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Fashion Meets Film: Singles


Cliff next to a Seattle Legend

Cliff next to a Seattle Legend: Jimi Hendrix

In Seattle it’s really hard to figure out the seasons because the rumors are true, it’s always raining. However, you can always tell fall is coming because the trees look like they are about to burst into flame. The edges of the leaves go from their natural green to red, yellow and orange. And when the local foliage starts to resemble flannel shirts, I like to grab a coffee and watch Seattle’s favorite movie: Singles.

Coffee it's what Seattle peeps live for!

Coffee it's what Seattle peeps live for!

Singles is one of Cameron Crowe’s first movies. It’s made of equal parts romantic comedy, Seattle clichés, and mockumentary. And it quickly became a cult classic that helped launch the acting careers of Kyra Sedgwick, Bridget Fonda, and Matt Dillon.

Cliff and Linda trying to figure out love, while looking GOOD!

Cliff and Janet trying to figure out love, while looking GOOD!

Some people scoff at the 90’s grunge look, but it was a huge tipping point in American fashion. As a Seattle native born and bred into the depths of fashion grunge, all you’ll need to do is follow my Singles checklist and you’ll be ready to move to the 206 and fit right in.

If you are in band, you have to look the part.

If you are in band, you have to look the part.

1. To be great eye candy you need the inspiration of great ear candy. That’s why one of the biggest stars in this movie is the music. Without it, it would just be another sappy love story. But with the head-banging crowds that party out to Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam, it’s a love story that rocks!

Long hair don't care!

Long hair don't care!

2. Say it with me: flannel is your best friend! Plaids and patterns aren’t just for lumberjacks and wanna-be rock stars like Matt Dillon’s character Cliff. Cliff’s love interest matches her flannel with a cute floral print sundress.

Classic Seattle casual wear

Classic Seattle casual wear

3. Guys: before you move to Seattle, you need to decide whether you’re a Cliff or Steve. Are you wearing your favorite band shirt, a plaid shirt tied around your waist, and home ripped jeans? Or are you wearing a denim button-up with a James Dean inspired white tee underneath and keeping out the rain with a black wool trench coat?

Steve staying warm after clubbing.

Steve staying warm after clubbing.

4. Ladies, are you a Janet or a Linda? Wannabe Janets can create a young and spirited Coffee Barista look by wearing a checked skirt with a leather jacket, paired with a sun hat wrapped with a silk scarf. Or you can play Linda by changing to straight leg jeans, an oversize comfy fuzzy muddy-colored sweater and your favorite pair of tan Doc Martin’s.

Are you Linda? With a comfy sweet girl look?

Are you Linda? With a comfy sweet girl look?

Are you Janet? Sundress and cool hats.

Are you Janet? Sundress and cool hats.

5. Finally, there’s only one big fashion Don’t for the Singles look. Never, ever carry an umbrella. It’s totally lame. If you can’t stand the rain, stay out of Seattle!

Rain or shine, true love stays inside.

Rain or shine, true love stays inside.

Image Layout: the fantastic PhayMiss!

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One Response to “Fashion Meets Film: Singles”

  1. C-Rocka says:

    Such a great movie!

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