Channel Main Character Energy in these Wes Anderson Outfits
Master Wes Anderson's iconic aesthetic with this colourful starter pack
You don’t have to be a movie buff to recognise a Wes Anderson film when you see one. Full of oddball characters, symmetrical setups, deadpan humour and quirky storylines, each comes with its own signature colour scheme that’s just as enticing, from the rich sunny yellows and punchy reds in Anderson’s first feature film, Bottle Rocket (1996) to the illuminated turquoise and highly saturated tones in his latest release, Asteroid City. So cult has the director’s aesthetic become that thousands (including Scarlett Johansson, Jason Schwartzman and Maya Hawke) have taken to TikTok in Wes Anderson-themed outfits to ‘Wes-ify’ everything from their holidays to their morning commutes. Fancy playing the starring role in your own Wes Anderson film? Here’s everything you’ll need to delve deeper into the lucid world of Wes Anderson.
A Retro Top
Because they’re often set in the fictional but distant past, wearing retro fashion – usually inspired by the 60s and 70s – is essential to nailing the Wes Anderson aesthetic. With a preppy and vintage sportswear feel and suitably vibrant stripes, Marni's Brushed Mohair V-Neck Jumper, £950 is spot on. For a touch of old-school glamour consider Sleeper’s sheer and floaty Heart Blazer Shirt, £205; its pastel pink hue channels The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
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A Tonal Trouser
Another key to unlocking Wes Anderson’s aesthetic is going tonal and wearing an outfit in many shades of the same colour. To lean into the new film, Asteroid City, start with Ganni's Drapey Melange Pleated Trousers, £265 paired with layers in various earthy hues. Anderson’s blend of reds, yellows and browns is just as distinct, so as an alternative, start your own tri-colour combo with Etro's Flared Velvet Jacquard Medallion Trousers, £735.
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A Mood-Boosting Dress
Whether they feature pastels, jewel tones, candy colours or rich earthy shades, Wes Anderson’s boldest colour palettes have a distinct feel-good factor, so your next port of call is picking out a dress (or two) in similarly uplifting shades. Thigh-high and patterned in a vibrant vibrant geometric pattern, La DoubleJ's Mini Swing Mezzaluna Dress, £490 will help you look and feel the part. Decked in larger-than-life blooms, THE MEANING WELL's Margot Waterlilies Dress, £890 is another colour-pop dress that’ll raise the spirits – and a smile.
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A Textural Jacket
Next stop: an extra layer, one that’ll add texture and lean further into Anderson’s love of fashion from bygone decades. Doing just that is House of Sunny’s Cruise Jacket, £210, a military-inspired aviator made from vegan leather with a fur collar and epaulets. Just like a 70s-style safari jacket, Paige’s Kimber Denim Shacket, £305 comes with a point collar and waist belt so is another that wouldn't look out of place in a Wes Anderson blockbuster.
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A Set of Characterful Accessories
Last up are the kind of charismatic, Anderson-esque accessories that’ll make your look as distinct as any that have appeared on the big screen. With tinted lenses and cat eye frames, Liberty's Black With Print Cat-Eye Sunglasses, £140 are a pair of elegant shades that’ll help you truly live out your Wes Anderson fantasy. To take your newfound sense of style to the streets, you’ll need a bag for all your essentials, so let JW Anderson's Basket Bag in khaki, £415 be your last pop of colour.
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