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8 Style Hacks to Steal From Movies

Call Me By Your Name

Now that it’s spring, I’m all for a bit of rebirth, particularly when it comes to my wardrobe. But how do you shake things up without buying a bunch of stuff? Here are eight big-screen moments to provide sartorial inspiration…

Call Me By Your Name: Sleeves? Who needs sleeves?
How does one take a tired old tee and make it feel worthy of a heartthrob on a hot summer day? That’s easy, just chop the sleeves off, like Timothée’s character, Elio. It’s a look that says, “Who, me? Care? No, I just happen to look this cool.” This hack turns a boring shirt into a perfect gym shirt or tank top, for zero dollars.

Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise: High-waisted jeans plus tops.
Don’t feel like trying today? Don’t fret. The perfect look for everything from running errands to running from the law (just kidding, don’t do that), this combination will never let you down. Back in 1991, Thelma and Louise took weathered Levi’s and tees and elevated them to icon status. Bonus points for adding a bandana.

West Side Story bernardo

West Side Story: Color-blocking is your friend.
Do mustard and eggplant go together? You bet. Can one wear red and evergreen without resembling a Christmas tree? Bernardo says yes. The Sharks and Jets don’t only win at choreography — they look like they just raided a Uniqlo and emerged with outfits you’ve only dreamed of.

Awkwafina Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians: Dress with a smile.
It’s safe to say that Awkwafina as Peik Lin stole every scene she appeared in. Her bright and outlandish ensembles, like the dog-print number seen here, could inspire even the most curmudgeonly among us to crack a smile. If creature-print two-pieces are (understandably) outside of your comfort zone, try adding humor on a more accessible level — like a T-shirt, socks, or watch strap. Here’s the thing about dressing with a sense of humor: You won’t just amuse yourself, you’ll amuse other people, too. And that is a public service.

Love Story

Love Story: Take one collar. Pop it. You Win.
In addition to rocking the world’s best middle part, Ali McGraw in Love Story shows that collars are best when they face the sky. This works on overcoats, jean jackets… any jackets! This one little change takes two seconds and makes your look feel entirely different.

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing: Don’t be afraid to be bold.
Rosie Perez dancing in the opening sequence of Do the Right Thing is pure fire. She proves sporting a bold, monochromatic look — dress, tights, even earrings — is nothing to be afraid of. There is nothing wrong with being seen. In fact, often times, it’s the best way to be. (Fun fact: This scene was inspired by the opening sequence of Bye Bye Birdie, which Spike Lee saw as a child and couldn’t get out of his mind.)

Cleopatra

Cleopatra: Sometimes, more is more.
Maybe you’re not going to wear this ensemble to the workplace, or to a wedding, or even to the Met Ball. But let Liz-as-Cleo remind us all that sometimes, it’s okay to pile it on. Dare to wear bold makeup PLUS your most dazzling clothes PLUS gold jewelry. Keep everything in the same color family and you’re good to go.

Style Hacks from Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody: Don’t forget about loungewear.
You know where you spend a lot of your life? Asleep. Or watching TV. Or eating, standing up in the kitchen. And what do you wear when doing these things? Does it bring you joy? (Not hypothetical. Please answer for yourself.) If the answer is no, let us follow the example of Freddie Mercury’s very excellent patterned robe, the perfect blend of comfort and style. Dressing, after all, is a way to care for yourself. No matter where you may be.

Do you have any other fashion hacks, or favorite movie looks? Would love to hear.

P.S. A magic date dress and a Q&A with the Crazy Rich Asians costume designer.

  1. hannah says...

    Idgie Threadgood from Fried Green Tomatoes!

  2. Katja says...

    I rewatched Friends recently and I noticed how much I used to dress (and still dress today) like Rachel (minus the belly baring outfits…). Must have had a huge influence on me when I was a teen watching it for the first time!

  3. I recently re-watched the Bertolluci film “Stealing Beauty” – Liv Tyler’s 90’s outfits in Italy are perfection.

  4. Toby MacPhee says...

    Thank- you for this awesome post. I love that you focused on fun style ideas and not how to change the look of the mid life body. Bravo!

  5. Paige says...

    Midge Mauser for the win! Honestly, those coats!

  6. caitlin says...

    I’ve been really loving Sabrina’s style in the new Netflix Sabrina the Teenaged Witch series. 50’s but modern–high-waist pants with short-sleeve knit polos and leather jackets, plus block heels. Yes please!

  7. Abbey says...

    So much YES… in this article and the comments. May I posit Monica Vitti’s wardrobe in L’Avventura?
    If you’ve seen it you know what I’m talking about. If not please google image search immediately. Everything looks so comfortable and so chic. Thoughtful but easy. I believe this wardrobe transcends the story, but also fits perfectly into traveling through Italy during the summer *kind of* falling in love but also trying to solve a low-key missing persons mystery, if that’s what you’re up to.
    The crisp shirts. The simple dresses. The popped collars. The tiny patterns. The textures. THE HAIR. Mamma mia. I can’t get enough.

  8. Nigerian Girl says...

    Just popping back in to show some love to Heathers (love the Heathers’ clothes) and Mannequin – cheesy movie, yes, but I’m so into everything Kim Cattrall wears in it. Long may the 1980s live.

    • Yes to these!

  9. Courtney says...

    Yes to Dirty Dancing for summer style inspo! The white pants/peasant top/keds, high waisted cutoffs, and of course that final pink dress! Love her style evolution through the movie too. So good!

  10. Courtney says...

    Love this! And love cinema as style inspiration. My forever faves are Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Meg Ryan as Sally Albright in When Harry Met Sally, and Ali McGraw in Love Story (amazing choice!). Loved all your choices- great mix of modern and traditional, conventional and unconventional (Rami as Freddy!). A few I loved from this year too were Lady Gaga in a Star in Born (a surprise to me! All those high waisted pants!) And Felicity Jones as RBG in On the Basis of Sex (scarves! Pantsuits!) So much good.

  11. B says...

    Diane Keaton as Annie Hall. Annnnnd…MIC DROP!

    • ShannyG says...

      hands down

  12. Amy says...

    Demi Moore’s black jumpsuit & grey tank top in Ghost. I thought I could finally find that jumpsuit now that they are everywhere but I can’t find the that right cut!!

  13. Lisa says...

    My ideal summer wardrobe is always and forever Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley

    • Laura says...

      Yes! And in Sliding Doors–the short, blonde-haired gamine version of her character.

    • Rae says...

      Yes & yes to both of these

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!!

    • Jax says...

      Her clothes in Great Expectations were fantastic too.

    • Lisa says...

      Along with spending the summer at a fabulous villa on the Italian coast. Just leave out the murder and weirdness. So don’t invite Matt Damon

  14. that was a super fun post!

  15. Lula says...

    Last night I watched ‘Shrill’, all in one night, and Aidy Bryant’s wardrobe is just amazing. Also her promo wardrobe for the show is so amazing. Not a plus size sack in sight!

    • JS says...

      YES I agree with this 100%! Including her outfits for the promo appearances for the show.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!! The cutest short dresses and I loved her clogs.

    • Cat says...

      What is completely devastating about this, is that her wardrobe was almost 100% custom made, because there are so few plus size retailers. I loved everything she wore, but I won’t be able to find any of it in real life.

    • Nicole says...

      Yes, Lula! Thank you for mentioning this! After seeing the comments on the weekend links I was just a smidge disappointed to see this comment mentioned without also saying that her clothes were almost all custom made, down to even the seemingly regular shirts she was wearing. Not tailored clothing— custom made. That being said, I also fangirled on Aidy’s wardrobe and binged Shrill the weekend it was out. I just hope that it shows how much the need is out there. Even though I’m an 18/20 now, at one point I was 24/26/28. At all of these sizes, you don’t walk into stores and find what you want. The world tells you to cover up because those are the only clothes made for you. Her clothes are so wonderful and in the right direction, but they still truly represent how far there is to go since her beautiful character and body still had to have custom clothes made to reflect a world that they wanted her to live in and feel empowered.

    • Nicole says...

      ***Oops, so sorry. I meant to say, Yes, Cat! Thank you for mentioning this!

      But thanks Lula for bringing up Shrill! :)

  16. liz says...

    that robe from Bohemian Rhapsody is everything. <3 Would try to wear that to work if I could!

  17. Nikki says...

    A Love Story is my style guide. I got circular glasses just because of that movie. They look terrible with my face but I love them so much. I dream of being Ali- minus the sad ending.

  18. JS says...

    These are all perfect. My contributions:

    -Rebecca Hall in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (perfect intersection of femininity and masculinity, and inspired my purchase of linen pants)
    -Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (SO. MUCH. FUN.)
    -Penny Lane in Almost Famous (she pulls off shearling, lace, ruffles, and pretty much everything else)
    -Empire Records (Liv Tyler’s plaid skirt and powder blue sweater look)
    -Rachel, Monica and Phoebe in the early seasons of Friends (tons of cute and comfortable outfits)
    -Dakota Johnson in How to Be Single (nice simple and feminine looks for today)
    -SPICE WORLD (pretty much every look is unwearable for normal humans but the outfits are iconic)

    • Liz says...

      This is the best post and conversation! Vicky Cristina Barcelona has inspired my summer capsule wardrobe for years. Linen, cotton, and seemingly everything olive green and crisp white. Nomatter how cute the summer item I won’t buy it if it wouldn’t fit into that film’s wardrobe. For the chronically indecisive shopper – such as myself – I’ve found this litmus test to be super helpful.

  19. Bethany G Suckrow says...

    Has anyone else watched “Mozart in the Jungle” on Amazon Prime? Such a quirky little show, but I love the characters and I love Lola Kirke’s style as a Hailey Rutledge, especially in seasons 2 & 3. I also love Saffron Burrows’ style too – so chic and sophisticated. Trying to find that balance between the two of them.

    • Anna says...

      I so agree about Hailey’s wardrobe! Miss that show.

    • Rue says...

      I grew up playing classical music at a very high level, and I love watching that show! I even spot friends who are the real professional musicians in some scenes.

  20. turtle says...

    My go-to summer uniform for 62 years- floaty, loose linen or cotton dress with Vans for daily life or Pons and dangly earrings for fancy outings. When I was younger I wore Converse, but older feet = wider tennis shoes. Comfortable clothes make for a more pleasant me and a more pleasant day. If I want to change it up, I’ll slip some loose linen trousers under the dress or pin on a cluster of little flowers that I made years ago when Emerson Fry was first starting out. This combo never lets me down!

  21. Sasha says...

    Juliette Binoche in Chocolat, so graceful and beautiful. I wear overalls, but admire that classic beauty.

  22. Anna says...

    Practical Magic- looks from both Owens sisters!, and Kristin Scott Thomas in Four Weddings and a Funeral (the 3rd wedding outfit!) and weirdly enough The Favourite (pearls!, fabrics, details, cuts) & Marie Antoinette (more is more is more, but, ahh, so stylish).
    And we need to talk about the style and setting in Luca Guadagnino’s other movies- I Am Love, A Bigger Splash- as well. Love!!!

  23. Jo says...

    Caroline, you have a truly marvellous way with words! <3

  24. Jody Winter says...

    I coveted Jennifer Connelly’s Labyrinth look: skinny-straight blue jeans, pirate shirt, waistcoat and tan loafers. I’m the same age as her, but as a 14 year-old in 1985 in New Zealand, fashion choices were very limited. I did manage to cobble an outfit together though!

  25. Martini says...

    My favorite celebrity style advice…

    Interviewer to Lauren Bacall: “So Lauren, tell us, who do you dress for, men or women?” and without a blink Lauren replied “I dress for women but I undress for men.”

    And…
    When Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wears to bed she answered ” Chanel No.5.”

    And Coco herself always advised…”When you’re finished dressing and positive you’ve got it just right, as you go out the door remove one item.”
    It’s always tickled me how Michele Obama had the knack for picking out the best outfits for herself and her daughters…at Target.

  26. Sara says...

    There was a time, when my icon was Audrey Toutou as Amelie Poulain. Still wearing her hairstyle. ..or trying to.
    Nowadays I tend towards a really mixed style. From high waisted jeans to lot’s of patterns. I have a lot of movies going on. I’m 35 and my boyfriend reminds me, that I often look like one of the PEANUTS… but what’s age-appropriate style anyway? :-)

  27. Colleen S says...

    I’m a big fan of Audrey Hepburn. Loved her fashion in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina (especially the outfit she wore on the sailboat with Humphrey Bogart). I’m not anywhere close to Audrey’s body type, but I like the timeless looks she wore in movies.

    • Hanna says...

      Yes! I spend most of my life in jeans and a sweater, but when there’s an occasion to do better, my motto is, “When in doubt, dress like Audrey Hepburn!”

  28. Mo says...

    I love Caroline.

  29. Hannah says...

    I am LOVING the fashion in The Bold Type at the moment.

    Jacqueline is so chic, Kat is so fun, Jane feels so accessible (even though it’s all designer stuff, it doesn’t appear that way) and Sutton is my fantasy closet goals.

    I just fangirl so hard for this show. No shame.

  30. Lucy says...

    Winona Ryder’s style in Reality Bites. Cute dresses and her charming growing-out hair.

    Also, from TV, everything Mindy Kaling wears!

  31. Georgina says...

    It would be good to have a follow up article/interview about some of the greatest “character styles” created by the costume designers, and how much the interaction with the actor, influenced the outfits they designed. Movies like Love Story and Clueless are particularly memorable, but there are others that come to mind!

  32. Emily says...

    I want to steal the cropped colored pants + converse + contrasting (I typed ‘contrastic’ what a great word) socks thing from that west side story picture mostly. so cheery. I often think my personal style skews kind of pre-teen boy and that fits right in.

  33. Cynthia says...

    Love a popped collar. I always asymmetrically pop the collar on a my pea coats.

  34. Jessica says...

    Oh yes, you did. I’m so happy to see Ali McGraw here. The red dress when she meets Oliver’s parents! The Plaid skirt and red tights! Her wedding dress! She’s been my style icon for the majority of my life. I have perhaps watched Love Story fifty times, and have tortured every close friend and all past boyfriends by forcing them to watch it with me and listen to the whole soundtrack on vinyl. My college roommates would tease me by humming the theme song. I dressed at Jennifer Cavalleri for Halloween in high school in the 90s. Nobody knew who I was, but I smiled all day.

    • Peg says...

      I saw Ali McGraw walking down the street in NYC on the Upper East Side one day, gently swinging her bag and with a little bounce in her step. She continues to be fabulous.

  35. I binge watched Call the Midwife a few months ago and suddenly only wanted to wear floral dresses/skirts and cardigans with bike-able long underwear underneath. And scarves! And shawls! Even an apron! Basically dress like grandma when she was at her most tired!

  36. Hali says...

    I aim to look like the entire cast of The 1998 Parent Trap. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Annie, Hallie, Liz, Meredith, Chessy… I’d swap closets with any of them.

    • Emily B says...

      I’ve been hunting my whole life for a dress like the black dress liz wears to meet on Nick the yacht

    • Riley says...

      Haha this is an amazing comment, and something I resonate with deeply.

  37. Kate says...

    Oh no! Not the sleeveless tees!

    When I was about 11, I decided sleeveless tees were the height of fashion, and I NEEDED to have one. Not one to be deterred by the lack of allowance money or a ride to the mall, I decided to make my own by cutting the sleeves off an existing t-shirt. Sure, except I WAS WEARING IT AT THE TIME (no, I don’t have any idea what I was thinking). I still have a scar in my left shoulder from that little experiment.

    • Louise says...

      Kate, this is so funny!

  38. katie says...

    When I was 15 I went on a school trip to, like, ten European countries in 7 days & the entire time I wore my beloved (and ratty) “Against Animal Testing” t-shirt, which featured put-upon cartoon dogs rolling their eyes, seated at desks, trapped in a classroom. It got a lot of laughs, went beautifully with my Doc Martens & drove my teacher nuts (jackpot).

    • turtle says...

      I want that shirt!!

  39. k says...

    I am jeans & tee kind of girl 85% of time in spite of the season but I just want to add my home country,India does great in terms of summer clothing…I just love ease of wearing a chikankari kurti in soft pastel shades ..I wish there were more options available to buy these Kurtis here in US

    • turtle says...

      Hi K,

      You are so right! Loose and flowy is the perfect style for heat and humidity. Here’s a great resource for kurtis which empowers women in rural India. Beautiful embroidered solids, florals, and indigo prints. https://okhai.org
      I love their kurtis!

  40. Josephine says...

    Also Diane Keaton in Annie Hall and pretty much everything else.

  41. Jena Miller says...

    Hi Caroline!!

    I’d love to know what you have in your to-be-read pile this spring and summer! You always have the BEST recommendations :D

    Joanna — I just tore through Conversations with Friends as you posted on Instagram. SO GOOD!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question, jena!!! we have a spring books post coming up this week or next!

    • Jena Miller says...

      Ohhh yay!!! I cannot wait! Thank you both :)

  42. Reenie says...

    Summer style inspiration – for me, is always the movie Shag. From the Phoebe Cates-style headbands to the dress Pudge wears at the dance contest at the end – I love it all!

    • A Martin says...

      OMG yes!!!!! Aw I need to buy that movie. Buzz Revanal was a dreamboat!

  43. Sandra Lashley says...

    My kids and I have been watching the Brady bunch lately and I have to say the color and cut of their clothes, esp. Carol and Mike are often fabulous and strike me as often timeless (barring a few outrageous choices in loud plaid, I’m talking to you brady children) . The cuts are classic and the bold colors are fun and really a joy to watch. I’m loving it. Alice’s uniform is meticulously pressed and fitted too.

  44. Cindy says...

    I basically try to dress exactly like Amy Poehler in “Parks and Rec.” Blazers, cool blouses, tailored suits — perfect.

    For many years after watching Julia Roberts in “Dying Young,” I wore dresses with tennis shoes. I’ve abandoned it in now that I’m older but really loved that edgy look back then.

  45. Lynn says...

    A TV show, not a movie, but I aim to dress like Sharon on Catastrophe. She mixes patterns and bold colors and appears totally comfortable, owning it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!! i LOVE her style.

    • Josephine says...

      OMG Yes! I love and emulate her style a bit, my daughter says that I “power clash”. Not sure she means it as a compliment!

      Plus, I’ve always wondered if the actress really dresses like that or was it a wardrobe department inspiration?

    • Jax says...

      Love Sharon Horgan’s style too!! I find it age-appropriate (whatever that means), womanly, fun, a bit rock, a bit pretty, and also comfortable. I like contrast and it fits her “can’t give a f—-“ attitude that’s also not a forced edgy style.

      I don’t always love everything all 5 women leads wear in Younger, but I find them all fun and interesting. I esp. love Debi Mazar’s irreverent vintage+rock style. Patricia Field from SATC is the stylist!

    • Tina Crisas says...

      YES YES YES!!! I love her style!!

    • Lula says...

      YES! The pink suit in series 2 was to die for!

    • Cynthia says...

      YES SO MUCH!! I came here to mention Sharon. (And also Beverley on Episodes — that show about a sitcom with Matt LeBlanc.) I often find myself wishing there were shopping sources listed along with the credits.

  46. Erin says...

    They aren’t for summer but my fave wardrobes are Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail (I’d like her apt too!) and Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. Amazing

  47. Rae says...

    All the outfits in Dirty Dancing inspire me, 1960’s through an ’80’s lens: leotards with high waisted cut-off jeans, peasant tops with cropped white pants…love it all – and I have most of the pieces in my closet.

  48. Sarah says...

    Great outfit inspiration post, thanks Caroline!

  49. Madeleine says...

    Love this post!! But no mention of Clueless and Cher Horowitz?! My forever inspiration!

    • Nigerian Girl says...

      You’re not alone. I love Clueless and I live for Cher’s style too.

  50. Em says...

    Love all these ideas and tips! And can I just say… that photograph from Call Me by Your Name takes my breath away! I love that film so so very much.

  51. Nigerian Girl says...

    I’m crazy about Julia Roberts’ brown, polka-dotted dress in Pretty Woman and I’m still searching for a similar dress to pull off that look. As far as movie fashion goes, my all-time favourite is Working Girl. I adore every single thing Tess (Melanie Griffith’s character) wears after she impersonates her boss. Those 80s power shoulders, that gloriously cuffed hair. I also love the styling in The Devil Wears Prada. Never gets old. Shout out to Emily Blunt’s gorgeous envy green (sorry, couldn’t resist ;)) eyeshadow.

  52. Laura Farnsworth says...

    I always loved Molly Ringwald’s outfit in The Breakfast Club–the slouchy boots, that belted and bunchy skirt, the oversized tee with rolled sleeves. Also had a brief crush on Ally Sheedy’s look in St. Elmo’s Fire, but felt too dowdy wearing that lace collar (was actually still the 80’s at the time).

    52 now and would still wear Molly’s getup.

    • I am 51 and SAME!

    • Kamaile says...

      Same & that is my absolute favorite movie with Sixteen Candles a close second.

  53. Laura C. says...

    Hilary Swank in “P.S. I love you” has my absolute favourite wardrobe!

  54. Isa says...

    Great Post, thank you!!! I’m on a 10 month maternity leave right now and it feels so great to just play with my outfits and not thinking insidethe “can I wear this to the office?-box. As long as it’s washable…

  55. lisa says...

    West Side Story’s bernardo is my celebrity crush.

    • Trudy says...

      Bernardo – sigh.

  56. simone says...

    Is more TV than movie but Petra in Jane the Virgin is my style icon.

  57. jillian bedell says...

    Can we PLEASE talk about Elio’s mom for a minute? Silk shirts with sweat stains and jean shorts (plus extemporaneous translation!!!)? She wins.

  58. Lauren E. says...

    I bought what’s called a “co-ord” (this was new to me) from a British website and now it’s all I want to wear. Matching navy windowpane print top cropped drawstring pull on pants. The comfiest airplane outfit EVER and it looks super chic with white sneakers. I plan to wear it all summer long.

    • Holly M says...

      YES to this! It’s one of my new favorite ways to dress as well. Zara has a whole section on their site for Co-Ord looks.

    • t says...

      Oh my you both just sent me on an all day online shopping spree!

  59. Catherine says...

    Am I the only one who hates the high waisted pant? I’m in my 40s so maybe that’s why. They make everyone look so short waisted. Like they have no torso. Not low waisted , but a perfectly situated waist forever, please. Less trend, more classic.

    • Lula says...

      I LOVE a high waisted pair of mom jeans (and I’m almost 40!). Also a big fan of high waisted, paper bag trousers. I’m just over 5 ft 1, so I already have a short torso. I actually find them flattering – and i’m not slim. Love how comfortable they are, yet chic at the same time. High waisted for the win!

    • n says...

      they make butts look weird.

    • Nina says...

      Catherine, you are not alone! I hated them in the 80s and 90s and I think they look ridiculous now. The only body-types it works for are for those that are really tall and thin. When I see someone wearing them from the back, it reminds me of a diaper. I think it’s comical how when something becomes trendy, people condition themselves to think that they look good in things just because they see it everywhere. I’m looking forward to the time pleats come back and listen to everyone say how great they are.

    • Cindy says...

      Oh how funny, I am in my 40s an LOVE high-waisted pants! They fit me so much better and make me look taller, actually. How funny, I thought everyone was as relieved for the higher waists as I was!

    • Anna says...

      I think it depends on your definition of what “looks good on me” means. To each their own, I guess. Some would argue, though, that creating a silhouette that creates a rectangle shape is not flattering.

    • Mouse says...

      I’m very, um, “curvy” and my butt is a lot of real estate. Mid and low rise jeans just don’t cover it. I’ve been so thrilled to find high waists, some of which are not in fact very high on me, but the extra fabric covers what needs to be covered. We all of course want what we don’t have: I would LOVE to be straight up and down and wear a low rise, but alas…..

    • Alice says...

      I like the the high waist look on others, but I find them really uncomfortable.
      I’ve tried all sorts of different brands, materials, sizes etc. I’m tall and find the waist to crotch seam often ends in pain, even in tall ranges. Sizing up ends up in draughts and gaping. They sit weirdly on my mum belly jelly too. I’ve given up. Sticking to beloved mid-rise. But loving the longevity of the culotte trend. In my 40s too :)

    • t says...

      I love high waisted pants but i dont tuck things in. In general they give a much more flattering look because there isnt a muffin top and they cinch at the smallest part of our waist. (btw I am 42). To each their own.

    • Claire says...

      Well I like them pretty well. If you don’t like them that doesn’t make them inherently awful, it just means they don’t suit you. So just don’t wear them. Everybody gets to pick for themselves what they like to wear.
      Just be your own gorgeous self and carry on.
      High waisted pants are pretty classic, fwiw- see Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Diane Keaton.

    • Sasha L says...

      Catherine, 46 here, just sitting back waiting for high waisted *mom* jeans to go away again. Levi’s, men’s 501 button flies forever, thank you very much. I wear them loose so sit below waist. I don’t like the way high looks, didn’t in the 80s and 90s either, but mostly hate anything confining around my middle. Cringe, it’s just not comfy for me and that is my #1 clothing criteria.

    • Lisa says...

      Having come of age in the 90s, I didn’t wear anything but hip huggers for the longest time. Then I had two pregnancies within two years and I frequently have to tuck my stomach into my underpants. High waisted jeans that hold everything in are my new ideal

    • Owl says...

      Like any other type of clothing, one cannot say they look good or bad… it completely depends on the person wearing it!!! I used to wear high-waisted pants in my teens and they were my absolute favourite style. They just suit me so perfectly. I still haven’t gotten around to trying a pair now (I’m in my mid40’s now), but I hope to and I am so curious to see how they look now. It will be an interesting experiment, a time warp of sorts! Lol. I’m feeling optimistic! Haha

    • Toby says...

      True, I am already short – waisted, plus being on the shorter side low – rise not cool either. Hello … Just the regular waist please jean designers!

  60. Betsy says...

    This is my mostest favorite style post yet.

    Personally, I take all my inspiration from Bond girls – tailor, tailor, tailor. Anything Bond can do in Savile Row, I can theoretically do in a pencil skirt with a well-placed slit and/or a blouse that is darted just right. Also, having your pants cropped to just the right length shows the ever alluring well-turned ankle. Rawr.

    • talia says...

      Yes!

    • alice says...

      I recently found a calf length Savile Row women’s coat in my favourite colour in a charity shop for £20.
      Snapped it up, had it altered slightly, and still skipping about it. Love a good dart.

  61. Steph says...

    I’ve been rocking the Thelma and Louise look all Spring and Summer without ever realizing it.

  62. Mary Hagen Carmichael says...

    This is such a great post :) Made my day. Thank you!

    • Lisa says...

      Roz Doyle from Frasier!

  63. Whitney says...

    Remember the music video for the Mariah Carey/Boyz 2 Men duet, One Sweet Day? I’ve been chasing her look ever since I saw it as a kid in 1995. Cut off denim shorts, basic tee, and converse. Timeless. The ease and simplicity of such an outfit is what I strive for every summer. (And let’s face it, all year-round.) Clothes that are uncomplicated and basic highlight natural beauty and that is damn sexy.

  64. Laura says...

    I love this! After having two kids, some good ‘ole high waisted jeans and a t-shirt is my staple wardrobe on weekends (even if I didn’t have kids I’d still love it). Couldn’t agree more with comfy lounge wear. When I get home from work that is the first thing I do. Bra off-check, sweat pants on-check! Awesome style points Caroline :)

  65. Mala says...

    died laughing from this article. Caroline’s writing is fantastic, thank you so much !

  66. Rebecca says...

    Ugh – I haven’t seen Thelma and Louise in forever, but how depressing that Geena Davis is wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt. Definitely not a style to steal . . .

    • El says...

      I know!! I love this article but when I read “personality-packed tee” I was like yikes. This isn’t shade at Caroline, I get that the style formula isn’t encouraging us to wear white supremacist imagery!!! Just that the confederate flag is a jolt.

    • Christy says...

      Was going to say the same thing!

    • kath says...

      read through the comments hoping someone else expressed dismay at this, too. Thanks for changing the photo!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      of course!! thank you so much for pointing it out!

    • Michele says...

      Isn’t the point of wearing her wearing the flag a statement of her rage against the norm? Defying the expectations and being the resistance? I thought it was a less than subtle statement and spoke volumes. Not sure the photo needed to be changed either.

  67. Caroline Carr says...

    I am a big believer in the power of pajamas. Guess what – we all have to sleep. And wearing pajamas that bring a smile to my face, even at the end of a long day, is a little present I get to give to myself every night. Self care comes in lots of forms – and for me one of those forms is wearing adorable polar bear patterned pajamas to bed when I need a little pick me up.

    • Laura C. says...

      I agree sister!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so sweet, caroline. and i agree!

    • Claire says...

      yes, I absolutely love to lounge in pajamas, and I am also a total sucker for a flannel nightgown.

    • Trudy says...

      For me it’s the power of a great nightgown. I love Land’s End’s pima cotton mid-calf nightgown in dark blue, with no frilly bits. Scoop neck, long sleeves in winter, sleeveless in summer. It looks like a simple cotton knit dress, so I hang out in it at home, answer the door in it, and take the trash out in it. I own multiples, always in blue, because the older ones inevitably are aerated with cat claw holes from my loving 22 pound orange tabby Mr. Red.

  68. Tess says...

    LOVEEEE a style post that isn’t recommending buying anything, but instead finding inspiration in what you already own! I am trying to do little to no shopping for new clothes and I absolutely love this approach to talking about new looks for spring. Thanks CoJ!!

    • Owl says...

      Great point! I was shocked to learn recently that clothing is the second biggest “plastic” offender choking our oceans! Plus all the chemicals, and ethical issues on top of that! I am trying to buy less clothes and get creative with what I have, so I also appreciated this post even more for that reason! 😊

  69. Dana says...

    Kathryn Erbe in What About Bob – forever and always my style icon.

    • Alison says...

      YES!!! This made my day.