The Great Gatsby – Style Guide

Almost all of us, at the moment, will be aware of the ‘hype’ surrounding the latest film release adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel – The Great Gatsby. Undoubtedly a literary classic & ranked amongst the greatest works of American literature, it is a spectacle of human deception & weakness, debauchery & love, set in the sparkling 1920s Jazz era in glittering Manhattan & Long Island, New York.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's latest Great Gatsby adaptation

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s latest Great Gatsby adaptation

Yet how many of us know that there have already been no less than four Hollywood adaptations of the book prior to this latest version?

The first – a silent film directed by Herbert Brenon in 1926. The second in 1945 directed by Elliott Nugent. The third in 1974 directed by Jack Clayton & starring the simply ‘drop dead gorgeous’ Robert Redford in the title role of Jay Gatsby and last but, we now see, no means least, the 2000 version directed by Robert Markowitz.

Whilst, personally, I have simply no recollection of the first two releases – being, quite frankly, before my time – I can admit to being entranced by Robert Redford in the 1974 version …. but then again who wouldn’t be?!

I didn’t see the 2000 version & most likely won’t go to see the latest release, preferring instead to being inspired by all the ‘hype’ to re-read the novel – first read as a teenager just leaving school (some years ago now!) …. & to let my own imagination run riot & transport me back to the amazingly ‘heady’ days of the sparkling Jazz & gangster era in downtown New York.

What is also quite amazing is that ‘fashion’ – just like history – tends to repeat itself with so-called ‘vintage’ clothing seeing a popular revival amongst all age groups. Today, the style of the era is still as prevalent as before, having been made accessible to a wider audience through lighter fabrics & modern day production.

So whilst we, at Brocklehursts, do not profess to include in our ‘collection’ the infamous, pink linen, striped suit, so elegantly sported by both Robert Redford & Leonardo DiCaprio, we have put together a few ideas of our own in the style of the Great Gatsby era …….

The Great Gatsby - Brocks Style

The Great Gatsby – Brocks Style

This delightful sports jacket from Magee is made from 100% pure new wool and features an overcheck of light and dark blue.Other features include: side vents; four button cuff; three button front; two slanting front pockets & ticket pocket. Match the Magee jacket with a pair of Perth 100% cotton trousers by Gurteen.

Contrasting waistcoats seem to be increasingly popular and are indeed a fantastic way to ‘liven up’ your outfit. Choose from a traditional Tattersall check or from a variety of ‘heritage’ colours.

Accessories in the form of panamas, feodora hats, silk ties & hankies, vibrant socks & colourful belts all add the finishing touches to the vintage, traditional yet contemporary look. Add your own style & flair from a selection of products we have available …..

Finish the outfit with a flamboyant pair of Cambridge brogues from Barkers or even a pair of elegant Woodstock Oxfords from Loake.

So whether you are reading the book or viewing the film for the first …. or even the fifth time, why not get ‘In the Mood’ (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue) and choose some items from our Style Guide …..



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