Fashion Inspiration: Gone With The Wind

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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!

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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!

4 thoughts on “Fashion Inspiration: Gone With The Wind”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…



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