If you haven't already heard this is the summer of Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic 1925 novel hits theaters nationwide tomorrow, and whether or not it lives up to its not-so-great reviews one thing is certain—the revival has sparked a Roaring Twenties trend that's infiltrating everything from cocktails to clothing. So when your girlfriend drags you to the theater this weekend don't be surprised if you walk out of there inspired to channel a bit of Gatsby and company's cool, old-school style yourself.
Luhrmann's wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, dressed leading men Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgarton in hundreds of extravagant ensembles, the majority of which were made exclusively for the film by Brooks Brothers. To give the wardrobe a truly authentic feel, the purveyor of classic American menswear took inspiration from its 1920s archives as well as from F. Scott Fitzgerald himself—the novelist was a big fan of the brand back in the day. And after watching DiCaprio and his screenmates live the charmed life in those expertly tailored suits and accessories you're going to wonder how you can get a piece of that swank action. Luckily there are plenty of ways to give your closet a dose of dapper right now.
In celebration of Gatsby’s long-awaited release, Brooks Brothers recently launched The Gatsby Collection, a limited-edition line of tailored suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes, and accessories adapted from the film for the modern man. Spring lines at Ted Baker and Ralph Lauren also include modern takes on 20s-era menswear pieces. But before you go suit up in head to toe white with a pocket watch and walking stick remember that you want to go Gatsby in moderation. “The key to incorporating old-world glamour into the everyday lifestyle is to focus on the details,” says Ray Kelvin, founder and CEO of Ted Baker London. “Adding a two-toned oxford shoe or a smart pocket square transports you without going overboard.”
Here are seven pieces that will help you keep this summer's speakeasy style appropriate for 2013.
1. Polo Ralph Lauren Estate Driving Cap
This affordable, lightweight cotton cap is an easy way to get Leo's on-screen look. ($45, ralphlauren.com)
2. Ted Baker TIKBOW Linen Bowtie
Linen makes this subtle bow tie, available in solid red or blue, appropriate for summer—as long as you keep the AC cranked. ($75, tedbaker-london.com)
3. Brooks Brothers White and Brown Spectator Wingtip
Sure, they’re an investment, but these iconic, English-made genuine leather shoes will stay in your wardrobe for years to come. ($598, brooksbrothers.com)
4. Ted Baker Micro Stripe Debonair Jacket and Trouser
An un-flashy color and micro stripe detail make this well tailored suit stand out—in a really good way. (jacket $575 and trouser $275, tedbaker-london.com)
5. Brooks Brothers Supima Cotton Slim Fit Button-Down Oxford Solid Dress Shirt
You can’t go wrong with classic white. This dress shirt’s details, like a smaller yolk and button-down collar, automatically make you feel more pulled together. ($80, brooksbrothers.com)
6. Polo Ralph Lauren Langley Chino Vest
A combo of lightweight cotton and linen will help keep you cool, while an adjustable buckle tab in the back provides a comfortable fit. ($140, ralphlauren.com)
7. Ted Baker CITTY Paisley Pocket Square
A pocket square is probably the safest way to try out 1920s style. It instantly adds a touch of class (and color) to any suit you already own. ($45, tedbaker-london.com)