15 Non-Gimmicky Ways to Dress Like The Great Gatsby

If you're anything like us, you're awaiting the May 10 release date of Baz Luhrmann's hugely-hyped The Great Gatsby with bated breath. You're also likely a sucker for 1920s style, from the dramatic feathered headpieces and beaded-all-over flapper dresses down to the two-tone kitten heels.

But here's the thing: those sorts of styles, lovely as they may be, can come off as seriously costumey in real life (unless it's Halloween or your destination happens to be the Jazz Age Lawn Party on New York's Governor's Island, in which case you get a free pass to dress as theme-y as you'd like). So how's a girl to channel her favorite Roaring Twenties literary classic without looking like an (admittedly super-chic) extra from Luhrmann's forthcoming period flick? Below, we've rounded up a handful of baubles, dresses, footwear and accessories that are undeniably Jazz Age-inspired but utterly appropriate for modern-day wear. Mixed in with your go-to pencil skirts, white tees or skinny jeans, they'll lend your look a hint of Gatsby glam without going overboard. Just don't wear all of 'em at once, OK?

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These metallic, tassel-trimmed loafers could've come straight out of Jay Gatsby's own closet.
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Soft, kimono-style jackets like these were all the rage in Fitzgerald's time, and look just as cool layered over leather leggings and a slightly sheer, slouchy tee today. It's all about that play on proportions!


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Most Gatsby-themed shopping roundups tend to include over-the-top feathered circlets, bow-adorned cloche hats and beaded headwraps. Gorgeous, yes, but not the most wearable. This shimmering single strand of faux pearls and rhinestones, however, will work on anyone, anywhere—and you can't beat that price.
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Tasseled earrings were a staple in every Jazz Age lady's jewelry box. Leave it to one of this era's hottest designers, Isabel Marant, to put her own perfect twist on the piece.


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An ideal drop-waisted pick for a day at the shore—whether you hail from East Egg, West Egg or Williamsburg.
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An investment piece that'll pay for itself in compliments (if perhaps not an invite to one of Gatsby's famous mansion fêtes).
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The most simple, streamlined way to test-drive the '20s-style tassel.
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Skip all other jewelry and let that incredible embellished yoke speak for itself.
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Jazz Age-inspired Jewelry for your feet.
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Wear it with second-skin black denim and your favorite moto jacket for a thoroughly un-period look.


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A slightly more unexpected way to wear pearls.
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Hemlines this short sure didn't fly back in the '20s—but that soft mint hue and pretty lace definitely did. A perfect combination of two very different periods.
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Founded in the late 1800s, Whiting & Davis was every society girl go-to for chain mesh accessories during the Jazz Age. Now relaunched and offering more modern silhouettes, the brand still caters to stylish types looking for an extra dash of metallic flash.
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Dress it up with metallic stilettos and a matching clutch, or go slightly more casual with flat summer sandals and an easy side braid. Either way, Daisy Buchanan would most certainly approve.
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Tackle two trends at once—Gatsby glamour and tapestry prints.