As we already mentioned, 2013 was a pretty great year for the movies. But somewhere between Britney Spears singalongs, some of the most harrowing survival tales we’ve ever seen, and a very healthy dose of Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender, some VERY STYLISH movies came to life. Below, we list our favorites, but please, comment away with yours.
Also, for timeless style cues – check out this evergreen list of the MOST STYLISH MOVIES EVER (spoiler alert: more than one features Faye Dunaway)
STOKER– in what proved to be the ultimate anti-ingenue movie of the year, the stone cold cast of Mia Wasikowska (as India Stoker), Nicole Kidman (as her newly widowed Mother) and Matthew Goode (as Uncle Charlie) also wear some of the most polished, pared down separates you’ll see anywhere, and not just on the big screen. From perfect prim blouses, to waists that seem unnaturally small for an era of (presumably) no girdles involved to all of Charlie’s perfectly fit good bad boy sweaters, it is dangerous dressing, done with great measure. But lets face it, in the end, it all comes down to shoes. They are the key. MUST HAVES FOR PULLING THE LOOK OFF: a perfectly lady like button up (and buttoned all the way to the top), a great cashmere v-neck, and a pair of truly killer heels.
FRANCES HA – Hipster slacker fashion is a slippery slope, especially when it is hipster slacker fashion that also somehow involves dancing and being an orientation leader, but the costume department (/ Greta Gerwig’s closet, I suspect) pulls it off flawlessly. Lots of body con underlayers with lots of comfy overlayers allow for easy movement, and a movie that looks both of-the-moment and timeless. MUST HAVES FOR PULLING THE LOOK OFF: a good leather jacket, a looks-good-when-wrinkled-shirt and a 90s flowery dress.
THE GREAT GATSBY – We will be the first to admit that GREAT GATSBY as a movie was not a good one. BUT-as a piece of visual candy, it was flawless. Baz Lurhmann is at his stylistically megalomaniacal best, and the screens just drip in (Miuccia Prada aided) pearls, sequins and super cute hats. And if you’re looking for a good primer on how to wear a tux well, Leo’s Jay IS your man. MUST HAVES FOR PULLING OFF THE LOOK: A great sparkling party dress, something cute for the hair, perfect summer and winter whites and knowing how to wear a bow tie properly. General sense of upper crust malaise sadly not included.
HER – Spike Jonze’s tale of heartbreak and isolation in the technological age is both one of the best movies of the year AND one of the best looking movies of the year. Set in the not-so-distant (and therefore, more affecting) future LA, it features really long crotches, a whole lot of warm colors (according to Jonze, he wanted the movie to FEEL BLUE without having any blue in it actually) and, according to us, a very realistic prognosis of what being a stylish nerd will look like. MUST HAVES FOR ACHIEVING THE LOOK: (honestly) high wasted pants, ORANGE SWEATERS, eyes as blue as Joaquin Phoenix’s. 2 Out of 3 may have to do here.
POPULAIRE – who knew that an endearing, tiny French comedy about a secretarial contest in the 1950s would be probably this year’s best dressed movie? With perfect throw back silhouettes, a great sense of both humor and color, it is a breath of fresh cinematic style air. Ponytails, curled bangs and all. MUST HAVES FOR ACHIEVING THE LOOK: A colorful, voluminous skirt, anything with a great Peter Pan collar, and OF COURSE, seriously adorable manicures.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE – When I think of the people who are having the most fun in Hollywood this year, my thoughts often turn to the Hunger Games costume department. You can just see them throwing fabric around dramatically yelling out things like: NEEDS MORE FLAMES! TIGHTER! BRIGHTER! MORE FLAMES! Still, in all that over-the-topness, there is some serious evergreen style serving as an anchor, plus a great exploration of sportswear as a legitimately dramatic visual tool. MUST HAVES FOR ACHIEVING THE LOOK: General fierceness and killer instinct?
NOTABLE MENTION, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE YET
AMERICAN HUSTLE – I mean, the Halston inspired coats, the soft hats, the plunging necklines – this is going to look great, right? RIGHT! MUST HAVES FOR ACHIEVING THE LOOK: A great, long, sliny dress, non-ironic fur, immaculate collarbones.
that’s all folks, let us know your favorites (and maybe least favorites) in the comments. yes? YES.