Six Outfits Inspired by the Summer Movie Season

Whether you’re into blockbuster-caliber explosions or the simple pleasure of air conditioning, there are plenty of reasons to see a movie this summer. We’d like to nominate another one: costume design. It might not be the most obvious reason to shell out $12 for a ticket, but it’s a small price to pay to glean inspiration for our summer wardrobes. Here’s six movies with styles we’re feeling really inspired by.

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Maleficent’s Goth Glamour

Black Cold Shoulder swing dress, River Island ($50); Nefertiti bib, BaubleBar ($52); Pure Heroine lipstick, MAC ($16)

Character to watch for: Maleficent, duh. Angelina is scary beautiful.

How to dress the part: You’re most likely not an evil fairy, so fake some wings with drape-y, cutout sleeves. This spiky necklace looks like it’s strung with spinning-wheel spindles, and the deep-plum lipstick from MAC’s collaboration with Lorde is just the right kind of dark.

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X-Men’s ‘70s Chic

Floral wrap crop top, Miss Selfridge ($49); Jasmine floppy hat, Nasty Gal ($58)

Character to watch for: Raven Darkhölme, the “human” form of Mystique

How to dress the part: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine is sent back in time to visit the Nixon-era X-Gang. As Raven, Jennifer Lawrence embodies ‘70s style with a floral crop top and a banded floppy hat.

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Tammy’s Comfy Normcore Duds

White patent-leather Arizona sandal, Birkenstock ($120); Fitted boyfriend shirt, Gap ($49.95); Cat Face flask, Urban Outfitters ($18)

Character to watch for: Tammy’s grandmother, Pearl, played by Susan Sarandon

How to dress the part: With the Birkenstock renaissance that’s happening right now, normcore is actually kind of chic. The sandals go well with a simple button-up like Pearl’s, as does a kitty-cat flask—a nod to her hard-drinking habit.

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Mood Indigo’s Twee Surrealism

Vinny embroidered dress, Alice and Olivia ($440)—find similar on ideeli; Laurel cuff, stella & dot ($98)

Character to watch for: Audrey Tautou’s Chloé

How to dress the part: White dresses are huge this season, which gives the unbetrothed the perfect excuse to try out Chloé’s lacy, tea-length bridal style. In typical Michel Gondry fashion, parts of the wedding scene are underwater—evoke this surrealism with a rose-gold cuff inspired by tropical fan coral.

Sin City’s Killer Sexiness

L.K. Bennett Agra tweed dress, House of Fraser ($243.76, on sale); Get It, Got It, Go-See heel, Modcloth ($32.99); Cosmic Dust Galactic bib, BaubleBar ($48)

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Character to watch for: Ava Lord

How to dress the part: Mimicking the smokin’-hot style of former Bond girl Eva Green is no easy feat, but this curve-hugging tweed dress with corset-inspired piping should do the trick. Red pumps give the ensemble a Sin City-like pop of pigment.

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The Congress’s Colorful Elegance

Teresa dress, People Tree ($76.49, on sale); Joyous gold glitter sunglasses, Karen Walker ($329)

Character to watch for: Robin Wright

How to dress the part: Thanks to her wardrobe on House of Cards, Wright has become something of a style icon. So it’s no surprise that she looks gorgeous when playing herself in this part-animated, part-live-action indie flick. Cartoon Robin’s cowlneck might be a bit heavy for summer, so instead try a dress with a standup boatneck, and pair it with glittery, fashion-forward shades.

Stills courtesy of Disney, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Drafthouse Films, Dimension, and The Match Factory