The Great Gatsby: Fashion

The Great Gatsby: Fashion

With the release of The Great Gatsby coming this Friday, May 10th, I feel a trend coming, if it’s not already here.  A flurried rush and need for all things 1920’s.

When I opened my new Veranda yesterday, the inside cover shows this advertisement – Tiffany & Co.’s Great Gatsby Collection.


The beautiful Savoy headpiece, seen here, is the one worn in the movie and retails for a cool $200,000.

Gorgeous, yes?

I could definitely get into the headpieces.  Maybe I could wind up my long hair and pin it to really set them off.  A bob is not in the works for me or my face shape.

Want a touch of 20’s fashion in your life?  I have identified five easy ways to get into the look and still maintain your modern flair.  Here they are.

1.  T-strap shoes

There are millions of styles and colors out there right now of T-strap shoes.  I like them because they can look cute whether the heels are flat or tall.  (And being 5’10” and chasing after kids, I mostly wear flats.)

I bought these last year from Anthro, and I LOVE them!  They are probably my favorite pair of shoes.



If you want something colorful for spring/summer, Anthropologie has these on sale.

Although my heart is secretly pining for these for fun date nights and special summer occasions…here’s to hoping they go on sale soon.

2.  Drop-Waist Dresses

The drop-waist flatters all types of body shapes, and this season, you can find them in varying lengths.

Piperlime has a few cute ones, like this little blue number.  You can see all of their drop waist selections by clicking here.



3.  Art Deco Accessories

Art Deco influenced nearly every section of 1920’s culture from art to architecture to accessories.  What is art deco exactly, you ask?  Art deco is generally defined as anything denoting geometric shapes, lavish decoration (i.e. bling), and rich, deep colors (think ox blood).  To infuse a little art deco in your style,

think this



or this



vs this.


Urban Outfitters has some darling Art Deco-y crossbody handbag options.

Like this one.

urban outfitters

urban outfitters

Or for something a little fancier, this clutch from Whiting & Davis, is really beautiful.



4.  Pattern, Pattern, Pattern

Women’s fashion got a little crazy in the 1920’s.  The more pattern, the better.  Women felt the need to express themselves, and their demureness was replaced with…well, a little loudness.

Get some pattern in your life by using a headscarf as seen here.

Nordstrom has a great collection, and they start at around $30.  Of course, Target and places like Forever21 are good places to find headscarves, too.



5.  Demure Collars

If you haven’t seen “It Happened One Night” with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert (photo above), you should.  It is a prime example of classic American cinema and chock full of great 1920’s womens wear.

See her cute little Peter Pan collar?  This is an easy way to incorporate 1920’s Great Gatsby fashion into your wardrobe!

Anthropologie’s Novelty Collar Tee ($48) is super cute, and it comes in four different colors!  (great reviews, too!)  More collared Anthro clothing here.

I also love this top.



Of course, you can add a collar necklace to anything, and you will be trendy and classic all at the same time!

Oh wait, hello little cute dress for $45!



 What about you?  Are you a flapper at heart?  Are you excited about the movie?

P.S.  You do not even want to know how long it took me to write this post.  Do you like a fashion-y post every once in awhile?  Was this fun?  Or should I never do this again?  Please tell me, I’m all ears!  And please feel free to share your real opinion.  No hurt feelings, promise.

Written by Grace

  • Melissa
    Posted at 06:58h, 06 May

    I love the occasional fashion post! Great job Grace, so fun. Now to find bling to put up my hair with.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:28h, 09 May

      Melissa, ha! Hope you found the bling. 🙂

  • Sheri
    Posted at 08:19h, 06 May

    Refreshing! Can’t wait for the movie, rumor has it get there early so you don’t have to sit in the front. Otherwise your eyes will be in for a roller coaster ride. It’s a visual feast!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:28h, 09 May

      Sheri, I’m excited about the movie, too! We never go to movies right when they open to avoid the crowds, but I may have to break that rule for this one!

  • tellmeastoryjosie
    Posted at 08:30h, 06 May

    I love twenties fashion. We dressed our one year old as a flapper for her first Halloween—before she’s able to request her own costume ideas!

    And I love posts like this! I did a similar one a few years ago, but it’s much less thorough:

    Keep up the good work!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:30h, 09 May

      Tellmeastory, I loved your post! What a neat exhibit you found! I’m sure your daughter was an A-dorabe flapper, how fun! Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and sharing your post with me!

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 09:22h, 06 May

    I LOVED it! Right on point! ….and btw, I can’t wait to see this movie! I LOVE Baz Luhrmann films! I will say, I did stop and think to myself, this is an out-of-the-ordinary post….not the “use…” Nevertheless, enjoyed it just as much 🙂 Thanks!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:32h, 09 May

      Lindsey, I’m so glad you liked it! I’m admittedly no fashionista, but I do try every once in awhile. 🙂 Plus I think historical fashion is interesting! Thank you for commenting, G

  • Anna
    Posted at 09:58h, 06 May

    I loved this post. So fun and informative too. I was n’t really sure what Art Deco was although I kept hearing the phrase and reading about it. Thanks for enlightening me. Have a wonderful day!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:34h, 09 May

      Anna, thank you so much! So happy you now know the official Art Deco definition. Now you can impress all your friends. 😉 Thanks so much for reading and commenting, G

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 10:09h, 06 May

    I adore this post so much. I’ve been in love with 20s style since I did a project on it for history class in 9th grade. And YES when I have a lakehouse you are invited! Thanks for the sweet comment Grace. xo

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:36h, 09 May

      Tiffany, glad you liked the post! I’m sure your 9th grade project was awesome :), I am continually impressed with the work you show on your blog for design school! Great job! G

  • Mandy DeTurk
    Posted at 10:43h, 06 May

    Keep ’em coming! I loved it!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:38h, 09 May

      Mandy, thank you so much! I’m so happy you liked it! I guess I will attempt it again at some point. 🙂 Thank you for your comment! G

  • Erin
    Posted at 15:35h, 07 May

    I DO like this post – very much! “A Storied Style” can be applied to many things, no?

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:40h, 09 May

      Erin, exactly!!! You are so right – fashion tells a story as much as home design! Thanks so much for reading and for your comment, G

  • Celeste & Pearl
    Posted at 22:14h, 14 May

    What a wonderful post! We were so inspired by the style in the movie and you hit the nail on the head! Thanks for making it so accessible!

    Liz and Lo


    • Grace
      Posted at 09:43h, 16 May

      Liz & Lo, thank you so much! I have not seen the movie yet, but I am DYING to! So happy you liked the post – I really appreciate you taking the time to comment! G