Some simple ways you can get the 1920s, Great Gatsby look
On Saturday night I went to see The Great Gatsby. Yes, there’s no danger of me being ahead of the pack on this one. Regardless, I loved every minute of it, including, of course, the costumes. Having clearly not been around in the 1920s, I found it very refreshing the care they put into putting together outfits and the attention to detail. Today I look at some simple ways you can get the Gatsby look. Never fear, if you don’t have any of the below hidden somewhere at home, this provides an excellent opportunity to go op shopping!
1. Pull out the pearls – there’s no better time to dig out your old pearls (or your mum’s – thanks mum). Wear layered with a tee or jumper and blazer to add a bit of class to your daytime activities or for a classic twist to your evening events.
2. To a T - the T-bar shoe is an excellent and easy way to inject some 1920s glamour into your day and can work just as well for daytime or evening.
3. Sport a fringe - beading and tassels were big in the 1920s and are still a great option for looking dressy at dinner or for an evening out. Pair an embellished top with jeans or a skirt to give it a more relaxed and casual look or opt for an embellished dress for a statement party outfit.
4. Top it off – the women in The Great Gatsby were very into their hair accessories. As with the pearls, dig out any decorative hair slides, clips or headbands you may have and put them to use on your next night out.
5. All that glitters – I am a big fan of glitz. Whether it be a sequined shrug, top, dress or even scarf not to mention embellished clutches, add some sparkle to your life and shine like you should.
1. Stay slick – there is a scene in The Great Gatsby when Gatsby gets particularly flustered before seeing Daisy again and Nick motions for him to fix his hair. Keep hair neat with a comb at the ready. Use gel at your own risk.
2. It’s hip to be square – pocket squares are a very simple way to add attention to detail to a suit or blazer. Extra brownie points if it ties in with your tie and shirt colour scheme.
3. The bow tie – I couldn’t think of anything remotely witty to introduce the bow tie, although it probably doesn’t require an introduction. A bow tie is a classic and classy alternative to the traditional tie.
4. Make mine a triple – add a waistcoat or vest to your suit ensemble to channel Gatsby and his companions. Pink suit optional.
5. Sweat it – when they weren’t attending parties or drinking (very rarely) Gatsby and Nick wore sweaters and wore them exceptionally well. Pair with chinos or dress pants for a smart casual off-duty look.
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