We can all agree that they just don’t make rom-coms like they used to anymore. And sure, there are plenty of modern attempts like Always Be My Maybe that have pulled on our heartstrings, but these flicks just don’t have the same appeal and ‘wow’ factor that love stories of the 90s have.
One could argue that the plot lines were stronger or the characters were more likeable. But if you ask us, it has to do a lot to do with the iconic fashion trends, many of which are still popular today. Look at Pretty Woman, for example. A quick scroll through Instagram will show that Julia Robert’s iconic brown polka dot dress may have inspired one of this year’s biggest trends.
But it’s not just the polka dot dress trend that we can’t get enough of—it’s Julia Roberts’ entire 90s, L.A. wardrobe. Which is why we rounded up our favourite six trends from Pretty Woman that you can still rock today.
The Button-Down Dress
There really isn’t anything more timeless than this dress. A button-down dress can easily be worn year-round and dressed up or down. While we couldn’t find a dress exactly like the one from the movie, we’ve got our eyes on this modern take from Pixie Market. Add a pair of white gloves and a black sun hat and you’ll be turning heads in no time.
The Brown Polka-Dot Dress
Easily one of the most iconic outfits from the movie is the brown and white polka dot dress that Vivian (Roberts) wore to a polo match where she stomped out divots and befriended horses. And while polka dots are far from new, the creamy contrast of colours is both classic and refreshing and has served as major inspo for women’s dresses this year. We’ve currently got our eyes on a modern take on the trend from Silk Laundry that can be worn now or styled over a creme turtleneck when the cold weather hits.
The Red Dress
Whether you’ve got a wedding, a black-tie function, or you’re just looking for an excuse to get dressed up, a sexy, red, off-the-shoulder number is just what you need. Thanks to its plunging sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder detail, this red hot dress was an instant hit in the 90s and still packs a stylish punch today. We’re loving this iteration from an eco-friendly brand Reformation.
The Short Suit Set
It’s no secret that 90s-inspired short suit sets have had a serious resurgence over the past few years, but we have to say, Julia Roberts was way ahead of the trend in the coral suit she rocked in the film. We’re liking ASOS’s modern approach to the iconic look—all it’s missing is a pair of round-framed sunnies.
The White Shirt
If you’ve seen the movie, you know that Edward gave Vivian his white shirt to cover up her, to put it nicely, less than appropriate outfit choice, but we have to say, the over-sized fit of his dress shirt is truly a smart yet casual look. Although we wouldn’t advise styling yours with a pair of vinyl thigh-high boots, we would, however, recommend giving this relaxed button-up shirt from Aritizia a try.
The Sleek Kimono
There’s something effortlessly sexy about a kimono and it’s thankfully a trend that we don’t see going out of style any time soon. Perfect for lounging around the house in, styled over a slip dress or worn with jeans and a t-shirt, a kimono truly is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. We’re eyeing up this bohemian number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective. All that’s missing is a scrunchie and you’re set.