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Literary Looks: The Great Gatsby

Posted on | November 30, 2011 | 4 Comments

There are people who live in my head. I’ve collected them over time, over thousands of pages read everywhere: on subway seats, in library cubicles, under the covers, over the moon. The best of these people are realer to me, and more enduring, than many flesh and blood faces that pass through my days. Characters they are not. Rather, they are icons.

This second installment in my collection of “Literary Looks” is inspired by one of such paper icons: Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby.

Daisy. The socialite. The cynicist. The girl with “the voice full of money.” Her style represents all the hope and flash and fleetingness of youth. But underneath the felt cloche hat, behind the mink stole, is the emptiness of broken promises, the sad realization that the most a woman of her class and time can aspire to is to be a “beautiful little fool.”

Lucky us: we have more options.  From our post-feminist perch, we can pity Daisy, maybe even judge her. But we can still admire her style, no?

Clockwise from top: Cloche hat from The Village Hat Shop, dress by Calvin Klein Collection, Fascination Evening Bag from Rochambeau, Hearted Mary Janes from Anthropologie, art deco jewelry by Lulu Frost.


4 Responses to “Literary Looks: The Great Gatsby”

  1. Abbey Sabatino
    November 30th, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    I would LOVE to wear that outfit!

  2. Rochambeau
    December 1st, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    It’s a imaginative concept, how you pulled together a ‘Literary Look’ based upon what a character from a book might have worn. Very creative and thank you for including my bag in Dasiy’s ensemble..


  3. Kristin
    February 11th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    We can definitely admire her style…LOVE that bag! Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Mingle!

  4. juliette crane
    February 27th, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    love that bag and those heels… well, the entire outfit really. just finished re-reading the great gatsby. delighted by it every time :)

    best wishes to you!

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