The Pretty Woman film to date is the perfect love story for any woman fantasising about living the opulent fashion lifestyle. In the 80s and 90s women were portrayed very differently, but what I adore about this love story were the fashion outfits that Vivian (Julia Roberts) wore to transform herself from a prostitute to a pretty woman. It was the wealthy corporate raider Edward played by Richard Gere that rescued her and made her inner beauty shine. In return, Vivian made Edward a softer more likeable person.
The relationship between Vivian and Edward is between a rich educated man versus a poor, down to earth and streetwise woman. What is great about Vivian is that she is rough around the edges when it comes to etiquette. There are plenty of women like her, including me, that want to be swept off our feet this way. For me, pretty women are all those girls who dream of an opulent lifestyle.
In the movie, Vivian’s fashion outfits were iconic in her transformation. Let’s take a closer look at the outfits she wore.
Red Light Rebel
If you need a good example of body confidence this is the outfit. Edward who was lost, asked for directions in the Lotus. This is how we see Vivian in her first outfit. She wore knee-high leather boots with a safety pin on the zipper. I have trended these as well over the years. Her outfit was complemented by an oversized pink jacket, blue skirt and a white sleeveless crop top. This whole outfit could only be worn by a woman with a stunning figure like this. To disguise her identity she wore a blond wig and a dark cap. It’s the beginning of the rags to the riches love story.
Striped Short Pants Suit
The first outfit where we see her looking lovely in the short pants suit. A perfect example of practicality meets glamour. I loved the striped lining and mesh material sleeves. The perfect daywear outfit for ordering a pizza.
The White Rodeo Dress
It was a beautiful moment in fashion film where we see the first posh dress. When she walked down Rodeo drive and wore the white dress with white gloves with that black hat. Its an example of how fashion can give one the confidence to fit into the rich man’s world.
How many of us can relate to Vivian where she simply was judged by what she wore the first time she went into the fashion store. Her job title as a prostitute was evident but not the cash to spend.
They treated her ever so poorly, as she did not belong to the etiquette that this boutique was looking for regarding its customers.
Don’t ever judge a book by its cover. The way one dresses does not mean they don’t have the cash to spend. The great nostalgia about this outfit is it’s just as relevant in today’s wardrobe. I wonder where I could find this dress today?
Black Lace Cocktail Dress
How elegant and classy did she look. Every woman should own a lace black cocktail dress. No matter what the occasion it can never ever date. Black lace cocktail dresses are worth the investment.
It’s like walking the red carpet.
Polka Dot Dress
I often think about this dress. When heading to races I try to replicate it. Her elegance and confidence shone here. It was and still is the most popular polka style dress that can be worn year after year.
Her fear in approaching people in high places such as horse racing was terrifying. One all of us can relate too. But when wearing a dress that empowers you, then make sure you adopt the whole outfit.
One of her traits was she was always fiddling. This movie is all about money and when it comes to expensive clothing everyone can look chic. Vivian taught us throughout the movie that clothes can empower any of us. It can be very impactful when trying to land a job or opportunity to convince others to work with you.
This would be a great dress to wear for a zoom interview.
You All Have Special Gifts
This has to be the killer moment. That red dress that any woman could wear. Red is powerful, red is passion and class.
There are dresses throughout my life I still love and hold onto. It is difficult to let go of fashion items we all truly love within our wardrobe.
Ponder through your wardrobe to remind yourself why you keep holding onto your love story dress moment.
Burnt Orange Suit
I just adore this burnt orange suit. To this day one could trend this 1990s classic summer suit. The colour is timeless and can never date. It is a brilliant suit for summer meetings on the esplanade around the globe.
This suit is the moment she empowers herself to stand up to Mr Lewis and make it clear she wants the love story, not his cash. It is in these moments where inspirational lifestyle for just one week teamed with dressing up can change one’s life forever.
The Red Hair
Julia’s hair throughout the movie was worn in so many styles. I was inspired by her hairstyle looks throughout the movie and one which is relevant in the world of business today.
Her hairstyle to this day is that iconic moment when the blonde wig gets taken off. She walks in the room with her natural glowing red curls and that huge smile. It’s at this moment Edward sees her for what she is. Only Vivian can rock a hotel white robe which is still trending after thirty years.
So make sure you work the hairstyle that empowers you to walk in any room and rock your own look. Another style icon with natural long hair I admire from the 1980s is Sophia Loren.