You must have been hiding the last few weeks if you don’t know that Baz Lurhmann’s film The Great Gatsby is about to be released! As Gatsby fever takes over the nation, I wonder what exactly is it about that decade that has designers and fashionistas alike looking back time and time again?

The words opulent, glamour and ladylike all spring to mind, with a dusting of sparkle and a cocktail party here and there.  The 1920’s were definitely a time for fun!  And with none other than Miuccia Prada herself designing character Daisy Buchanans’s outfits, this film is a must see for fashion lovers!!

Think muted colour palettes, floaty flapper dresses, feathers, fringing and opulent sparkle to boot.  Here at Very HQ we have got the looks to cover the trend, I’ve picked out some Gatsby inspired items for you, so all you need to do is add a red lip and your 20’s retro chic look is complete!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this South Midi Pleated Dress, the pale nude colour and sparkle pleats make it a great modern day take on a Gatsby inspired piece!

This French Connection She Silk Blouse is a lovely eggshell blue colour, easy to wear and elegant at the same time, a fabulous piece for summer.  The pussy bow detail is a fab design feature!

What outfit would be complete without a pair of new shoes?! These four pairs are all classics. Clarks Humble Oak Ladies Brogues are a great way to cool up a girly dress or pair with the Carvella Hanny Ballerina Shoes for ultimate ladylike style.  The Clarks Saxen Curtain T-bar Shoes and Dune Slingback shoe both have lovely retro designs, a particular favourite is the t-bar detail, glam and practical,  a great day-to-night essential!  Now which one do I want first….

The French Connection Metal Clutch Bag is a fab way to hint at the Gatsby trend without going all out flapper!  The cute metal bag with long chain is chic, elegant and glam all rolled into one!

Its easy to get carried away with all the glamour of the 1920’s but if you are looking for something a little more casual then this Love Label Sleeveless Bird Print Dress is for you!  With retro print and collar detail, its perfect day-wear.

Another more casual piece, the Love Label Embellished Tiered Ruffle Blouse is a great way to hint at the trend, muted colour, delicate ruffle fabric and embellished detail tick all the boxes.  Just pair it with your favourite skinnys for a modern alternative.

Sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle! A super-glam, super-gorgeous piece! The opulent South Sequin Tunic in purple is the perfect party dress!!  Now pass me the cocktail!

A Gatsby inspired outfit wouldn’t be complete without a bit of bling here and there!  The French Connection Snake Chain Fringe Earings and French Connection Snake Chain Fringe Necklace are the perfect mixture of Gatsby-chic and modern, add them to any outfit for a subtle nod to the trend.

I love this French Connection Summer Sparkle Dress, pair with some nude brogues and the look is complete!  Simple, chic and with a bit of sparkle to boot!

The French Connection Skittle Sequin Playsuit is sure to make a statement!  It has it all, nude colours, opulent sparkle and very feminine.  A great piece to wear if you want to create shape, perfect for boyish frames.  It defines the waist and gives volume at the hips.  A fantastic alternative to a simple dress!

All you need now is to find your Jay Gatsby and your look is complete!!…

(Photo of Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan in ‘The Great Gatsby’ : image from

Love Jess x


16th May 2013
Written by Very_Lauren

Posted by: Audrey Cameron 18 May 2013