Earlier this season, we previewed some of the summer’s most stylish movies. We then (inevitably) started waxing nostalgic about our favorite films from summers past—those VHS’s we watched until the magnetic tape wore thin, and the lines we repeated until they became colloquialisms. (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” and “Hold on to your butts.”) Why wouldn’t we want to honor those movies, too? Here, we’ve selected the most stylish characters from six of our all-time favorite summer films, and curated outfits that remind us of their costumes. American Graffiti (1973) Fitted bodice dress, Alice and Olivia ($440); Jitney sandal in black, Marais ($147); Openwork cardigan, Mango ($27.99 on sale) Best-dressed character: Debbie Why we love the look: Vintage-inspired dresses with that fit-and-flare shape have had a renaissance of late, thanks to TV shows such as Mad Men and Masters of Sex. Where to wear it: An alfresco dinner. The cardigan’s open weave makes it the perfect sweater for a cool summer night. Read more about what to wear on patios and how to style summer sweaters. Dirty Dancing (1987) Crepe halter top, Tibi ($138.60 on sale); High-waisted shorts, River Island ($60); Champion originals, Keds ($45); Hand-cut leather belt, Wolf & Badger ($99) Best-dressed character: Frances “Baby” Houseman Why we love the look: Jean shorts, Keds, a basic tank…think breezy summer fashion at its finest. Where to wear it: A street fest. If Baby’s moves are any indication, it’ll help you shimmy through the crowds with ease. The Sandlot (1993) Ruched halter swimsuit, J. Crew ($98); Jungle Red lipstick, NARS ($26); Cat-eye sunglasses, CRAP Eyewear ($56) Best-dressed character: Even though our 10-year-old selves are still crushing hard on Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, we have to give this one to Wendy Peffercorn. Why we love the look: This ruched one-piece is flattering for most any body type, and it’s hard not to look fierce while peeking over the tops of these cat-eye shades. Where to wear it: Pool party! Beach party! Anywhere with a large enough body of water! Check out other examples of pop-culture-inspired swimwear. Jurassic Park (1993) Blouse with cropped sleeve, Zara ($19.99 on sale); Tailored skinny jeans, paper denim & cloth ($152 on sale); Beckett sunglasses, Warby Parker ($95); Harper moto boot, rag & bone ($575); Arrowhead ring, Pamela Love ($625) Best-dressed character: Dr. Ian Malcolm Why we love the look: Don’t get us wrong, summer’s vivid color palette is fun, but this all-black ensemble is a refreshing break from the neon norm. Plus, Goldblum. Where to wear it: This would be too hot for an outdoor music festival, but perfect for a late-night show at a corner bar. Find more summer concert style ideas. Now and Then (1995) Cutout chambray dress, Intermix ($495); Architecture Outing bag, ModCloth ($89.99); T-strap flats, Francesca’s ($28); Glam lipstick in Lotus, NYX ($6) Best-dressed character: Teeny, obviously. She grew up to be a movie star! Why we love the look: The cutouts on this dress are perfectly flirty, and the dusty-pink bag reminds us of the foursome’s amazing treehouse. Where to wear it: No treehouse? Then post up beneath some trees for a picnic in the park. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) Clifton ringer tee, Spreadshirt ($31.10); Track shorts, Madewell ($49.50); Slip-on sneakers, Bucketfeet ($65) Best-dressed character: ‘70s chic abounds in this cult favorite, but we’ll go with McKinley for his classic summer-camp style. Why we love the look: It’s colorful, comfy, and nostalgic all at once. Where to wear it: If summer camp’s not in the cards, then organize a WHAS viewing party in your backyard. Also, see our tips for styling your home like a summer camp.Read More
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Poets have long cornered the market on love letters, but mathematicians might have a new advantage when it comes to romantic gift giving. At her new Andersonville boutique, Winifred Grace (5642 N. Clark Street), jewelry designer Winifred Gundeck specializes in creating simple bronze pendants stamped with letters, symbols, and—frequently—numbers with sentimental value. What is a sentimental code, exactly? For one customer, it was the geographic coordinates of the Ferris wheel where he proposed to his wife. For another, it was the house number of her mom’s childhood home. Still others opt for momentous dates, often stamped with no punctuation as six-digit strings of numbers. “You can get really personal,” Winifred said. Yet her cool, simple designs, with their “modern-looking” sans-serif typeface, acknowledge the fact that not everyone wants to wear something as sappy as, say, a necklace with the word “love” on it. “I want pieces of jewelry that represent my son and how important he is to me,” she said of her own bronze pendant, which features a capital “A” in honor of her son, Alexander. “I want pieces that I can wear every day, and when I put [them] on, I don’t even have to think about them.” As such, her boutique is full of versatile, everyday accessories like that one—five of which she shared with us below. (To see more of Winifred’s custom work, check out her Instagram, where she posts prolifically.) 1. Custom-stamped pendants ($150 large; $135 small) The bigger one is stamped with the coordinates of Chicago, the smaller one with initials. Winifred said they look good whether they’re a little tarnished or freshly polished—and each one comes with a free polishing cloth. The stamping process takes 10–15 minutes, which means they can be made while you wait. Price-wise, the smallest pendant costs $90 (unstamped). For stamping, there’s an additional setup fee and a charge of $3 per letter. 2. Aries constellation bracelet ($143) Winifred offers bronze bangles punched with all 12 astrological signs’ constellations. The Aries one is her favorite “because it’s very minimal.” 3. Horse-bit chain bracelet ($290) This chunky, toggle-clasp bracelet is “inspired by vintage Cartier,” as well as the real gold Gucci bracelets Winifred inherited from her mom. “I just loved them,” she said. “They made me feel like a disco queen.” This particular bracelet is also inspired by a horse bit—a shape that’s ubiquitous even outside the farm. “Gucci, their signature buckle on their shoes—it’s a horse bit.” 4. 60-millimeter round pendant ($170) Anthropologie has stocked this necklace, which Winifred said “is nice because you tie [the leather] off at any length.” She also likes the way she put the pendants’ tiny jump rings to use: they hold the leather cord rather than dangling decoratively. 5. Bar ring ($127) This is “supercomfortable to wear,” Winifred said. “Your fingers just nestle in around the shape of the ring. It has two places cut out for your [adjacent] fingers.” She also stocks it in multiple sizes and can custom-make sizes she doesn’t have in two to three weeks. Photos: Andrew Nawrocki, GrouponRead More
We scoured four continents to find unexpected styles worn by everyone from Danish anarchists to Botswana’s metalheads. America has definitely had its fair share of wacky style moments in recent years, with Lady Gaga hatching from an egg at the Grammys and a Miley Cyrus VMA performance that resembled some kind of nightmarish anime movie. But styles are equally strange overseas. Below, we dug up six surprising international trends, one of which—perhaps not surprisingly—can be traced back to the designer responsible for Miley’s Bangerz Tour costumes. 1. Thai teens are wearing braces. Voluntarily. Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry have both sported fake braces for fun, but in Southeast Asia the look has become seriously popular. Because of the high cost of orthodontia there, wearing braces is something of a status symbol, and some kids have resorted to having fake braces applied at beauty salons and street markets. This is also popular in Indonesia and Malaysia, but the trend hit especially hard in Thailand—after two teens allegedly died from them, the country made the sale of faux braces illegal. 2. Mexican club kids are dancing in pointy boots. If you’re thinking these curly-toed kicks would be hard to walk in, then you should definitely give props to the Matehualan youths dancing in them. They’re a fixture at club competitions, where troupes face off to tribal-house music mixed by popular local DJs including Latin Grammy–winner Erick Rincon. To make their boots truly unique, kids often customize them, extending the toes of regular cowboy boots up to 7 feet, and decorating them with everything from sequins and disco balls to leather and plaid. The look is so popular there’s even a mini documentary featuring Rincon and the dance crews, aptly titled Mexican Pointy Boots. 3. Scandinavian leftists are suiting up in Adidas. As satirized on this Danish style blog, the Danes have a reputation for embracing a pretty uniform, colorless style. Black also reigns as the color of choice among the country’s far leftist groups, who supposedly sport monochromatic Adidas track suits at protests and demonstrations to make it harder for police to track down individual activists. 4. The Japanese are wearing air-conditioned clothes. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunamis, Japan experienced a heat wave and locals were seen sporting clothes equipped with built-in cooling fans. The trend has lived on as a sustainability effort (click the down arrow on the right side of the page to see pictures), with leading brands such as Kuchofuku manufacturing everything from “A/C” jackets to undergarments. 5. Cowboys are going heavy-metal in Botswana. Piling on leather in sub-Saharan Africa might seem masochistic, but these badass metalhead cowboys revel in the trend—and look cool while doing so. Gaining notoriety through photographer Frank Marshall’s Renegades, these guys (and gals!) are about as far from the Mad Max–style anarchy they evoke as you can get. Local metaller Mosaka told Vice that when he and his peers head to a show, they “make a straight line, move at the same pace, same step, quietly and gently marching to the gig.” 6. The world is inspired by American fast food. Ever since American designer (and Miley Cyrus tour costumist) Jeremy Scott channeled McDonald’s for his debut Moschino collection at Milan Fashion Week, international fashionistas seem to be craving fast-food fashion. In London, men’s boutique End. partnered with Saucony for the Shadow 5000 “Burger” sneaker, and popular Tokyo blogger Ayumi Seto has posted a few pics of her and her pals hanging in burger joints while rocking stars and stripes. Find more of the latest fashion trends on ideeli. Illustrations: Jen Jackson, GrouponRead More