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5 Pieces to Pinch From Brooks Brothers' Great Gatsby Collection

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Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby doesn't hit theatres until May 10, but it's already ushered in a wave of 1920s style inspiration not seen since the 1920s themselves. Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan) wears copious amounts of custom Prada in the movie, and Tiffany & Co has already unveiled a line of jewels meant to evoke the ones Tom Buchanan showered upon his beloved Daisy.

In the novel, Gatsby himself states, "I've got a man in England who buys me clothes. He sends me over a selection of things at the beginning of each season, spring and fall." Which sounds decadent; however, Luhrmann's Gatsby is a staunch Brooks Brothers man. Costume designer Catherine Martin worked with the American label to produce 500 items of clothing for the film, an edited selection of which are for sale to the public at stores and The only catch? They're all for boys. But a clever girl can always find something to filch from the men and make all her own. Our suggestions for shopping the boys aisle after the jump.—Alison Freer

The Great Gatsby Collection Shawl Collar Cardigan, $148

??The grass green hue of this classic all-cotton shawl collar sweater is the perfect foil for the ripped up rock ?tee you've had since high school. Add a pair of short ?leather shorts and some white Jack Purcells for extra ?cute credit.

The Great Gatsby Collection Tattersall Vest, $248
This six-button tattersall vest is cut high enough to wear by itself as a top. Pair it with a floaty chiffon ?skirt, sheer knee socks and some flat ankle boots for a feminine/masculine, Victor/Victoria-esque style ?study.

?Polka Dot Jaquard formal scarf, $248
Drape this fringe-y, pure silk scarf around your neck for pure Chuck Bass Gossip Girl style, or tie it ?around the waist of a boring old sack dress to give it ?an instant flapper spin.

Boxer dog-walking stick, $148

??Why did anyone ever stop carrying a walking stick? ?Everything about it commands authority, and it can be used as a weapon in a pinch. Plus in the 1920s, a few foxy ladies were clever enough to hollow theirs out, fill 'em with booze, and call it a "tippling cane."
This glossy black number is topped with an adorable resin boxer dog head. Carry it to a bar while wearing a miniskirt—use it to point out who should buy you a drink, and in what order.

Pink striped linen jacket, $698

The standout look from the collection is this faithful recreation of Jay Gatsby's beautiful pink suit. Fitzgerald used vivid color descriptions in his masterpiece, most of which he lavished upon Gatsby's magnificent wardrobe. Daisy herself actually wept over his shirts: "??Shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray...shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, and monograms of Indian blue." Wear this snappy pink linen number yourself with the pants rolled way up and a vintage lace camisole underneath. Remember—good clothes really do open all doors.

Alison Freer is a costume designer and writer. More of her work can be found at xoJane.
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