My Endless Love: Pretty Woman

The weather here is unbearably wet. It has rained almost non-stop for the past week or so, and isn’t supposed to stop for a few more days yet. Everything has that sticky, damp feel to it, and smells slightly musty. And every one of my joints feels like it needs a good oiling, which is why I’ve been absent—my hands especially don’t like the wet. Yuck.

On a completely separate note, let’s talk about movies. I love a good movie, especially when it’s rainy, but usually seeing a movie once is enough. There are, however, a small collection of movies that I could watch a million times over and never tire of at all. Top of this list is Pretty Woman.

I’m not even sure why, but Pretty Woman has always been one of the few movies I can’t pull myself away from, no matter how many times I see it. The other night I was just passing through the lounge on the way to bed, when I noticed it was on. Suddenly, I’m curled on the sofa waiting for Richard Gere to punch Jason Alexander in the nose. I don’t know what happened—some kind of ovaries-magnet they build into certain Romcoms?—but I couldn’t tear myself away, even though I was exhausted.

One thing I do know is that the fashion in that movie, even though it was made in 1990, is wonderful. Yes, there are a few very eighties/nineties moments, but the key scenes are styled so well that much of Julia Roberts’ attire would very easily work today. To prove my point, I trolled the web and found a few examples of the most pivotal wardrobe pieces. Because I know not everyone has a Hollywood budget (uh, me, to start with), I’ve found a few different price ranges for each item.

The Red Jacket

The jacket Vivian wears in the opening scenes—the red and black one that goes oh-so-well with her belly-baring, hooker attire—is actually pretty darn stylish. It was clearly designed to look a bit raggedy, but with an update, I reckon it would look something like this:

(L-R) Nina Ricci Polka Dot Silk Chiffon Dress, from Luisa Viaroma - $AU3,108.00; Howard Showers Polka Dot, Twist Neckline Dress, via Birdsnest - $AU179.00; Sienna You Soon Dress, from Modcloth - $US67.99.

(L-R) Stella McCartney Matilda Jacket, via Polyvore – $AU1,600.00; Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren Military Jacket, from ASOS – $AU270.98; Grelin Bond Blazer, from Piper Lime – $AU41.80.

The LBLD

Remember when he walks into the bar to meet her for their dinner with Mr Morse and his nephew? BAM! He’s knocked out with how much of a knockout she is (see what I did there?)! That Little Black Lace Dress (LBLD) is perfect—sexy without being slutty, classy without being mumsy. Every woman needs that dress.

(L-R) Valentino Black Lace Dress, from Stylebop - £1,965.00; Jaeger Scalloped Lace Dress, from Jaeger - £199.00; ASOS Midi Bodycon with Lace Off Shoulder, from ASOS - $AU49.27.

(L-R) Valentino Black Lace Dress, from Stylebop – £1,965.00; Jaeger Scalloped Lace Dress, from Jaeger – £199.00; ASOS Midi Bodycon with Lace Off Shoulder, from ASOS – $AU49.27.

That Red Gown

Okay, so it was the end of the eighties, puffy sleeves and gloves were big. But the eighties have made a comeback, and the scene where he sees her in that gown was easily one of the best moments of the movie. I actually really like the original dress but, alas, this is the closest I could find:

(L-R) Prabal Gurung Silk-Crepe Gown, from Lane Crawford - $AU4,530.00; JS Collection Cowl Back Maxi with Rosette Detail shoulders, from House of Fraser - £260.00, CD-1357, from The Rose Dress - $US76.00.

(L-R) Prabal Gurung Silk-Crepe Gown, from Lane Crawford – $AU4,530.00; JS Collection Cowl Back Maxi with Rosette Detail shoulders, from House of Fraser – £260.00, CD-1357, from The Rose Dress – $US76.00.

The Polka Dot Dress

Who could forget the polo match, where Julia’s character handled herself so well, even with Stuckey’s smarminess bothering her? And her outfit—flawless! Every time I watch the movie, I spend the next few months pining for the perfect polka-dot dress. Somehow that dress is going to make me cool, sophisticated, and fantastically attractive to all men-kind.

(L-R) Prabal Gurung Silk-Crepe Gown, from Lane Crawford - $AU4,530.00; JS Collection Cowl Back Maxi with Rosette Detail shoulders, from House of Fraser - £260.00, CD-1357, from The Rose Dress - $US76.00.

(L-R) Nina Ricci Polka Dot Silk Chiffon Dress, from Luisa Viaroma – $AU3,108.00; Howard Showers Polka Dot, Twist Neckline Dress, via Birdsnest – $AU179.00; Sienna You Soon Dress, from Modcloth – $US67.99.

While we’re on the topic of cool, this scene from the movie (one of my faves), repeated twenty years later = brilliant:

What movie can you watch over and over?

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