bracelet}

Great Gatsby fashion is all about mixing masculine touches with feminine basics and adding a hint of glam, much as they did in the 1920s.

Start with a flowy blouse in a pastel color, like this pretty peach one, then add tailored khakis – these ones are a little dressier for an everyday look, or could easily be worn in an office setting. Throw on some leopard flats for a hint of understated attitude, and get the bolder masculine appeal with a classic fedora. Finish with pretty jewelry for a nod to the excess of the ’20s.

Outfit 2

Fashion inspired by The Great Gatsby: Outfit 2
{Top}, {Skirt}, {Headband}, {Belt}, {Necklace}, {Bracelet}

This outfit is another throwback to the ’20s, with a modern twist. This sparkly shirt would be perfect for the fab parties Jay Gatsby enjoyed throwing, and its teal hue is another nod to the era – it was a super trendy color back then. The simple black skirt softens the look, while the white and black belt adds character and simplicity. Again, add glitzy jewelry for just enough sparkle. Finish with a flower headband, a nod to the trendy headwear worn by characters like Daisy.

Outfit 3

Fashion inspired by The Great Gatsby: Outfit 3
{Dress}, {Cardigan}, {Shoes}, {Feather}, {Belt}, {Necklace}, {Ring}, {Bracelet}

If you’ve read The Great Gatsby, you know that the female characters always dressed with many accessories and extravagant layers, and this outfit is all about doing that in a more subtle way.

The feather hair clip, muted colors and teal shoes are key elements of this look – they add a ton of femininity and just a hint of the 1920s vibe. Even if the dress isn’t your typical flapper cut, its print is still reminiscent of the 1920s, while the cardigan gives you more of a boyish figure, the silhouette of choice during the era. Add glamor with a single strand of pearls and an Eiffel Tower necklace, an allusion to the fact that F. Scott Fitzgerald finished the novel while living in France.

Your thoughts?

I hope you have fun with this latest inspiration! And let me know what you think about the looks: Are you a fan of The Great Gatsby? Are you excited for the latest movie adaptation? Which look is your favorite? Tell us in a comment.

Posted on on February 19, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , ,

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23 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: The Great Gatsby”

  1. 1
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books and I am so excited for the new adaption! I think when the movie comes out ya’ll should do fashion inspiration drawn from each of the characters…that would be awesome (i.e. Daisy, Jay Gatsby, Nick, Jordan, etc.)

  2. 2
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    YES. Love this book, cannot wait for the movie, I much enjoyed these looks :)

  3. 3
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    This is one of my most favorite books of all time and I am realizing my style is very similar to this time period! Go figure! Great post!!!

  4. 4
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I literally JUST reread the great gatsby last week so I’m so happy you posted this! These outfits are totally perfect! I really love outfit #1&3 :)

  5. 5
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Obsessed with the teal top! I think I might have gone to the only high school in America where The Great Gatsby wasn’t in the curriculum…I’ve been meaning to read it for ages!

  6. 6
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Love outfits 1 and 2. And that aqua shirt is fantastic. While the book was excellent, it is not one of my favorites, but the extravagant characters make for great inspiration. Could you maybe do posts inspired by other classical works of literature?

  7. 7
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    What GREAT inspiration, and gorgeous outfits! I love love love it!

  8. 8
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Great inspiration!

  9. 9
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, I cannot WAIT for the remake!

  10. 10
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    My favorite is the first! It’s sophisticated but still casual so it can be worn on a day to day basis. :)

  11. 11
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    “We personally can’t wait to see Carey Mulligan tackle the role of Daisy!”
    lol I can. I mean, I like Mulligan, but I just can’t see her as Daisy. Then again, I can’t see Leo as Gatsby either. Or Maguire as Nick. Okay, so I just hate the casting in general lol

  12. 12
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    First outfit is perfect! Nice job! :)

  13. 13
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    This is lovely! Personally, I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for the movie. This does a great job of conveying that quintessential 20s vibe, though.

  14. 14
    February 20th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Love this book, cannot wait for the movie, I much enjoyed these looks.These outfits are totally perfect , I really love outfits 1&3.

  15. 15
    February 20th, 2012 at 2:27 am

    The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books of all time & I CANNOT wait to see the new movie. I loved this post, especially the first and last outfits, as they are both sophisticated and chic. Clearly the influence of the Roaring 20s can be seen however it is not a costume. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for nice khaki slacks & a ladylike sweater set to recreate this look. Nice work!

  16. 16
    February 20th, 2012 at 3:34 am

    wow!! beautiful outfits!! loove the 20s era!!

  17. 17
    February 20th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Ooh it reminds me of Downton Abbey :D

  18. 18
    February 20th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Loved this post–great inspiration. Please continue to do posts like this (outfits inspired by American classics)!

  19. 19
    February 20th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this book, and how amazing is it that Leonardo Dicapprio is going to be Gatsby in the new movie!! :D

  20. 20
    February 20th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Love this post! I love period fashion. I would die if you did a Downton Abbey post!

  21. 21
    February 27th, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Such a gorgeous post! Can’t wait for the movie.

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