The ‘Great Gatsby’ Effect – Film Inspires 1920s Style Revival

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As the biggest and most-anticipated film of the year, the Baz Luhrmann directed ‘The Great Gatsby’, finally hits the big screen in the UK, it isn’t just movie buffs and classic fiction fans who are super-excited about the film’s release. The film, which is based on the classic American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher, has also triggered a major new fashion trend, a 1920s style revival.

A big part of The Great Gatsby’s production was its lavish costumes, which were recently on display in a New York exhibition prior to the film’s worldwide release. Fashion magazines and bloggers quickly picked up on the roaring 20s trend, and it’s set to be a really popular look for this year. Amongst the key Great Gatsby inspired looks and pieces we’re drooling over at the moment are the following:

Art Deco accessories

Clothes, purses, jewellery and even laptop cases with an Art Deco design greatly evoke the roaring 20s style, and they will go great with a bolder 1920s piece such as a flapper dress without making your look too ‘themed’. Choose a black clutch with raised Art Deco embellishments, or a statement silver pendant with a geometric, Art Deco-influenced design.

T-bar heels

The T-bar heel is one of the cutest and most wearable fashion trends of the 1920s. With a low heel that pretty much anyone can walk in, and an adorable, ladylike T-bar strap at the front (which also helps to keep your feet in your shoes whilst dancing the night away), you simply can’t go wrong with this shoe style.

Feather stoles and faux fur wraps

In the 1920s, you needed to be seen in a fur stole to look glamorous. Nowadays, you can pull of the same affluent-looking glamour in a more ethical way, by going for a feather or faux fur stole or wrap, or even a vest if you want to put a modern twist on the look. Throw it on over a glamorous, floor-length evening dress or maxi and head out into the night.

Flapper dresses

The flapper dress is arguably the most recognisable fashion trend from the 1920s, and it tends to flit, like the layers and fringes of the style itself, in and out of fashion. Thanks to the release of The Great Gatsby, the flapper dress in one form or another is likely to be sticking around for a while. The key to pulling off the 1920s flapper look in the modern day is to keep everything very understated, choosing women’s dresses all in one colour, with subtle layers and draping. Avoid anything too flashy, as well as the temptation to dress head-to-toe in full flapper regalia, complete with headgear, pearls, fishnets and heels. You can, however, indulge your desire for a bit of sparkle by choosing flapper dresses with subtle, twinkly beading or embellishments.


One of the things you’ll notice from the trailers for The Great Gatsby, if you haven’t seen the film yet, is that Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan, along with the other female characters, are crazy for sparkly hair barrettes, clips, headbands, scarves and slides. If you want some 1920s elegance, you’ll have to pay as much attention to dressing up your hair as you do choosing an outfit.

Christine Felton is a Writer at Fashion Union provider of on trend women’s clothing in the UK.

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