Dress Yourself With These Stylish Films as Your Pegs

The cinema classics stuffed with key trends for 2018.
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Some of history's most stylish films offer extremely useful lessons for your wardrobe. Here, we've picked the cinema classics that speak directly to the trends that are big in 2018. Because what's more inspiring than a young Leonardo Dicaprio crying in a technicolor Cuban shirt? Nothing, that's what.

The Film: Romeo + Juliet (1996) 

The Lesson: Take technicolor prints center stage

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Wherefore art thou, sweet prints? All over Baz Luhrmann's cult classic, that's where. The 1996 adaptation of the greatest love story ever told is a feast for the eyes (and by proxy, your wardrobe): There's pink hair, a babyfaced Leo, and lots and lots of vibrant shirts ideal for summer holidays (or a fight on Verona Beach). 

What's more, you can dial the technicolor up or down at will. Simply anchor with quieter pieces elsewhere. Now, onto a finding a star-cross'd lover, post-haste.

Helix Hawaiian Shirt by AllSaints

The Film: Call Me By Your Name (2017) 

The Lesson: You like short(ish) shorts

Love! Poetry! Romance! Northern Italy! Belissimo! And, sadly, a far cry from the pink-skinned hell that is a London summer. That said, Call Me By Your Name isn't a total fantasy. 

Make like Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and enlist your own pair of short(ish) shorts. We're not advocating a thigh-high court summons. Instead, aim for something that hits below the thigh but above the knee. And maybe avoid a summer fling with a 17-year-old. 


Prepster Twill Shorts by Polo Ralph Lauren at Mr Porter

The Film: The Great Gatsby (1974) 

The Lesson: Go wide in the trouser

Of course, Baz Luhrmann's take on The Great Gatsby was a visual treat. But its predecessor, Jack Clayton's 1974 adaptation, is just as stylish.

We refer you to Robert Redford and co's wider leg trouser: a move increasingly popular, and a welcome refresh to cookie cutter slimline. Granted, they're more difficult to wear. But pair with fail-safe wardrobe staples (your plain white T-shirts and the like) to step safely forward into wider lands.

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Pleated Trousers by The Gigi at Matches Fashion

The Film: Scarface (1983) 

The Lesson: Bossman tailoring

Say hello to your little friend. No, not a destructive cocaine habit and a machine gun, but Italian tailoring from Al Pacino's Tony Montana. 

As a nod to the supersuits of the eighties, a boxy fit has long been favoured by the likes of Jacquemus, Prada, and Demna Gvasalia's Balenciaga. What's more, wider fits are sure to complement your shoulders, adding bulk to even the most gym-shy of bodies. The world is yours.

Cream Blazer by Oliver Spencer at Mr Porter

The Film: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) 

The Lesson: Go Italiano on your Cuban collar

Tom Ripley may've been talented, but the con artiste didn't hold a flame to Jude Law's Dickie Greenleaf: a man as well-dressed as he was moneyed, arrogant, and womanizing. Which is very. 

The easiest way to emulate without a trust fund is to take your Cuban collar to the Italy of the 1950s. That means texture, neutral shades, and classic details, be it a piped collar or utilitarian pockets. A tan will undoubtedly help, too. 


Shaun Jersey Polo Shirt by Onia at Mr Porter

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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