Aside from promoting a country or a certain place, movies can also start fashion trends. It has been proven the people will buy and wear what they see in the movies. Hollywood always has that power to shape pop culture and taste that’s why it is not a surprise that It can influence the fashion decision of the people. And we are here to list down the top fashion trends that were started by movies.
1. Tom Cruise and His Famous Ray-Ban glasses
The film that launched Tom Cruise into stardom was the hit teen comedy-drama, Risky Business. But what puts the film on the list was Tom Cruise’s character doing careless but adorable things while wearing a Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglass. And since the movie became a big hit, the sales of Wayfarers skyrocketed that it sold over four million pairs in 1989 alone.
2. Sweatshirts and Flashdance
Acid wash jeans, torn off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and leg warmers, Flashdance probably set the most iconic 80s fashion trend. But did you know that the iconic sweatshirt outfit of Jennifer Beal was all an accident? It turns out that the grey sweatshirt that Beal had brought from home shrank in the dryer that’s why she decided to cut out its neckband to make it fit more easily over her head.
3. Davy Crockett and the Coonskin Caps
Disney was low on cash when they produced Davy Crocket: King of the Wild Frontier. That’s why they marketed the film out of every piece of Davy Crocket’s merchandise as much as possible. And one item that stood out was the coonskin cap that was worn by Fess Parker. It became very popular that Disney reportedly sold over 5,000 coonskin caps every day.
4. Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the Skateboarders Shoes
Fast Times at Ridgemont high became the gold standard for coming-pf-age-teen comedies during the 80. Aside from casting future celebrities like Sean Penn, Nic Cage, and Forest Whitaker, the movie had another breakout star who did not even have to say a single word, the black and white checkered slip-on Vans shoes. Sean Penn said he liked the pair of checkered shoes that he bought in Santa Monica that he decided to wear them in front of the camera. And when the movie became popular, Vans’ profit was reportedly doubled reaching to a whopping 45 million dollars.
5. Annie Hall and Her Menswear Outfit
Aside from being known as the film that beat Star Wars in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards, Annie Hall is also notable for Diane Keaton’s iconic menswear look. The movie made women feel that wearing a man’s clothes is okay and it became a 70s fashion staple. During that time you can see women wearing ties, vest, wide-leg pants, and slouchy jackets.
6. The Seven Year Itch and Marilyn Monroe’s Most Famous Dress
Back in the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was an iconic fashionista and sexy star. You’ve probably seen her photo in a white halter dress that was blown up over a street vent. That iconic white dress was the one she wore on the film Seven Year Itch. Marilyn Monroe’s racy outfits and undeniable sex appeal surely set the tone during the 1950s.
7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Little Black Dress
Audrey Hepburn’s role as Holly Golightly might be one of the most fashionable and iconic roles in Hollywood history. And if you haven’t seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s yet, we suggest you do because every outfit that was worn by Audrey Hepburn in that movie is to die for. Hepburn probably even made the little black dress a staple at every woman’s closet all over the country.
8. Saturday Night Fever and the White Suit, Open Black Shirt Combination
John Travolta reimagined 70s men fashion when he hit the big screen sporting his now famous white suit and open-chest black shirt combination. And since then, you can see this outfit in almost all the bars and disco in the country. Critics believed that Saturday Night Fever was responsible for putting disco on the map along with flashy women’s and men’s fashion style.
9. Clueless and the Plaid ensembles
Portraying a valley girl named Cher Horowitz might be Alicia Silverstone’s most famous role ever. Girls wanted the miniskirts, barely-there dresses, Mary Janes, and plaid ensembles that Cher wore in the movie it was even called Clueless fashions and it made miniskirts and plaids fly off the shelves in one snap.
10. Desperately Seeking Susan and Madonna’s fashion
Madonna was already ultra-fashionable before she starred in Desperately Seeking Susan but when the film was released in the 80s, it made even more fashion wave. Madonna had women wearing bustiers and bras as tops underneath blazers and mesh tanks, had themteased and bleached blonde their hair, and wear heavy makeup because of this movie.