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Style Icon: Rhett Butler
Or shall we say Clark Gable as Rhett Butler? Clark Gable was an important figure in his own right, but by playing the role of Rhett Butler from Margaret Mitchell’s novel, “Gone with the Wind,” his status became that of an electric style icon.
“In the beginning of the novel, we first meet Rhett at the Twelve Oaks Plantation barbecue, the home of John Wilkes and his son Ashley and daughters Honey and India Wilkes. The novel describes Rhett as “a visitor from Charleston”; a black sheep, who was expelled from West Point and is not received by any family with reputation in the whole of Charleston, and perhaps all of South Carolina. Rhett’s enthrallment with Scarlett O’Hara begins when he overhears her declaration of love for Ashley in the library while the rest of the “proper” girls take a nap. He recognizes that she is willful and spirited and that they are alike in many ways, including their disgust for the impending, and later ongoing, war with the Yankees.”
But how has the character of Rhett Butler effected fashion? His suave looks, mixed with form fitting, perfectly tailored suits, and complete with slicked back hair (that is always in place and properly trimmed!) has changed the way we view a classic gentleman. He evokes a sense of Southern Charm that evokes a sense of nostalgia for us fashion lovers.
WHAT WE LOVE? The knotted ties, the overcoats, puffy sleeves, manicured eyebrows (but not like Jersey Shore kind of thing…), and attention to detail. Even in all that Georgia heat, even when we know he’s all sweaty underneath, his style is one of a cool and collected gentleman. Dressing like Rhett will surely get you into to any restaurant and club in North America. Extra points for a cigar and shirt vest.