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Dressed For The Big Screen: Fashion Ideas You Can Borrow From Movies

Dressed For The Big Screen: Fashion Ideas You Can Borrow From Movies

A good movie can get you inspired. A bad movie can make you angry. A good movie quote can become your new creed, and a good character can become your role model. Who knows how many gym memberships are the direct result of us binge-watching the Rocky series, and how many people tried out their first dance moves to the sound of “Time of my Life.” One thing’s for sure – Movies have always had a tremendous impact on our lives and the way we perceive the world.

However, one of the most obvious ways we try to bring a piece of cinematic magic into our lives and become someone else if just for a moment is by dressing up as characters we’ve seen on the big screen. And you know what – there is nothing wrong about that. Although we saw some horrible trends that were picked up directly from movies (I’m looking at you 90s), we can all agree that cinematic history is filled with a huge number of well-dressed characters.

These days, when fashion trends don’t feel as written in stone as they’ve used to be, and people like to take more risk with their clothes, it seems that it is the perfect time to take a look at some of these characters and see if there’s something we can pick up from them.

1. The Great Gatsby (2013)

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    It is virtually impossible to make a list of well-dressed movie characters without mentioning The Great Gatsby. Any adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s moving drama about the roaring 20s, excess and the American dream ought to have some pretty good clothes in it. However, it is difficult to deny that Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 blockbuster is the most contemporary and purposefully anachronistic version, but we’ll just go along with it.

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    For men

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      If you are into traditional pinstripe suits, pullovers, and two-breasted tuxedos, this movie is exactly what you should look for to draw inspiration from. The suit that left the strongest impression is, by far, Leo DiCaprio’s white, linen, three-button suit with a light blue shirt. Pack that with an era-appropriate undercut hairstyle, and you can’t go wrong.

      For women

      Although DiCaprio rocked some pretty stunning suits, with her short, light dresses, and vintage fur, Carey Mulligan could easily stand toe-to-toe with the Long Island’s most famous elite. If you want to take something more casual out of this, you can emulate the 20s look with big jewelry, wide-sleeve light tunics, and obligatory headscarf.

      2. Grease

      Even when Grease came out in 1978, rockabilly look that is so synonymous with this movie should’ve looked very dated. But, rock ‘n’ roll made rockabilly timeless. Sans the silly haircuts, the Grease style is still going strong even in 2017, so here’s something for you rock ‘n’ roll devotees.

      For men

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        Two words – denim and leather. You can experiment with details and different style-specific tweaks as much as you want, but as long as you respect the holy trinity – jeans, leather jacket and T-shirt you can get away with virtually anything. If you want to nail the Travolta look, keep everything black.

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        For women

        As of recently, high waist pants made a very unexpected return in the world of female fashion. But, who would know – black, skinny (and preferably faux leather) high-waist pants are exactly the thing you need to emulate Olivia Newton-John. As long as you have an appropriate leather jacket, you can skip some pieces that don’t have such a broad appeal (e.g. red high-heel shoes).

        3. The Man from U.N.C.L.E

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          This adaptation of the legendary TV show from the 60s may not have ended up as big of a hit as the suits at WB hoped for, but if there is one thing that you can take away from the movie that is that all the characters are perfectly dressed. So much so, that by its end, you are longing for the good old times of Cold War fashion.

          For men

          Both Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer look fantastic in this movie, but their styles couldn’t be more different, so there are more options for you to choose from. Cavill is heavily influenced by Connery-era Bond – classy tailored suits, flawless ties, and expensive shoes. Hammer’s Soviet-inspired look is certainly more interesting out of the two – Who could say no to linen pants, brown jacket, dark blue turtleneck, and dimmed sunglasses combo?

          For women

          Although Alicia Vikander had to play solo against the two Cold War agents, her choice of vivid wardrobe easily puts her in the center of the movie. Short, bright-colored, sleeveless dresses that don’t show too much cleavage, floppy 60s hats, colorful dangle earrings, short coats, and of course huge cat-eye sunglasses – there is a lot to work with here.

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          4. The Talented Mr. Ripley

          Back in 1999, The Talented Mr. Ripley won the Oscar for the best costume design, and it’s not that hard to see why. Set in post-WWII Italy, the movie is soaked with European high-class 50s fashion. If you like tennis, yachting, and long strolls along the Mediterranean coast this is the movie for you.

          For men

          Virtually anything Jude Law is wearing in the movie. This long list includes canvas shoes, linen pants, linen shorts, short-sleeve cotton T-shirts (hanging a sweater over your shoulders can do nothing but help), short-sleeve shirts (Law’s black shirt is one of the most impressive fashion details from the movie), and chic 50s sunglasses.

          For women

            Image Credit: Amy Clarke, Flickr

            Jude Law’s movie fiancé and the reason for Matt Damon’s loathing, Gwyneth Paltrow rocks few pretty nice outfits throughout the movie (including one very impressive fur coat). But the appearance she will be remembered for the most is the vintage midi skirt, tied shirt (showing the bikini underneath is recommended, but not necessary), and headband combination.

            5. Suicide Squad

            A movie that dived the critics, but really connected with the audience, earned tons of money and made a strong visual impression (it also got the best costume design Oscar nomination).

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            For men

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              Jared Leto’s Joker has to be the most fashion-conscious iteration of the character, so taking few tips from him shouldn’t be too hard. One of the most interesting things about this Joker is that Leto managed to combine the classic dapper gangster with the more contemporary tattoo-covered meaning of the word. So, show your jewelry, be proud of your ink, but do that wearing expensive shirts, flashy jackets and the undercut haircut.

              For women

              Trying too hard to be Margot Robbie would look weird, but there are more subtle ways to become “daddy’s little monster.” First, follow the fashion guidelines set by Joker (expensive, flashy suits, combined with jewelry and ink). Alternatively, go for Harley’s original red and black look. Any carnivalesque combination that features these two colors, leather, and spunky accessories (if you spend enough time checking thrift stores, you can find some cool items), will immediately let everyone know you’re the clown princess of crime.

              Looking like a movie star was never easier, and it never felt so good.

              Here you go: five different movies, five different fashion styles and tons of awesome clothes. See what suits you the best or make your own combination.

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              Last Updated on November 19, 2019

              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

              Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

              If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

              1. Create a Daily Plan

              Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

              2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

              Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

              3. Use a Calendar

              Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

              I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

              Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

              4. Use an Organizer

              An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

              These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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              5. Know Your Deadlines

              When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

              But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

              6. Learn to Say “No”

              Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

              Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

              7. Target to Be Early

              When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

              For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

              Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

              8. Time Box Your Activities

              This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

              You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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              9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

              Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

              10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

              Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

              You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

              11. Focus

              Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

              Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

              Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

              12. Block out Distractions

              What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

              I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

              When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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              Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

              13. Track Your Time Spent

              When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

              You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

              14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

              You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

              Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

              15. Prioritize

              Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

              Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

              16. Delegate

              If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

              When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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              17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

              For related work, batch them together.

              For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

              1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
              2. coaching
              3. workshop development
              4. business development
              5. administrative

              I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

              18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

              What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

              One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

              While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

              19. Cut off When You Need To

              The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

              Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

              20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

              Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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