Fashion and Film: Iconic Outfits from the Big Screen

Fashion and film are intertwined in a symbiotic relationship. Movies use clothing design to set the stage, revealing a character’s personality and journey. In turn, the outfits we adore in film often waltz off the screen into our own closets.

Take Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” That LBD didn’t just make the scene – it created a timeless wardrobe staple that women would wear for decades to come.

Fast forward to present day, and we see the same effect with Bridgerton, which has revitalized Regency-era styles for modern fashion.

Our favorite iconic screen styles don’t just dress characters to suit the story… They change and shape fashion history at its core.

So, let’s slip into something movie-star-worthy and explore some of the most memorable movie and TV outfits that continue to influence our style choices today.

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The Golden Age of Hollywood 

In the Golden Age of Hollywood, which spanned the 1930s to 1950s, glitz and glamour were the stars of the show. Movie stars started wearing sparkly, revealing outfits meant to draw attention.

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No one can forget Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white halter dress in “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), designed by William Travilla. This dress – billowing over a subway grate – made history. Monroe’s sensual charm immortalized this dress, making it a symbol of timeless allure. Even today, the halter neck, with its elegant exposed back and shoulders, remains a staple in summer wardrobes, effortlessly blending sexy and classy.

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Then there’s Audrey Hepburn’s black Givenchy dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961). This simple yet sophisticated ensemble, adorned with pearls and oversized glasses, soon became the epitome of chic elegance. The little black dress – a symbol of understated luxury – has transcended decades and is forever one of our most popular sellers at Current Boutique. Modern fashionistas channel Hepburn’s grace with a classic LBD, while adding their own twist with trending silhouettes and styles.

Experimental styles of the ‘70s and ‘80s

As cinema evolved, so did fashion. The 1970s and 1980s were characterized by bold, experimental styles that reflected the changing social landscape.

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Diane Keaton’s androgynous look in “Annie Hall” (1977) was a game-changer. Her menswear-inspired style –oversized blazers, vests, and wide-legged trousers – challenged traditional gender norms and became a defining trend of the decade. Created by Ralph Lauren, this look continues to influence contemporary fashionists, especially in workwear. Oversized blazers and “boyfriend” trousers make a confident statement at the office.

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Another impact on workwear fashion was Melanie Griffith’s power suit in “Working Girl” (1988). With exaggerated shoulder pads and bold colors, the power suit symbolized the rise of women in the corporate world. Today, this look remains a powerful statement in the office, exuding confidence and authority. Whether hot pink, color-blocked, or neutral, embracing the power suit will help boost your status in the workplace.

Maximalist ‘90s and 2000s

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When we talk ‘90s fashion, we have to mention Cher in “Clueless” (1995). Portrayed by Alicia Silverstone, Cher defined ‘90s fashion with her enviable closet and impeccable fashion sense. From her yellow plaid skirt-blazer combo to her sleek white Calvin Klein dress, Cher captivated audiences with her quirky style. Cher’s “effortlessly cool” vibe is still a prominent characteristic of today’s fashion aesthetics.  

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The early 2000s embraced maximalism, and Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” (2001) is a perfect example. Elle’s vibrant pink wardrobe, filled with bold accessories, challenged stereotypes in the male-dominated law world. A daring woman deserves a daring wardrobe – and we’re taking that sentiment with us into 2024.

Recently, Y2K fashion has made a comeback with low-rise jeans, crop tops, butterfly clips, and hot pink. That puts Cher and Elle back on the map as style icons to look up to for inspiration.

Bridgerton: Regency Era revival

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On the small screen, “Bridgerton” has left an indelible mark on contemporary fashion. The stunning costumes, designed by Ellen Mirojnick, have reimagined Regency-era fashion with modern twists. The pastel hues, intricate embroidery, and luxurious fabrics have sparked a renewed interest in period clothing made for modern day.

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Luxury consignment stores like Current Boutique have embraced this trend, stocking romantic, vintage-inspired pieces that echo the opulence of the “Bridgerton” world. Think empire waist dresses and regal accessories, perfect for those who want to add a touch of regency romance to their wardrobe.

Learn more about the Bridgerton fashion revolution here.

Finding iconic fashion in consignment stores

Consignment stores play a vital role in bringing these iconic styles to consumers. You can find vintage pieces from their original decades – like a power suit from the ‘80s – or contemporary items inspired by past trends – like empire waist sundresses.

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Shopping on consignment gives you access to a range of styles and trends that you won’t find in big box stores. That means you can personalize your wardrobe to your unique style, inspired by the movies and characters that resonate with you. 

Fashion and film

Fashion and film have always shared a passionate love affair, captivating audiences and setting fashion trends. Iconic outfits from the big screen don’t just shape our style; they reflect the cultural zeitgeist of their time.

Consignment stores bridge the gap between these cinematic moments and everyday fashion, offering one-of-a-kind looks that let you channel your favorite characters.

So why wait? Start shopping for the hottest trends and make your wardrobe movie-worthy.


Photo Sources: Marilyn; Audrey; Annie Hall; Working Girl; Cher; Elle Woods; Bridgerton

Carmen Lopez, President & CEO


Hello Fashion Lovers! I've been in the fashion industry for over 15 years. I started Current Boutique with the desire to recycle amazing pre-loved designer gems for others to enjoy! I value quality, unique craftsmanship, sustainability & saving money. I am a fashion lover who is energized by the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur. I'm here to share tips on fashion, style, bargain shopping and business. I hope you enjoy!
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