Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley Is My Summer 2018 Style Icon


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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m kind of obsessed with watching old movies, and The Talented Mr. Ripley is hovering at the top of my list for all-time favorites. The plot, though kind of haunting, is riveting, but the real reason I keep coming back to it is the seriously dreamy aesthetic. It makes me want to impulsively buy a ticket to Italy, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic outfits play a big role.

What strikes me every time I watch the movie is the timeliness of all her looks. Paltrow plays a well-to-do American vacationing in Italy in the late 1950s, so everything her character wears captures the fashion of that time. But also, it was filmed in the late 1990s, so there are nods to what was happening in fashion then. Admittedly, I have a soft spot for ’90s fashion and thus can’t help but draw a connection between her black evening dress and one Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

And even though the film is straddling fashion between those two decades, it still feels amazingly right for 2018. The puff-sleeve top (arguably one of the biggest trends of the moment), high-waisted bikini, cat-eye sunglasses, and everything else Paltrow wears in the film could easily be sold in stores today. In fact, don’t be surprised if you see me wearing each of these outfits very soon.