The Golden Era, the Jazz Age and Roaring Twenties; the many names for the most glamorous decade in fashion is making a return. The recent re-make of the 1925 novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, directed by Baz Lurhman, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan, has fuelled the outbreak of 1920’s style to the catwalk.
As scary as it sounds, the trend isn’t as extreme as dressing like ‘Gomez’ from the Addams Family, complete with a rose boutonnière. See this trend as a much more subtle take on the 1920’s – think smart sportswear aesthethic, polo shirts with geometric prints, chinos and v-neck sweaters, complete with slick hair and accessories.
Ralph Lauren, Hackett and Alexander McQueen were the main designers who took inspiration from the 1920’s for their SS13 collections. Models were spotted wearing white double-breasted suits paired with a Panama hat and two-tone brogues. American store ‘Brooks Brothers’ has been so taken by this trend, it has just launched a brand new ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired collection of tailored outfits and suits.
In the 1920’s formalwear was taken very seriously – double-breasted jackets, wide-peaked lapel jackets, pinstripe fabric and pocket squares were all in vogue. As it was the age of extravagance and wealth, surprisingly, cream suits signified this lifestyle.
To inject some 1920’s glamour into your wardrobe, stick to more modern suit cuts, but choose a fine pinstripe in black, navy or grey. Vamp up the type of accessories too; consider a pocket watch with a fine chain, cuff inks and a pocket square.
Tread with caution when it comes to ‘Oxford bags’, AKA wide-legged trousers as these do not suit every body type and can be difficult to pull off. British model David Gandy is probably one of the only celebrities who have been spotted recently wearing Oxford Bags as part of a 3 piece suit.
Overall, the 1920’s style takes confidence and elegance to pull off, but can easily be obtainable for all. A pastel coloured suit with a pocket square and Panama hat is a great combination for Summer events, whilst chinos, polo shirt and a casual blazer with rolled up sleeves worn with tan loafers are a perfect look for nights out – just don’t forget to drop the top on your Aston Martin convertible.