An Ode to The Parent Trap's Elizabeth James—29 Chic Items She'd Wear Today

Whenever there was a rerun of Nancy Meyers's reboot of The Parent Trap on TV, my mom and I always sat down together to watch it, even if it had only been a few weeks since our last rewatch. Despite the fact that the movie had come out the year I was born, it became my comfort film. Looking back, the plot was a tiny bit concerning, but it was entertaining nonetheless. Not only did it feature a "second chance at romance" plotline (my favorite after "enemies to lovers"), but it was also chock-full of '90s sartorial goodness. The style essentially tells the story of the film itself. Matching suits, Mary Jane flats, oversize oxford shirts… I could go on.

It seems like the movie still has an effect on culture today, as Meredith Blake style videos have consistently been popping up on my social media feed. While I can appreciate the rich vibes of the film's villain, Elizabeth James's minimal yet luxe style really captured me as a child and still does now. When I let our social media manager know my thoughts on doing this story, she had strong feelings. 


If you, too, have a fascination with '90s style and, more specifically, Elizabeth James, you'll be pleased to know I searched far and wide for 29 chic items she'd buy in 2022. While there may not be any tulle top hats in this mix, there are plenty of finds that will pique your interest.


(Image credit: Alamy)


(Image credit: Alamy)


(Image credit: Alamy)


(Image credit: Alamy)

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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.