The world and it's grandmother have been getting their knickers in a twist recently about the new Baz Luhrmann film, The Great Gatsby. I've been a lover of Baz Luhrmann films ever since a school trip to the cinema to see Romeo + Juliet at the age of 14. If there is one thing that's for sure when you go to see a Luhrmann film, it's that it will be a feast for the eyes, with costumes and sets to die for. The Great Gatsby was no exception. It made me want to throw the most debauched of parties and flounce around in evening gowns.
|Ain't no party like a Gatsby party|
I really enjoyed the film, it was captivating and with every scene I was excited to see what Daisy Buchanan (played by Carey Mulligan) would be wearing next. The story is something of a cautionary tale about the excesses of 1920's high society, which meant that the film was full to bursting with opulent, champagne drenched parties and glamourous outfits decked in mink and dripping with diamonds. The gents looked rather dapper, too. So it got me thinking about how to reflect a bit of the gorgeous 1920's look in today's outfits. I think that the styles are so irresistable and timeless it's quite easy to pull a bit of jazz age style into a modern outfit without looking like you're on your way to a fancy dress party.
First up, the ladies. If you've seen the film you're probably wishing you could get access to Daisy Buchanan's wardrobe, she looked amazing in every scene. The key to her look is sequins, beading and sparkles for evening and ladylike, muted colours for daytime. And, of course, cute hair accessories.
The high street is awash with Gatsby inspired pieces at the moment, but as always you'll find an even more interesting selection if you shop vintage. Here are a few examples from our collection-
Beautiful embroidered peacock shawl, for lounging glamourously.
This gorgeous tasseled black beaded top.
Gold trim 1960's evening dress by Jean Varon
Once you have your perfect twenties inspired outfit, you need the accessories to match. As you can see above, a scarf tied around the head is a simple and chic way to reference the era, if you ever come and see us at a vintage fair you can have a good old rummage in our suitcase of vintage scarves, £3 each or 2 for £5!
Also, a sparkly headband is a great choice, here's me at a 1920's themed party wearing one of our sequin headbands, which are only £6 with free postage, and come in a choice of colours. They are so easy to wear, and would also be lovely for festivals.
To complete the look you need a bit of bling. Vintage strings of pearls and diamante necklaces and earrings are a great choice for the evening, to reflect this look in your daytime wear you might like some of these choices from our website-
Aztec Inspired Statement Earrings, coming soon
Next, on to the gents. Here's Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire showing us how it's done.
The look is very smart, with tailoring being the order of the day. For evening, black tie is essential, though perhaps not suitable for a few pints down the pub (another reason to throw that Gatsby style party...) For daytime, how about a chic light coloured suit, with chic touches like a pocket square and tie pin to complete the look. Also, as a drenched Nick Carraway shows us, a classic trench coat is always a great look. We often have vintage Burberry and Aquascutum ones for sale in our eBay shop.
Here are a few Minimum Mouse picks for the gents-
Pocket watches, coming soon
As a finishing touch, and with summer threatening to show it's face in the UK, you need some sunglasses. There was a surprising number of chic sunnies on show in the film, here are a couple of examples-
Round, tortoiseshell styles seem to be the order of the day, and we think they look fantastic. Here are a few styles from our collection which have a touch of the jazz age about them-
So there you have it, our take on Great Gatsby style. We'd love to hear what you thought of the film and the fashion!