Nothing to Wear this Fall? Find Killer Style in These 5 Films
We hate to be the ones to talk about the elephant in the room, but summer is slowly but surely coming to an end. With August already done (!!) and September here to stay, the days of coats and scarves are upon us. And while that might bring terror to some, to others it’s delightful news. Sure the days get shorter and the weather gets crispier, but fall is also the chicest season of the year, and to quote the queen of 90s rom-coms Meg Ryan, “Don’t you love New York in the fall?”
The sartorial transition from season to season can be hard to master, so in order to help out with the dilemma, we’ve rounded up a list of movies to give you some autumn looks inspiration. Snuggle up to a warm cup of coffee and read on.
We know, we know. This movie is – in all fairness – terrible, but the reason it makes the cut instead of Grease is its incredible fashion, which, aside from the hot guy is the only salvageable thing. September means back to school, and what better way to make a big comeback than by taking inspiration from any of the looks that the drop-dead-gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer wears. Maroon leggings + matching crewneck sweatshirt? Yes please. Black skinnies + red bowling shirt? Mhmm. Pink ladies silk bomber + capri pants + black ballerinas. Ok, we’re all in. Pfeiffer’s Stephanie Zinone proves that with a great outfit, a sick leather jacket, and a rock n’ roll attitude, you can rule the school. We’re looking for a cool rider indeed.
When Harry Met Sally
While we’re on the subject of Meg Ryan, we need to talk about her adorable role as Sally in the 1989 Rob Reiner-directed, Nora Ephron-written classic. The film takes place over a span of twelve years and three months, during which Sally and Harry (Billy Crystal) explore the age old question: can a man and a woman truly be just friends? But aside from a super endearing storyline and incredible performances by the leading actors, there is one other star of the film: Sally’s outfits. Serving some Annie Hall-in-the-almost-90’s realness, Ryan looks like the perfect vision of fall in androgynous tweed pants, bowler hats, chunky sweaters paired with mini-skirts + tights, and obviously the classic Seinfeld-esque turtleneck + high-waisted jeans combo. To quote the creepy older woman at Katz deli, “I’ll have what she’s having.” (Fake orgasms not included)
Stranger Than Paradise
While there is a trichotomous opinion over Jim Jarmusch’s work (you either love it or hate it or don’t understand it), there is no denying that his films are synonymous with effortless cool. Take for example his first film, Stranger Than Paradise, which revolves around three characters (one of which is ex-Sonic Youth drummer Richard Edson) escaping the cold of Cleveland to seek warmer days filled with gambling in Florida. The black and white film has become a staple for hipsters and New Yorkers (what’s the difference, tho) because of its blasé nature, chain-smoking, and casual cool outfits, which were famously styled by Jarmusch himself. While Eva’s outfits revolve around oversize coats and cozy sweaters, Eddie and Willie prove that tailored pants and argyle sweaters can still look grungy. Props to the three characters for being some of the only people who can pull off hats and sunglasses and not look like douchebags – quite an accomplishment.
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums was not Wes Anderson’s first movie, but it was the one that plucked him out of the underground and onto mainstream attention – and for good reason. With an original storyline (written by Anderson and Owen Wilson) that was unlike anything in modern film, and an all star cast playing the quirky cool characters, it’s no wonder why many consider this film to be the Texan director’s opus. But of course you can’t talk about the Tenenbaum family without mentioning fashion (or music for that matter), as it is an inseparable pairing. From Margot’s polo dress + fur + heavy kohl liner, Richie’s wool coat + polo shirt + tennis star sweat bands, Eli’s upscale cowboy cool, or Chas’ adidas sweatsuit, there’s plenty of style-spo for every type of personality. No truer words have ever been spoken than when Eli says, “I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum.” Us too, Eli; us too.
The classic 1991 film did more than make breakout stars of Omar Epps and the late Tupac Shakur, it also became a platform to showcase the harsh realities in the black community in Harlem. With transcendent issues like police harassment, poverty, and violence, Juice still resonates with truth 24 years later. And while the film is incredibly compelling, it’s also incredibly cool, showing the ins and outs of the hip-hop world (seriously, who can forget that DJ battle scene?). With oversized jackets, mixed prints, bucket hats, and monochromatic looks, the gang of four is the perfect example of why street style became so popular. Proof that you can’t buy style.