Just because award season is over doesn’t mean we’re going to stop singing the style praises of our favourite movies. After all, we’ll need something to talk about until warm weather actually arrives (and along with that, blockbuster movie season).
So to help ease the transition, here are 10 of the movie wardrobes we’d like to ransack most. And if you thinking we’re missing the most obvious ones, make sure to check out our look at our most loved Best Picture wardrobes. (Because we’d never leave "Titanic" out.)
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1. Movie: "Clueless," 1994
Even if you were a little too young to pick up on nuances and/or why it wasn’t weird for Cher to date her stepbrother (though we may personally need some clarification on that), you were still likely floored by her meticulously curated wardrobe. Thanks to ‘90s fashion staples like knee socks, plaid suits, short-sleeved sweaters over blouses, and her white Calvin Klein dress, Cher Horowitz became a beacon for teenagers (and adults) everywhere. After all, maybe if we mad enough money, we’d have a closet controlled by a computer system, too.
2. Movie: "Rear Window," 1954
Grace Kelly was Hithcock’s muse for years, and for good reason: the woman’s fashion game was on-point. (Oh, and she was a wonderful actress.) However, "Rear Window" not only demonstrated Kelly’s ability to transition from casualwear to an evening gown with an ease none us of will ever know, it epitomized the era’s aesthetic: clean lines, bold tones, and shapes we’re still using in 2014. And Jimmy Stewart’s pajamas don’t exactly hurt, either.
3. Movie: "Bonnie and Clyde," 1967
Tale as old as time (truth as old as song), the story of "Bonnie and Clyde" has been re-done and over-romanticized since the bank-robbing couple was brought to their untimely end in the 1800s. However, the ’67 re-telling brought with it updated versions of the icons’ original wardrobes, with plunging necklines, berets, and neck scarves that reflected the fashion risks of the ‘60s as well as the duo’s rebellious nature.
4. Movie: "Breakfast at Tiffany’s." 1961
While the film based on the novel by Truman Capote offered a wardrobe that complemented each character (and their social statuses), three words seem to be associated with "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" the most: little black dress – particularly the one worn by Audrey Hepburn outside of the famous jewelry store. Or more specifically: the one so iconized you can buy a print at Ikea of the character wearing it. (And all first year university students must buy it or risk being banned from costume parties for life.)
5. Movie: "Dazed and Confused," 1993
“But,” you argue. “'Dazed and Confused' is about high school students in the 1970s. All they wear are jeans!” Exactly. "Dazed and Confused" may not have the style clout of "The Great Gatsby," but it totally embodied the decade that set countless trends from ’70s on. High-rise jeans, peasant tops, short-shorts and knee socks are still on the style radar, and frankly, fashion doesn’t always have to be high maintenance to be wonderful. (Usually, it doesn’t at all.)
6. Movie: "Cruel Intentions," 1999
Frankly, this movie scares us. The characters intimidate us, and they’re all terrible human beings. But they can dress. And they do. From the prep school kilts to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s dark, business-like choices, "Cruel Intentions" epitomized the Upper East Side long before "Gossip Girl’s" Blair and Serena ever did. Just don’t do anything anybody does in that movie while wearing anything from it.
7. Movie: "10 Things I Hate About You," 1999
Never has a movie reflected its birth year (aside from "Clueless," maybe) like "10 Things I Hate About You": a movie specifically about how powerful you can be wearing a tank top and jeans. But while Julia Stiles’ Kat stuck to camouflage, loose-fitting jeans, leather jackets, and anything you’d equate with “angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion,” Bianca embraced the fun side of Y2K with belly tops, white jeans, and that two-piece prom dress no one should be surprised to see on the red carpet now. The stuff of grade eight vision boards, for sure. (And Pinterest boards today.)
8. Movie: "American Hustle," 2013
We’ve sung the praises of "American Hustle" so much we gave it its own article, but there’s something about its fur coats, leather jackets, polyester, and plunging necklines that cancel out even the harshest critics’ film reviews. The best part: you can pick up most looks from thrift and vintage stores now. And the best, best part: the hairstyles are optional.
9. Movie: "Desperately Seeking Susan," 1985
The ‘80s get slammed a lot for style, but Madonna’s style in this ’85 hit has only become more idolized since its debut, with her eclectic aesthetic still being attempted today, even subtly. (See: the steady popularity of leather bombers and jackets, and bangles.) And no one should be surprised: despite movies like "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Desperately Seeking Susan" proved the 1980s were still interesting. It wasn’t just a decade of suits and shoulder pads.
10. Movie: "The Breakfast Club," 1985
Upon seeing "The Breakfast Club" for the first time, everybody wanted to wear Molly Ringwald’s outfit. So much so that you can still buy versions of it today – as well as versions of Ally Sheedy’s all-black ensemble (complete with messenger bag/life purse). "The Breakfast Club" was great in that it celebrated the individuality between people, and each wardrobe highlighted those differences perfectly. Minus Sheedy’s makeover in the end, because let’s be honest: she looked awesome in all-black, too.