What to wear for the Great Gatsby Garden Party and Film Night
Well I’ve been asked by those wanting to get into the spirit and dress up on Sunday what to wear for The Great Gatsby Garden Party (remember it is optional, although I’m looking forward to dressing up!!). So I’ve come up with some style guides. Now I’m not a fashion editor, fashionista or in anyway qualified for this, so please take with the proverbial pinch of salt!
The Gatsby era was made for men and women to be glamorous. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby was at the start of the prohibition in the US, set on Long Island in the early 1920s, but it’s not long into the novel before the narrator Nick Carraway describes Jay Gatsby’s famously lavish parties supplied with bootlegged booze and “floating rounds of cocktails”. There was no shortage of fun or glamour or booze, despite the prohibition.
The US and the rest of the world was bouncing back after world war one and the US economy was booming ahead of the Great Depression. There was a certain hedonism, not to the extent of the sexual liberation of the 1960s, but the good times were certainly there!
This was an era made for women to be glamorous and to accessorize! Pearls, gloves, headbands, bangles, bracelets, bold rings, you name it, this was the era for it… so bling it up ladies, but without the bling and you’re on the right lines! Here’s some images to help!
Jay Gatsby certainly dressed with style and flair, so if you’re like me, then us guys have got our work cut out. Straw boaters were definitely in, as were waistcoats and suits, generally three piece, ties and bow ties and if you’re really struggling black tie! Here’s some images to help out!
Whatever, in the end, we don’t care. It’s just a chance to let your hair down and enjoy the scenery, the barn, Godwick and be part of our first Garden Party and Film Night!