Posted on May 16 2013
Okay, first and foremost—I think it’s only fair that I preface this post by sheepishly admitting, I haven’t yet seen the latest rendition of The Great Gatsby and it’s already been in theaters for FIVE WHOLE DAYS. I know, I know. In my own defense I have read Fitzgerald’s masterpiece of a novel—twice—which is probably double the amount of times the majority of moviegoers have indulged in the canonical literature. However, the point I really want to make is this: It’s going to be a Gatsby summer.
If you’re female, and like me, you’ve probably already google-imaged every single “Daisy Buchanan” outfit and drooled over all of the bejeweling, cursed your now seemingly inadequate closet, and even tried your hand at DIY-ing your own delicately elegant headpiece (in this case, I pray you’re nothing like me, because my headpiece wouldn’t even compliment the honey badger).
You’ve also probably imagined what it might be like to gaze longingly into the eyes of Jay Gatsby aka Leo DiCaprio. And if you’re a guy, you’ve imagined you are Jay Gatsby. Move over Don Draper with your slick hair cut, we’re all (men and women alike) melting over the Gatz’s perfectly coaxed wave.
The bottom line is, we’re in the midst of a “Gatsby Fever,” so why not update our wardrobes to reflect it? Channel the glamour of the 1920’s and throw out those UGGboots (seriously, throw them out) and white Aldo dress shoes.
Ladies—Think beads, think fringe, think sequins, sparkles, feathers and pearls. A brooch is no longer synonymous with nanny drab, but instead symbolizes timelessness and style. Whether subtly pinned to a hat, scarf or purse, or making a statement on an otherwise plain top, the brooch is the perfect accessory to up the ante on any outfit. Not sure where to find one? I highly recommend exploring grandma’s jewelry box.
The dapper look of a Gatsby man is made up of hats (think Panama hat, or the boater hat), bow-ties, ascots and chino pants. It’s said that Gatsby was a man who wore shirts that could bring a woman to tears—So gentlemen, get on your shirt game. And never underestimate the power of a properly suited vest.
Alas, I leave you with this:
When it comes to fashion and bringing back the style of the 1920’s, Jay Gatsby, himself, said it best, “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” (Of course, he might not have been talking about fashion when he said that—but that’s neither here, nor there).