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Fashion Inspiration: Gone With The Wind


Gone with the wind movie poster
Gone with the Wind film poster

Gone with the Wind (1939) is an classic American film based off of the Margaret Mitchell novel set in the south during the Civil War. It follows the story of quintessential Southern Belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) who, after being raised on a plantation in Georgia, has a rude awakening when her life is turned upside down with the onset of the war.

While you may not have watched the full four-hour movie (though this classic had better be on your to-watch list!), you can draw a bit of fashion inspiration from Scarlett’s many costume changes! She has a classic southern style that can easily be translated into everyday ensembles that are perfect for summer break.

Below, I’ve created two different looks inspired by Scarlett O’Hara and the film. Scroll down to see them!


Gone with the wind outfit tara
Dress, Cardigan, Shoes, Hat, Bag, Belt

Inspired by Scarlett’s home, Tara, this outfit is a stylish choice for a day spent strolling through the local farmer’s market! Wear a pretty paisley-print dress paired with mint sandals and a matching cardigan. Add a red woven belt for a pop of color, and grab a saddle crossbody bag to store the essentials. Complete the look with a giant floppy sunhat with a bow – the perfect accessory for any southern belle!


Gone with the wind outfit scarlett
Dress, Shoes, Bag, Belt, Bow, Necklace, Earrings

For a summery southern look, pair a white lace dress with red wedges. Wear Scarlett’s signature shade in the form of a belt and a bow. Pearl earrings, a heart locket necklace, and a satchel crossbody complete this classic feminine ensemble inspired by Miss O’Hara.

What do you think?

Are you inspired by classic movies? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in a comment below!

Posted on on May 28, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Gone With The Wind”

  1. 1
    May 28th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Love this post! Both outfits are adorable and really capture the aesthetic of the movie in a modern way. Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies, and I really admire Scarlett’s determination.

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    May 28th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Oh I just love everything about these outfits! Especially the first one!

  3. 3
    May 28th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Gone with the wind is probably one of the best motion pictures of all times, EVERYBODY should watch it. Pretty outfits,but It would have been great a deep green dress like the one she made with the drapes!!!!

  4. 4
    May 28th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    i love this look can you please do one form the movie buffy the vampire slayer

  5. 5
    May 28th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I wish that there could have been a little more depth in the selection of outfits from the post. This only depicts Scarlett’s innocent side in the first forty minutes of the movie and not the other parts of her life in it. There could be the part where she’s struggling during the war where she is acting as a nurse and running from union soldiers back to Tara, her struggle and resilience to make ends meet when she finally gets there, or the different lives she has while she is married to all three of her different husbands. She has a range of looks in the film that goes from the innocent naive girl to the vain widow to the broken woman and even to the harlot. Hopefully there will be another posting in the future for her other styles as well. At least for her most famous drapes scene.

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    May 28th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Erica!

    Yes, Scarlett does have a wide variety of looks featured throughout the movie, but for the sake of the post, I chose to focus on her lighter day-to-day looks that would be appropriate for summer. Thank you for the suggestion, though, and I’ll be sure to keep that in mind for future posts! :)

  7. 7
    May 28th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Scarlett’s signature color was green cuz it matched her eyes. She was referred to as “Scarlett” because it was her middle name.

  8. 8
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:45 am

    i just watched the entire movie on Saturday! I LOVED IT!
    The outfits are perfect for the summer. I would love to see more outfits inspired by her later in the future. maybe? :)

  9. 9
    May 29th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I’m glad you made a fashion post inspired by Gone with the Wind. I agree that everybody should see the film and read the books too. BTW I hope another classic film inspired posts are to come soon (Birds or Rear Window).

  10. 10
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    What a great post! I love the intensely feminine look of these outfits. It fits right in with my aesthetic!

  11. 11
    May 29th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I must disagree with people and say that I found Gone With the Wind really disappointing! Also thought that it was never going to end, but the classic ‘ frankly my dear’ line made it worth it in the end. The fashion in it is rather fabulous though these (well put together) outfits are both a bit too cutesy for my taste. I think I’d channel either the fantastic materials of some of the costumes or the military aspect somehow, perhaps…


  12. 12
    May 30th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I thought the movie was really well-made, and surprisingly kept my attention the entire time, but the racism and Confederate-sympathizing revisionism drove me up a wall.

  13. 13
    May 30th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I love Fiddle dee dee :)

  14. 14
    August 4th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I was looking for a dress for my wedding – did not have to be white as it is my second wedding. GWTW is my favorite movie and when I searched GWTW inspired fashions, I was not expecting what I found. They are sweet; and I am not capable of designing items myself; they are just not what I was expecting.

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