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Gatsby Character & Fashion Guide

Great Gatsby guide

Attention Gatsby newbies, there are spoilers ahead. 

For those of you familiar with The Great Gatsby — whether you’re a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel or Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 movie masterpiece — you’ll agree that its web of characters is very, very complicated. To help you decipher the drama, we’ve created a comprehensive guide featuring the story’s top six characters. So go ahead, old sport: take a peek through your favorites’ storylines, and study up on their stats, famous sayings, and distinguished 1920s styles.

Scroll down or click through the links below for a closer look at each Gatsby character:

Nick Carraway | Jay Gatsby | Daisy Buchanan | Tom Buchanan | Jordan Baker | Myrtle Wilson


And for even more goodies, check out the rest of our Great Gatsby Guide:

How to Throw a Gatsby-Themed Party

’20s Toppers: Great Gatsby Hats

Great Gatsby Music: 1920s Playlist

 

Nick Carraway

Great Gatsby Nick Carraway

  • Basic Stats: The story’s narrator. Lives in West Egg. Well-to-do. Went to Yale with Tom. Gatsby‘s next-door neighbor. Daisy’s cousin. Honest. Tolerant. In a relationship with Jordan.

Great Gatsby Fashion: Nick-inspired Accessories

Jay Gatsby

Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby

  • Basic Stats: Lives in West Egg. Owns a mansion. Nouveau riche. Throws lavish parties. Calls everyone “old sport.” Optimistic. Dishonest. Deeply in love with Daisy. Bootlegger. Murdered by George Wilson.

  • Gatsby-worthy Hat: Stetson Chatham Teardrop Crown Fedora

  • Quote: “Can’t repeat the past?…Of course you can!”

  • ’20s Style: Flashy, Charming, Polished

Great Gatsby Fashion: Jay-inspired Accessories

Daisy Buchanan

Great Gatsby Daisy Buchanan

  • Basic Stats: Lives in East Egg. Married to Tom. Friends with Jordan. Nick’s cousin. Selfish. Superficial. Object of Gatsby’s obsession. Has a history with Gatsby. Has an affair with Gatsby. Kills Myrtle with a car.

  • Daisy-worthy Hat: Betmar Seina Stripe Cloche

  • Quote: “…that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

  • ’20s Style: Feminine, Glitzy, Innocent

Great Gatsby Fashion: Daisy-inspired Accessories

Tom Buchanan

Great Gatsby Tom Buchanan

  • Basic Stats: Lives in East Egg. Married to Daisy. Went to Yale with Nick. Filthy rich. Comes from very old money. Has an ongoing affair with Myrtle. Arrogant. Aggressive. Outraged by Daisy’s affair.

  • Tom-worthy Hat: Christys’ of London Hemp Braid Boater Hat

  • Quote: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness…”

  • 20s Style: Masculine, Traditional, Preppy

Great Gatsby Fashion: Tom-inspired Accessories

Jordan Baker

Great Gatsby Jordan Baker

  • Basic Stats: Professional golfer. Daisy’s friend. Dates Nick. Cynical. Self-centered. First to snitch about Gatsby’s love for Daisy.

  • Jordan-worthy Hat: Betmar Opal Wool Cloche

  • Quote: “I’ve just heard the most amazing thing… and here I am tantalizing you.”

  • ’20s Style: Chic, Sporty, Sophisticated

Great Gatsby Fashion: Jordan-inspired Accessories

Myrtle Wilson

Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson

  • Basic Stats From valley of ashes. Lower class. George Wilson’s wife. Tom’s mistress. Foolish. Exuberant. Killed by Daisy driving Gatsby’s car.

  • Myrtle-worthy Hat: Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche

  • Quote: “…There was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering.”

  • ’20s Style: Gaudy, Bold, Vampy

Great Gatsby Fashion: Myrtle-inspired Accessories

 

Image sources: imdb.com, Polyvore.com

Great Gatsby Music: 1920s Playlist

Great Gatsby music

When it comes to throwing an over-the-top, Gatsby-style bash, we know it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing… music. That’s why we’ve dug through the archives to find the finest jazz and swing tunes to serve as the soundtrack to your 1920s party. From Cole Porter to Glenn Miller and more, we have over 30 Great Gatsby songs cued up and waiting for you. Just press play and swing the night away!

Stream the playlist below or click here to open in Spotify.

And for even more tips on getting your Gatsby party just right, check out our Great Gatsby Guide, complete with tips on dress code, decor, and more!

How to Throw a Gatsby-Themed Party

Great Gatsby Character & Fashion Guide

’20s Toppers: Great Gatsby Hats

  • Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman
  • Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) – Cole Porter
  • Sugar Foot Stomp – Fletcher Henderson
  • Out of Nowhere – Django Reinhardt & Coleman Hawkins
  • My Blue Heaven – Benny Carter
  • Doctor, Doctor – Max Raabe
  • A Night in Tunisia: Hot Mallets – Coleman Hawkins
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing – Duke Ellington
  • Anything Goes – Cole Porter
  • King of the Bongo Bong – Roy Eldridge
  • Night and Day – Art Tatum
  • Peckin’ – Ben Pollack
  • Let Me Off Uptown – Roy Eldridge
  • They Can’t Take That Away from Me – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
  • I Got Rhythm – Don Redman
  • Tidal Wave – Fletcher Henderson
  • Crazy Rhythm – Benny Carter
  • Martha, My Dear – Madeleine Peyroux
  • In The Mood – Glenn Miller
  • The Moon Is Grinnin’ At Me – Ben Pollack
  • Blue Skies – John Kirby
  • Charleston – Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  • I Love My Baby – Josephine Baker
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glenn Miller
  • Chicago – Benny Goodman
  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue – Gene Austin
  • You’re The Top – Cole Porter
  • Love Is The Drug – The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

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7 New Hat Guides for Spring

Over the last couple of months, the Fedoras.com team has been busy researching, cleaning, sizing, and styling our hats in every way possible. Some may call us crazy, but we call it dedication. After all, becoming a master of hats is no easy feat, which is why we’ve created a brand new batch of hat resources just for you!

Click through the images below to view the entire resource.

1. Hat Sizing

Using a tape measure — or a ruler and string — learn our three quick steps to hat sizing, and let our easy-to-follow measurement chart be your guide.

Hat Sizing Chart   Find Your Hat Size

2. Hat Cleaning

From cloth hats to straw toppers, learn the correct way to treat, rinse, wash, and rid your hat of spots and stains.

Hat Cleaning

3. Hat Care

Read our top care commandments for keeping your hat as perfect as the day you bought it.

Hat Care Commandments

4. Hat Etiquette

Yep, there really is a very right — and very wrong — way to wear one, so be sure to keep this list of hat manners handy. We’d like to give a special shoutout to The Art of Manliness, Jessica, Barbara, Emma, Landgirl, Jay, Laura Mae, George, The Emily Post Institute, Sven Raphael Schneider, Andy, GetKempt.com, Darla, and Stevie for sharing your hat advice and expertise!

Hat Etiquette Guide

5. Men’s Style Guide

Master the sharpest hat trends, seasonal style essentials, and most coveted looks for spring.

Spring Style guide

6. Kentucky Derby Fashion

Headed to Churchill Downs in a few weeks? Read our men’s guide and women’s guide to looking your absolute best on race day. (You and your date can thank us later.)

Kentucky Derby Fashion for Men

Kentucky Derby Fashion for Women

7. Mad Men Guide

Mad Men Season 6 is in full swing! Looking to dress like your favorite character? With the help of our favorite retro style bloggers, we’ll help you dress the part! Be sure to check out our ’60s-inspired hat guide and beverage guide, too.

Mad Men Style Guide

Like what you see? Be sure to read, print, pin, and share these resources with fellow hat lovers!

Taking a Style Cue from Number 42

On April 15, 1947, exactly 66 years ago, Jackie became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball history. As a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he faced continual racial discrimination from fellow players and fans, despite being named the 1947 “Rookie of the Year” and the 1949 “Most Valuable Player” by the National League. Still, Jackie persevered, and 50 years later, his jersey number (42) was retired from Major League Baseball.

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats To celebrate this important day in history and the release of 42 — the popular new film about the player — we’d like to give Jackie a Fedoras-style salute. Check out Jackie’s inspirational story by browsing these images from 42, and be sure to tip your hat to the 1940s toppers featured in the movie!

Looking for your own version of the hats worn by Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, and the rest of the cast? Click on the hats below the images for more information.

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

 Scala Grade 3 Panama Snap Brim Fedora

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Stetson Drury Fashion Collection Fur Felt Fedora HatBailey of Hollywood Brooks Panama

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Stetson Rector Cotton Baseball Cap

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Stetson Pisa Cashmere Blend Fedora

Hats Inspired by Jackie Robinson Movie

Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche | Betmar Opal Wool Cloche 

Hats Inspired by Jackie Robinson Movie

Stetson Inwood Fur Felt Fedora Hat | Stetson Chatham Teardrop Crown Fedora

1940s Hats from Jackie Robinson Movie

Bailey of Hollywood Curtis Indy Fedora

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Hills of New Zealand Style #880 Tech Flap Cap | Bailey of Hollywood Cashlux Hoxton Fedora

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

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Image sources: imdb.com

Worst Dressed? No Way!

If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you know we like to talk fashion, be it seasonal trends or hat etiquette. So when our hometown of Indianapolis was ranked 10th on a list of “worst-dressed” cities, we took umbrage — to say the least.

Yes, we do think Indy dresses well, which is why we’re setting out to prove we know Hoosiers — both men and women — who have style. Our friends at The Indianapolis Star have asked for photo proof. Challenge accepted!

From trending looks to toppers for all seasons, our Fedoras.com style team is the epitome of well-dressed. See for yourself:

We know it’s not just our crew representing Indy well. In May, we’ll be attending Hats Off! at the IMA, where we fully expect to meet other discerning dressers who call this town home.

What about your city? Is your town fashion-forward or fashion-ignorant?

Must-Have Hats for Spring

If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to trade in your parkas and boots for shorts and sandals. While it may still be a bit early to pack up our entire winter wardrobe, the days are getting longer, and (fingers crossed) warmer weather is right around the corner. To help you prep your closet for the sunny days ahead, we’ve compiled the top tips and trends of the season in our Spring Style Guide and selected a few of our first-round hat picks for you to try. Now, if only Mother Nature would cooperate…

straw hats for spring

Teardrop Stingy Fedora Vented Pinch Fedora Mesa Straw Fedora Stingy Vented Fedora

Looking for more? You can check out all of our spring styles here!

Mad Men Hats

No Mad Men look is complete without the proper topper! We polled our favorite fashion bloggers and Fedoras.com hat afficiandos to compile a collection of hats suited for every Mad Men character’s style. Whether you consider yourself a Betty or a Roger, you’re sure to find a hat to don (pun intended) for every occasion.

Click through the hats below for complete details on each style.

Mad Men hats

Bailey of Hollywood Gangster Wool Felt Capone Style Dobbs Fur Felt Jet 707 Stetson Benchley 100% Beaver Felt Fedora Hat Stitch Hats Dougie Stingy Brim Porkpie Dobbs Main Street Wool Felt Woodmere Cov-Ver Wool Felt Center Dent Fedora Stetson Inwood Fur Felt Fedora Hat  Frank Sinatra Got You Under My Skin Fedora Stetson Pisa Cashmere Blend Fedora Stitch Hats Daisy Straw Garbo Hat Betmar Opal Wool Cloche Stitch Hats Iris Toyo Straw Garbo Hat Kangol Heritage Lite Felt Diva Kangol Animal Print Cloche Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche Betmar Lapis Wool Cloche Scala Hand Made Authentic French Basque Beret Betmar Pine Wool Cloche Betmar Alexandrite Wool Cloche Cov-ver Wide Brim Resort Hat Betmar Obsidian Knit Hat

Special thanks to Tim of Stay Classic,  Sean of *fruitpunch, Crystal of Billie Jean, Sue of Sewin’ Steady, Leea of Vintage Follies, Joanne of Stitch and Witter, Pauline of Dessine-moi un bouton, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin for helping select each style!

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Ladies: Tip Your Hat to Spring

Fedoras.com is honored to welcome Christy Pastore from Fashion Wrap Up for a special guest post on the best women’s hats of the season. Ladies, read on for her top runway picks!

Hats are generally thought of, for most women anyway, as a way to fix a bad hair day. Consider this: Wear a hat because you really want to and because it matches your outfit.

Wait. What did she just say? Yes, that’s right. Hats are timeless — they can be worn anytime! Hats and headpieces were seen all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2013, from New York to Milan. Here are a few headwear trends to consider for the spring season:

Spring Trend Watch: Oraganic raffia bucket hat

While Rachel Zoe’s overall clothing collection for S/S 2013 was less than lackluster, her styling was outstanding. From her spin on the classic fedora to her sporty raffia newsboy caps, Rachel featured plenty of hats in her collection. Rag and Bone and Organic by John Patrick also got in on the raffia hat trend for spring and summer. Rag and Bone showcased sporty caps using the textured material, while Organic by John Patrick opted for casual bucket hats. Whether you’re setting out for an afternoon of sailing, playing a round of golf, or hitting up your local farmer’s market, consider the raffia hat as your accessory of choice.

(Try a Fedoras.com-inspired raffia here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Marc Jacobs Turban Hat

Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff, and Dolce & Gabbana helped spur the return of two headpiece trends for spring — the turban and the bandana. These designers reinvented the two stylish head wraps with a modern twist. I personally think that turbans are glamorous! In the 1930s, turbans were often associated with well-educated and well-traveled women — just think of film icon Greta Garbo. Possibly one of the most famous turbans worn in film history was Lana Turner in the 1946 film, The Postman Always Rings Twice. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s when women began to wear the turban as more of a hat rather than as a head wrap, letting their long, sleek tresses hang loose. In 1973, Barbara Streisand channeled Garbo at the premiere of The Way We Were, pairing a turban with her fabulous fur coat.

(Try a Fedoras.com-inspired turban here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Dolce & Gabanna Headwrap Bandana

Rebecca Minkoff accessorized a matching bandana that coordinated a very streamlined, fluid ensemble — without being overly matchy-matchy — for a striking, sporty-casual style. Bandanas do not need to be worn by women “Bret Michaels-style” all the time; they can be worn very girly and chic in a tousled updo. The runway models’ hair at the Dolce & Gabbana show were styled in a manner where a big bandana was worn covering some part of their foreheads but still showcased a messy bun. The models wore bathing suits, sun dresses, and elegant cocktail dresses, all while sporting the colorfully-printed bandanas. Turbans and bandanas are perfect for a day at the beach or pool, but also transition easily to a no-fuss evening look.

(Try a Fedoras.com-inspired beach hat with bandana sash here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Peter Som veil hat covering

Peter Som and Jason Wu took a more formal approach for spring headwear using netted face veils, often referred to as birdcage veils to create feminine, mysterious looks. While birdcage veils are seen mostly worn on brides for their weddings, they are appropriate for cocktail and black-tie events, or if you want to add a dash of pizazz to your look. Dita Von Teese attended the Alexis Mabille Haute Couture show in Paris this past January wearing a birdcage veil, and was immediately put on the trend watch list by fashionistas. I say embrace this trend and consider trying it for a date night or a girl’s night out.

Which of these hat trends are you trying this spring?

 

Thanks again to Christy for sharing her spring hat expertise with us! For more on Fashion Wrap Up, be sure to follow her on Twitter.

Mad Men Style: Roger Sterling

Mad Men Modern Style: Roger Sterling

Notorious womanizer and excessive drinker, Roger Sterling never fails to bring on the wisecracks and the charm. When it comes to style, Roger always pulls of an impeccable, old fashioned, bon vivant style, that’s also a tad playful — he’ll throw on a polka-dotted tie for kicks or add a couple more peaks in his pocket square. Roger stays true to his double-breasted jackets, three-piece suits (don’t forget the vest), and consistent love for a good grey suit.

In search of a modern take on Roger’s attire? We’ve asked men’s style bloggers Sean of *fruitpunch, Dan of TSBmen,  Tim of Stay Classic, and Kiyoshi of The Silentist to share their best Sterling style and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each man’s style.

Mad Men Inspired Style: Roger SterlingMad Men Inspired Style: Roger Sterling

What do you love about vintage style?

Sean: “I love vintage style because I love clothing with a story — preferably not a prefabricated one. My passion is for garments with integrity and purpose that stand the test of time. I love vintage style for its continued relevance to the way we dress today and the inspiring ways that older silhouettes and fabrications inform current designers and trends.”

Tim: “I am interested in vintage style because before the ’70s, people basically wore suits and nice dresses most of the time. You didn’t need an excuse to ‘get dressed up’ to go out, you just did it. The whole time period seemed more elegant and thoughtful.”

Mad Men Inspired Style: Roger SterlingModern Mad Men Style: Roger Sterling

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Sean: “My favorite cocktail is red wine. ;)”

Tim: “I am a fan of gin and whisky-based drinks. Your basic gin and tonic is fine with me, and I appreciate an Old Fashioned or scotch/bourbon/rye on the rocks.”

Find a gin and tonic recipe and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Mad Men Don Draper Style

Mad Men Don Draper Style

What do you think is our most Roger-worthy hat?

Roger Sterling inspired hats

Stetson Inwood Fur Felt Fedora Hat Frank Sinatra Got You Under My Skin Fedora Stetson Pisa Cashmere Blend Fedora

Tim: “The Stetson Pisa Cashmere Fedora.”

Sean: “The Frank Sinatra Fedora.”

Fedoras.com Team: The Stetson Inwood Felt Fedora.

A special thanks to Tim, Dan, Sean, and Kiyoshi for sharing their photos and chatting with us!

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Mad Men Style: Pete Campbell

Mad Men Modern Style Pete Campbell

Spiteful, immature, cold, impulsive, slimey, self-centered — whatever you want to call Pete Campbell, he’s probably not your favorite character. Although he might not exactly have the greatest intentions on the show, he certainly dresses with intention. Pete’s got the whole prep-school brat down pat: blue suits; striped, skinny ties;  suspenders; navys and greens. Pete keeps a youthful appearance by playing with plaids and prints on his suit jackets and shirts, as well as emulating Don’s style by throwing a few grey and brown suits into the mix.

In search of a modern take on Pete’s attire? We’ve asked men’s style bloggers Sean of *fruitpunch, Tim of Stay Classic, and Kiyoshi of The Silentist to share their best Campbell style and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each man’s style.

Pete Campbell Mad Men Style Pete Campbell Mad Men Style

Mad Men Modern Style: Don Draper

What do you love about vintage style?

Sean: “I love vintage style because I love clothing with a story — preferably not a prefabricated one. My passion is for garments with integrity and purpose that stand the test of time. I love vintage style for its continued relevance to the way we dress today and the inspiring ways that older silhouettes and fabrications inform current designers and trends.”

Tim: “I am interested in vintage style because before the ’70s, people basically wore suits and nice dresses most of the time. You didn’t need an excuse to ‘get dressed up’ to go out, you just did it. The whole time period seemed more elegant and thoughtful.”

professional Pete Campbell look Pete Campbell inspired suit

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Sean: “My favorite cocktail is red wine. ;)”

Tim: “I am a fan of gin and whisky-based drinks. Your basic gin and tonic is fine with me, and I appreciate an Old Fashioned or scotch/bourbon/rye on the rocks.”

Find a gin and tonic recipe and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Casual Pete Campbell lookMad Men Style: Dress Like Pete Campbell

What do you think is our most Pete-worthy hat?

Pete Campbell inspired hats

Stitch Hats Dougie Stingy Brim Porkpie Dobbs Main Street Wool Felt Woodmere Cov-Ver Wool Felt Center Dent Fedora

Tim: “The Stitch Hats Dougie Stingy Brim Porkpie.”

Sean: “The Dobbs Main Street Wool Felt Woodmere.”

Fedoras.com Team: The Cov-Ver Wool Felt Center Dent Fedora.

 

A special thanks to Tim, Sean, and Kiyoshi for sharing their photos and chatting with us!

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