Fashion Inspiration from a Film: Moonrise Kingdom Fashion Essentials

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A person cannot consider themselves to be a nerdy character if they haven’t watched at least one eccentric Wes Anderson’s movie. He entices us in his stories with the livelihood of his quirky characters, the vividness of the geographical areas, times he locates his stories in; still, what draws us in the most are uniquely nerdy costumes, which are definitely a never-ending source of style inspiration.

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His keen eye for surprising outfit combinations is best seen in a coming-of-age phenomenon, Moonrise Kingdom. Our darling Sam and Suzy, aside from their creativity and 60s-inspired free pubescent spirits, are surely going to be remembered as two distinct fashion icons.

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Although they could be described as fairly edgy, Suzy and Sam’s styles are, in fact, composed of ready-to-wear clothing items we can easily get the hand of if we just did a bit of online research. My dear Millennial, this is 60s we’re talking about – it’s highly likely you’ll be able to put together this nerdy combination by roaming through your parents’ closet, or if it happens that they are just a decade younger and have missed out on the entire era of freedom, take advantage of the fact that you’re a part of a digital generation and find great deals online.

But, what exactly are we looking for?

Peter Pan Collar

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While Suzy enjoys reading books about characters with magical powers, so it reflects on her bookworm-ish outfits. In almost every scene, she’s in a simple, distinct yellow, orange or pink pastel frock, always featuring Peter Pan collar and ever-popular roll-up sleeves. Although it is possible to stumble upon the same outfit in some of the stores today, if you wish to re-create a bit less literal and summer-appropriate look, you might want to opt for a shift dress with a couple of cut-out parts that add a touch of modern vibe.   

Controversially khaki combination

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This ever-popular shade is most present on our favorite male lead; this good-natured orphan managed to win everyone’s hearts with his radiating kindness, as well as cute Khaki Scouts uniform. Since a twenty-something-year-old might seem a bit cuckoo trying to fit into her Brownie outfit, we suggest a rather casual olive-green dress with trendy pockets to resemble Sam’s uniform, accompanied, of course, with a Ray Ban Wayfarer.    

Sunday school shoes


No, such outfits cannot be taken out for a walk without a complementing pair of shoes; Oxfords are not just Suzy’s number one choice for every occasion, but ours as well. Or, if you prefer a bit simpler pair of Sunday school shoes, you can rest assured the loveable mousy-shaped ones will follow you on your every adventure. Just don’t forget about the knee-high socks, obligatory accessory in every adorably-nerdy girl’s outfit.  

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The details, that’s what the world is made of.
-Wes Anderson

… And details are going to complete the Moonrise Kingdom look. So what are the must-haves our favorite characters don’t dare to embark on the quest without?

Suzy never leaves here binoculars behind; they are her magic power, they let her see things closer. No matter how enchanting this may be in a movie, in real life it might seem somewhat strange, so you might want to settle for a tiny, yet extremely stylish necklace with bronze binocular-shaped pendant.

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When it comes to purses, to recreate Sam’s satchel, you can opt for modern Italian designer handbags that fit just about anything you want to carry with you, and yet provides you with a freedom of movement.

And finally, we have to thank our little protagonist for bringing back the brooches; for him, they have a sentimental value, just like they had for our parents and grandparents. Take a sneak peak at your grandmother’s old jewelry box and you might just find the one she got from your granddad for their first anniversary.  

Le temps de l’amour

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While re-creating a nerdy fashion style of these two magnificent characters, we are paying homage to their innocent, yet true love. New Penzance might be an out-of-this-world island, but it did bring its uniquely dorky vibe to our lives.

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