Saturday, April 4, 2009

Back to the Future

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome -back- to the sixties.

The other day I was flipping through the channels and got caught up in a great movie that I haven't seen in a while; "Catch me if you Can" (2002, Leo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks). Aside from being a well-made piece of cinematography, I was blown away by the wardrobe in this movie.

Not only is just about every man in the movie very well dressed, but it reminded me that the style of the clothing that was popular in the late 50s-early 60's is now back in full swing - think well managed side parted hair, slim suit with high armholes and slim lapels, skinny ties, tie bars, breakless pant lengths, etc... The wardrobe is so well done that an actor could have walked off the set of this movie and easily been the most stylish, fashion-forward, and slightly ahead of his time (considering it was shot in 2002), person walking the street.

Here's an idea...rather than spending $3K on a slim designer suit by the likes of Neil Barrett, Michael Bastian, or the extremist Thom Browne, you could hit up the local Salavtion Army or similar store and find a vintage suit made 3-4 decades ago and it would be earily similar (and $2.9K cheaper)! Also, the vintage piece would probably have more character to it and thus look less "over-the-top-designer" and more "dainty gentleman".

Thinking back, last time I went to the Salvation Army with my mother, who is one of the best and most creative shoppers of all time, I passed on an incredible vintage 3 piece tweed suit. It was $30...I'm still kicking myself for not picking it up.

That's all for now...I'm going to search for more 60s-era movies for inspiration. If you have any suggestions, feel free to respond in the comments.

Check out the pics below. The first is from the movie, the other three are actual pics from 1961 (found on Ivy-Style). Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!

Yours in style, Style Blogger.

1 comment:

Jim said...

I always loved the frantic and rugged fashions in "All the President's Men."