Annie Hall

I promised a style inspiration post on Annie Hall (1977) on my twitter account (@TheBrokenClouds) the other day so here it is. Watching it again I forgot how much I like this film! My degree is in film studies so it is hard for me not to give lengthy descriptions and analysis of the films I am featuring. However, this is about style in movies so I am trying to mostly stick to that topic. Diane Keaton’s wardrobe in this movie had quite an impact on women at the time. While I was doing the screen grabs for this post I realized how many of these looks have come back in fashion recently. She has this heavily layered menswear style of dressing, which looks quite good on her. Here are some looks from the film.

This is the famous Annie Hall look that is most often shown

This is the famous Annie Hall look that is most often shown

I think this is my favorite look. I would trade out the pants for a short skirt with a paper bag waist and wear it tomorrow!

I think this is my favorite look. I would trade out the pants for a short skirt with a paper bag waist and wear it tomorrow!

Jumpsuits are back in...I bet you could find a girl wearing something very similar on the streets of NYC

Jumpsuits are back in…I bet you could find a girl wearing something very similar on the streets of NYC

I like the plaid and tweed mix

I like the plaid and tweed mix

Here Annie stays true to her aesthetic while branching out with a fun printed blouse

Here Annie stays true to her aesthetic while branching out with a fun printed blouse

Once she moves to LA her style becomes much lighter and softer

Once she moves to LA her style becomes much lighter and softer

Most of these looks would never work for me but that doesn’t mean I can’t take elements from them to use in my personal style. I also love the blazers with the elbow patches that Woody Allen wears in the film. I am thinking of sewing elbow patches on to some sweaters and blazers! Interestingly, I read that most of what Diane Keaton wore in the film was from her own wardrobe and that Woody Allen told the costume designer to let her wear whatever she wanted. Her style was such a huge part of the film that it is strange to think what it would have been like if she had been wearing “regular” clothes. I love that Marshall McLuhan makes a cameo in the film, I wrote several media criticism papers using his work on media (nerd alert!). A young Jeff Goldblum also makes a cameo and Christopher Walken is great as Annie’s brother. Finally, the best cameo has to be Truman Capote himself as the “Winner of the Truman Capote look alike contest” that they spot in the park! Ok I will stop gushing now, I could go on for days. At the very least this movie makes me want to wear more plaid (and I wear plenty of that as it is). Also, you can’t tell from the screen grabs I chose but Annie Hall wears her hair in a top knot for half of the movie and the top knot is a very popular hairstyle for many women right now (I’m not a fan of it on me though).

Screen Shots by Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

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