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Identical twins separated at birth end up at the same summer camp over a decade later, not knowing the other exists. Sounds like the perfect premise for a family film, no? If you’re like this author, you grew up watching The Parent Trap, which is why putting together July’s Currently Channeling was all the more nostalgic and fun.
Combine a little taste of summer camp with Boston-meets-California style influences and you have the perfect sartorial recipe for a warm-weather look. Join us below for a glance back at Hayley Mills’s wardrobe, and why we think she pulled off playing two very different characters—Susan and Sharon—flawlessly.
The film begins at summer camp, where the long-lost twins—Susan and Sharon—meet each other for the first time. After confusion about their physical similarities, the two develop a rivalry that after a few pranks and quarrels lands them in the isolation cabin as punishment. After finally warming up to each other, they both discover they are in fact related, and were separated at birth after their parents’ divorce. The two decide to swap places so they can meet the parent they never got the chance to know.
After the swap, the two return home, where they pretend to be the opposite twin. However, Susan eventually reveals her identity to her mother in Boston, and the two take off for California to switch back. After some mild trickery and matchmaking (you’ll have to watch the movie to see how they do it), the twins manage to get their parents to fall in love and marry again.
Keep going for our favorite stills from The Parent Trap, and shop our inspired picks to get the look.
A little California prep with a side of parental rekindling.
So much yes to these printed looks.
This almost makes us want to return to summer camp.
To inspire you the next time you pitch a tent.
A hat that complements your haircut, good idea.
We knew retro swimwear would have its moment again.
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