Harold and Maude
No doubt we have dreamt up some bizarre and diverse movie muses (like the Sisters Lisbon and Dr. Jones) in the past, but this idiosyncratic love story between a man who stages suicides for attention and a 79-year-old free spirited woman came as a bit of a surprise. Regardless of subject matter, the parallel sartorial themes linking the protagonists to the present day runways are undeniable. The film features a heavily neutral color palette, with accents of plaid, tough fabrics, gray leggings, leather biker jackets, lace-up boots, and more! Even Maude's milkmaid braids prove relevant to contemporary trendsetters. Sure, Maude may have been a crazy old lady, and Harold was definitely in need of more than just his weekly therapy sessions, but the funeral-going duo certainly had style.
As a nod to Maude's penchant for daisies, we chose French Connection's Francoise Flower Dress ($178) as one possible foundation for an outfit inspired by the renegade. Wear it with some of APC's Bordeaux Sheer Ribbed Tights ($70) and Urban Outfitters' Snowball Hoodie Scarf ($38) for a spirited match that's much like the hood of Maude's signature dark brown and purple sweater. Choosing shoes for our H&M (not to be confused with our favorite budget-friendly clothing Mecca, Hennes & Mauritz) look was quite challenging, because the film showcased so many covetable pairs: suede ankle booties, driving shoes, and lots of lace-ups. We happily went with Jeffrey Campbell's Victor Booties ($178), because they suit seamlessly with our aforementioned dress and tights. Another base piece we adore is Topshop's Cord Button Through Mini Skirt ($60)-the warm color and youthful structure are very Maude. Since layers played such a prominent role in H&M, consider adding a vest (we like Heritage 1981's Velvet Pinstripe Vest ($23) to any like-minded ensemble you wear and complete the look with a neutral, preferably double-breasted, trench like Mayle's Belda Coat ($761). We propose a different kind of accessory to conclude this story and your outfit-Totes' Sunflower Umbrella ($16)-as a final ode to Maude's often-worn bright yellow slicker.-Jessica Amento