I'm currently obsessed with the 1920s for many reasons: the cutting-edge fashion, the scandal of the Prohibition, the music, the promise of growing metropolitan cities and even the witty writers (like Fitzgerald and Hemmingway) of this time. I often daydream of what it would be like to live in New York as a 21-year-old compared to today.
The modern resurgence of interest in the Jazz Age is partly indebted to Baz Luhrman's adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. From there: brands, celebrities, designers and media have taken inspiration from the time to capitalize on the public's obsession.
Not to be all "hipster" about it, but I liked The Great Gatsby before the movie idea ever entered Luhrman's mind. I'm sure a lot of people can attest to this same pride. Luckily for you, I'm not a hipster in the sense that I don't want to share my love for something with others. So here are all my favorite books and fashion inspirations that have stemmed from my obsession.
Any dapper gentleman or bearcat (psst here is a list of 1920s lingo) needs to have read The Essential Guide to the Roaring '20s a.k.a. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also don't go looking for that essential guide because I totally made that title up.
Anyways, Gatsby is a great story for every type of reader and is the most authentic portrayal of the '20s out there. It's the perfect book to read if you want to get away from daily stresses and travel to the glittering world of the ridiculously wealthy.
You don't have to read something as old as Fitzgerald's fiction though to get your 1920s fix. I'm in the middle of reading Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen. Her version of this era is shown through bright-eyed teenagers of three different classes taking New York by storm, eager to fulfill their dreams.
In the same vein, Vixen by Jillian Larkin is a young adult novel that has a heaping of romance.
The fabulous fashion of the flapper age is probably my favorite style inspiration. From flamboyant suits, to silhouettes of silk, everything was extravagant.
Achieving this in the modern day is surprisingly easy, especially because designers are as infatuated with these dolled up designs as I am.
Brooks Brothers offers a collection completely inspired by the book and movie of the summer. From wingtip shoes, to bow ties, this collection will transform any Nick Carraway into a Jay Gatsby.
I love the blazer on the model above because of it's classic American color palette and flamboyant flair that doesn't go over-the-top. The trick with this style is to pair rich or bright colors in some type of pattern with a crisp neutral, like gray, white, or khaki.
One of my favorite pieces that would make a great gift for yourself or the gentleman in your life is this blue-striped dress shirt with a French cuff and a white collar. At only $158, it's an investment that won't break the bank and can work with a lot of different blazers.
You can also go a keen, casual and cool route with 1920s style by having a t-shirt, sweatshirt, tote, phone case, or journal adorned with your favorite novel of that time. Out of Print offers a wide selection of merchandise with Jazz Age novels on them: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway, Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág, The Great Gatsby (I mean of course) and the aptly named Tales of The Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Out of Print also has book-inspired merchandise as old as Moby Dick to the recently retro 1984.
Even Emma Stone is hotsy-totsy over Out of Print's ever popular Gatsby unisex sweater. If you want to mimic Stone's look, pair this sweatshirt with some skinny jeans in gray, white, or black with some combat boots or wingtip shoes you can easily find at Forever 21, H&M or Aldo.
I can't even count the reasons why I love this era so much. Seeing fashion history be reinvented into a new trend is pretty inspiring. I can only wonder what era will come in vogue next (that was a wink to the 90s by the way). But for now, you'll find me in the speakeasy old sport!