10 Fashion Movies to Watch Right Now

Quarantine. But make it fashion!

 

Remember the day, not too long ago, when you wished you had more time to just “Netflix and chill?” Do you also remember that time your mother warned you, “Be careful what you wish for?”

With the current state of the world and everyone isolating themselves at home, we are all trying to figure out how to stay positive and distract ourselves from the daily deluge of not-so-good news.

While I can’t really offer you any profound words of wisdom as to how to get through this crisis, I can share with you some of the ways I’m dealing with it. When I want to escape to a happier place, I sit down and watch one of my favorite fashion films. I like to get lost in the clothes, in the styling, and in the experiences that the characters are having in those outfits.

The following is a list of 10 movies I love primarily for the fashion. You’ve probably seen most of them. If not, add them to your watch list. If you have, watch them again. You may be inspired to organize your closet and put together some outfits to wear in the future. God knows you’ve got the time.

 

1. The Devil Wears Prada

Duh. Everyone knows why this movie tops the list. When it comes to fashion movies, this is The Godfather. (Or perhaps The Godfather II, which I thought was better than the original.) Stream it here.

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2. Sex & the City

Because Patricia Field is God and this movie (and the whole series) is the bible. Of course, Patricia Field was also the costumer designer behind The Devil Wears Prada. Because she’s God. Watch the Sex & the City movie here.

3. 13 Going on 30

The scene where Jennifer Garner “discovers” her dream closet is all of us. Bonus points for flashback 80s fashions. Watch it now.

4. Factory Girl

Edie Sedgwick is my spirit animal. Sienna Miller is a fashion icon who was born to play this part. If you’re obsessed with all things Warhol like me, you’ll love everything about this movie. Stream it now.

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5. American Hustle

You guys have been reading Stylaphile long enough to know that the 70s is my jam. You can find almost every single look from this movie hanging in my closet. Watch it here.

6. Bedazzled

I never thought this adorable movie got the attention it deserved. Especially for Elizabeth Hurley’s wardrobe. In this movie, the Devil wears Versace and Fendi. And she wears them well. Watch Bedazzled now.

7. Crazy Rich Asians

There is only one word to describe the clothes in this movie. Beautiful. Oh, and it also stars the most beautiful woman on the planet, Gemma Chan. Watch Crazy Rich Asians here.

8. Boogie Nights

This movie might not be for everyone considering the subject matter, but it’s one of my favorites. The performances, the fashion, the music…everything about this movie is groovy. Watch it now.

9. The Breakup

Okay, we’ve always wanted Jennifer Aniston’s body. Now we want every outfit she wore in this movie. (And if you haven’t seen her kicking-ass-and-taking-names performance in The Morning Show, stop what you’re doing right now and binge every single episode.) Watch The Breakup here.

10. Clueless

Did you think I could get to the end of this list without including Clueless? As if! The most expensive shoes I have are a pair of Azzedine Alaïa leopard print sandals. Whenever someone asks me about them, I get to say in my Cher voice, “It’s like a totally important designer.” Watch Clueless now on Amazon.

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Are You Still Wearing These 5 Woodstock Fashion Trends?

Woodstock Fashion Trends

50 years later and we’re all still wearing these 5 Woodstock fashion trends

Happy Woodstock 50th Anniversary!

 

Today we celebrate the OG of music festivals and the fashion trends it spawned. Trends that have stood the test of time and that show up every year in new iterations on the runways and the Instagram feeds of your favorite bloggers.

In 1969, over 400,000 people attended Woodstock in Bethel, New York (which happens to be right up the road from my very own Hudson Valley home.) It was advertised as a weekend of peace, love, and music. It quickly became one of the most influential moments in history. Hundreds of thousands of young people – dubbed “hippies” by mainstream society – proved to the world that they could gather in peace and love. And wished the world could do the same. (Yeah, that 1970s Coke commercial is playing in your head now, isn’t it?)

Woodstock influenced not only the music and the mindset of generations to come, but it also had a huge impact on the fashion industry. Many long-standing fashion trends still worn today have Woodstock to thank for their staying power.

So, in honor of peace, love, music, and fashion – here are five major trends immortalized at Woodstock that we bet you’re still wearing today.

Woodstock Fashion Trend #1: Fringe

*Balenciaga

If you search Google for photos of Woodstock, you’ll eventually come across a photo of Grace Slick wearing the most amazing white lace-up fringe top with matching bell bottoms.

Then there’s the iconic picture of Jimmy Hendrix in that white fringed shirt. Or Roger Daltry in his unbuttoned camel-colored cardigan trimmed with fringe. And, of course, if you scan through photos of the crowd, you’ll see even more.

The fringe trend never goes out of style. It shows up every season on bags, shoes, boots, wraps, vests, dresses, skirts and more. There is no better way to add “it-girl” status to an outfit than with a classic fringed bag or boot.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #2: Boho dresses

*Rebecca Minkoff

Every fashion blogger sporting the bohemian trend at Coachella has Woodstock (and Janis Joplin) to thank for their outfit of the day.

Long flowing maxi-dresses, peasant blouses and baby-doll minis in mixed prints and florals all originated in the sixties.

The boho trend seems made for outdoor concerts because it’s just so comfortable yet chic. And it continues to be prevalent in modern day designers’ collections.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #3: Halter Tops

*Alice + Olivia

Many people who attended Woodstock chose to wear as little (or no) clothing at all.

For a generation of women who were into bra-burning, the halter top was probably more than just a fashion statement.

Sexy and uninhibited, the halter style neckline has actually been around since Paul Poiret in the 1920’s and even further back as a  Native American garment. But Woodstock made it mainstream.

Pair a halter top with a pair of hip-hugging bell-bottom jeans and you’ll be doing Woodstock proud.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #4: Vests

*Custo Barcelona

Fringe vests, leather vests, denim vests. They all had a showing at Woodstock. Even the guys were sporting this trend back in the day.

Like all of the trends in this post, vests can be worn year round. I’m an especially big fan of faux-fur vests for fall and winter. I have several hanging in my closet patiently waiting for the first leaf to fall in September.

Another vest trend that I’m loving right now is the super-long, lightweight duster style. They look great with jeans or leggings and can even make you look taller when worn with a pair of groovy heels.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #5: Headbands

*Versace

The best way to bring your favorite Instagram or Snapchat filter to life is to adorn yourself with a beautiful headband.

While the women of the early 60’s sported the double-wide Bridget Bardot style headbands, by 1969, the look was smaller and embellished with beading, jewels, and even flowers. (They were crowned “flower children,” remember?)

Headbands had a massive fashion resurgence moment with the CW hit show Gossip Girl as every style imaginable paraded its way up and down 5th Avenue thanks to costume designer Eric Daman.

And I have to admit, I’m wearing a headband as I write this post. Not a cute one. Just a utilitarian type that is keeping my bed-head hair out of my eyes.

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Want more Woodstock-inspired fashion? Check out my Pinterest board.

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*Photos from Vogue.com.

 

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Our Daily Thread: 1970s Bohemian Tunic

Vintage 1970s Tunic

Today’s daily thread is this vintage 1970s tribal print tunic dress. It reminds me of something Cher or Stevie Nicks or some other 70s style icon would have worn back in the day. (Or Megan Draper on MadMen in the late 60s/early 70s.)

This particular piece has more of a shape to it than most tunics, thanks to the banded  waistline with intricate stitching and a tie-in-the-back cotton belt. It has a pleated skirt and somewhat sheer fabric, so it could be worn as a swimsuit coverup or thrown on over a tank dress.

While Coachella isn’t really my thing, I could totally see some fashionista or famous blogger rocking this dress over a bikini or with a pair of thigh-high gladiator boots.

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The Ultimate Vintage Belt Shop

I am a huge fan of Patricia Field, the costume designer behind Sex & the City and The Devil Wears Prada. She’s created some of the most memorable looks in fashion film history. I’ve probably seen both of these movies over fifty times. Each. And I’ve noticed a common trend in both.

The prevalence of the belt.

 

After looking at all the images above, can you now imagine what each outfit would look like without the belt? That’s the power of a statement accessory.

Which brings me to my latest obsession. Vintage belts. Through the wonder of social media, I was able to quite randomly connect with the amazing woman behind WhatTheBelt. It’s an Etsy store full of some of the most unique vintage belts you’ll ever find.

I became acquainted with Stacey, the store owner, on Instagram after she read my article about why I quit Poshmark. She messaged me and we soon realized we had a LOT in common. She previously lived in New York, loves disco music, and is an avid vintage and thrift shopper. And whereas I lost my patience for the Poshmark platform, Stacey is killing it! Check out her closet here.

When she mentioned her Etsy store specifically devoted to vintage belts, I took a look. And according to the manfriend, I let out an audible squeal. Just look at some of the amazing belts available in her shop:

    

As a matter of fact, prior to my knowledge of this particular store, I had been looking all over for a specific style of wide belt, and guess where I finally found it? Right here.

Trust me when I tell you to bookmark her page. Chances are, anytime you’re looking for that perfect unique belt, you will find it here.

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1988: The Year We Were All Sporting Tightie Whities

Talk about pasty white.

This photo of my sister and I was taken sometime in 1988. Judging from my Pac-Man polka-dotted skirt suit and Deanna’s ever-so-fashionable drop-waisted mid-thigh bow dress, I’m guessing this was Easter Sunday. We are both sporting horrendous chalky-colored opaque tights and thinking to ourselves, “Damn! We look good! Let’s go to church!”

Apparently this “whitie tighties” trend became popular somewhere in the mid-to-late 1980s. My online research failed to pinpoint the actual originator of the trend, but I’m pretty sure this look – worn flawlessly by Princess Diana – could have started it all. The photo on the right is from a 1986 Harper’s Bazaar spread, when the equally offensive “prairie” look was in full effect. In 1988, the movie Heathers came out and white-out legs were everywhere.

 

   

Recently, I found this photo of my best friend Missy and me in high school at a state drama competition. There I am, showing off my tightie whities along with some epic eighties hair. The look must have worked, because we ended up winning the drama competition. And I’m proud to say that to this day, Missy is still my BFF. She’s stuck by me through many years of bad fashion choices.

James Dean is wondering what’s up with those white tights. And that hair.

Obviously, we all grew out of this trend, thank god. I don’t think I’ve worn a pair of pantyhose since I moved to New York in 2000. Growing up in the south, wearing a dress or skirt without pantyhose was a high-level offense in the same category as not sending out a proper thank-you card. It would drive my poor Mom insane to see my bare legs and she would constantly state that it was not “proper” for a southern lady to go without pantyhose.

I will admit, however, that as a New Yorker, I do wear black opaque tights religiously during the fall and winter months. They’re one of those fashion items I tend to buy in bulk. (I really should own stock in Spanx. I cannot tell you how many pairs of their tight-end tights I own.)

All fashion trends tend to recycle themselves, and I’m certain that white tights will resurface. But when they do, I won’t be participating. Been there. Done that.

Check out my 80s Trends Board on Pinterest to see more photos of the white tights trend.

 

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Get it Off Your Chest With the SiO SkinPad

If there is one thing I learned from watching the Spring fashion shows, it’s that 2017 is the year of the décolleté!

Super-low cut frocks and tops popped up in almost every designer’s collection, which means it’s time to forgo the bra, order yourself a full stock of double-sided stylist tape, and summon enough confidence to go (somewhat) bare-chested.

I’ll admit that I really don’t pay that much attention to my chest area when it comes to my beauty routine. And it shows. With super dry skin due to a lack of moisturizer as well as freckles and sunspots from forgetting to put sunscreen on my chest when I wear a low cut dress or blouse. And (as you can see in the first photo below) I was starting to get horizontal wrinkles and crepiness at the top of my chest right underneath my clavicle.

So when the lovely folks from SiO (which stands for Skin Innovation Overnight) reached out to see if I wanted to try their new “Overnight Décolleté Wrinkle Smoother” SkinPad, I was thrilled!

The SiO SkinPad is designed to be worn overnight and can be re-used up to 15 times. Each package comes with two pads so you can do an entire month’s worth of treatment, which is exactly what I did. I will admit that it felt pretty weird the first time I placed the silicone pad on my chest (and I got even weirder looks from the manfriend.) But it’s actually quite comfortable and once it was on, I kind of forgot about it.

 

Photo 1: Before | Photo 2: Wearing the SiO SkinPad | Photo 3: After 30-Day Treatment

The results? I actually noticed them after the first night I wore the SkinPad. My skin was definitely softer and smoother. The more I used the pad, the more I started to notice the wrinkles softening. The combination of the pre-treatment Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the post-treatment Décolleté Serum seemed to act as a one-two punch for exfoliating and fading the sun damage and freckles. The whole treatment worked so well that now I’m thinking of using it on my neck because – as you can see – I’m starting to get those pesky little horizontal lines there too. (Aging sucks, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.)

Bottom line: If you’re planning on braving the low-cut trend, consider the SiO Skin Pad treatment as your pre-plunge-prep. Just don’t forget the double-sided tape. Unless you’re ready to free the nipple!

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Check out some of the low-cut looks from the Spring 2017 Collections on my Pinterest page!

Get Every Single Look From The Devil Wears Prada

If you’re like me, anytime The Devil Wears Prada is on TV, you stop what you’re doing, you sit down, and you watch. Most of us can quote this movie word-for-word from beginning to end.

Did someone eat an onion bagel?

I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.

I’m a six. Which is the new 14.

For anyone who loves fashion, this movie is our Godfather. Aside from the perfect performances from Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada gave us a “fly on the wall” peek into the inner workings of a major fashion magazine.

Of course, the REAL reason we can’t get enough of this movie is the fashion. Sex & the City costume designer Patricia Field waved her magic style wand again and gave us some of the most unforgettable outfits in movie history. Years later, we still want all these looks.

So whether you’re an Emily, a Miranda, or a post-makeover Andy, you’ll find all the outfits you love from the movie here along with affordable options to get each look.

To quote the fabulous Stanley Tucci as Nigel, “I think my work is done here.”

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