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There’s a lot of buzz about a certain movie due out next year starring Leonardo Di Caprio. It’ll be a mother lode of vintage fashion. But shame, shame, shame if you see it without reading The Great Gatsby. I’m only in the second chapter and already giddy with anticipation as the characters unfold in this Jazz Age novel set during the summer of 1922.

I have a love/hate relationship F. Scott Fitzgerald’s surreal, dark themes, but I think I’ll be less conflicted about one thing: his vivid reference to clothes.

Consider these passages:

Mrs. Wilson had changed her costume some time before and was now attired in an elaborate afternoon dress of cream-colored chiffon, which gave out a continual rustle as she swept about the room. With the influence of the dress her personality had also undergone a change.


“I like your dress,” remarked Mrs. McKee. “I think it’s adorable.”

Mrs. Wilson rejected the compliment by raising her eyebrow in disdain.

“It’s just a crazy old thing,” she said. “I just slip it on sometimes when I don’t care what I look like.”

Yeah. Right. I do that all the time when I’m hostessing a party.

My Twitter friend Mark Thomas is hosting a Twitter book discussion on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 4 from 8 to 8:30 p.m. It would be fun to see some fashionista friends participate under the hashtag #GreatGatsby.

The final discussion is a live/virtual event on Saturday, October 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon at the Seelbach Hotel in downtown Louisville. Join the fun if you can. I can’t be at the party, but I’ll be adding my two cents in the book discussion. Won’t you join me?

What’s your favorite line in The Great Gatsby?

Life is short. Wear the good stuff.