I Dressed Like Rom-Com Characters for a Week and Right here’s How It Went

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First, what’s a Rom Com?

The style gives plenty of freedom to creators, since it truly is simply what’s says on the tin, to allow them to just about do what they need with the remainder of the film. There are such a lot of varieties of rom-coms, tropes, parodies, and deconstructions of the style, that it actually is a topic for a bigger submit and dialogue. However, primarily, rom-coms revolve across the quest for love.

Given its topic and its goal demographic (largely girls), romantic comedy is a divisive and controversial style. On one hand, plenty of rom-coms, as written and conceived, are typically racist, misogynistic, fatphobic, and homophobic. Alternatively, many of the dialogue in regards to the legitimacy or impression of the style, particularly by critics and detractors, can even fall into misogynistic takes, whatever the high quality of the movie.

Up to now few years, there was a really seen effort to create rom-coms which are extra inclusive, with extra feminine and LGBTQ writers, administrators and producers bringing their voices to the style.

Personally, I like rom-coms. The general theme of the pursuit of affection has at all times made me completely satisfied. My finest pal and I bonded within the early years of highschool by means of our shared love of rom-coms. (We cherished Sleepover and Angus, Thongs and Excellent Snogging essentially the most.) We’ve got spent numerous hours collectively having dinner and watching tacky, endlessly-romantic movies.

Rom Com Outfits & Trend Information:

First, a be aware: Like most of my character-inspired posts, this one received’t be an item-by-item recreation. (A few of these films are many years previous, in any case.) My seems to be are up to date takes on every character’s most iconic look or fashion.

Now, on to the rom com outfits:

Monday – Outfit #1, Sally Albright (When Harry Met Sally)

When Harry Met Sally is a romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner, written by Nora Ephron, and starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The movie premiered in 1989 and it has develop into required viewing for any rom-com fan.

Cynic Harry Burns (Crystal) and idealist Sally Albright (Ryan) first meet in 1977, after they share a drive from faculty in Chicago to New York Metropolis. The film revolves round their relationship by means of the years, and their differing views on love, intercourse, friendship, and Casablanca. Whereas it has an R ranking, this was doubtless as a result of famed restaurant scene and a few swear phrases. The remainder of the film is pretty tame.

Sally’s fashion is quintessential ’80s fashionable. Shoulder pads, outsized blazers, mother denims, excessive waisted pants, and loafers are her most-worn objects.

For my Sally look, I acquired impressed by her look from the film poster. There, she wears a shirt, excessive waisted pants, a blazer and loafers.

To get her vibe, I began with a burgundy Oxford shirt and a pair of brown corduroy pants. Then, I borrowed an outsized blazer from my mother in brown and burgundy. Enjoyable reality in regards to the blazer: my mother has had this for the reason that ’80s, so it’s a classic merchandise that matches the movie’s decade to a T. Then I added burgundy loafers to match.

Sadly, I couldn’t discover a hat that matched Sally’s and none of my hats have been the fitting form or shade, so I made a decision to not put on one.

Total, I actually preferred this look! I’ve been stealing this blazer from my mother for months now and I’ll take any alternative to put on it. The outfit was extremely cozy and comfy, particularly for a chill Monday. It was a bit office-y trying, although, which isn’t usually my fashion.

Typically, it’s a cute look, however I might make just a few changes to suit my fashion (and this decade) a bit extra. As an example, I’d change to a extra fitted pair of pants or use sneakers as a substitute of loafers.

Tuesday – Outfit #2, Lara Jean (To All of the Boys I’ve Liked Earlier than)

To All of the Boys I’ve Liked Earlier than is a 2018 romantic comedy primarily based on the 2014 novel of the identical identify by Jenny Han. The movie was directed by Susan Johnson and was launched internationally on Netflix. It stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.

Highschool junior Lara Jean Covey (Condor) is a hopeless romantic who has by no means had a boyfriend. She has written 5 love letters to essentially the most intense crushes of her life however by no means meant to ship them. Involved for her sister’s social life, Lara’s youthful sister Kitty (Anna Cathcart) sends out the letters to their meant recipients, together with their older sister’s boyfriend Josh and in style jock Peter Kavinsky (Centineo). Peter approaches Lara Jean with a proposition: they fake-date to get Josh, his ex Genevieve, and the remainder of the varsity off of their backs.

Lara Jean’s fashion might be finest described as girly-comfy. She at all times seems to be put collectively, however with out sacrificing consolation. Sneakers, booties, excessive waisted skirts and shorts, sweaters, sweatshirts and girly objects are a few of her most worn items.

(For extra on her look, see our guides to Learn how to Costume Like Lara Jean Covey, and Learn how to Costume Like Lara Jean in “P.S. I Nonetheless Love You.”)

For my Lara Jean outfit, I took inspiration from a selected look she wears when she is confronted by Josh about her relationship with Peter. She’s sporting an extended pink skirt, a gray sweatshirt, and sneakers.

To start out off my look, I placed on a gray sweatshirt that’s barely cropped. Then, I paired it with an extended, dusty-pink skirt that I borrowed from my sister. Lastly, I made a decision I’d go together with a traditional pair of white Converse, since Lara Jean wears these sneakers with a few of her seems to be.

This was an easy look to create. I preferred it a lot and it was so cute on! The simplicity and femininity of the look actually scream Lara Jean for me. The skirt’s material was thick, so it was good for February climate the place I stay. Total, I’d put on this one once more as-is.

Wednesday – Outfit #3, Bianca Stratford (10 Issues I Hate About You)

10 Issues I Hate About You is a ’90s rom com in each sense of the phrase. It follows the ’90s pattern of creating teen rom-coms primarily based on traditional literature, loosely following Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The movie additionally options a few of the largest stars of subsequent years in the beginning of their careers, like Heath Ledger, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, and Julia Stiles.

Within the movie, there’s a rule on the Stratford family: Bianca, the bubbly, in style youthful sister, can’t date till her standoff-ish, feminist older sister Kat does. When Bianca spills this to Cameron, the brand new child on the town who has a crush on her, he develops a plan: Discover somebody keen so far Kat.

Cameron and his pal Michael determine on Patrick Verona. He’s imply, has a felony popularity, and he scares off Cameron when he’s approached with the concept. Michael then comes up with an thought: get Joey, a well-liked man with a crush on Bianca, to unknowingly pay Patrick so far the scary Kat Stratford.

Whereas Kat is my favourite Stratford sister, Bianca is undeniably essentially the most fashionable one. She wears miniskirts, cool attire, crop tops and tees, strappy heels, and platform sandals. However her tulle skirt and cropped tee promenade look is down-right iconic.

For this rom com outfit, I made a decision to recreate Bianca’s superb promenade costume. Her promenade look is comprised of a satin pink prime, a pink tulle skirt and heels.  

For my extra trendy and informal tackle this outfit, I placed on a pink camisole and paired it with a tulle skirt in a really gentle shade of pink. I borrowed the skirt from my sister. Since it’s a bit chilly outdoors, I made a decision a coat can be an excellent addition to the look. I went with a cozy pink teddy coat. Lastly, I wore a pair of silver strappy heels. Additionally, I put up my hair as finest as I might with my present reduce.

I adored this look! To begin with, pink is my favourite shade. Secondly, it was manner comfier than I anticipated. The coat was an amazing addition as a result of in any other case I might’ve been freezing, and even with that, I used to be a bit chilly by means of the day. Lastly, I might simply put on this on a date night time as is, however I might make it extra informal if I wanted to with some sneakers and possibly a pink t-shirt as a substitute. However, I felt fairly sizzling with this, I simply cherished it.

Thursday – Outfit #4, Cher Horowitz (Clueless)

Clueless premiered in 1995 and in the event you ask me, it’s by far essentially the most modern entry on this checklist. Like 10 Issues (…), it’s primarily based on a traditional novel. This time, Jane Austen’s Emma was the inspiration behind the movie.

Set in Beverly Hills, the movie focuses on the spoiled and shallow, however basically good-hearted, Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) as she seeks to enhance the lives of everyone round her. The movie accommodates humorous, however affectionate, takes on early ’90s teen tradition, highschool, style, and particularly Valley Women.

Cher is a fashionista. Her closet is actually iconic and each outfit she wore within the movie is value analyzing. (In order for you extra element, try our Clueless style submit.) Plaid, matching units, miniskirts and attire, Mary Jane footwear, knee excessive socks, Oxford shirts and berets are her most worn objects.

Whereas I do know Cher’s most iconic look is the yellow plaid matching set, I didn’t need to purchase a yellow set realizing that I already had the objects to recreate different Cher outfits. Plus, everybody talks in regards to the yellow set and her different seems to be deserve some love, too!

As a substitute, I recreated the look Cher wears when she realizes she’s shedding her recognition to Tai. She wears a plaid costume and matching jacket, a white shirt, knee excessive socks, a beret, and black footwear.

To create my look, I wore a easy white Oxford shirt and a plaid mini skirt in purple and black. Then, I threw on a plaid jacket, additionally in purple and black. I didn’t have an identical set, however the jacket had the identical shade scheme because the skirt, so it coordinated. Knee-high socks are a should in case you are doing a Cher look, so I placed on my pair of black knee-high socks.

After that, I had to decide on the footwear. Since Cher wears plenty of Mary Jane footwear, I borrowed a pair of black Mary Jane’s from my sister. As an added cute bonus, the footwear have velvet ribbons on prime. The ultimate merchandise to finish the look was a black beret.

I LOVED this outfit, a lot! My recreation isn’t essentially the most correct, however I feel it captures Cher’s fashion fairly properly: preppy, cute, and with a slight sexiness to it. It was so cool and I’ve by no means worn all of these things collectively earlier than. I believed the completely different patterns would conflict, however I really like how they give the impression of being collectively. The outfit was heat too, which makes it an ideal fall/winter ensemble.

Friday – Outfit #5, Jenna Rink (13 Occurring 30)

13 Occurring 30 is a 2004 movie starring Jennifer Garner. This was Garner’s first lead in a movie, having been beforehand generally known as an motion actress within the TV present Alias. It is among the most beloved rom-coms from the early 2000s, particularly for Garner’s charming portrayal of Jenna and her superior style decisions.

Jenna Rink is a 13-year previous who desires of being in style and exquisite. After her birthday celebration is ruined, Jenna needs for one factor: to be 30, flirty, and thriving. She wakes up the subsequent day and sees her want got here true. Jenna is now a thirty-year previous lady, with a cool NYC condominium and a cool job as the style editor of her favourite journal. The one drawback is that she doesn’t keep in mind the final 17 years. After a while, she realizes this won’t be precisely what she wished.

Jenna’s style decisions are a cool take a look at the preferred style developments of the 2000s. Flowy materials, floral prints, vibrant colours, strappy heels and sandals, and tremendous girly objects are throughout her outfits by means of the movie. The truth is, her fashion is the explanation I made this submit.

For my Jenna look, I made a decision to recreate her now-iconic social gathering look. Jenna is sporting a colourful Versace costume and metallic heels. Clearly, I didn’t have the precise costume already in my closet, however I discovered an inexpensive dupe on-line.

I placed on my rainbow-striped mini costume and paired it with the identical pair of silver heels I wore on Wednesday. I attempted to put up my hair as finest I might and I feel it turned out actually cute.

What can I say? I LOVE THIS DRESS! At first, I hesitated quite a bit to purchase it as a result of it’s so particular, however I actually prefer it.

I’ll say I added the identical pink teddy coat that I wore for Bianca’s look as a result of I used to be tremendous chilly by means of the day. Sadly, it wasn’t sufficient. Initially, I wished to put on the look out, nevertheless it has been so chilly these days, I simply ended up altering for one thing hotter.

I’m considering of sporting this outfit once more quickly, however with a white Oxford shirt beneath, a cool jacket, and a pair of sneakers or booties.

Last Ideas

I actually love rom-coms. They won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, however I’ve at all times loved them (with just a few exceptions). This week was actually enjoyable and I feel it’s the week with the girliest outfits I’ve ever achieved, and that’s together with the Winx submit.

For essentially the most half, my rom com outfits experiment meant per week that was cozy, cute, and colourful. However I didn’t keep in mind that often essentially the most iconic seems to be aren’t essentially day by day, cozy kind of seems to be. They’re additionally not very cold-weather pleasant.

My favourite seems to be have been Bianca’s pink look, Jenna’s social gathering outfit, and Cher’s purple plaid ensemble. Personally, Cher’s is the one I might put on essentially the most as-is, however the different two are one thing I’d actually like to present a second likelihood both with completely different styling or in hotter climate.

Most rom-coms have nice styling and the outfits are often simple to recreate. They’re additionally nice time-capsules to get to know a few of the largest style developments in any given decade. If you’re in search of inspiration, particularly for a date outfit, strive pulling out of your favourite rom-com and also you’ll just like the outcomes.