You’re likely to see plenty of people dressed up like iconic characters and celebrities this week in the spirit of Halloween, but I often recreate my favorite memorable looks without any special occasion at all. While magazines and blogs usually point to models and singers as a source of style inspiration (which they undoubtedly are), I personally find more enjoyment in recreating unique looks that I discover in my favorite films. From animated characters to over-the-top fashionistas and fashionistos, style inspiration can be found in just about any movie you watch. Check out my top 5 stylish movie characters and then create a list of your own!
1. Penny Lane from Almost Famous
Almost Famous is a movie that defined my teenage years. It allowed me to experience my share of youthful rebellion and adventure from the comfort of my couch, but it also inspired me to chase my writing dreams and revamp my closet a la Penny Lane. For those of you who haven’t seen the film (2000, Cameron Crowe), Kate Hudson’s character Penny Lane is a free-spirited “Band Aide” for the band Still Water. She rocks a killer 70s style that expresses her go-with-the flow attitude. From lace and fur to flares and velvet, Penny Lane is a mellow and natural beauty whose style can easily be imitated and worn for an everyday look.
2. Cher Horowitz from Clueless
This one is a no-brainer. Clueless, a parody of Jane Austen’s Emma, is easily one of the most popular and fashionable movies of the 90s. While the film is mostly remembered for catch phrases like “as if” who could forget Cher’s super cool and futuristic closet? 18 years later and this high-tech closet has yet to become a reality for most of us, but the style can certainly be obtained. Check out this awesome slideshow of Clueless inspired clothes to achieve a wearable preppy look of your own. You may want to invest in argyle prints and knee socks…and maybe a fluffy feather pen!
3. Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides is one of my very favorite books, and Sofia Coppola’s film adaptation brings the characters to life, especially when it comes to Lux Lisbon. Lux (played by Kirsten Dunst) is the rebel of the Lisbon sisters. She is determined to have sex with men on the rooftop and make out with high school heart-throb Tripp Fontaine despite her Christian upbringing. While her personality is edgy, her style is very ethereal. Her natural looking makeup consists mostly of peachy hues which look gorgeous when paired with her loose flowy outfits. Check out this xoJane tutorial to find out how you can snag her style.
4. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction is clearly a cult classic, but sometimes I think that the amazing style in this movie is overlooked. Mia Wallace (played by Uma Thurman) is a somewhat mysterious lady who is married to The Big Man. Her most memorable scenes include twisting with John Travolta at a diner and suffering a drug overdose, but her minimalist outfits make her appear weirdly cool throughout it all. To steal her style, you will simply need black and white clothing and a sleek wig! Check out this blog post for other tips.
5. Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink is a timeless John Hughes film about the stresses of high school social circles and keeping up with the joneses. Andie is portrayed by the beautiful Molly Ringwald as a girl who crushes on the rich kids even though her dad doesn’t have much money. While Andie may not be wealthy, she does have a feminine 80s look that consists of loose-fitting clothing, jewelry, lace, and the color pink. This blog post does a great job of breaking down her style!