The world of fashion has long been influenced by media—specifically the film industry. No matter what genre or style, fashion always showcases itself in film, and some of the most iconic looks have emerged from the industry. Today, we’ve rounded up our favorite notorious outfits from movies that have made a lasting impact on the fashion industry.
Plaid? Going out of style? “Ugh, as if!” Clueless singlehandedly brought two-piece plaid suits to the forefront of fashion and that’s where we hope they stay! Checks, plaid, and all things 90’s fashion have made a recent comeback in the fashion world; it’s time to pull out the dungarees, bucket hats, and two-piece sets from your parents’ closet because they’re all back and better than ever!
Though cliché, our favorite look has to be Cher and Dionne’s infamous debut in their yellow and black tartan suits. We see stores such as Topshop and ASOS recreating the bold two-piece sets in a variety of colors, as well as plaid resurfacing in literally every form of clothing.
Sex and the City
The beloved Carrie Bradshaw has been a fashion icon since Sex and the City aired roughly two decades ago. The series follows the tumultuous lives of four women in the heart of New York City, so fashion is bound to be a focal point. Sex and the City was at the forefront of BOLD fashion, as Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda never left the house without sporting an avant-garde look draped with eye-catching accessories.
Although their style is extremely over-the-top and boisterous, every outfit serves as a reminder to take risks with fashion and mix things up. It is impossible to choose one look as our favorite, but we’ve picked a few that serve as a reminder to be bold and wear what makes you happy.
The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada is another defining film for the fashion industry. The movie is a play on Anna Wintour’s reign as the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, so it is inevitable that this film is to be filled with some of the best fashion. Anne Hathaway’s character, Andy, makes a major come up in the fashion world, taking her wardrobe from rags-to-riches with the help of some fashionable coworkers.
Andy made a statement in her post-makeover look, strutting head-to-toe Chanel and stirring up jealousy in the office over her leather, thigh-high boots. This outfit remains one of the most notable for the perfectly tailored blazer, draped gold necklaces, and, of course, the thigh-highs, which made a recent comeback under the influence of Stuart Weitzman.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Regardless of the film, Audrey Hepburn makes a fashion statement in whatever she wears. As one of the most influential fashion moguls, both then and now, she coined the simple “Little Black Dress” look in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The all black ensemble with her pearl necklace and mini tiara is the definition of elegance.
The LBD has remained a staple in every woman’s wardrobe due to its sleek and simple aesthetic. Have no idea what to wear to an event? Throw on a black dress and some jewelry and you immediately look chic and put-together just like Audrey!
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club follows five teenagers who are sent to weekend detention at their high school. Though stuck in a room for hours on end, they all managed to show up in some of the most impressionable looks for their time, which have ultimately transcended into today’s fashion.
Brian, the brain of the group, rocked a pair of khaki chinos, a black crewneck sweater, and trainers. Though this was intended to look nerdy at the time, this is a go-to look for a variety of men today.
The rebel of the group, Bender, might have put together our favorite look from the film. His whole outfit lives up to the “bad boy” persona he tries to give off, sporting a plaid flannel with cutoff sleeves and a white long-sleeve underneath, a leather jacket, biker boots, and leather gloves to complete the look. Bender definitely kick started the grungy trend that we see now with the reemergence of flannel, Doc Martens, and punk rock accessories.
In true jock fashion, Andrew shows up in the quintessential 80’s athletic garb, muscle tee and all. He completes his outfit with a pair of jeans and trainers. The sporty meets street look has transcended into today’s fashion with the help of Nike, Adidas, and other athleisure brands.
The group’s token goth girl, Allison, brands herself by wearing an all-black, modest yet edgy outfit. She spearheaded the grunge girl, all-black look that we still see today. If the film was recreated today, she would definitely be rocking the black platform Doc Martens as the focal point of her goth uniform.
Last but not least, the school’s most popular “it-girl,” Claire, combines preppy and feminine for her detention ensemble. Though her combination of knee-high boots and midi-skirt should stay in the 80’s, the midi-skirt itself has recently reemerged, and we are here for it! Though her outfit as a whole was a little iffy, we certainly have an appreciation for her soft and girly aesthetic.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion reminded everyone that it’s acceptable to buy all things mini. Mini dresses, miniskirts, crop tops, you name it, you should buy it!
Romy and Michele stuck out like a sore thumb at their reunion, conjuring up looks of disgust and rude remarks, but as Lisa says, “they’ve got nice lines, a fun, frisky use of color. All and all, I’d have to say they’re really…not bad.” We’d have to agree, which is why we’ve chosen these fun and frisky dresses as one of our most iconic looks. Romy and Michele were a bit ahead of their time with the “more is more” mindset, which we appreciate much more in today’s fashion culture. Extra is always better!
If you can’t appreciate the oversized blazers and preppy schoolgirl look, then we just want to know, “what’s your damage?” As we make our return to the 80s aesthetic, we can’t help but acknowledge the fashion genius that takes place in Heathers. We still see scrunchies, blazers, and matching two-piece sets today in fashion all thanks to Heathers.
Everyone’s favorite A-list mean girls forecasted the power-dressing two piece sets, which is why we are so in love with their signature looks.
Pretty Woman has to be one of the only films that can turn risqué to romance. The same goes for Vivian’s (Julia Roberts) fashion in the movie, as she makes her way from the corner to comfortable living alongside Edward (Richard Gere).
Though it’s certainly her most daring outfit, Vivian’s staple look from her first encounter with Edward has to be one of the most memorable from any movie. Her two-tone mini dress with cutouts was revealing but legendary. We still love the look of a mini dress, over-the-knee boots, and a longline coat. Even her cabbie hat was ahead of the trend, as we’ve seen these make a huge return in recent seasons. Admittedly, her fashion gets progressively better throughout the movie, but this has to be our favorite for nostalgic purposes!
Written and Edited By: Kami Strander