Hey Betty, Kaylen here. You know, the one with the eyebrows? Anyway. As I’m sure all you tarot-toting folk are aware of, the equinox is fast approaching. If you’re a Missoula local (or anywhere in the PNW, for that matter) your lungs probably feel like you smoked a pack a day for weeks and you may or may not be suffering from a minor case of cabin fever after a summer full of wildfires. The crisp September air and rainy mornings are a much welcomed change for all of us, and with that change comes a change in wardrobe.
If you’re like me, every time the weather shifts, I lose my sh*t and can’t remember how to layer an outfit for the life of me. I also tire of the run of the mill “sweater-leggings-tall boots-beanie” look very quickly, so sometimes it’s a struggle to put together a quick, easy ensemble that will also keep me warm enough to function. That’s when, like most people, I go digging for some inspiration.
Recently I came down with a bout of the flu, and I was knocked on my butt and bedridden for about three or four days. During this time I did what anyone would do, I stole my ex-boyfriend’s login and watched a whole bunch of movies on HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Then, I started taking mental notes. Film costuming is the ultimate muse when it comes to choosing unique pieces and finding new ways to just throw an outfit together.
What was that part about Kenny G again? Okay, this one is a go-to for 90s inspired fall fashion. Even though most of the outfits are what we in the trade as “Autumnal LA” (meaning not designed for warmth as much as seasonal aesthetics) In this scene Cher is rocking a sheer black long sleeve over a plain ol’ white tank top and serving up some Goth lite looks. Lovvvvve it.
2. Pretty in Pink
Not only is this one of my favorite movies, it’s also one of my favorite casts. Jon Cryer, Molly Ringwald and Harry Dean Stanton (may he RIP)? Enough said. But the outfits! The freakin’ outfits! Every character, even the rich kids who you despise throughout the entire plot are wearing masterpiece 80s creations. Molly Ringwald’s character, Andie, rocks the hell out of mixed florals, pastels and lots and LOTS of lace details. My favorite though, is Duckie Dale, who over accessorizes and over agonizes over everything. I really identify with him. Truly a volcanic ensemble, Duck.
3. Heartworn Highways
This is a lesser known documentary filmed in the 1970s in Tennessee chronicling the americana-folk scene in that region. With musical appearances by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clarke, Steve Earle and others, it packs a nostalgic punch. But also, the 70s are back (as you’ve probably noticed when shopping the racks of BD) so everything they’re wearing is just as raw and unintentionally cool as they are. Well worn denim shirts, knit sweaters, and cowboy hats galore. (If you know me, you know that’s exactly what I’m into.) But hey, it’s practical for the cold weather, too.
4. Five Easy Pieces
There is no one I love to hate more than Jack Nicholson. I mean, how can you not secretly admire his crooked, unnervingly large smile and ability to creep out, repulse and anger? We’ve all seen the Shining. One of his earlier films that I watched recently, Five Easy Pieces, really cemented him as a villain in my fever ridden, movie watchin’ brain. (A villain that can play the heck out of a piano, to boot.) But damn, if that man isn’t the perfect a**hole. Though the movie begins in the desolate oil fields of Texas, the plot takes Nicholson’s character to the Pacific Northwest, where he pairs turtlenecks with a lot of zip-up jackets. (Definitely going to be stealing that idea, thank you very much.)
5. The Royal Tenenbaums
We all love a good Wes Anderson film. The intricately crafted aesthetics, the color schemes, the characters, it’s all expertly executed and there’s always something for everyone. Though every one of his films definitely has its merits, my favorite has always been The Royal Tenenbaums. The warm hues of pink and red coupled with dreary neutral backdrop of what we assume to be New York City in mid-winter makes me feel all sorts of sentimental and I often find myself drawing from the characters in the film for wardrobe ideas. I’m somewhere between Margot and Eli Cash…downtrodden glam with a hint of unhinged 50s western.
Anyway, Betty. This fall we invite you to find inspiration everywhere. Whether it be from a movie, a magazine, a person you saw on the street and stealthily tried to take a photo of so you could try and find the boots they were wearing on eBay (come on now, we’ve all done it. ‘Fess up.) Seasons changes are an opportunity to spruce up your wardrobe, and we’re here to help you.
Still kind of sick and signing off for now,