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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