5 quirky outfits from movies I love…

Growing up in the middle class suburbs of South Africa, during the pre-internet world, meant that fashion trends went as far as Madonna’s influence. I took my inspiration from movies and practiced on my Barbie. I’d sew her little clothes (sometimes cutting up my own clothes for fabric) and make her look like my favourite movie stars. The little fashionista in me knew that quirky and colourful didn’t mean eccentric.

Looking back I’ve noted the looks that played a pivotal role in defining my current style:

I was 10 years old when I saw ‘Clueless’ and Cher introduced designer dresses such as Alaia and Calvin Klein to the world but it was the mustard matching skirt suit with knee high socks that is still unforgettable to me. It might also have something to do with the fact that her computer wardrobe program picked it out for her. I can’t believe after all these years I still don’t have one of those…


‘Simply irresistible’ has to be one of my favourite movies of all time even though it isn’t as popular as other rom coms. I love Sarah Michelle Gellar’s pink floral shift dress paired with the orange trench coat, pearls and beige handbag. It was a bold choice that really got the attention of her mystery man…

Simply irresistable

Another favourite is the stunning yellow evening gown worn by Kate Hudson in ‘How to lose a guy in 10 days’ and off course it doesn’t hurt that it was paired with the 84-carat yellow diamond pendant…

How to lose a guy in 10 days

Sophie Kinsella has to be one of my favourite authors and I’d read the shopaholic series before the movie ‘Confessions of a shopaholic’ was released. Not surprisingly, after the movie release I got quite a few calls from friends and family comparing me to Becky Bloomwood and her shopping addiction. What can I say? I love to shop. The girl in the green scarf wasn’t afraid of colour blocking. My favourite scene and outfit have to be the fan dance with Hugh Dancy. I laugh every time I see it. I love the way she paired the beige suit over a green bustier and that stunning anchor necklace. Perfection!

Confessions of a shopaholic

Last but certainly not least is Anne Hathaway in ‘The devil wears Prada’. There were several savvy outfits in this movie but white shirt matched with the off shoulder black jersey, accessorized with chunky Chanel necklace and tweed beret topped my list.

The devil wears prada


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