It’s 1961 again!
Fashion is truly cyclical. Of course we are all aware of this already, but this thought was further reinforced when I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s the other day. For the very first time, might I add. Gasp I know! I was completely flabbergasted by Audrey Hepburn’s character. Her charisma and her beauty was so enthralling. I couldn’t get enough of her! I kept admiring her classic look, her dramatic accents, and the way she was always put together. The fashion in this movie is truly iconic.
The fact that this movie is in colour gives it a modern feel, making it easy to compare 1961 with 2014. If you notice the other characters, and extras in the movie (but who can look away from ms.Golightly??) you will get a true sense of what 1961 was like. Here are some of the key pieces I noticed while watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
1. Full skirts
Although Ms. Golightly tended to gravitate towards black form-fitting gowns, which she would then dress up with jewelry head-wear or scarves, we do see her in this pink number sporting a fuller skirt.
2. Statement necklaces
Of course! How can one go through this movie without noticing the statement necklaces?! We see holly wearing 2 very different, and very dramatic pieces in the movie. Although today statement necklaces are extremely popular, we no longer use them only for black-tie events, but rather to jazz up a super simple day outfit, thus serving multiple purposes.
3. Heather gray fall sweaters
How comfy does this look?? I seriously want one! These exact sweaters are still worn to this day. Throw on a necklace and jeans, and you’re good for the day!
This is something that will never go out of style. Just like in 1961 you’ll be the classiest lady in town with a beige trench coat, or fitted peacoat.
5. Cropped pants
This is a much less universal trend! Remember we’ve gone through all sorts of shapes and lengths over the decades. But today in 2014 cropped pants are the thing.
6. Closed toe pumps (when are they out of style, really?)
Yes the shape of the toes and height of the heel changes, but ultimately I can wear my grandmother’s pumps and fit in.
This is a super trendy piece. I dare you to pull it off! Although believe it or not it’s super flattering. As you can see the, ahem decorator, knew what’s up in 1961.
Ok so Audrey Hepburn wore these as slippers rather than an outdoor shoe, but still, she owned a pair. So who’s to say she never went to the market in these?
And that’s why 1961 fashion is exactly like 2014. Ah how I wish I could raid the closet on this movie set, or Audrey’s personal closet. Oh well, I guess I can just go shopping today and find pretty much the same stuff. Seriously though the class in this movie kills me! I mean this is what the strippers looked like: