F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is one of my most beloved books ever. In fact, I have a paperback copy of it sitting on my computer desk as I am typing (courtesy of my sister’s $75 Barnes & Noble Gift Card). For those of you who haven’t read it, this is definitely a worthy read. Just make it a weekend excursion into Fitzgerald’s little world of literature. Fitzgerald, himself, is a lovely writer mainly because of how he intertwines romance with very typical human flaws. (Quite a world apart from what I’ve been reading lately: Baroness Orczy’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, where the female protagonist, Marguerite, is painted as the very picture of perfection with her delicate hands and feet).
If you want to get a taste of Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby” is definitely the place to start. I read “The Great Gatsby”, “This Side of Paradise”, and “Tender is the Night” in that order.
Perhaps the most difficult part of writing a Great Gatsby fashion blog post is whether to weigh more heavily to the film or the novel. The 1974 film stars one of my favorite, and who I deem the best-looking man I’ve ever laid eyes upon, Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Their visually-appealing outfits in the movie are definitely worth looking at. And it may be just me, but I think that the director Jack Clayton does a remarkable job of sticking closely to the text when it comes to costume. Bravo Mr. Clayton.
Part 1 of the movie starts like this:
My god! The lengths we could go with 1920s fashion. I don’t think I can fully cover my adoration of the 20s in this simple blog post. It will have to be stretched to greater lengths. But let’s just get started anyhow.
Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan: Crying over Gatsby’s shirts, calling her cousin a rose, swing dancing, and mood swinging. Yep, that’s Daisy Buchanan. But her wardrobe is sheer beauty, especially with the onset of spring filling fashionistas’ minds with questions over what to include into our wardrobes and what to throw out. Daisy Buchanan’s outfit is a perfect example of a relaxed, yet helplessly romantic outfit.
Outfit 1-Bringing some of that “loose” clothing into your winter wardrobe
Outfit 2-Breezy Spring Day-Probably the best thing to have in your wardrobe for Spring 2010 would be a breezy spring dress. Add some old-fashioned accessories and you’ve got yourself a Daisy Buchanan look!
Gatsby’s Parties: It’s All About the Glitz and the Glamour. Flappers at parties! Holy smoke! Fun, jewels, swaying pearls, dancing in fountains, flouncy bobbed hair…all wrapped into Jay Gatsby’s parties. Below is a perfect picture of Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker, Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby, looking very stylish for the swing-age.
Outfit 1-Bringing a Little Glitz and Glamour into Your Wardrobe
Outfit 2-Dancing the Night Away
whoo! This post has actually inspired me more than anything else! I am definitely hitting up some thrift stores and Nordstrom Rack this weekend to see if we can find any 1920s-style deals!