The Great Gatsby Part 1: Fashion


This week I went to see The Great Gatsby. It certainly lived up to the hype. What a spectacular film! If you haven’t been yet, I can’t recommend it enough. The glamour, wealth and elegance will leave you wishing it was the 1920’s Flapper Era all over again.  I’ve decided to do a few Gatsby themed posts this week inspired by the fashion and jewellery in the film. In this post I’m going to focus on fashion.


The film has been criticised for its lack of accuracy in the fashion department. However, that doesn’t mean we still can’t adore it! Daisy Buchannan, portrayed by the flawless Carey Mulligan, was undoubtedly the best dressed character through the film.


Each scene introduced a new stunning gown adorned with pearls, sequences, feathers or fur. Daisy’s clothing tended to stay on a neutral palette, mainly nudes, pale pinks and purples.

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Compared to Daisy’s elegant dresses, we see Myrtles garish and in your face attire, aspiring to the wealth and sophistication of the Buchannan’s.


The contrast between Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchannan’s clothing in the film represents the contrast of “Old” and “New” money. Traditionally speaking, the old money gentlemen wore darker clothing and suits, like Tom. New money types like Gatsby tended to wear brighter colours along the whites, creams and pinks spectrum.

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Then you have the Nick Carraway’s of the world. Not poor but not exactly as well to do as the company he keeps.


His clothing throughout the film was smart, a balanced mix between light and darks.  All the male characters wore pocket squares and striped or patterned ties. And of course, fedoras!


Stay tuned for more Great Gatsby inspired posts. Let me know your favourite outfits in the comments below!

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