Fashion inspiration is all around us. From the moment we wake up and scroll our instagram feeds, to admiring street style during the day, to unwinding on the couch at night. To be fair wardrobe isn’t usually the sole reason we choose what movie/TV show to watch, but when it’s really good it tends to have an influence on us off-screen. Of course, not every costume designer can credit themselves as the fashion influencer of a generation but some have definitely made an impact.
Sex and the City
Yes, this show was marketed as a sitcom about love and friendship but fashion played a huge role in it too. Pretty much every episode included either a shopping trip, a fashion event, or contemplating-life moment in a walk-in closet. The Sex and the City girls basically invented the cute brunch outfit. Admit it - you tried to casually rock a tutu like Carrie after a few too many binge-watching seshes.
The Friends trio weren’t as extravagant as the SATC girls but they were still the epitome of 90s fashion. After all, how many other TV characters have a hairstyle named after them? Rachel and Monica rocked mom jeans, fitted turtlenecks, and slip dresses - all items that can be found in any fashion lover’s closet today.. And Phoebe’s eccentric get ups are what hipster dreams are made of: printed maxi dresses, fringe vests, and colorful faux fur coats.
These Upper East Siders’ fashion sense is as strong as their disposition for drama. Whether it’s prim and proper Blair Waldorf (you totally bought a headband after watching season 1), boho chic Serena Van Der Woodsen, or rocker Jenny Humphrey there’s a style crush for everyone on Gossip Girl.
It’s been over 20 years but Cher and Dion’s plaid skirt-suits are still on point (especially this season). And we’re still all dreaming about Cher’s outfit-optimizer closet. It’s 2018, shouldn’t this be a thing in every house now?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
If you look up effortless in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of Holly Golightly. The black Givenchy dress and pearls are the most iconic look from the movie, but her other sartorial choices are not to be reckoned with. A perfectly oversized turtleneck with tailored trousers for relaxing at home, a sheath dress and fabulous sunhat for a jail visit, and a bright orange coat and fur hat for a day on the town.
One of the most memorable things about this movie is Penny Lane’s fabulous shearling jacket. And her halter tops. Since the release of Almost Famous, 70s influences have been popping in and out of the fashion world. As for shearling jackets? They’ve been trending for the several past winters.
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Tenenbaum children had their issues but style was not one of them. Much like Penny Lane, Margot Tenenbaum’s fur coat was a standout feature in the movie. Her bob is a much-copied hairstyle to this day. Her brothers Richie and Chas made athletic gear look cool (Chas caught on to the Adidas trend about a decade before it started!) - something very prevalent in modern fashion for guys and girls. Eli Cash looked like he belonged at a ranch rather than in a big city, but Western influences have also been popping up a lot over the years. From fringing on jackets, bags, and skirts to the popularity of a simple Canadian tuxedo, it’s chic to be a little bit country.