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What Is the Best-Dressed Movie of 2015?

By Rebecca Pahle | Miscellaneous | December 4, 2015 | Comments ()

By Rebecca Pahle | Miscellaneous | December 4, 2015 |


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The title of this post, my friends, is not a rhetorical question. I know the best-dressed movie of 2015. But I also wanted a judgmental Stanley Tucci wearing a plaid suit on the front page, and can you blame me, really?

Aside from a grade-A costume drama with a swoon-worthy romance and a wonderful lead performance from Carey Mulligan, last May’s Far From the Madding Crowd—directed by Thomas Vinterberg, who also did a movie with that dude—features some damn fine clothes. Damn fine.

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Just shoot me in the face right now.

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“It’s not a fancy tablecloth if it has a watch chain.”

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You know who doesn’t coordinate their hats with their lapels? Heathens.

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One of the things I love about the costumes, designed by four-time Oscar nominee Janet Patterson (Bright Star, The Piano), is that they have cleaner lines than the bustle- and tassle-infested monstrosities often found in costume dramas, but they’re still more visually interesting than the boring, Empire-waist frocks you see in Jane Austen movies. There are some funky design elements, s’what I’m saying. Like polka dots.

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And “Hmm, I wonder how many different stripes I can fit into one outfit?”

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I adore this, but my dress sensibility has been known to veer towards the mildly clownish.

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Here’s Matthias Schoenaerts as Farmer Oak, dragging proceedings down slightly by his tendency to wear a belt and suspenders at the same time.

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But then he looks like he wandered in from a Harlequin romance Western, so let’s forgive him.

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19th century shepherd or Land’s End model?

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Even the underwear is gorgeous.

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Carey Mulligan’s hat selection may be questionable, but her glove game is always on-point.

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I’m a big fan of this hat+vest+check combo (with bonus Michael Sheen!), though seen at a different angle it looks like the hat is trying to run away from Carey Mulligan’s face.

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Seen here: Her “Oh shit another guy’s about to propose to me, run” look.

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School marm chic.

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Grape jacket? Grape jacket.

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Janet, you just picked this up at Anthropologie.

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Thinking long and hard about whether I would wear this on the subway, and I am distressingly close to “hell yes.” Look, it’s not like there is an appropriate place to wear this, outside of a costume party. Toss a punk leather jacket over it and let’s go. I’m poor, but let me dream.

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The perfect fashion accessory for any man: A lamb.

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Yesssssss. And look at that heel. That is a practical-to-walk-in heel.

In conclusion:

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Leave me alone to die.


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