A really fun way to wear vintage is to pick a character from an old movie and wear their key pieces. But don’t try this with high-street finds because you’ll just end up looking like everyone else.
Diane Keaton & Woody Allen in ‘Annie Hall’
If you don’t know Annie Hall (1977), it’s definitely worth a watch. Woody Allen’s classic centres around the nervous romance of Annie and Alvy. Set in New York in the mid-70s, Annie Hall is honest, funny and neurotic as hell. But amidst the anxious ramblings and witty repartee of the two leads, Annie’s style shines through. Even Alvy comments when they first meet, ‘I love what you’re wearing’.
Annie’s look is easy, perfectly blurring the line between male and female. You can tell that her outfits aren’t ‘put together’; they’re simply a reflection of her mood. Luckily in this movie, Annie Hall’s moods are ever-changing so her style wavers between bohemian sundresses, relaxed tailored suits and oversized ties. The colour palette is neutral, with a few richer coloured accents, so each ensemble has a playful element.
If you want to live the life of Annie Hall, you might enjoy playing tennis in a tailored shirt, walking the streets of New York in terracotta tones and driving a soft-top in a big hat and rounded sunglasses. One of the key items of Annie’s wardrobe has to be her black roll-neck sweater, which she wears with a paisley, fringed scarf. This is a relaxed look you can dress up with tailored trousers and a jacket, or dress down with a printed skirt and sandals.
Next up is her collection of waistcoats: always oversized, always neutral and always chic. Look out for the lobster scene in Annie’s kitchen, where she pairs her cream waistcoat with a white scarf and white shirt, a slightly different take on her most famous ensemble, her black waistcoat and Grammy Hall’s big tie.
Of course, in most scenes Annie wears her high-waisted trousers, which you can wear with boots in the colder months and rolled up with sandals in the summer. Annie’s are a rich sandy brown but you could easily find something in a softer camel colour or even a grey tone. Whilst Annie’s style is minimalist, she ties together simple pieces with accessories to create an interesting outfit, so add a printed scarf, a woven bag or a floppy hat to highlight that bohemian edge.
If you’re confused by a post referring to sandals and sun hats at this time of year, consider this, with vintage you don’t need to be restricted by the seasons. Just like Annie Hall, you can put a roll-neck under a sundress in the winter, and even wear your waistcoat on its own in the summer. If you’re buying vintage items and sifting through second-hand rails, you don’t want to be limited by what the weather’s like outside. If you’re fed up with the winter blues, transport yourself to New York 1977 and sip wine with Annie on her apartment balcony. La-di-da.
Article by: Lucinda Bunn
Freelance writer and vintage lover
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