Among the things I love deeply in this world (waffles, well-dressed toddlers, the end of allergy season, scalp massages), movie makeover montages are certainly up there on the list. I recently re-watched Pretty Woman, which happens to have one of the best movie makeover montages in the history of movie makeover montages (“You people work on commission right? Big mistake. Big. Huge.”) and realized that Julia Roberts’ 90s L.A. wardrobe is the ideal inspiration for my Spring 2018 wardrobe. Below, I’ve delineated eight of her outfits I would like to copy posthaste.
1. A Non-Boring LBD
I’ve always thought of myself as anti-LBD (too boring! too classic!) until I reacquainted myself with this particular scene. An LBD with a dramatically ruffled hem, pumps with ribbon ties, a string of chunky beads and bedhead to the max is anything but boring.
2. A Striped Skirt Suit and White Tights
3. A Button-Down Dress
I’m especially excited about recreating this look because I found a dress for $134 on Pixie Market that resembles it perfectly. The only hitch is that the dress is sold out but rest assured I’ve put myself on the waitlist to be notified when it is restocked and in the meantime, I am considering its navy twin. Important question, though: How do we feel about white gloves and sun hats? I think I’m into both, but I need moral support.
4. A Braless Polka-Dot Ensemble
This polka-dot outfit is one of the most iconic in the movie, perhaps even more so because Julia Roberts noticeably doesn’t wear a bra with it, ergo convincing me that wearing a swishy silk polka-dot dress with no bra is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures. The accessories in this get-up are almost as important as the main event, though: white kitten heels, white gloves, a wide brown belt and a straw hat. I’ll take the lot.
5. A Fire-Engine Red Ball Gown
HUMMINA HUMMINA. The black-tie look to end all other black-tie looks. To be perfectly honest I don’t have any occasions coming up at which I might even entertain the idea of wearing something like this, but I’m pinning it to my vision board just in case.
6. A Caftan and Scrunchie
This is the scene when Richard Gere says, “I never treated you like a prostitute,” and Julia Roberts responds: “You just did.” BOOM. It’s also possibly the most important caftan + scrunchie moment in the history of cinema. I would like to wear these things simultaneously on as many occasions as I can from now until pants season.
7. A Bermuda Shorts Suits Set
Julia Roberts’ Bermuda shorts suit might be my favorite ensemble in the whole entire movie. As I type this sentence I happen to have no fewer than nine tabs open on my laptop to various eBay searches for “Bermuda shorts suit,” in case you needed further evidence of my enamor. I’m also in the market for round-frame sunglasses and a Western belt, because attempting to recreate this outfit without them would be a sartorial crime.
8. A Classic Jeans + T-Shirt Combo
This is the last outfit Roberts wears in the movie and though it is definitely one of the simplest, it still holds its own kind of special appeal. For a maximalist like myself, it serves as an important reminder that sometimes jeans, a white T-shirt, a black blazer and a black belt can say just as much as a fire-engine red ball gown.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have a particular movie you reference for spring style fodder, or are you planning to cop any of the above?
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