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1920s Toppers: Great Gatsby Hats

Cue the confetti and pop the champagne! You’re dressed to the nines in your finest dapper (or flapper) attire and ready for a night on the town. Hold up, guys and dolls. Before you’re ready to swing the night away, you need a retro topper to complete the look — and who better to gather inspiration from than the vibrant and eternally-stylish characters of The Great Gatsby?

Click through the hats below to see our favorite styles inspired by Nick, Jay, Daisy, Myrtle, and the rest of the Gatsby gang.

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

Great Gatsby Character & Fashion Guide

Great Gatsby Music: 1920s Playlist

How to Throw a Gatsby-Themed Party

Great Gatsby hats

Hemp Braid Boater Linen Blend 8/4 Cap Center Dent Fedora Bandera Ivy Cap Chatham Fedora Longshoreman Cap Drury Fedora Hatteras Newsboy Skimmer Boater

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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

 

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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!

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?

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: Megan Draper

Megan Draper-Inspired Fashion

Though she started as the front desk receptionist, Megan Draper‘s striking beauty, smart attitude, and fashion-forward attire have helped her blossom on the show (her sultry rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou” might’ve helped, too). Since becoming Mrs. Don Draper, Megan certainly looks every bit the ’60s style star, sporting high hemlines, vivid frocks, groovy prints, and mod hair and makeup.

Need some real life Megan inspiration? We’ve enlisted fashion bloggers Crystal of Billie Jean, Pauline of Dessine-moi un bouton, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin to show off their best Megan attire and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each lady’s look.

Megan Draper Inspired Style: Crystal of Billie Jean

What do you love about vintage style?

Crystal: “I love the feeling I get whenever I put on a vintage dress or top off my outfit with the perfect ’50s style hat. And, of course, whenever I put on a red lip and fancy red nails. Women from ‘back then’ were polished and very put together. I love that modern times have allowed women to be more relaxed (thank you Katherine Hepburn) with their wardrobe, but I can appreciate the times when women really put a lot of effort into getting ready for the day. Ya know, with the perfectly curled hair, manicure, stockings, hat, heels, and dress. What I miss mostly is that both men and women don’t really wear hats anymore! Ah, it kills me!

Whenever my style of the day is vintage-inspired, I automatically feel like I have stepped back in time. It is the closest way for me to feel as though I am living in the ’40s or ’50s (my all-time dream)…or even the ’60s or ’70s! I really have no clue what my favorite decade is. That is a very difficult choice! Vintage style is the epitome of class. Vintage style also helps me feel close to my grandmothers who have passed on. I have tons and tons of pieces from their closest. I love and cherish everything I have inherited from them! Being handed down items from my grandmother on my dad’s side has brought me closer to my grandfather. I think he really appreciates the fact that I love my grandmother’s ‘old gold.’ He knows that the trinkets he has given me are being well taken care of.”

Pauline: “I do not own a lot of vintage clothes, mostly bags and hats, but most of what I sew is vintage reproduction or with a retro inspiration. I am especially in love with the ’50s and ’60s fashions, which for me represent femininity, seduction, and it’s so full of colours and patterns. Dressing (and sewing my own clothes) in that style is a way for me to show my personality and originality.”

Julie: “I love how vintage styles celebrate the feminine form and accentuate a woman’s shape. The style makes you feel beautiful, polished, sexy, and confident, but without showing too much flesh. It’s subtle but powerful and makes you feel like a woman.”

Megan Draper Inspired Style: Pauline

Megan Draper Inspired Style: Crystal of Billie Jean

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Crystal: “I have to be honest with this answer! When it really comes down to it, I totally am a girl who prefers beer over wine or liquor! Ah, I know! I think that’s probably because I’m from Texas? I might have a little more ‘country’ in me than I thought? Who knows? I’m very girly and prissy when it comes to my clothes, but with my choice of drink, I’m a bit more down to earth. I don’t always drink beer, though. I have a sweet, little ole cocktail every now and then, and when I do, it is a Pimm’s Cup. I was actually down in New Orleans at the fabulous Carousel Bar & one of the few cocktails they had listed on their menu was a Pimm’s Cup. I totally went out on a limb and ordered it, expecting to not like it. I was instantly hooked. Also, when I was watching one of my favorite shows, Boardwalk Empire, Pimm’s Cup is a drink they have on a few of the episodes. A very classy, old school drink that must be tried by any and all ‘past time’ enthusiasts.”

Pauline: “I am going to disappoint you, as my favourite beverage is tea and not a sophisticated cocktail. I have an entire cupboard full of tea boxes, teapots, and cups. My favourite one is Pu Erh, a red tea from China and quite strong. I drink tea at all time during the day, and there’s always a teapot full in the kitchen or in the living room.”

Julie: “A Long Island Iced Tea! It’s sweet, sour, refreshing, and from the home of Mad Men — New York!”

Find recipes for the Long Island Iced Tea, Pimm’s Cup, and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Megan Draper Inspired Style: JulieMegan Draper Yellow Dress Inspiration

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

Megan Draper inspired hats

Betmar Alexandrite Wool Cloche Cov-ver Wide Brim Resort Hat Betmar Obsidian Knit Hat

Crystal: “I have chosen the green Betmar Alexandrite Wool Cloche hat. Seeing as how Megan is dark-haired, like me, I think emerald green or any shade of green looks great on brunettes. Dark hair, porcelain skin, and a red lip is a flawless, iconic vintage look. Also, a very, very close runner-up (possibly a tie between the two) is the blue Betmar Obsidian Knit hat. I think a turban-inspired hat is another iconic vintage look. I can’t even count how many fabulous and famous Hollywood actresses have rocked this style of hat. They are the bees knees! Or better yet, they are the cat’s pajamas! Swoon.”

Pauline: “As the free spirit she is, Megan would wear the Cov-ver Wide Brim Resort Hat. That could be on a holiday with Don (I think the new season is supposed to start with a scene like that). Megan would make a great hippie during the ’70s with that hat.”

Julia: “The Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche.”

A special thanks to Crystal, Pauline, and Julie for chatting with us!

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Mad Men Style: Peggy Olson

Peggy Olson Mad Men Style Inspiration

Innocent, determined Peggy Olson has made quite the fashion — and career — transformation throughout the Mad Men series. Since arriving at Sterling Cooper as a scared girl with spaced-out bangs, uptight curls, and frumpy silhouettes, Peggy has grown into a mature, strong-willed woman with tailored dresses and suits, ladylike toppers, and coiffed ‘dos.

Need some real life Peggy inspiration? We’ve enlisted fashion boggers Fleur of Diary of a Vintage Girl, Joanne of Stitch and Witter, Pauline of Dessine-moi un bouton, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin to show off their loveliest Peggy attire and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each lady’s look.

Real life Peggy Olson Style Inspiration: Fleur McGerr

What do you love about vintage style?

Joanne: “What’s not to like? Vintage style allows you to not just assemble a totally unique look, but you also get to enjoy amazing tailoring and couture details that many high street clothes simply don’t feature anymore. The joy of vintage styling is that you can dial it up or down as you need to — a jaunty ’50s silk scarf with a breton top and boyfriend jeans can look timeless but modern, while a full-on wiggle dress turns vintage glamour up to the max. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!”

Pauline: “I do not own a lot of vintage clothes, mostly bags and hats, but most of what I sew is a vintage reproduction or with a retro inspiration. I am especially in love with the ’50s and ’60s fashion, which for me represent femininity, seduction, and it’s so full of colours and patterns. Dressing (and sewing my own clothes) in that style is a way for me to show my personality and originality. ”

Julie: “I love how vintage styles celebrate the feminine form and accentuate a woman’s shape. The style makes you feel beautiful, polished, sexy, and confident, but without showing too much flesh. It’s subtle but powerful and makes you feel like a woman.”

Real life Peggy Olson Style Inspiration: Joanne of Stitch and WitterReal life Peggy Olson Style Inspiration: Pauline

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Joanne: “It’s got to be a Long Island Iced Tea. Knock me up one of these Highballs, and make it a big one bartender!”

Pauline: “I am going to disappoint you, as my favourite beverage is tea and not a sophisticated cocktail. I have an entire cupboard full of tea boxes, teapots, and cups. My favourite one is Pu Erh, a red tea from China and quite strong. I drink tea at all times during day, and there’s always a teapot full in the kitchen or in the living room.”

Julie: “A Long Island Iced Tea! It’s sweet, sour, refreshing, and from the home of Mad Men — New York!”

Find recipes for the Long Island Iced Tea and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

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

Peggy Olson inspired hats

Betmar Lapis Wool Cloche Betmar Pine Wool Cloche French Basque Beret

Joanne: “Although the colour is relatively sober, the Betmar Lapis Wool Cloche suits Peggy’s more serious and professional office style in later seasons, as she rises through the ranks. But it also has a touch of glamour to it with the long brim and the feather, which suits Peggy’s modern but modest style.”

Pauline: “I’d see Peggy in the Betmar Pine Wool Cloche. The dark colour makes it easy to match, but there’s the little flower for a litte touch of originality.”

 Julie: “The French Basque Beret.” 

A special thanks to Fleur, Joanne, Pauline, and Julie for chatting with us!

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Hats Off To Women’s Fashion

Step aside, guys! This post is exclusively for the hat-loving ladies out there…

Accessories, accessories, accessories! You can never have too many, right? While handbags and scarves are essential, there’s nothing better than stepping outside of your comfort zone with a fabulous new hat. While many women shy away from hats for fear that they can’t pull them off, the key to becoming a Hat Lady (and not a Cat Lady) is to pair yours with modern pieces and current trends. Here are our favorite outfit inspirations for your winter-to-spring wardrobe:

Wide Brim Woman

wide brim hat style

Do blazers ever go out of style? Pair a black blazer with black skinnies and a casual white tee for a boho-esque style. Camel wedge booties add dimension to this all black and white look, while this floppy wool hat is a perfect finishing touch. Complete the look with va-va-voom waves and a pale pink lip to bring out your natural beauty.

Feminine Fedora

women's fedora style

Headed to an art fair, a casual date, or a day at the office? As you’re frantically trying to decide what to wear, consider throwing a hat into the mix! Celebs and bloggers from L.A. to NYC have upped the style ante with fedoras. This woven straw fedora is a perfect match for trouser jeans paired with a flowing blouse, cardigan, and flats. Fedoras are extra-cute with a low, messy bun or a big, loose side braid. Complete this look with metallic shadow or cat eye liner!

Cloche Cutie

cloche hat style

Vintage pieces are ever-so common on the runways these days, and hats are no exception to this throwback trend! For the fancier occasions in life, a retro-looking pleated dress, traditional peacoat, and t-strap heels make for a fashionable look that is both modern and vintage. Don’t you just love this 1920s-style wool cloche with its adorable rosette embellishment? (It’s so Gatsby!) Perfectly polished curls and a bold lip tie this look together, making you an envied vintage vixen!

Ladies, are you sporting hats this winter and early spring?

How to Throw a Gatsby-Themed Party

What do you get when you cross the most lavish literary scene of all time with the biggest party night of the year? A Gatsby-themed bash that’s sure to go down as your most epic New Year’s Eve yet! Just in time for the 2013 movie premiere starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan, transform your typical year-end bash into an extravagant 1920s soiree reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. (Minus the obsession, love triangles, and tragedy, okay?)

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

Great Gatsby Character & Fashion Guide

’20s Toppers: Great Gatsby Hats

Great Gatsby Music: 1920s Playlist

Great Gatsby party

All you need are mood-setting invites, decor, music, and refreshments, along with a dapper and flapper-esque dress code that’ll get everybody into character. Here’s our breakdown of all the essentials for an unforgettable Gatsby party:

The Invites

As with any party, setting the scene and expectations for your Gatsby party starts with the invitations. Since it’s NYE, you want to keep the invitations looking sophisticated and fun, but with an old time feel. Invites in gold, champagne, black and white, or silver with vintage block fonts work best. Extra points for ’20s images or metallic and/or glittery details (guys, we understand — you can skip the sparkle). Or, you could use the book’s original cover and make your own invites instead.

Gatsby theme party invitations

The Dress Code

On your invites, be sure to tell your guests to get all gussied-up and Gatsby-fied. For the Jay Gatsbys, Tom Buchannans, and Nick Carraways out there, dress like a dapper gent in a black suit and bowtie, or dress pants, an old-fashioned blazer, and suspenders. Slick back the hair and grab a cigar for an authentic look.

For the Daisy Buchannans, Jordan Bakers, and Myrtle Wilsons out there, it’s all about retro waves, rouge lipstick, fur coats, and eye-catching dresses!  The flapper look of the ’20s was all about clothing you could move and twirl in, with beading, gems, tassles, sequins, ribbon, or other flashy embellishments. Looking for a little inspiration? Try the look below!

what to wear to a Gatsby party

The Accessories

When it comes to looking the part, accessories are key to pulling off Gatsby garb. For guys, it’s all about the fedora (and lucky for you, we know where to find ’em). To pull off the high-scale Gatsby appeal, grab some cufflinks, a pocket watch, and a handkerchief for your coat pocket.

For the ladies, your go-to hat is the Daisy-like cloche. Be sure to don a headpiece underneath that topper, carry a hard-cased clutch, and don’t skimp on the pearls, velvet, rhinestones, jewels, and feathers — pile them on! 

accessories what to wear to a Gatsby themed party

The Decor

Although the book takes place during the summer, it’s easy to decorate using the rich colors, bold lights, and shimmery decor of the 1920s during the holidays, when there’s an overabundance of glitzy baubles lining the store shelves (most will be on sale right before and after Christmas, too).

For Gatsby theme decor, think lavish extravagance meets sleek, retro sophistication. For the tablescape, choose items in black, white, gold, silver, and jewel tones — and don’t forget the luxe contrast of white candles and flowers. The beverage area should be the center of attention in a 1920s themed party, so deck out a bar cart or side table in vintage-looking barware, swanky bottles, and chic touches like a cocktail menu, festive streamers, and retro straws. We love the idea of using vintage gold frames (you can find them at your local Goodwill) and painting the inside with chalkboard paint — the perfect ambiance-setting signage for your place. And last but not least: don’t forget the confetti. It’s a Gatsby and NYE must!

Gatsby theme party decorations

The Refreshments

Gatsby threw over-the-top parties to impress Daisy; his parties were all about overindulging, especially when it came to food and drink. Let’s start with the drinks, because even though the story took place during the Prohibition era, that didn’t stop Gatsby’s free-flow of booze for his guests. Gin was a staple in the speakeasy era, but try to make a few authentic cocktails, too, like a Mint Julep, Southside, Sidecar, Highball, and French 75. And don’t forget the bubbly — it’s NYE, after all!

If you’re serving a few apps, try your hand at tea sandwiches, crab-stuffed mushroomspancetta-wrapped figs, baked brie with pecans, triple deviled eggs, and shrimp cocktail. Serve savory chocolate dipped brownie cookies, triple chocolate truffles, creme brulee donuts, or a simple angel food cake for dessert. To Gatsby-ify your hors d’oeuvres, use fedoras as serving bowls by lining them with aluminum foil (for protection), covering the foil with a cloth napkin, and filling them with your foods.

Gatsby theme party food and drink ideas

The Music

To top off your Gatsby bash, switch out your top hits for swing music. Bust out that old fashioned record player and play some vinyls, or load your phone with all sorts of Swing-era tunes. Early jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter, Ben Pollack, Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Red Allen, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, and John Kirby are staples for your Spotify playlists (check out our collection of 1920’s hits here), or listen to stations like Early Jazz Radio or Roaring ’20s Radio on Pandora. Guests will surely get into the swing of things.

Great Gatsby theme party music list

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