There’s no better way to look at the history of fashion than watching movies. Whatever appears in a movie must be well planned and selected, so nothing can go wrong.
It was an evening last week I watched the classic romantic comedy, Pretty Woman, that I learned what the real fashion in the 90s was like. Except for the crop top, cut-out waist design and fluted skirts – as populated by many fashion magazines already – there are some key trends about 90s that are almost forgotten but I got reminded again from this movie.
Hats, lots of hats
Everyone wears hats, even nowadays no? But hats in the 90s – be it fedora or floppy hats – were much larger in size, and with big adornment and flowers, as opposite to the trilby hats seen on many celebrities today. The glamour in the hats means that attention will be shifted to, eventually, your face. That’s a good thing, no?
Here comes my favorite outfit in the movie – Vivian Ward’s brown flare dress in polka dots and a white hat with ribbon in the same coordinating pattern. The fineness of this trend lies in the quietly confident resonance created by putting the same color or pattern together on different parts of your body, your head, top or bottom. This trick works not only on dress, but also outfits like suit skirts and suit pants which accentuates power and elegance of a woman at the same time.
When in doubt, take black and white
An universal problem for girls is that not knowing what to wear despite having lots of clothes to choose from. When Vivian Ward was freaking out what to wear for the first dinner with Edward Lewis, the shopkeeper got her a classic black cocktail dress. The next morning when she ran out of day outfits, she just pulled on a mens white shirt on top of her super-short cut-out dress and voila, a new outfit was done. That’s the essence of monochrome, because wearing no color means everything.